Who We Are
We are a welcoming Eucharistic Catholic Community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all.
Our parish includes more than 1,300 households—singles, couples, families at all life stages. Hundreds of volunteers share their time, talent and treasure with us in ministries that assist our parish and the broader community.
Living Our Values
We are known in our community for our hospitality, rich liturgies, great music and commitment to social justice and outreach. We actively support charities within our community such as VEAP, Loaves & Fishes, Meals on Wheels and many more. We have reached beyond our own borders to build a relationship with our Sister Parish in Jinotega, Nicaragua and our Sister Community in the Dominican Republic.
Learning About Our Faith
Whether it is a Sunday School group on Sunday morning, a Wednesday Faith Formation small group, or an adult Bible study, you will find us learning about our faith just about every day. We provide programs from nursery school through high school and beyond. Our Faith Formation Commission makes sure we have a range of choices to guide us at every phase of our faith journey.
Our dynamic Youth Ministry keeps our young people engaged after they receive Confirmation. Mission trips, projects in the community and Acts 29 peer ministry are all designed for faith enrichment and, of course, fun.
Having Fun and Looking Out For Each Other
We build our own sense of community through many parish-wide events such as our Pancake Breakfast, Lenten Fish Fry, Donut Sundays and our annual Gather celebration. Whether we meet as volunteers in the VEAP garden, or over a donut or two, building connections with each other builds our community. And when one of us is having a tough time, members of our Pastoral Care team are there to walk with us.
How Things Get Done
In 2012 and 2013, we completed a Parish Assessment and Renewal to help us plan for our future and set goals to keep St. Edward’s a strong and vibrant community of faith. Our ministries are grouped into six commissions: Administration, Worship, Faith Formation, Pastoral Care, Social Justice and Community Life. Our Parish Council, along with our staff, provide overall direction for the commissions and the many active ministries. At our monthly Leadership Night, commission and PC members and staff share ideas and information.
The Church of St. Edward was established in 1967 to meet the needs of the growing city of Bloomington and the new residents moving into new neighborhoods. We are named for St. Edward the Confessor and share his belief in helping the less fortunate. The first Mass in our new church was celebrated in 1970 by our founding pastor, Fr. Paul Dudley, later Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D. Our founding parishioners still enjoy telling stories about Mass celebrated at Hubert Olson Junior High, fondly called St. Hubert Olson. In 1990 we dedicated an addition to our building, which gave us more meeting rooms, office space and a beautiful social hall.
If you would like to know more about our beginnings, we have compiled the histories as submitted by parishioners for our 50th Anniversary. Click to read the histories.
If you would like to view a slide show created for our 50th Anniversary celebration, it is posted on YouTube. Click to link to the video.