Thursday, December 09, 2010

Advent faith sharings cancelled

Given the lack of confirmed participation during this busy season, the remaining Advent faith sharings have been cancelled.

We look forward to seeing you at the next SEYA event!

Friday, November 05, 2010

3rd Sunday Gathering: November 21st

Join us for November's Third Sunday gathering on Sunday, November 21st after 6pm Mass.

We will gather at Cucina Paradiso (814 North Blvd, Oak Park) for socializing, food and fun. Bring your craft skills because we will also be helping the St. Edmund Giving Tree committee by cutting the shapes for the Giving Tree ornaments! Please bring a pair of scissors to help with this craft.

For more information, please email: and check out Cucina Paradiso's awesome menu here:

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Harvest Saturday & more...

There is alot going on this weekend at St. Edmunds. Check it out!

1) St. Edmund grade school will host a booth at the Oak Park Farmers' Market this Saturday. Homemade baked goods will be on sale! Buy a few goodies and help support the school!

2) After you visit the Farmers' Market, stop by Murphy Hall from 10am- 12noon to help sort and pack food for Harvest Saturday. If you cannot help, drop off some non-perishable food and household items. Donations are going to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

3) The donating does not stop here! It is also Bundle Weekend! There will be a trailer in the parking lot behind St. Edmund. Please drop off gently used clothes, bedding and towels at the trailer on Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th. The donations benefit St. Vincent de Paul.

And...thinking ahead...

1) In honor of Pro-Life month, St. Edmund welcomes Dan McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs at Americans United for Life. He will present "The Current Battle over Stem Cell Research" on Tuesday, October 26th at 7:30pm in Murphy Hall. Please join us to hear more about this timely and important topic.

2) Tis (almost) the season! The annual St. Edmund Giving Tree will be displayed in the church the weekends of November 27th & 28th and December 4th & 5th. Gifts should be returned the weekend of December 11th & 12th. The Giving Tree will benefit PADS, St. Simeon (our Sharing Parish) and the San Jose Obrero Mission.

Thank you!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October Third Sunday Gathering-- Pizza and Pumpkins

Join us after the 6 p.m. Mass on October 17 at Murphy Hall to catch up with friends and meet new faces over pumpkin carving and pizza. You're welcome to bring your own pumpkin, decorate one with a team (we'll have a few extra pumpkins), or just join us for great conversation with the young adults at the St. Edmund parish.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to so we have a count for pizza and drinks-- a $3 to $5 donation per person is appreciated to cover the costs.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 04, 2010


This Saturday, October 9th, is the annual St. Edmund Young Adult pub crawl!

Join us on Madison Street in Forest Park for a good time!

Here is our "crawling schedule"

8pm - 9pm - DuckFat Bar & Grill
7214 W Madison St.

9pm - 10pm - O'Sullivans
7244 W Madison

10pm - 11pm - Healy's West Side
7321 W Madison

11pm - 12 midnight! - Doc Ryan's Bar
7432 W Madison

12 midnight - who knows! - Slainte Irish Pub
7505 W Madison

We hope to see you there! :)

Friday, October 01, 2010

Pro-Life Speaker October 26, 2010

In honor of Pro-Life month, on Tuesday, October 26th, St Edmund will host Dan McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs at Americans United for Life (AUL).

His topic is: "The Current Battle over Stem Cell Research."

This talk will take place in Murphy Hall at 7:30pm.

For more information on Mr. McConchie, please visit:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Switchback is back!

Save the Date!

On Saturday, October 16th at 5:30pm Mass the dynamic duo Switchback is performing.
After Mass, there will be a concert in the Parish gynmasium.
Advance tickets may be purchased in the Murphy Hall corridor after masses.
Switchback is a dynamic duo who provide a unique blend of rock, folk & Celtic music. Check out their site:
This event is sponsored by the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission.

Emails galore!

Please consider signing up for the St. Edmund parish list serve. To subscribe, please email Leave the subject line empty and write in the following in the body of the email:

Subscribe stedmund

This is a completely separate email list serve from the St. Edmund Young Adult (SEYA) yahoo list serve! If you are interested in signing up for the SEYA list serve, please visit send an email to:

Thank you!

Bless our Pets!

Calling all pet lovers!

All parishoners with pets are invited to gather on the Murphy Hall lawn on Sunday, October 3rd at 3pm for a special pet blessing, in honor of the feast of St. Francis (October 4th).

The ten minute blessing will take place, rain or shine!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Volunteer Opportunity: 2010-11 Season of PADS Lunch Preparation

On the fourth Tuesday of every month (from September through April), SEYA gathers at 7:30 p.m. for about 1 hour to prepare bagged lunches for the guests at PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). It is a fulfilling opportunity to serve the poor and to share that experience with your peers and friends.

If your calendar is open from 7:30-8:30 pm on any of the Tuesdays listed below, please consider volunteering to prepare meals for PADS. We will need 2 types of volunteers each month: (1) someone to host meal preparation at their home and coordinate the purchase of the food and drinks; and (2) individuals who will arrive at the host's home at 7:30 to make sandwiches and bag the lunches.

Please reply to Sara Paguia at with the date(s) that you would like to host meal preparation this year. After coordinating the host sites, Sara will circulate an email each month requesting volunteers to prepare the lunches.

Here are the Tuesdays that we will gather to prepare lunches:

September 28- Sara & Emil Paguia to host
October 26
November 23
December 28
January 25
February 22
March 22
April 26

If you have any questions, contact Sara at 847-770-1571 or

Friday, September 10, 2010

September SEYA Third Sunday Gathering- Maya Del Sol

We're kicking off the fall season with friends, new faces, and faith-sharing!

Sunday evening Mass at St. Edmund Parish will resume this month-- So join us after the 6 p.m. Mass on September 19 at Maya Del Sol. You're welcome to come and enjoy dinner, drinks or just great conversation with the young adults at the parish.

Maya Del Sol
144 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
September 19, 2010
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to so we have a reservation count. Guests will be responsible for their own food and drink orders, but if you just want to come to meet everyone, stop on by!

Hope to see you there!


The St. Edmunds Young Adults (SEYA) group meets on the Third Sunday of every month after 6:00 p.m. Sunday Mass for fellowship, spiritual formation, and info on what's happening at St. Edmund Parish and in the community.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September is National Hunger Action Month

September is National Hunger Action Month. Please visit the Chicago Catholic Charities website for more information on what you can do this month to fight hunger.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Green Community Connections

Please consider attending

a forum for sustainability advocates

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Hassler Hall at Euclid Avenue
United Methodist Church
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park

This is an opportunity to learn what others in the community are doing to "live green."
There will be a discussion facilitated by Doris Blesoff (Green Blocks). Please join the group to learn what others are doing & to explore how we can colloborate, support each other & strengthen our collective impact for living green.

Please acknowledge attendance by emailing:
or by calling Earl at 708/383-5559.

We hope to see you there to help celebrate green living!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Theology on Tap 2010!

It is that time of year again …. time for Theology on Tap!

Theology on Tap is a speaker and discussion series for specifically for young adults (single & married in their 20s & 30s) to gather together to share and explore their personal faith and meet new people.

St. Edmund will again be a Western Suburbs host site. We hope you all will participate and invite others each week too!

Here are the important details:

Tuesday, 7/13 @ 7:30pm
Fr. Britto Berchmans
“Emotionally Intelligent Relationships”

Tuesday, 7/20 @ 7:30pm
Ms. Jackie Posak
“Four Portraits, One Christ: Jesus in the Gospels”

Tuesday, 7/27 @ 7:30pm
Ms. Carol M. Lackie
“Faithful Work: How is that Possible?”

Tuesday, 8/3 @ 7:30pm
Mr. Jim Papandrea
“The Sacraments: Mysteries that will Change Your Life”

For additional information, please visit and click on the link for Young Adults. You may call the church rectory at 708-848-4417.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please email Christina Putz (

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Crop Walk

Please join us for the Oak Park River Forest CROP Hunger Walk-a-thon on Sunday, May 2nd, starting at 2pm. This fundraiser supports seven local food pantries and Church World Service. For more information, go to or contact Claire Acker at to participate.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Simple Soups and Stations

Please join us for a Stations of the Cross and Simple Supper at St. Edmund Parish on Friday, March 19th at 7pm. A soup dinner in Murphy Hall will be followed by stations of the cross. We hope to see you there!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Elegant Evening Fundraiser -- Volunteer Opportunities!!!

Saint Edmund's annual fundraiser, An Elegant Evening, will be held on Saturday, May 8th. This is our parish's major fundraiser to support church operations and our school. Although it's a few months away, we need your assistance now. Here are some ways in which you can donate time, talent and resources to support YOUR parish:

1) Volunteer for one of the Elegant Evening committees: Auction, Alumni, Raffle, Creative, or Reservations. The time commitment required for each committee varies, but none are too time-consuming.

2) Help us locate underwriters: If your employer would be willing to place an advertisement in the ad book, underwrite the cost of some of the event's food or music, or match a donation to the fundraiser, your input would be greatly appreciated. An Elegant Evening committee member can even speak to a human resources representative from your employer if you'd like.

3) Buy a raffle ticket: Raffle tickets for a cash drawing will be sold after each mass starting in a few weeks. The drawing will be held on the night of the Elegant Evening. You need not be present to win.

4) Join us for the event: You have the option to share a table with other SEYA members. A sit-down dinner, silent and live auction, and music and dancing, comprise the event. It promises to be a great time!

Please contact Al Licup by email at or by phone at (708) 261-7722 if you have questions or can volunteer to support this parish event.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lenten Faith Sharing -- Week #1

The season of Lent begins next week. SEYA will be hosting a Lenten Faith
Sharing group at individual members' homes in the Oak Park area. The first
gathering will be held next Thursday evening, February 18th, at 7:30pm. Al and
Katie Licup will be opening their home to the group during this first week.
Carl Tullson will host the following week on February 25th.

The faith sharing experience includes a reading, discussion and reflection on
the scripture passages proclaimed each week during Lent. It's a wonderful
opportunity to take an hour break from your busy schedule, to deepen your faith,
and to meet fellow St. Edmund parishoners.

Feel free to join us for one or more of the gatherings. There's no fee to

Please contact Al Licup at (708) 261-7722, or by email at, if
you're interested in participating. He will provide his home address and
directions when you contact him. Hope to see you there!