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
for a downloadable form.
Saint Edmund parishioners are strongly
urged to subscribe to the Parish
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receive posts addressed to the following address:
Leave the subject line empty and write the following in the body
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Monthly Wedding Anniversary Sunday is held at all masses
on the first Sunday of the month. A special blessing is bestowed
on all couples who will celebrate their anniversary in that
Our sharing parish
is St. Simeon Parish, Bellwood, IL.
for the church web site.
mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality
though which he reveals his love as that of a father or a
mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child."
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
September 25, the Parish Pastoral Council and the entire community
of St. Edmund invites you to celebrate Fr. John
McGivern’s 25th Ordination Anniversary and honor his 2½
decades of priestly service at the 11a.m. mass. A reception
will follow. Since you have shared in Fr. John’s priestly
life and ministry, we hope that you will join us to wish Fr.
John well and to help us in expressing our appreciation for
having him in our lives. Please contact Joanne Lewandowski
at 708-386-1681 if you would like to bake, make an appetizer
or share one of your own culinary specialties for the
Sunday, September 25, the 5:30pm Sunday mass resumes.
Whether it has been a busy weekend and no other time would work for you, or if it was one
of those wonderfully lazy weekends and you just didn’t get moving earlier, join us for worship on
Sunday, October 2, is Respect Life Sunday. This
year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy” with a focus on the parable
of the Good Samaritan to “treat each person with merciful
love and respect that affirms the gift of his or her life".
Two films, including a Ted Talk “From Conception to Birth",
will be shown after all the masses October 1 and 2 in Murphy
Hall. For more information click on the
Respect Life page.
Monday, October 3, pastoral associate Peggy Leddy will present
The Scourge of Domestic
Violence: Raising Awareness and Drawing Hope from Sacred
Scripture, as part of the Autumn Weekly Women’s Speaker Series which runs
Mondays through October 17. The series’ flexible schedule
includes duplicate sessions of each topic at 1:00pm and
7:30pm at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Catholic Church, located at
Austin Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The series’ speakers
will share their faith journey with a particular emphasis
drawn from a wide-range of topics affecting women of faith.
For the full series’ schedule of topics and speakers, please
contact Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765.
Sunday, October 9, you are invited to attend
Education Initiative Benefit Dinner, 2016, " Educating
Minds, Inspiring Hearts” at Drury Lane, (100 Drury Lane,
Illinois) with a reception at 5:00 p.m.
followed by dinner and guest speaker, Vicki Thorn, Founder
of Project Rachel . Please share in this celebration of
inspiring the faithful to live a Pure Life. For more
information, click on the
Respect Life page or call
the archdiocese office of Human Dignity and Solidarity at:
Saturday, October 15, Contemplative Outreach - Chicago, is
offering its fifth annual one day introductory Centering
Prayer Workshop at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.
Centering Prayer is a modern method of meditation and silent
prayer designed to help us deepen our experience of
God’s presence within us. Reverend William Redfield will
offer his reflect ions on The Wisdom of Knowing.
Contact Alan Krema at
alkrema@gmail or call
630-369-6624 for more information.
Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 200 architectural sites in Chicago,
Evanston and Oak Park will be open free of charge for the
public to visit. St. Edmund has proudly been invited to
year by the Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House
Chicago 2016. How exciting! We need a team of
volunteers to help with various tasks. A planning meeting
will be held on Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall.
Our own parish historian, Don Giannetti, is the coordinator.
If you are interested in helping, please attend the meeting.
Call Don at 708-848-4417, extension 205 for more
Tuesday, October 18, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at
7:30pm for discussion of the novel The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth. Contact
parishioner Mari Hans at:
for more information.
Save The Dates for these Upcoming Parish Events:
Saturday/Sunday, October 15-16, Harvest Weekend & Open House2016 Tour
Saturday/Sunday, October 22-23, Bundle Weekend
Sunday, November 6, Fashions presented by Cabi in Murphy
Sunday, November 20, Watch the Chicago Bears Game in Murphy
Thursday, December 1, Drury Lane Outing, Crazy For You
Our volunteer recruitment for the St. Edmund’s
PADS Ministry is now underway. This ministry
works under the umbrella of the housing Forw>rd +
Prevail organization. The
program runs every Tuesday from Mid –September
through Mid-May at Oak Park Temple at 1235 North
Harlem. We hope you will consider supporting this
key parish ministry by signing up to be a team
volunteer. As a volunteer you are making a
commitment to work as part of a team in whatever
capacity you choose. For more details, please click
Parish Summer Office Hours
are in effect and the office is closed in the evenings with the
exception of Mondays when Eucharistic Adoration will take
place from 2-8 pm unless otherwise announced. Use of parish
facilities Tuesdays through Thursdays will need to be
scheduled in advance by special arrangement. Regular evening
parish office hours will resume at a later date.
Registration for both the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult
Confirmation Program is 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.
Minister of Care Home Visit
Arrangements. St. Edmund Parish has trained
Ministers of Care, who bring Communion to homebound
parishioners. Arrangements can be scheduled on
either a short-term or long-term basis. To schedule
visitation, contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate,
at 708-848-4417, x202, or
Donate your discarded cell phones and help abused
women. The Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry
collects phones and chargers in collaboration with
Verizon Network. The phones are programmed with
emergency numbers, loaded with 3000 minutes, and
distributed to abused women through various
Drop off phones and accessories in the basket on the
table in the Murphy Hall Corridor. We are grateful
for your support!
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
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. For questions, contact Mary Lynn
call the parish office.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm;
Sunday 9:00am, and 11:00am. (5:30pm beginning in
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
in the church sanctuary unless otherwise
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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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
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.
The Tuesday Afternoon Faith
Sharing Group meets the first Tuesday of each
month from 1pm - 3pm beginning September 6. This is
not a Bible Study program, but a sharing of your
reflections on the scripture of the weekends and how
it affects your life, thoughts, and the world around
you. It is a chance to deepen your faith and to
become more aware of how scripture has influenced
your life. Please bring your own Bible having read
the scriptures for the upcoming weekend. For more
information and the location contact Kathy Halfpenny
or call her at 708-386-1832.
Centering Prayer Group,
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in the North Transept area of the church. All are welcome.
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
The St. Edmund PADS/Housing
Forward 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 ensure successful Housing Forward seasons. 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
for the St. Edmund Parish choirs begin at
7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and continue on subsequent
Wednesdays. Rehearsals are in the church choir loft,
and you have your choice of serving in this ministry
at either the 5:30pm Saturday evening mass or the
11:30am Sunday morning mass each week. For more
information contact Kathy Halfpenny at:
or call her at
The parish Welcome
Committee ensures those who are new to our
parish are warmly welcomed and have the information
they need to feel a part of our community as quickly
as possible. The committee seeks parishioners who
are willing to greet and register new parishioners
on the second weekend of each month. Please contact
parishioner Mary Ellen Gruszka at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee hosts a New Parishioner dinner;
generally in the Spring and the Fall. If you are
able to assist with the dinners, please contact Mary
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
to play or improve
Respect Life Committee has a virtual home
our page to receive inspiration and information on
current and upcoming events.
The Respect Life Committee holds monthly meetings
the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in Murphy
Hall. Contact Mary Ellen Gruszka 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! Contact Mary Bellmar 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
for adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
the weekly Echoes for dates or contact
the parish office at 708-848-4417.
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
Parish contact: Christine
// Web site contact: Michael
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,
September 25, 2016.