Sunday, November 19, 2006

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!?!?!?!

Hey all you Bears Fans! Come join the St. Edmunds Young Adults on December 11th to watch the Bears take on the St. Louis Rams. We will meet at Poor Phil's Bar and Grill at 7:30pm, 139 S. Marion in Oak Park, for $1 burgers and $2 Coors Light bottles. Come join in cheering on the 9-1 Bears (hopefully 11-1 by then) and enjoy some comraderie.

See you there!

Laura & Justin B.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Need a Reason to Read a Book?

Save the date of Sunday, October 22 after the 6pm Mass for the SEYA first Book Club gathering. We plan to discuss S.J. James Martin’s book, “My Life with the Saints.” The book has earned rave reviews and has been described by the Loyola Press as, “an entirely new subgenre: Lives of the Saints that Might Actually Get Read.”

Please join young adults in Murphy Hall after the 6pm Mass to share your thoughts and hear others’ impressions of the book, “My Life with the Saints.” Desserts will be served.

My Life with the Saints

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Hey Everyone!

This coming Saturday, September 23rd, we are planning a "pub crawl" in Forest Park along Madison Avenue. Please join us for a few beers (or whatever you fancy) as we make our way along the street enjoying a night on the town. We will meet at 8:00 pm at Sara & Emil's place and begin our journey from there. Hope you all can make it as we kick off our fall events!

If you can't make the start of the crawl, feel free to call my cell to meet up with us at any point.

See you there!

Justin Basi

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Annual Meeting

Hi everyone,

Per listserv email, the annual meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at Jimmy's Place in Forest Park. If you haven't done so already, please RSVP to me by noon at so I can give an accurate count to the restaurant. See you there!

And just a reminder that the Sunday 6 p.m. Mass resumes on Sept. 10.

- Katie

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Theology on Tap Lineup

Theology on Tap, the summer lecture (and social) series for young adults in their 20s and 30s begins in July. St. Edmund is the only parish in the near western suburbs to be a host site. Here's the lineup for our Theology on Tap series, starting on Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m.:

7/11 - Fr. Michael Sparough, S.J. - "Friends in High Places: Making Sense of the Saints (2000 Years of Christian Spirituality in the Time it Takes to Drink 2 Beers)"

Fr. Michael Sparough, S.J., is a storyteller, writer, actor and a spiritual director. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a doctorate in ministry from St. Mary of the Lake. He is the director of Charis Ministries and a lecturer at Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies.

7/18 - Fr. John Cusick & Fr. Frank Jenks - "The Celebration of Catholic Mass and an Explanation"

Fr. John Cusick is the director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago and on staff at Old St. Patrick’s Church. Ordained in 1970, he served as a faculty member of Niles College Seminary and spent seven years as associate pastor at Mary Seat of Wisdom Church.

Fr. Frank Jenks is pastor of St. Alphonsus in Lemont. Previously, he was a pastor of Ascension Parish in Oak Park, where he directed adult retreats and formation days. He has also worked at St. Mary of Vernon, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Our Lady of Wayside.

7/25 - Mr. Frank Hannagan - "Insights on Marriage: Why So Many Want It and Why So Many Fail at It"

Mr. Frank Hannagan is the director of the Family Ministries Office. Frank has a BS from Loyola University and an MA from Chicago State University. Previously, he was the director of the Cana Conference of Chicago.

8/1 - Ms. Anne Chrzan - "Prayer For Dummies: Getting In Touch With the Great Ways Catholics Pray"

Ms. Anne Chrzan is the associate director of the Diaconate Formation Program in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

If you are interested in serving on the Theology on Tap Volunteer Committee, please contact Katie L. at or call 708-261-7778. You don't have to be a member of St. Edmund to volunteer. Thanks!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Work Day And Theology on Tap

Greetings and Happy Memorial Day to All,

Saturday, June 3, will be our work day at St. Edmund. We'll be painting the fence at the school and doing other various tasks around the church. We will meet at 10 a.m. (not 1 p.m. as previously reported in the Echoes) on the lawn. All the materials will be provided, but please bring your own gloves and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Please email me to let me know if you will attend so we can make sure we have enough work for everyone!

In other exciting news, on Tuesday, June 6, we are having a Theology on Tap planning meeting in Murphy Hall at 7 p.m. St. Ed's is the only church in the near west suburbs to host the series this year, which will be on Tuesday nights in July. Because we expect to get a decent crowd, and there is a fair amount of work that goes into hosting the event, we really need St. Edmund young adults to step up and participate in the planning committee. It's a great chance to meet not only St. Edmund young adults, but people from the surrounding communities and parishes. And, as the name implies, there are plenty of beverages! Please RSVP to the meeting by e-mailing me. If you can't attend on Tuesday but would still like to help, please let me know!

Katie L.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Get Out Those Work Clothes!

Hi Everyone,

We plan on doing some work around church on Saturday, June 3 (to include painting the fence). More information will be forthcoming, but please save the date!

- Katie L.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

April Gathering

Hi All,

Our next gathering will be Sunday, April 2, after the 6 p.m. Mass. We'll meet in Murphy Hall and discuss upcoming events centered around social, service, and faith-based activities. Some ideas we have include: forming a St. Edmund kickball team to participate in the Oak Park Park District league, having a barbecue in early summer, pitching in to help do some improvements around the church this spring, getting involved in the food pantry at St. James in Maywood (our sharing parish), and encouraging more young adults to participate in liturgical ministries. Pizza, snacks and beverages will be onhand.

If you can't make it, please keep checking back here for future activities and also sign up for the listserv (scroll down the page for info on how to do that).

See you soon!

- Katie L.

P.S. Don't forget Daylight Savings Time next week - we spring ahead!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Keep checking for upcoming activities!

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to send out a quick message regarding some upcoming events. We are trying to coordinate some service events for the church, school, and community over the next few months. There's been talk of cleaning, yardwork, helping with PADS, and many other ideas. Also, from the social aspect, please continue to check back here for updates regarding a possible bowling outing, baseball game, trivia night, etc.

If anyone has any service projects or social event ideas, feel free to reply and attach a comment to this message.

We are also looking to have a table or two representative of the group at the fundraising dinner/dance at the zoo. If anyone is interested, please purchase your tickets at church and the tables will be arranged accordingly. Details are in the "Echoes." Hope you all can make it!

Justin & Laura B.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Grab a drink- 2nd round!

The Young Adults crew is planning another gathering at Slaton's Supper Club (144 S. Oak Park Ave.) following the 6pm mass on Sunday, February 19th. The cost will remain $10 at the door (same as last time), which will get you 2 drinks (beer, wine, or soda) and a wide variety of appetizers. The last get-together was such a great success, we really hope everyone will be able to attend. We are also talking with Slaton's about having a dinner or trivia night in the spring, so any feedback is appreciated.

Hope to see you all there.

Justin & Laura B.