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
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Monday, March 2, there
will be aPrayer Card Workshop
to illuminate your favorite prayer, psalm, or a reading that
inspires you. No artistic talent is needed - just your own
inspiration! The workshop will meet at on March 2
at 7pm in Murphy Hall to make the prayer card. There will be
a small materials fee. Stop by the bulletin board in the
Murphy Hall corridor to view a prayer card example. For more
information, contact Michele Wheeler at:
Thursday, March 5,
the St. Edmund Book & Media Discussion Group will
meet at 7:00 pm in
Murphy Hall. Discussion will center on the book In Search
Of Belief: Revised Edition by Joan Chittister, O.S.B. (Liguori
Publications, 2006, 232 pages). Sister challenges readers to
reflect upon whether they truly live what they say they
believe or whether they have created their own images of God
to suit whatever is convenient for their personal and/or
social situations. For more information, contact Diane Brown
at (708) 657-4262.
Sunday, March 8, we
return to Daylight Saving Time. Remember to set your
clocks ahead to attend mass!
Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 pm the
Parish Life Commission’s human resources team will host the
Job Search Think Tank. If you are still in the hunt
for that perfect job, the workshop offers you an opportunity
to hone your interviewing skills and receive the offer you
are looking for from the organization you have always wanted
to work for. There is no charge for this session, though we
strongly urge everyone to bring a copy of your latest resume
to ensure you’ll get the most out of the workshop. Space
will be limited to the first 25 people who register. Please
register by contacting parishioner, Dan Kane at 773-817-1232
or email him at:
Thursday, March 26,
the Second Annual Architectural Church Tour and
Pilgrimage will be held from 9:00am -
3:30pm. Join us for a visit to the following churches:
St. Clement, Chicago; Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Chicago; St. Ignatius Church and Chapel*,
Chicago; and St. Peter*,
Skokie. The next to last stop
will be a buffet lunch at the Greenhouse Inn at Misericordia
in Chicago. The cost for the tour and lunch is $30 per
person. Don Giannetti will be the tour leader. Contact Don
at 708-848-4417, extension 205 to register. Space is
limited, so be sure to get your registration in early!
Henry Schlacks, the architect of St. Edmund, designed these
Thursday, March 26,
the parish Lenten Reconciliation Service will be held
at 7:00pm in the church. Several priests will be available
for individual confession and absolution.You may also come
to the Reconciliation Room in the north transept of the
church any Lenten Saturday between 4:15 pm and 5 pm.
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
The St. Edmund
Book and Media Discussion Group 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. All are welcome to attend.
Next in the Series: 3/5 Book: In Search Of Belief: Revised Edition
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.
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.
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 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..
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
email@example.com 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,
February 28, 2015.