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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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."
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
The St. Edmund PADS/Housing
Forward ministry has been staffing an overnight
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
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:
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
Wednesday Night Bridge,
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
Learn to play or improve your game.
Respect Life Committee has a virtual home at
“Like” 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
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.
See the weekly Echoes for
dates or contact the parish office at 708-848-4417.
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please review
the October 9 Echoes (click
here) for information about
domestic violence, resources and activities, or call the
St. Edmund Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry 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
John McGivern and the community of St. Edmund parish wish to
thank the Foundation for including St. Edmund as a site. We
welcome the numerous visitors who will pass through our
doors this weekend. We hope you will be delighted by the
beauty of our worship space!
Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, is St. Edmund’s Harvest Weekend
in support of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
Donations are needed including Monetary Support,
Nonperishable Food, Household Items, and Toiletries & Baby
Items. Drop off items before or after weekend masses. Click on Special
Events for more detail on needed items.Volunteers also needed at 9:00am, Monday, October 17, to move items
from Murphy Hall to parking lot, load vehicles and/or
deliver items to the OPRF Food Pantry. To volunteer, contact
Janet and Mark Jackson at: 708-710-2330 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support and
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.
Thursday, October 20, St. Edmund parishioners and those from other
local parishes who are seeking a better employment situation
have an opportunity to raise their Job Search campaign to
the next level. Join parishioner Dan Kane and renowned
LinkedIn expert, Denis Curtin in Murphy Hall at 7pm for the
seventh session in our Job Search Think Tank series.
Denis and Dan be compare notes with other local job search
experts and bring you up-to-date on the latest LinkedIn
strategies and other internet options. Dress casual, but do
bring several copies of your resume.
Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23 is St. Edmund’s Fall Bundle
Weekend for collection of Household Items and Clothing.
Please support our semi-annual
Weekend with your donations of 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 de Paul Society trailer.
Sunday, October 23, is the Multi-Parish Domestic Violence
Awareness Walk. Please join members of local Catholic
parishes and walk in solidarity to raise awareness about
domestic violence. The two mile walk begins at Keystone Park
at 7851 W. Lake Street, River Forest at 2:00 pm.
Registration and Check-In is at 1:30pm.
October 29, 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.
Sunday, November 6, please join us at a Women’s Fashion Event
from 1pm - 4pm in Murphy Hall for an afternoon of
festivities including wine, snacks and fashion. St. Edmund
parishioners will model the latest fashion trends presented
by a fashion consultant. This gratis event will support
women in our community, with an outfit being donated to
Sarah’s Inn. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5.00 each to
win any piece of clothing from the collection (up to $200).
A lovely piece of jewelry is also being raffled to purchase
shoes to complete our donation to Sarah’s Inn. Raffle
tickets will be sold after the masses the weekend of October
29-30 and the weekend of November 5-6. The proceeds will be
donated toward a need in our parish. Family and friends are
welcome. Reservations are not needed. Looking forward to
fashion fun and fellowship!
Sunday, November 20, the St. Edmund Young Adults invite you to
Watch the Chicago Bears Game against the New York Giantsat Noon in Murphy Hall. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beer
will be provided after the 11am mass. Bring your favorite
side dish to share. A donation of $5.00 per adult is
requested with the proceeds to benefit the Oak Park River
Forest Food Pantry.
Thursday, December 1, join your fellow parishioners and friends
to see the production of Crazy for You at
1:30pm at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. We have reserved 50 tickets at $36 per person. The cost is for
the production only. This
event is sponsored by the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission.
Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us! Tickets
will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To
keep the cost of the event down, we will carpool and meet
there. To reserve your ticket, please see Don Giannetti or
call him at 708-848-4417, x205. The deadline to purchase
tickets is Tuesday, November 1
Save the Dates:
Beginning Weekend of November 5-6: Purchase luminaries in
memory of your deceased loved ones at Christmas.
Saturday, December 3: Christmas Tea
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
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. 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 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.
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.
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,
October 15, 2016.