St. Edmund Parish


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Welcome to St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park, IL

Established 1907
Church, 1910
School, 1917-2016

The St. Edmund Parish Website presents information and news about St. Edmund Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park.

(Photo Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Info.)


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. 


Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

  • Weekly on-line mass Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Click on  St. Edmund Parish Oak Park. . Will continue until "shelter in place" order has been lifted.

  •  Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am, 5:00 pm

  •  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, 3 pm to 8 pm. Join in this blessed devotion unless other wise announced

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


Week at a Glance



"We have a Lord who is capable of crying with us and capable of walking with us in the most difficult moments of life."

"In the face of unjust and painful situations, faith brings us the light which scatters the darkness."

                      --Pope Francis


  • 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 to sign up through the Give Central website.

    • MANNA Gift Cards Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of vendor cards, such as Jewel, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's Market, 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  for ordering and more information about the bank account option.

    • 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 sensitive. 

    • 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.



... Catholic New World is a newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is available to you at no cost at the entrances of the church doors. Feel free to take a copy home and catch up with all of the news in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

...The Children’s School, now in the St. Edmund’s school building, is an independent, K-8 school with approximately 100 students. The curriculum emphasizes project based learning, social emotional competence, and social justice teaching and learning. The school is pleased to be our neighbor and welcomes us to visit the school. Their website is:; call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.

...we’re on Twitter! Follow us: St. Edmunds-Oak Park or click on @edmunds_oakpark .

Religious Education This Week

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Parish Service Opportunities and Groups

  • Rehearsals for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held Wednesdays at 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 708-386-1832.

  • 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!

  • Wednesday Night Bridge,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and advanced players welcomeLearn to play or improve your game.

  • The 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 .

  • 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.

  • 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.


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

** News and Events**

Weekend mass at St. Edmund church is being live-steamed on the parish's own YouTube Account and will remain on the site until "the shelter in place" order has been lifted. The mass will be celebrated live every Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and will remain on the site for two additional weeks. To access the site at any time click on St. Edmund Parish Oak Park.


Due to the "shelter in place" order from Governor Pritzker, the Archdiocese of Chicago has given the directive that all church doors should be locked. In addition to the  the suspension of daily and weekend liturgies, no weddings of funerals are to take place until further notice.



Dear St. Edmund Parishioners, this is Fr. John McGivern.

I hope I’m reaching you safe at home, and feeling well. This message can also be read at the parish website:

As Catholics, we believe that in faith and prayer, we are united, including with all the faithful departed. We call this the Communion of Saints.

Though we’re currently self-isolating, let’s enter into the Lord’s paschal mystery together. Join me in praying with Cardinal Cupich the next 3 days. Log on to and you’ll see a link for the Holy Week services. On Easter Monday, April 13th, at 5:30pm, we’ll have a live-streaming mass from St. Edmund Church on YouTube. Here’s the link: .

In this challenging time, and at all times, I pray for you daily. I hope you remember me too.

I also hope that you’ll make an Easter donation. I’m grateful to those who have continued their support, but we need everyone’s help. So, please drop off your envelope in the rectory mailbox. Or go to and type in St. Edmund Parish in the "Find your Charity" line. Or, simply text the word "Easter" to 708-258-5095, and you’ll be sent a donation link.

Remember that wherever we are, we share the gift of our Lord’s resurrection. Especially now, let’s find safe ways to share this beautiful gift of faith and hope with all others. May our Lord bless you all. Happy Easter.


Parish Finances

Regarding parish finances, as you know, our single most important source of revenue is our Sunday collection. While the celebration of the Eucharist is obviously significantly more important to our lives of faith and to our salvation, the reality is that we have bills and salaries to pay. It is my sincere hope that although you, our parishioners, will not be gathering as a worshipping community for the foreseeable future, that you will continue to make your weekly contribution to St. Edmund Parish. It is the only way that we can continue to meet our financial responsibilities.  I know that times are tough for all of us right now, but your parish needs you and cannot make it without you.

There are several ways to make a donation right now. They are:

  •  Drop of your weekly collection envelope in the mail slot of the parish rectory.

  •  Click the "Donate" button. You will be directed to Give Central where you can make a secure automatic offertory gift to the parish with either a credit card or your bank account.

  •  **NEW** You may make a parish donation by text! (Text to Give). Text the number 1-708-258-5095; write the word Offertory. You'll immediately be sent a link that will lead you to Give Central. It's that simple.

  • You may also follow this link to a page on the website of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which will allow you make a parish donation:

Let us Pray

Let us never forget to make the time to pray. We must pray for one another. We must pray for all others, especially those whose lives are disrupted physically, emotionally, psychically, spiritually, socially and financially by this terrible crisis. Let is also remember all the healthcare workers and first-responders who do not have the luxury to self-quarantine or at least, to take a few steps back from the front line. As always, we must remember, too, all others who are suffering and those who have been called home to God.

Though we are not worshipping together regularly right now, we remain one in faith, in sprit and in love.

May our Lord bless us all in these frightening days. May God guide us to do his will, especially now, that we may bring calm and healing and light amid the fear and disease and darkness that seems so close and so pervasive these days.

- Fr. John McGivern, your pastor



  • If you would like a copy of your 2019 financial contributions to St. Edmund Parish for your tax records, please email you request to: or call the Parish office at: 708-848-4417, extension 2011. Let us save some trees and also help to reduce paper and rising postage costs!

  • A Special Appeal to St. Edmund Parish School Alumni! St. Edmund Parish School alumni are invited to make a legacy gift to the parish. Your generosity comes with recognition and remembrances of your time at the school.  Wherever you currently may call home, remember you will always be a part of the beautiful legacy here. As this parish and school supported you and gave you wings for your life‘s journey, so your support to us today will allow us to serve God‘s people who call St. Edmund Parish their home today. For complete details, click on School Alumni. To make your donation, click the donate button.

  • 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. For questions, contact  the parish office.

  • Housing Forw>rd Shelter Season. We Need Your Help Tuesday Nights/Wednesday Mornings. This ministry works under the umbrella of the housing Forw>rd 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 on the Special Events link.

  • 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, x2021, 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 shelters. 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 our country. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this issue.

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Worship Schedule

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  • Religious Study

    • Beginning on Friday, February 28 (after Ash Wednesday), the Bible Study Group will begin a Panorama of the New Testament. We will explore the big picture from the 4 Gospels, Acts, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, Peter, John, Jude and the book of Revelations. We hope to discover the importance of these readings in our everyday lives. We meet in Murphy Hall from 9:15am until 10:30am on consecutive Fridays unless otherwise announced. Please join us whenever you are able, even if you are traveling in the Spring. Our discussions are educational and lively! All are welcome.

    • 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 at:  or call her at 708-386-1832.

    • Continue Your Faith Education! Research shows that most Catholics stop learningSee the source image about their faith after Confirmation. Continue learning on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. Join us and experience Symbolon; a video course. The series  is led by St. Edmund parishioner, Dr. Tim Cullinane. We will meet either in Murphy Hall or the North Transept. You do not need to attend each session. Hope to see you there!

    • 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.


      • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 or email

        • 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 contact Peggy Leddy at:  or 708-848-4417, x2021.

        • Adult Confirmation Sessions. The Chicago Archdiocese’s Adult Confirmation Program is for those who are: 19-years-old or older, and are baptized Catholic and received First Communion. For the full class schedule and registration, contact Javier Castillo at  or 312-965-2291. As part of your registration, please contact the church where you were baptized and request a newly-issued copy of your sacramental records to submit to Javier. Adult Confirmation is April 10.

        • New or expectant parents are invited to register for Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to register, please contact Peggy.





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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: Christine Rousakis (" // Web site editor: Michael Guerin (
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: April 15, 2020.