to St. Edmund Church, Oak Park, IL
St. Edmund Church is united with
Ascension Church to form Ascension and St. Edmund Parish
Established in 1907 as
the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park.
Unification of St.
Edmund and Ascension, 2022
The St. Edmund Church Website
presents information and news about Ascension-St. Edmund Parish.
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St. Edmund Mission Statement
people of St. Edmund Church 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.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm, Sunday 11:00 am.
us every Monday and every Friday at 8:30am.
Daily mass will be held at 8:15a.m.Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at Ascension Church, 808 S. East, Oak Park.
Sacrament of Reconciliation, Saturdays: 4:30-5:00
Reconciliation Room located
in west end of north transept.)
Week at a Glance at St. Edmund
food is shared in a fair way, with solidarity, with no one
deprived, every community can meet the needs of the poorest.
Human ecology and environmental ecology walk together."
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
Most parish-related activities
and meetings have been suspended or are taking place virtually.
Please call the office if you have questions.
for the St. Edmund Church choirs are held Wednesdays
at 7:30 p.m. in the church choir loft, and you have your
choice of serving in this ministry
either the 5:30pm Saturday evening mass or the 11:00am
Sunday morning mass each week.
The church 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:
St. Edmund Peace Garden Committee plants flowers and vegetables
Murphy Hall and along the handicap ramp. In May, vegetables will
be planted and then harvested throughout the summer. All the
produce is donated to Beyond Hunger, the former OPRF food
pantry. The committee needs and welcomes new volunteers to help
maintain the garden. The need is great; the laborers are few. We
would love to grow the garden ministry membership and the
produce servings total this year. Please consider joining
the team. For more information, please contact Nora Abboreno at
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
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.
The St. Edmund Parish Life Commission offers
knitting and crochet classes
adults in Murphy Hall. The group generally meets on the
second Saturday of the month.
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Did You Know...
Deacon Tom Dwyer Retires…but still is Ascension
and St. Edmund Deacon.
Congratulations to Deacon Tom who has served at
St. Edmund as our Business Manager for several
years. We hope that you enjoy smooth sailing
ahead. Deacon Tom will still continue to
minister in his role as a Deacon. We are
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...The Children’s School, now in the St.
building, is an independent, K-8 school with
approximately 100 students. The curriculum
emphasizes project based learning, social
emotional competence, and social justice
teaching and learning. The school is pleased to
be our neighbor and welcomes us to visit the
school. Their website is:
call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a
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Renew My Church
for the Ascension-St. Edmund Parish Unification
Timeline (as of September 26, 2022)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
See the October 2, 2022 bulletin
(below) for the Myths and Facts about Domestic
Sunday, October 2, is the annual St. Edmund Pet Blessing. All
parishioners with pets are invited to gather on the Fr. McGivern
Parish Center lawn at 1pm for a special pet blessing. In keeping
with the spirit of St. Francis, whose feast will be celebrated
on October 4 and who had a gentle way with all of God’s
creatures, please join us as we invoke the Lord’s blessing on
your furry friends. The ten minute blessing will take place rain
or shine. Bring along the necessary items to keep the lawn free
Tuesday, October 11, join us at St. Edmund for a Eucharistic Holy
Hour from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. The holy hour will include
exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and includes
readings from scripture and other sources as well as song,
litanies, with an extended time for silent prayer. For October,
will offer special prayers for the respect of all human life,
including prayers for all impacted by domestic violence. We hope
to begin offering a monthly Eucharistic holy hour focusing on
various themes of peace and justice as we strive to pray for
those most in need and become more and more Christ’s living body
in the world. We are also looking for people to assist with this
new monthly prayer initiative. Contact David Anderson at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to assist with
this monthly prayer. As a church in the United States, we are in
our first year of a three-year Eucharistic Revival call all
Catholic Christians to foster a deeper awareness, understanding
and renewal of our understanding and celebration of the
Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, is Bundle Weekend at St. Edmund.
Donations of small appliances, clothing/apparel and household
items which are clean, gently used and in good condition are
needed. As always his event is sponsored and supported by the
St. Vincent de Paul Society. We thank you for your generosity.
October 18, the Ascension and St. Edmund Book Club will
meet in Murphy Hall
from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. All participants must be fully vaccinated
and boosted. We will be
discussing the book Envy by Sandra Brown..."
An explosive tale of a long-ago crime and the victim's
plan for revenge. Read the
us! Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
schedule for liturgies at St. Edmund Church is 5:30
p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Daily Mass is held
on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 am. We are asking that you enter through the Murphy Hall
corridor. A box of masks will be placed on an entry table and people
are welcome/encouraged to take one. At Communion time, we will have 2 lines coming
forward. We will continue to keep socially distanced seating
to every other pew. There may be other changes coming
and, if so, we will let you know. Please know that all
who gather for our weekend liturgies are now allowed to sing. Your
parish musicians very much look forward to your voices joining
theirs in joyful praise of God!
Please Remember Your Parish
We realize there are many demands on your time
and your income during this time of year, but we ask that you give
consideration to the gift you are able to offer your parish this year.
As you know, we are struggling to meet our
weekly expenses, our twice-monthly payroll and our monthly parish Archdiocesan assessments, and we count on the generosity
of our parishioners—throughout the year, to help us stay on top of our financial demands. There
are a variety of ways to help.
The easiest and quickest way to help is to
remember to turn in your envelope. We are also willing to
help you to set up a one-time (or more regular) automatic bank
withdrawal, or a credit card withdrawal.
year-end, some people like to donate some stock to the parish. This
is a way for people not to accrue capital gains tax. If you itemize
your tax return and are interested in making a charitable donation
to St. Edmund Parish, the best way to do this is to donate your
shares directly to the church. The parish will receive the full
charitable gift income tax deduction and no capital gains tax needs
to be paid. We are happy to expedite this process for you.
Perhaps there are other ways that you would
like to make a donation to the parish. However you wish to do so, we
would be most grateful. You may call the parish office at
708-848-4417 during office hours and we will be most happy to help.
Let us Pray
Edmund Church 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
the church office.
Minister of Care Home Visit
Arrangements. St. Edmund Church 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, x2021, 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
We also urge legislators to understand the urgency
of this issue.
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We Need the Generosity of Every
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
to sign up
through the Give Central website.
MANNA Gift Cards
Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of vendor
cards, such as Jewel, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's Market, gas,
restaurant offerings, and many more are available. You
will receive the full value (100 percent) of your
purchase card. St. Edmund will receive a
rebate back from your
purchase. MANNA ordering forms are available on the
tables in the Murphy Hall corridor. Feel free to take
one home with you to browse through for your shopping
needs. Contact Deacon Tom at
for ordering and more information about the bank
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:
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.
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During this continuing Coronavirus pandemic, many are
tempted to fear, anxiety and perhaps even despair. Every
crisis in life is also an opportunity to turn to our beloved
Savior in trust and complete abandonment so as to rest in
His merciful hands. To rest in the hands of God means we are
secure, despite the uncertainty of life. Prayers and resources
for healing and hope may be found at: