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
withdrawal today!Click here
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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.
stedmund.org will be on hiatus the week of January 25
Saturday-Sunday, January 17-18, there
will be a Collection for the Church in Latin America.
For many in the 22 countries of South America and the
Caribbean, this collection provide the only help parishes
receive to sustain and enrich the faith of their
parishioners. Your contributions will help in the formation
of seminarians, permanent deacons, religious sisters and
brothers, and lay ministers of the Gospel. Extra envelopes
may be found in the pews. We are grateful for your support.
Sunday, January 18, the Green Team will show a 15 minute
TedTalk video “Climate Change is Simple” by David
Roberts. The video
will be shown every half hour (or whenever two or more are
gathered) throughout the day from 9:00am - 9:00pm in Murphy
Hall. The video covers the basic threats of global warming.
Comments after each showing are welcomed. Come andbe
informed for the sake of our children and our planet. Join
us and bring a friend!
Tuesday, January 27, all engaged couples who are planning to
be married at St. Edmund Parish
this year and any other interested family and friends are
invited to St. Edmund Parish Music Ministry’s Wedding
Music Workshop on at 7:30pm in the church. Music
appropriate for weddings will be presented by Kathy
Halfpenny, parish Director of Music and some vocalists from
our parish. If you know of any brides and grooms who are
getting married at St. Edmund and may not have seen this
announcement, please invite them to join us. Reservations
are not needed to attend.
Saturday, January 31,
the St. Edmund Book & Media Discussion Group will
meet at 7:00 pm in
Hall to see the film Joseph of Nazareth: The Story of the
Man Closest to Christ. In the first feature film ever on
the story of St. Joseph, we are shown the human, noble and
the deeply spiritual aspects of Joseph the carpenter, son of
David, servant of God and loving husband of Mary. Discussion
will immediately follow the film. Next in the Series: 3/5
Book: In Search Of Belief: Revised Edition by Joan
Chittister, O.S.B. (available from Amazon and other on-line
booksellers.) 3/21 Film: The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. For more information,
contact Diane Brown at (708) 657-4262.
7, stimulate your creative juices at a Wine & Canvas
Event in Murphy Hall from 1:00 – 4:00pm. This is a fun
way to spend the afternoon, enjoying wine and refreshments
while you create your masterpiece. We will provide the paint
supplies, painting apron, expertise instruction, and
refreshments. You bring one bottle of wine to share, your
advance purchased event ticket, and your creativity.
Purchase your tickets for this event for $40.00 in advance
after all masses in the Murphy Hall corridor. This is a
great gift for the creative at heart and---you
don’t have to go to the mall! Contact Denise Walsh at
630-240-8882 or at
Eucharistic Adoration had been moved
permanently from the North Transept to the sanctuary
of the church. The sanctuary offers an intimate
space for prayer and there is a ramp that makes
adoration accessible for all. If you wish to remain
in the nave of the church for adoration, you are
welcome to do so.
The last Saturday of each month, please join us on
the rectory lawn from 6:30 to 7pm for our monthly Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence.
It is our way of standing against the culture of violence in
Book and Media Discussion Group is
here at St. Edmund! This program alternates
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.
For more information, contact Diane Brown at (708)
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-848-4417, x202.
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.
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-Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
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 email@example.com.
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..
Friday Morning Bible Study group begins
its Spring session Friday, February 20 with study of
the New Testament Gospel of Mark, and parts of
another book on the theology of mercy (MERCY by
Cardinal Walter Kasper). The group meets in Murphy
Hall from 9am until 10:30am on consecutive Fridays
unless otherwise announced. Please join us whenever
you are able, even if you are traveling in the
Spring. 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
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
to play or improve
Click here for details!
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! Contact Mary Bellmar at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
the weekly Echoes for dates or contact Janet Bennick in
the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.
St. Edmund Parish School website!
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
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Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00
p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Website established September 1,
January 17, 2015.