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Welcome to St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park, IL

Established 1907
Church, 1910
School, 1917

The St. 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.   

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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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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.  For full details, see the September 2, 2012 Echoes.

    • 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.

    • Purchase MANNA Certificates;  click on St. Edmund School page for details. Credit cards are accepted.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

** News and Events for the Week of June 28, 2015**

 

  • Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28 to Saturday, July 4, Fortnight for Freedom continues. The Church celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power: St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. For more information about the Fortnight, visit: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom  . Also, for information on Fortnight for Freedom events in the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit the Respect Life Office’s website: www.respectlifechicago.org. Kick-Off Mass and Eucharistic Procession Monday, June 22; Fortnight for Freedom Mass and Picnic Saturday, June 27.  

  • Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, is the Peter’s Pence Collection, which provides Pope Francis with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease. The collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need.  Please be generous.

  • Friday-Saturday, July 3-4, the Parish office will be closed for the Independence Day holiday.

  • Saturday, July 4, the Independence Day Mass will be celebrated at 9:00am Please consider beginning this important day with the celebration of the Eucharist.

  • Monday-Friday, July 13-17, are the dates for Vacation Bible School. Click on Religious Education for details, call the St. Edmund Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220, or email jbennick@stedmund.org  for a registration form!

  • Tuesday, July 14, there will be a Parish Young Adults Leadership Team Meeting[image005.jpg] at 7:00 pm. All interested young adults are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our Young Adults are a dynamic group that seeks to connect St. Edmund parishioners in their 20s and 30s through building relationships with God and each other. We aim to deepen out Catholic Faith and practice through serving those in need, gathering together for worship, and of course, for social events. Join us! This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, service your community and enrich your spiritual journey.

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    • Please Note: 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 Associate, at pleddy@stedmund.org  or 708-848-4417, x202.

    • 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.

    • The St. Edmund Book and Media Discussion Group 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. All are welcome to attend. Next in the Series: 3/21 Film: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;  5/7 Book: The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis (HarperOne, 2009, 209 pages. For more information, contact Diane Brown at (708) 657-4262.

    • 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. See the Echoes for more details.  For questions, contact Mary Lynn Dietsche at mldietsche46@gmail.com or call the parish office.

Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

  • Mass Schedule-- Saturday 5:30pm; Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm (beginning Sept. 21)

  • 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 announced. 

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

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Worship Schedule

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  • Summer Parish Office Hours

    • Monday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

    • Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    • Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (closed July 3)

    • Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (closed July 4)

    • Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • 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 click here or 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 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

    • Join 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 jbennick@stedmund.org  for further information..

    • The Friday Morning Bible Study group begins its Spring session Friday, February 20 with study of the New Testament Gospel of Mark, and parts of another book on the theology of mercy (MERCY by Cardinal Walter Kasper). The group meets 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. 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 708-848-4417.

    • 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 khalfpenny@stedmund.org .

    • 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 . The committee hosts a New Parishioner dinner; generally in the Spring and the Fall. If you are able to assist with the dinners, contact Joanne Lewandowski at: lewjoann@hotmail.com.

    • Wednesday Night Bridge,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and advanced players welcome!  Learn to play or improve your game. Click here for details!

    • 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.

    • 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 Janet Bennick in the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.

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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: carousakis@stedmund.org // Web site contact: 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: June 27, 2015.