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Welcome to St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park, IL

Established 1907
Church, 1910
School, 1917

The St. Edmund Parish Website incorporates information and news about St. Edmund Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park, and includes weekly updates about St. Edmund School, educating children pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade.   

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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. 


Week at a Glance


  • 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  for a downloadable form.

    • 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.  For full details, see the September 2, 2012 Echoes.

    • 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.

    • Our sharing parish is St. Simeon Parish, Bellwood, IL.  Click here for the church web site.

    • Purchase MANNA Certificates;  click on St. Edmund School page for details. Credit cards are accepted.


    Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.

    --Pope Francis











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

** News and Events for the Week of October 4, 2015**


  • Sunday, October 4, Anniversary Sunday, the parish will offer a special blessing upon all couples who will celebrate their wedding anniversary in the month of October. Please plan to receive this special blessing after all the masses this weekend—and Congratulations.

  • Sunday, October 4, please join the Respect Life Committee in a Holy Hour for Life immediately following the 11am mass. In observance of Respect Life Sunday, we will pray the Rosary with Adoration and Benediction for the intention of building a culture of life from conception to natural death.

  • Tuesday, October 6, The Book Club Returns with a discussion of Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968, by Oak Park author Jim Bowman, at 7:30pm in Murphy Hall. Mari Hans, parishioner and book moderator, thinks you may find this first book selection to be very interesting. Former parishioner Bowman’s book takes a in-depth look at his years as a Jesuit--his triumphs, travails and ultimate separation from life as a Jesuit priest. This book is a wonderful retrospective for those who made similar journeys and an amazing introspective for any who may have considered it.

  • Saturday, October 10, the St. Edmund Young Adults (SEYA) will sponsor a Parish Service Day. Please help us deep clean, spruce up the parish facilities and some other service projects from 9am to noon. Any time you can give us would surely help! All ages are welcome. Please bring a bucket and rags; other cleaning items will be provided. Come and join others as we work in community together.

  • Thursday, October 15, you are invited to Job Search Think Tank V:  “Your Resume and Your LinkedIn® profile; Make Sure They Are working For You!” Next to your resume, your LinkedIn® profile is your most important job search tool. If you already have a resume and have gone online to create a LinkedIn profile, you have some idea of how important these tools can be.  Denis Curtin, a LinkedIn Trainer, will join St. Edmund parishioner Dan Kane, a human resources professional, in presenting and discussing methods guaranteed to get your job search moving in the right direction. The workshop will run from 7 pm until 8:30pm on Thursday, October 15, in Murphy Hall. There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome. Dress is casual. For more information, see full details on the Special Events page or contact Dan Kane at 773-817-1232 or .

  • Saturday, October 17, join us for the 5:30pm Multicultural Liturgy. We will celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures found in our parish at the mass which will be celebrated by Fr. McGivern. Parishioners are asked to wear their ethnic clothing (if possible) and be in the entrance procession. We are hoping for a huge turnout to celebrate our unity in our diversity and ask that you let us know if you are willing to be in the procession. A Taste of St. Edmund will be held in Murphy Hall immediately following the mass featuring finger foods and desserts from parishioners representing many nations. To sign up for the procession, and for preparing foods for the Taste, see full details on the Special Events page or in the September 27 issue of the Echoes.

  • Saturday, October 24, is Harvest Saturday, St. Edmund’s Collection for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry from 11:00 am—12:30pm in Murphy Hall. We invite every St. Edmund parishioner to participate in this important outreach effort by contributing monetary donations, nonperishable food and household items.  Please click on the graphic for full details on what is needed, contact information, and volunteer sign-up. As always, we appreciate your generosity to this cause.

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25, is Fall Bundle Weekend sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Donations are needed including: small appliances, clothing, household items, winter apparel, linens, cooking and serving items, small appliances, and home items such as vases, picture frames, and wall decorations (delicate items should be packed safely in a box/carton marked Fragile). All donations should be clean, gently-used, and in good condition. Drop off items at the St. Vincent de Paul Society trailer in the parking lot before or after the weekend masses. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

  • Thursday, November 29,(deadline for tickets is Sunday October 18) Save the Date for a Parish Outing to Drury Lane. We have reserved 50 tickets at $35 per person for parishioners and friends to see the production of White Christmas at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The cost is for the production only. This event is sponsored by the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us! Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To keep the cost of the event down, we will carpool and meet there. To reserve your ticket, please see Don Giannetti or call him at 708-848-4417, x205.


  • And:

    • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please click on the graphic for a calendar of related community events.

    • Please Note: Registration for both the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult Confirmation Program are now open. If you or an adult you know is interested in the RCIA or Adult Confirmation, please click here  or contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at  or 708-848-4417, x202.

    • 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.

    • 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. See the Echoes for more details.  For questions, contact Mary Lynn Dietsche at or call the parish office.

Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

  • Mass Schedule Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am (and 5:30pm beginning September 20)

  • Attend Daily Mass.  Join us every Monday-Saturday 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 unless otherwise announced. 

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

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Worship Schedule

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  • Summer Parish Office Hours

    • Monday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

    • Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    • Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (closed July 3)

    • Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (closed July 4)

    • Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 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 click here or contact Peggy.

    • Adult Confirmation Sessions. Baptized Catholics,18 and older, who are not yet confirmed, 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 click here.

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

  • Religious Study

    • Join our Tuesday Morning Faith Sharing Group Group which reads and discusses the three scripture passages for the upcoming weekend masses. We meet Tuesdays after the 8:30 mass in Murphy Hall.  Please call Janet Bennick at 708-848-7220 or email at  for further information.

    • Friday Morning Bible Study meets at 9 am on consecutive Fridays in Murphy Hall unless otherwise announced. The title for the Fall session is “Israel’s Story, part one, and explores Old Testament history and theology as well as stories from the creation accounts of Genesis to the fall of the Northern Kingdom.  

    • Centering Prayer Group, Saturdays at 9:15  a.m. in the church. All are welcome.

  • Parish Service Opportunities and Groups

    • The St. Edmund PADS ministry has been staffing an overnight emergency shelter in Oak Park for over 15 years.  This is the parish’s largest ministry and needs your help to have another successful PADS season. We are looking for Site Leads, Evening and Overnight Volunteers, and Breakdown Teams. If interested please contact Deacon Tom Dwyer at and Anita Dwyer at 708-848-4417.

    • Consider joining the St. Edmund Music Ministry and one of our parish choirs!  Join us on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm in the choir loft. Choirs serve at the 5:30pm Saturday mass and the 11:30am Sunday mass. Auditions for vocalists are not needed. Contact music director Kathy Halfpenny at 708-386-1832 or via e-mail 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: The committee hosts a New Parishioner dinner; generally in the Spring and the Fall. If you are able to assist with the dinners, please contact Mary Ellen.

    • Wednesday Night Bridge,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and advanced players welcome!  Learn to play or improve your game. Click here for details!

    • The Respect Life Committee has a virtual home at“Like” our page to receive inspiration and information on current and upcoming events.

    • Parents with young children (newborn - 3 years of age) are invited to join the St. Edmund Parents Group (New StEPs). This informal play group meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month. All are welcome! Contact Mary Bellmar at  for more information.

    • 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. If you are interested in joining or need additional information, please contact parishioner Michele Wheeler through the Parish Office.

    • The St. Edmund Parish Life Commission offers knitting and crochet classes for adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.   See the weekly Echoes for dates or contact the parish office at 708-848-4417.

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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
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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: October 03, 2015.