Edmund Parish Website incorporates information and news about St. Edmund
Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park, and includes weekly
updates about St. Edmund School, educating children pre-Kindergarten
through 8th Grade.
people of St. Edmund Parish are a diverse community of Christians
whose beliefs are rooted in sacred scripture and the traditions of
the Catholic faith. We strive to fulfill the commandments of Jesus
to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our
mind, and with all our strength (Mk 12:30), and to love one another
as He has loved us (Jn 13:34). We gather as community to be
nourished in Word and Sacrament, and are sent forth to be, to see
and to experience Christ in the world with friend and stranger
gratitude for all our blessings, we commit ourselves to love,
forgive and support each other joyfully. We seek to serve others and
to be active participants in living our Catholic faith.
Week at a Glance
We Need the Generosity of Every
easiest and most convenient way to remember your weekly
collection is to sign up for automatic electronic withdrawal. It
is a very safe method of support and helps the parish know
exactly what it can count on from week to week. Additionally,
there are many people who do not financially support their
parish at all, and we need the help of everyone! Please consider
what you are able to give and sign up for automatic electronic
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This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
August 16/17, please support the Parish Food Drive to
Support Oak Park/River Forest Food Pantry. While
parishioners have graciously participated in the annual
Harvest Saturday Food Drive in late October, the need is so great for so
many that we've added another food drive in the summer.
We’re seeking non-perishable food items and household items,
such as canned food, peanut butter, paper products, diapers,
etc. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, the Food
Pantry has even greater buying power than the actual donated
amount! Drop your donation off at the masses on August
16-17 in Murphy Hall; we will be delivering the items on
Monday, August 18. We are also looking for volunteers on
Monday to load a truck, and we could really use a large van
or truck to transport the parish donation. For more
information, or if you’d like to help, please contact Kathy
Barrett at 708-848-4177.
Saturday, September 6, please plan to participate in a
wonderful retreat opportunity
for spiritual renewal. The
All Parish Retreat Day led by Sr. Teresita Weind, SND,
Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur,
will be held at St.
Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd.,
Oak Park from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The retreat is the
collaborative effort of six local parishes. Sr. Teresita
will travel from Rome to be with us and share her immense
gifts as spiritual guide, prayer animator, and inspirational
speaker. Registration is limited but is offered to all the
area parishes. Forms are available on
call the Catherine-St. Lucy Rectory at 708-386-8077 by
August 21 (and much sooner if possible). More details are in
the July 20 Echoes.
Saturday, September 6, the
Music Ministry of St. Edmund will also be having a
from 8:30 - 4:30 at Kathy Halfpenny's house. The facilitator
will be Fr. Larry McNally, pastor of Ascension Parish. The
retreat will conclude with the celebration of the Eucharist.
The cost will be $12.00 with breakfast and lunch included.
make your reservation.
A Reminder: The parish office will be closed in
the evenings with the exception of Mondays.
Eucharistic Adoration will take place from 2:00pm -
8pm unless otherwise announced. Parish facilities
that need to be used Tuesdays through Fridays will
need to be scheduled in advance by special
arrangement. Regular evening office hours
will resume at a later date.
St. Edmund Book and Media Discussion Group is
coming to St. Edmund! The series will run from
September through May and usually meet on the first
Thursday of the month. This new program will begin
in September with a book, and then alternate each
month between books and film. Films will be shown on
a Saturday sometime before the scheduled discussion
and are open to the entire parish as a community
event. All are welcome to attend one, some or all.
Please check the July 27 Echoes for the schedule.
Registration for both the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult
Confirmation Program are now open. If you or an
adult you know is interested in the RCIA or Adult
Confirmation, please contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral
or 708-848-4417, x202.
Did you know that registrations for the Parish
School and School of Religious Education programs
are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic
school year? Contact the Parish School at
708-386-5131 and the Religious Education office at
708-848-7220. We will gladly inform you about all of
the great academic and religious education programs
we have to offer!
Edmund Parish is in need of a few good people to
serve as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
and Lectors for the weekend masses. The
Ministers of the Eucharist assist in the
distribution of Holy Communion at mass. Lectors
proclaim the First and Second readings at mass,
lead the people in the Prayer of the
and read the weekly announcements. See the Echoes
for more details. For questions, contact Mary Lynn
call the parish office.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Saturday 5:30pm; Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm
Attend Daily Mass.
Join us every Monday-Saturday at 8:30am.
Centering Prayer every Saturday at 9:30am.
All are welcome—beginners too! Come join us.
Eucharistic Adoration Mondays,
2pm - 8pm.
Join in this blessed devotion on Mondays unless otherwise
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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Parish Office Hours
Monday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday-Friday - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Peggy Leddy, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to become a Catholic, or perhaps just learn more
about the Catholic faith? Registration for theRite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) is now open
and sessions start soon.
For more information
click hereor contact Peggy.
Adult Confirmation Sessions.Baptized
Catholics,18 and older, who are not yet
confirmed, are invited to contact Peggy for information
about preparation for the Sacrament of
Confirmation. Registration is now open and sessions start soon.For more information
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
our Tuesday Morning Faith
Sharing Group Group which reads and discusses the three scripture
passages for the upcoming weekend masses. We meet Tuesdays after
the 8:30 mass in Murphy Hall. Please call
Janet Bennick at 708-848-7220 or email at
for further information..
of the Acts of the Apostles meets from 7:00pm -
9:00 pm in the Parish School
resource room. The group will reconvene in the Fall. For more information, contact
Mary Lynn Dietsche
Beginning September 5, the Friday Morning Bible
Study will focus on the Old Testament book of
Daniel and Pope Francis’s 2014 CHURCH OF MERCY. A
Vision for the Church (a collection of Pope
Francis’s talks). The group will meet in Murphy Hall
on consecutive Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30
a.m. For more information, call the Parish Center
office at 708-848-4417.
Centering Prayer Group,
Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. in the church. All are welcome.
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
The St. Edmund PADS
ministry has been staffing an overnight
emergency shelter in Oak Park for over 15 years.
This is the parish’s largest ministry and needs your
help to have another successful PADS
season. We are looking for
Site Leads, Evening and Overnight Volunteers, and
Breakdown Teams. If
interested please contact Deacon Tom Dwyer at and
Anita Dwyer at
Consider joining the
St. Edmund Music Ministry and one of our
parish choirs! Join us on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
in the choir loft. Choirs serve at the 5:30pm
Saturday mass and the 11:30am Sunday mass. Auditions
for vocalists are not needed.
Contact music director Kathy Halfpenny at
708-386-1832 or via e-mail at
Parents with young children (newborn - 3 years of
age) are invited to join the St. Edmund
Parents Group (New StEPs). This informal play
group meets on the second and fourth Friday of each
month. All are
welcome! Check out our Facebook page at
or contact Una McNulty at
for more information.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
ministry helps provide comfort to those who are ill,
support those who are experiencing difficulty in
their lives and those who are coping with the loss
of a loved one. If you are interested in joining or
need additional information, please contact
parishioner Michele Wheeler through the Parish
The St. Edmund Parish Life
Commission offers knitting and crochet classes
adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
Saturdays from 11am - 12pm noon. October 5, November
2, 16, December 7, January 4, February, 1, 15, March
22. For information contact Janet Bennick in
the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome! Learn or improve
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St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
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Website established September 1,
July 26, 2014.