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Welcome to St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park, IL

Established 1907
Church, 1910
School, 1917-2016

The St. Edmund Parish Website presents information and news about St. Edmund Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park.

 

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St. Edmund Mission Statement

The 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 alike.

In 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. 

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Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

  • Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am, and 11:00am. (5:30pm beginning in September)

  • 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 announced. 

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm. (located in west end of north transept).

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Week at a Glance

    

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  • Miscellany.....

    • We Need the Generosity of Every Parishioner! The 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 Listserv. Send an email using the address you wish to use to receive posts addressed to the following address: imailsrv@stedmund.org. Leave the subject line empty and write the following in the body of the e-mail: Subscribe stedmund <your name as you wish to see it displayed>. Except for your name, the command is case sensitive. 

    • 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 month.

    • Our sharing parish is St. Simeon Parish, Bellwood, IL.  Click here for the church web site.

     

    "It is the syntheses word of the Gospel, Mercy, it is the fundamental trait of the face of Christ: that face that we recognize in the diverse aspects of his existence: when he goes out to meet all, when he heals the sick, when he sits at table with sinners, and most of all when, nailed to the cross, he pardons; there we see the face of Divine Mercy."

--Pope Francis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin, who passed away October 14, 2003.  The site is lovingly dedicated  to her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** News and Events for the Week of July 23, 2017 **

 

  • Tuesday, July 25-Tuesday August 8, Theology on Tap is back. Join other young adults on successive Tuesdays at 7:00pm at St. Giles Parish Courtyard, 1034 Columbian Avenue, Oak Park, for a lecture series sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago. This year’s theme—“Learn it, Grow It, Serve It”. For a schedule of the lectures, click on Young Adults. For more information on all of the Theology on Tap events taking place across the Archdiocese of Chicago, please visit www.totchicago.org  or contact Emily Davis at:708-383-3430, ext. 421 or edavis@stgilesparish.org.

  • Saturday, July 22,  join us for the St. Edmund Summer Family Barbecue. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall. We request a $15 donation per person, $30 donation per family. Want to help or need more information? Contact Yvonne Hooper at 708-714-1887 or Linda Leonard at 708-415-7948.

  • Saturday, July 29, will be the final 8:30am Saturday Morning Mass; Saturday morning mass will be discontinued beginning in August.  This is due to the diminishing level of priests available for mass and the fact we already have an alternative Saturday mass (5:30pm) available to parishioners.  Please make note of this change, and thank you for your understanding.

  • Saturday, July 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.Please join us and bring friends on Saturday. Another vigil will be held on Saturday, August 26.

  • Friday-Saturday, July 29-30, St. Edmund Parish will conduct its FOURTH Annual Summer Food Collection for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. The Pantry can purchase $10.00 worth of food from the Chicago Greater Food Depository for each $1.00 that we donate. Special items that cannot be purchased from the Food Depository include salt, pepper, spices, condiments and baking items. Cooking oil is very expensive to purchase through the Depository. It would be a generous donation. Canned baked beans, pineapple, corn, special pasta, and cereals for children are greatly appreciated. The Food Pantry serves residents of 13 zip codes and provides nutritious food to 1,400 families each month. A family may shop at the Food Pantry only once a month. Hines VA zip code 60141 was been added this year to accommodate our Veterans.

  • Monday, September 18, The Book Club Returns! The St. Edmund Book Club will begin once again at 7:30pm in Murphy Hall. The Book Club will meet on the third Tuesday of every month unless otherwise announced. The first book up for discussion is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Contact parishioner Mari Hans at: marithans@comcast.net  to participate or for more information.

     

  • Upcoming Parish Events - Save the Dates!

    • Sunday, August 20, Watering our Vegetables in the Peace Garden

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DID YOU KNOW...

...St. Edmund Parish has donated over 36,000 baby diapers and over  6,000 adult undergarments to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry since we began our ongoing collection in June, 2014?  Your contributions help clients who are unable to purchase diapers or undergarments with SNAP benefits (formerly known as “food stamps”) or WIC (Women, Infants & Children) benefits. You have provided many babies, toddlers and adults with a Measure of Dignity...to be clean and dry. Please drop off your contributions of diapers and undergarments and place them in the bin located in the brown bin located in the Murphy Hall corridor across from the parish office. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

  • June 2016 - June 2017

    • 14,719 Baby Diapers

    • 1,929 Adult Undergarments

    • 4,098 diaper wipes

    • 2,161 protective pads

...Sunday-Sunday, July 23-30, is National Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week. The week highlights the anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s papal encyclical: Humane Vitae, which it teaches about Gods’ design for married love and the gift of life. A married couple in having children are “co-creators with God” and NFP is a support for couples to honor God’s plan with scientific, moral and natural methods in planning their family size. Please see the 2017 poster: “It is time! Say “yes” to God’s plan for married love” in the Murphy Hall corridor. You are welcome to take pamphlets to learn more about NFP.

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    • Parish Office Summer Hours: Closed every evening except Mondays to accommodate. Eucharistic Adoration from  2-8pm. Facilities that need to be utilized Tuesdays through Thursdays must be scheduled in advance by special arrangement.

    • Registration for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program is now open to children Pre K (3 & 4 year old) through 8th grade. A letter from director Janet Bennick outlining the process, as well as forms which require your completion, can be found on the Religious Education page.

    • Our volunteer recruitment for the St. Edmund’s PADS Ministry continues. 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 on the Special Events link.

    • Please Note: 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 Associate, at pleddy@stedmund.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 pleddy@stedmund.org .

    • 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 shelters. 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 our country.

    • St. 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 Faithful, and read the weekly announcements. For questions, contact Mary Lynn Dietsche at dietscheml@gmail.com or call the parish office.

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Worship Schedule

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  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 or email pleddy@stedmund.org.

    • Do you want to become a Catholic, or perhaps just learn more about the Catholic faith? Registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is now open and sessions start soon. For more information contact Peggy.

    • Adult Confirmation Sessions. Baptized Catholics,19 and older, who are not yet confirmed and have received Holy Communion 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 click here.

    • New or expectant parents are invited to register for Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to register, please contact Peggy.

  • Religious Study

    • Friday, March 3, the first Friday of Lent, St. Edmund Bible Study Group will begin its Spring session with a study of the Book of Job. The Book of Job, a Wisdom book, searches for the meaning of suffering and retribution. The group will meet 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. Our discussions are educational and lively! All are welcome.

    • The Tuesday Afternoon Faith Sharing Group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1pm - 3pm. 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 at: khalfpenny@stedmund.org  or call her at 708-386-1832.

    • Centering Prayer Group, Saturdays at 9:30  a.m. in the North Transept area of the church. Centering Prayer welcomes newcomers and provides a time and place for peace, quiet, prayer and reflection. Mother Theresa explained that “we need silence to be alone with God, to speak to Him, to ponder His words deep in our hearts.” Please join us; 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 nearly 20 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 708-848-4417.

      • Rehearsals for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 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 11:00am Sunday morning mass each week. For more information contact Kathy Halfpenny at: khalfpenny@stedmund.org  or call her at 708-386-1832

      • 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: mgruszka8453@aol.com. 

      • Wednesday Night Bridge,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and advanced players welcomeLearn to play or improve your game.

      • The Respect Life Committee has a virtual home at www.facebook.com/StEdmundRespectLife. “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 mgruszka8453@aol.com .

      • 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 mary.bellmar@gmail.com  for more information.

      • The parish’s 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 Office.

      • 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.

     

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St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 //  Fax Line: 708-848-0049
Parish contact: Christine Rousakis (carousakis@stedmund.org" // Web site contact: Michael Guerin (mpguerin@aol.com)
Parish 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, 2001
 
Last updated: July 22, 2017.