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
for a downloadable form.
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has inestimable value; even the weakest and most vulnerable,
the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces
of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live
forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect"
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Saturday, May 21, join us at 7:30pm for the
Choir Spring Concert,
"He is Alive!",
the St. Edmund Combined Choirs. Join us for refreshments
before the concert at 6:30pm in Murphy Hall. Bring your
family and friends to help us support and celebrate our
dedicated choir members and their gifted director. There is
not a fee to attend.
Saturday, May 28
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 our country. We
also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this
Saturday, May 28, 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
our country. We also urge legislators to understand the
urgency of this issue.
Monday, May 30, the only
Memorial Day Mass will take
place at 9:00am. Begin the holiday by worshipping with us!
In addition, there will not be Eucharistic Adoration that
Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5, is
Spring Bundle Weekend
for collection of household items and clothing. Please
support our efforts by donating your clean, gently-used
apparel such as clothing, outerwear, and shoes for adults
and children; household items in good condition, including
linens, cooking and serving items, such as dishes,
flatware, pots and pans; small, working appliances, such as
toasters and coffee-makers; and decorations, such as vases,
picture frames and figurines. Pack delicate items safely in
a container and mark them fragile. Drop off items in the
parking lot at the St. Vincent dePaul Society trailer before
or after the weekend masses June 4-5.Thank you in advance
for your support and generosity.
Sunday, June 5, St. Edmund Parish will
have a booth at Oak Park’s annual Day in Our Village
held in Scoville Park, corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake
Street from 11:00am - 6:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help
set up and take down the booth. We also need volunteers to
donate an hour or two at the booth throughout the day and
share information about our wonderful parish. If you are
able to help, please contact Don Giannetti at 708-848-4417,
extension 205 or via email at:
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
email@example.com 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. See the Echoes
for more details. 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 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 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
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.
Friday Morning Bible Study
meets at 9:00 am on consecutive Fridays in Murphy Hall
unless otherwise announced. The title for the
session, which began February 5th, is “Israel’s Story,
In this part the people of
King David’s monarchy suffer the Babylonian exile.
They are underlings of the Persian empire for a
while. Then, Alexander the Great conquers them for
Greek enculturation. Their wisdom tradition asks the
following: How does the world work? What must we do
to gain happiness? Why do innocent people suffer? Is
death the end of everything?
Centering Prayer Group,
Saturdays at 9:30 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
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:
email@example.com. 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
Click here for details!
Respect Life Committee has a virtual home
our page to receive inspiration and information on
current and upcoming events.
The next Respect Life Committee Meeting is Tuesday,
December 15 at 7pm.
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 School website!
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,
May 21, 2016.