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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This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
18, is this year's Elegant
Evening...Catches the Aloha Spirit., at the River
Country Club. See the
Elegant Evening '13 page for
information about your underwriting or donation
opportunities, as well as raffle ticket purchases and prizes--and find a link to buy raffle and event
May 18-19, is Bundle Weekend. Donate clean,
gently-used apparel such as: clothing, outerwear, and shoes
for adults and children. Household items in good condition
are needed including: linens; cooking and serving items;
small, working appliances; and decorations. Pack delicate
items safely in a box/container and mark them fragile. Drop
off items before or after the May 18-19 weekend masses at
the St. Vincent de Paul Society trailer in the parking lot.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Saturday, May 25, join the Vigil to End Gun Violence
from 6:30pm to 7pm on the Parish Green...immediately
following the 5:30 mass . Please come and bring friends for
this simple short service which shows our willingness to
help stop the violence so prevalent in our culture.bNames of
some of the Chicago area victims of gun violence will be
read aloud, and we will pray and sing together.
Saturday/Sunday, May 25-26, there will be a Yarn
Collection for the Prayer Shawl Ministry in the church’s
North Transept at all weekend Masses. The ministry serves
parishioners in need of comfort/healing from physical or
emotional distress. As ministers crochet, knit or sew prayer
shawls and lap quilts they pray for the person who will
receive the tangible reminder of God’s loving presence and
care. Nearly 50 shawls and quilts have been made since the
inception of the ministry.
Sunday, May 26th, please join us at the11:30am
mass with a reception to follow in Murphy Hall to say
Farewell to Fr. Chris Devron, S.J., weekend presider
here at St. Edmund, who will be leaving Chicago to serve as
president of the Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx,
Sunday, May 26, the
Sunday 6pm Liturgy goes on hiatus until it resumes
in September. Please make a note of this change and plan to
attend one of the other masses that are offered on Sundays
at 8am, 9:30am and 11:30am.
Monday, May 27, the only Memorial Day mass will take
place at 9am. Begin the holiday by worshipping with us! In
addition, there will not be Eucharistic Adoration this day.
Saturday, June 8, Save the Date for St. Edmund Parish
Service Day. It’s Time to Spruce Up!
Are you beginning to think about the upcoming school
year? Time now to register for 2013-2014 Parish
School and School of Religious Education classes!
Please contact us and we will be happy to share with
you and your family all of the academic and
spiritual offerings that we are so proud of! For
registration forms, click on the Religious Education
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
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..
of the Gospel according to John meets from 7:00pm -
9:00 pm in the Parish School
resource room, starting Sept. 19. There is a small
fee for materials. For more information, contact
Mary Lynn Dietsche
Friday Morning Bible
the two volumes written by Luke, Luke’s Gospel and
the Acts of the Apostles
held in Murphy Hall on consecutive
Friday mornings, starting September 28, from 9:00 am - 10:30 am. All are
welcome. 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, October, 2012-May, 2013. 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
It is not too late to join the
Children’s Choir! Rehearsals are Wednesdays
from 3:30 - 4:30pm in Murphy Hall. The choir sings
at the Sunday 9:30am mass once a month and is open
to any child who is able to read. This is a great
way to involve your children in the liturgy, help
them grow in their understanding, and deepen their
faith. Contact Kathy Halfpenny at 708-386-1832 for
Join the St. Edmund Book
Club, The Living Room: Explorations of Faith
in Literature and Film. The group meets once a
month in a comfortable, casual and friendly
environment to explore the richness of faith in
classic literature and selected films. For details,
and monthly selections, see this week's Echoes or contact the Parish Office.
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, starting September 28 from 9-11am in the
Adventure Club room of the parish school. All are
welcome! Check out our Facebook page at
or contact Una McNulty 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 Mari Hans via email at email@example.com
or call her at 708-848-6208.
The St. Edmund Parish Life
Commission offers knitting and crochet classes
for adults on alternating fall evenings from 7:30 -
9pm. Each skill includes six lessons. Knitting
classes will be held Sept. 6, 30, Oct. 4, 18 and
Nov. 1 and 15. Crochet classes will be held Sept.
13, 27, Oct. 11, 25, and Nov. 8 and 29.
Pre-registration is required. For complete details
August 26 Echoes.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome! Learn or improve
The St. Edmund
Mixed Bowling League meets on the second and
fourth Sundays of the month at 5:45 pm at Circle
Lanes in Forest Park. If you are interested, please
contact Carole Murphy at 708-771-6018 or email her
NEW 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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a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 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 18, 2013.