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.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am,
Attend Daily Mass.
Join us every Monday-Friday 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
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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
to sign up through the Give Central website.
Cards Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of
vendor cards, such as Jewel, Carsons, 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
or Denise Walsh
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
Monthly Wedding AnniversarySunday 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
Sharing Parish is St. Simeon Parish, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL,
"It is the synthesis-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."
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Upcoming Parish Events
Sunday, March 18, all children in Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth
grade (accompanied by a parent/guardian) are invited to join
in the lovely
Easter traditions of Coloring
and Palm Weaving. Join us from 10:30am - 12pm noon in the school and participate in
this fun, creative and free activity. All supplies will be
provided. RSVP to the Religious Education office by
Thursday, March 15 at 708-848-7220, so we may have the
correct amount of supplies. Please bring your family and
friends; there is no cost for this event!
March 19 through March 26, the Archdiocese of Chicago has
planned a series of
Lenten events specifically for Young
Adults. Click on the
Young Adults page for more
Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, is Collection Weekend in the North
Transept of the Church for the St. Edmund Parish Lenten
Almsgiving Project. The parish has chosen to fulfill its
Lenten obligation to GIVE ALMS by participating with Housing Forw>rd in developing their greatly needed House-to-Home Kits. St. Edmund parish is a long-time,
committed supporter of the Housing Forw>rd overnight
emergency shelter program. House-to-Home Kits help homeless
clients setting up new apartments with household items for
transitioning into apartment living. See the list of items
needed on the display in the Murphy Hall corridor or pick up
a flyer with the information. “House-to-Home” kits
donations are needed! For full information click on the
Special Events page.
Monday, March 19, Fr. McGivern invites all St. Edmund parishioners,
along with parishioners of other Oak Park Catholic parishes,
to a combined
Lenten Reconciliation Service of the Catholic Parishes of
Oak Park at 7:00pm here at St. Edmund. Amid the busyness that stakes too
much claim to our lives during the season of Lent, we
encourage you to reclaim this season of reflection,
anticipation and hope. Besides Fr. McGivern, several other
priests will be available for the reception of individual
confession and absolution. Please join us for this important
opportunity of reconciliation. Hope to see you there!
Monday, March 19, Eucharistic Adoration will end at 5:00 pm,
rather than 8:00 pm. Please make note of this scheduling
Tuesday, March 20, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at
7:30pm. For a discussion of the book “Silence” by Shusaku Endo. The book is
a classic novel of enduring Faith in dangerous times. Two
Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their
religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly
renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to
watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives
for their faith, the priests bear witness to cruelties that
test their own beliefs. Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, March 22, the Edmund Parish Life Commission Hosts Discover Your Best Colors. Join us for an evening of
fun and fellowship while exploring clothing and accessory
colors that look best on you! The event will take place at
Team Blonde, 7442 West Madison Street, Forest Park from
6:00pm - 9:00pm. You may shop at Team Blonde anytime on
Thursday, March 22. When you checkout, mention St. Edmund
and we will receive 15% to our parish. SPA time is also
available by calling 708-771-5590 to schedule your
appointment. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and
help support your parish!
Friday, March 23, we are offering the
Stations of the Cross—a powerful way to contemplate the final journey of our Lord Jesus.
Join us for the final Stations of the Cross
March 23, 7:30 pm in the church, preceded
by a meal of soup and bread at 7:00 pm in Murphy Hall.
Saturday, March 24, join us immediately following mass, 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.
Another vigil will be held on Saturday, April 28.
Thursday, April 12, join us from 9:00am - 3:30pm on our Fifth
Church Tour and Pilgrimage to visit the following churches:
St. Mary of the Angels, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Holy Trinity Polish Mission, St. John Cantius and St. Pius
V. The bus will leave at 9am sharp from the Pleasant side
street of the church and the cost for the bus tour is
$15.00. The next to last stop will be lunch at Manny’s Deli
in Chicago: you are responsible for the cost of your own
lunch. Don Giannetti will be the tour leader. Contact Don at
708-848-4417, extension 205 to register. Space is limited,
so be sure to get your registration in early!
SAVE THE DATE:
May 5:...An Elegant Evening
DID YOU KNOW...
….that on Tuesdays during Lent, you can participate in our
Lenten Faith-Sharing Group. 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, your thoughts, and
the world around you. It is an opportunity to deepen your faith
and to become more aware of how scripture has influenced your
life. All materials will be provided at no cost to you. The
Group meets Tuesday afternoons at 332 S. Grove Avenue from 1:30
pm–3:00 pm. For more information click on
Special Events or contact Kathy Halfpenny
…that in the spirit of Renew My Church, St.
Catherine--St. Lucy parish will host a Spring Series For
Women. We wish to extend a special invitation to all female
parishioners and female neighbors within our Renew My Church
grouping to join us. We will meet in the gathering space of St.
Catherine-St. Lucy Parish, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Oak Park. The
Monday, March 12 session is Quality World to the Rescue,
at 1:00pm and 7:30pm.
Parish Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Friday,
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. You may want to call ahead to
ensure that someone is available to assist you, as
the office may be closed from time to time.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., and Sunday, 9:00
a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Our volunteer recruitment for the
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
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
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.
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. For questions, contact Mary Lynn
Dietsche at email@example.com
call the parish office.
..... and, F Y I
Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, 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
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
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
OurBible Study of
St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians begins
Friday, February 16 from 9 -10:30
in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless
otherwise announced. Paul inspires us as well as
first century Christians. Letters to Thessalonians,
Colossians, and Ephesians challenge us to greater
discipleship. All are welcome, especially newcomers!
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
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
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 and Anita Dwyer
for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held
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:
or call her at
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:
Alzheimers Support Group, for caregivers of
persons living with younger-onset (before age 65)
dementia. The group meets on the first Saturday of
every month in Murphy Hall from 10:30am - 12pm noon,
unless otherwise announced. Sponsored by the
Alzheimer’s Association, the group is facilitated by
a trained volunteer. For more information, visit:
. Caregiving may be difficult, but
getting support for yourself
should not be!
The Type 1 Diabetes Support
Group provides free, fun activities and
informational presentations for families dealing
with Type 1 diabetes, known as Juvenile or
Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. One of the big positives
is that the children and their parents meet and talk
with other families with this disease. Kids also
enjoy supervised play in the school gym while
parents discuss diabetes related topics. Sometimes
we all meet together. We meet the first Wednesday of
the month in the Resource Room of the School from
7:15pm - 8:30pm, unless otherwise announced. Contact
parishioner Helen Gilmore at:
Wednesday Night Bridge,
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
Learn to play or improve your game.
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
for adults in
Murphy Hall. The group generally meets on the second
Saturday of the month.
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
Parish contact: Christine
// Web site editor: Michael
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,
March 17, 2018.