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.
Archbishop Blasé Cupich
Ninth Archbishop of
The St. Edmund
Book of Remembrance has been placed
next to the baptismal font and paschal candle believing that
those who have died with Christ in baptism will also rise
with him. All parishioners are invited to inscribe the name
of deceased family and friends in the Book before and after
all of the liturgies in November.
Saturday, November 22 is the St. Edmund Book and Media
Join us at 7pm
in Murphy Hall for the film: Restless Heart: The
Confessions of Augustine. A discussion of the film will
follow. Please contact Diane Brown at 708-657-4262 for more
Saturday/Sunday, November 22-23, the annual collection for
the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be
taken up at all of the masses this weekend. This collection
helps to break the cycle of poverty in the Archdiocese of
Chicago. Additional envelopes may be found in the pews.
Saturday/Sunday, November 22-23, Daily Reflection Advent
books will be distributed after all of the masses this
weekend. This Advent Book is a wonderful way to aid you in
prayer during the Advent and Christmas season. We kindly ask
that only one book is taken per household.
Sunday, November 23
Is the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. From
traditions, we come together to celebrate and give thanks.
This year, the service takes place West Suburban Temple Har
Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest at 7:00 pm. This
is an annual event is hosted by one of the congregations
belonging to the Oak Park-River Forest Community of
Congregations and is open to everyone. Refreshments will be
served immediately following service. Additional parking is
available at Concordia College. Please join us for an
interfaith worship experience.
Thursday and Friday, November 27-28, the parish office
will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Parish
office will be open on Saturday, November 29. Blessings to
all of you for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
27, let us gather to worship and give thanks to God at our
special Thanksgiving Day liturgy. In coming together
as a parish family, we have an
opportunity to start the day in a true spirit of gratitude
for the many blessings in our
lives. Please bring an
item (wine, dessert, etc.) that will be part of your
personal Thanksgiving celebration later in the day and it
will be blessed during the mass. Place your item on the
special table before mass and be sure to take it back home.
We will continue the tradition of giving away Turano bread
at the end of the liturgy. The Thanksgiving Day collection
will support outreach efforts to members of our faith
community, who are especially challenged during these
Saturday/Sunday, November 29-30 and
December 6-7, the annual parish Giving Tree
will be placed in the North Transept and gift tags will be
available for pick up. Please select a tag or two
from the tree to provide Christmas gifts for members of our
sharing parish, St. Simeon in Bellwood, Casa San Jose Obrero
Mission in Pilsen, P.A.D.S. guests, or St. Edmund
parishioners. Kindly return the gifts, unwrapped and with
the tag from the Giving Tree securely attached to the
package, to the North Transept the weekend of December
13-14. Thanks for sharing your blessings with others in
these tough economic times. Volunteers are needed to help
with the Giving Tree. For more information, contact Michele
Wheeler via e-mail at
30, join us for a Pancake Breakfast in Murphy Hall
after the morning masses. The cost is $5 per adult and $3
for children. The event is sponsored by the St. Edmund
Parish School Board. Come to munch and mingle!
Saturday/Sunday, December 13-14 join us at the Holiday
Bake Sale and Gift Bazaar.
A variety of delicious cakes, cookies, pies and other baked
goods will be available. Do your Christmas shopping in
Murphy Hall. You may purchase desserts and homemade
knit/crochet items for your loved ones. And...back by
popular demand, three special raffle cakes: Fr. Lucas’s
famous Black Forest cake, Professional Chef Craig
Chojnacki’s Chocolate Mousse cake, and Mary Darnall’s German
Sunday, December 14, enjoy An
Afternoon with Santa, 3:30 pm- 5:30pm in the St. Edmund
Parish School Gymnasium. See
Special Events for details.
20, St. Edmund Parish welcomes the return of the nationally
Ferris Chorale at 8pm for an evening of exceptional
choral music and hospitality. There is no cost for this
event. It is a gift for you - our wonderful parishioners!
Please bring your families and friends too!
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
Book and Media Discussion Group is
here at St. Edmund! The series runs from
September through May and usually meet on the first
Thursday of the month. This new program alternates each
month between books and film. Films will be shown on
a Saturday sometime before the scheduled discussion
and are open to the entire parish as a community
event. All are welcome to attend one, some or all.
Please check the September 21 Echoes for the schedule.
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.
Registration for the School of Religious Education programs
are still being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic
school year Contact the Religious Education office at
708-848-7220. We will gladly inform you about all religious education programs
we have to offer!
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..
letters of St. Paul to the Corinthians meets from 7:00pm -
9:00 pm in the Parish School
resource room. The group's Fall session runs from
September 24 to December 17 For more information, contact
Mary Lynn Dietsche
Beginning September 5, the Friday Morning Bible
Study will focus on the Old Testament book of
Daniel and Pope Francis’s 2014 CHURCH OF MERCY. A
Vision for the Church (a collection of Pope
Francis’s talks). The group will meet in Murphy Hall
on consecutive Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30
a.m. 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! 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 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:
// Web site contact:
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,
November 22, 2014.