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.


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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. 

    • 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.


    "Agape, the love of each of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes."

--Pope Francis


  • Parish Service Opportunities and Groups

    • The St. Edmund PADS/Housing Forward 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 ensure successful Housing Forward seasons. 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.

    • Rehearsals for the St. Edmund Parish choirs begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and continue on subsequent Wednesdays. Rehearsals are 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 11:30am 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: 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 welcomeLearn to play or improve your game. Our Winter to Spring Lecture series for 2017 is now underway, presented by Gustavo Saravia, MD, Bridge Lifetime Master.  See the January 22 Echoes for the lecture schedule.

    • 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 .

    • 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.


This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin, who passed away October 14, 2003.  The site is lovingly dedicated  to her.

** News and Events for the Week of May 21, 2017 **


  • Saturday, May 20, St. Edmund Parish's an Elegant Evening...Comes Home. The annual fundraiser will be held in the St. Edmund Parish Gymnasium from 6:30-11:00 p.m.  The event features a Silent Auction, Cash and Prize Raffle, Hors d'oeuvres, Dinner, a Cash Bar and much, much more. Our goal is to raise as much money as we can and we need the involvement of every parishioner.  The event will support the operating needs of our parish including payment of our obligations to the Archdiocese. For more information on the event, underwriting, auction, raffles, donations and event tickets, click on the Elegant Evening page for details.

  • Sunday, May 21, parents and their children are reminded to return to the Peace Garden after the 9:00am and 11:00 am Masses to plant the Marigolds that they planted in their peat pots. We will have extra Marigold plants for the children if they did not attend the planting session. The children are important members of our gardening team!

  • Saturday, May 27, 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. Please join us and bring your friends. Another vigil will be held on Saturday, June 24.

  • Saturday, May 27, you are invited to  Movie Night at 7 p.m. in Murphy Hall.

  • Tuesday, May 30, parishioners from St. Edmund and other local parishes and congregations who are still hoping for a better employment situation will have an opportunity to raise their job search campaigns to the next level. Join parishioner Dan Kane and renowned LinkedIn expert, Denis Curtin from 7:00-8:30pm in Murphy Hall for the eighth session in our Job Search Think Tank series. Denis and Dan will be comparing notes with other local job search experts. They will bring you up to date on the latest LinkedIn strategies and other internet options in today’s job market. Dress is casual. Bring several copies of your resume. There is not a charge to attend. Contact parishioner Dan Kane at: 773-817-1232 or for more information or to sign up.

  • Thursday, June 1, join us for the Catholic Charities 44th Annual Senior Unity Mass and Luncheon at 10:00am at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Parking is available in the large lot next to the church. Immediately following Mass, there is a social gathering and free hot luncheon in the basement cafeteria. 350 spots for the luncheon are available on a first-come, first served basis.  Reservations are required by May 26 and may be made by calling: 312-655-7425 or via email at:

  • Sunday, June 4, St. Edmund Parish will have a booth at the annual A Day in Our Village held in Scoville Park, corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street from 11:00am - 6:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down our booth. We also need volunteers to donate an hour or two at the booth throughout the day and share information about our wonderful parish. If you are able to help, please contact Don Giannetti at 708-848-4417, extension 205 or via email at: .

  • Saturday, June 10, an Archdiocese of Chicago Care for Creation Listening Session will be hosted at Ascension Parish, 808 S. East Avenue, Oak Park from 9am - 12pm. Other Vicariate IV parishes will participate as well. Join us as we reflect on our Catholic faith, and how it calls on us to be in right relationship with God, with one another, and with the earth as we build a healthy planet for our children’s future and for the well-being of all humanity. RSVP by calling the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity at 312-534-5393.

  • Saturday, June 10,  the St. Edmund Young Adults group will attend the 5:30pm mass followed by an Ice Cream Social in Murphy Hall. All adults under the age of 35 are welcome to join the Young Adult group. Contact Monica at

  • Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11 is Spring Bundle Weekend for collection of household Items and clothing. Please donate your clean, gently-used apparel such as: clothing, outerwear, and shoes for adults and children. Household items in good condition are needed including: linens; cooking and serving items; small, working appliances; and home decorations. Pack delicate items safely in a container and mark them fragile. Drop off items in the parking lot at the St. Vincent de Paul Society trailer before or after the weekend masses. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

  • Sunday, June 11 the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated within the 11am mass. This Sacrament is the prayer and activity of Christ for the physical and spiritual healing of the infirmed.  No longer only understood as Extreme Unction, or the Last Rites, this Sacrament is intended for Catholic faithful who have serious illness. It also applies to those who are about to undergo surgery, have a chronic illness, suffer from the challenges of being elderly, suffer with emotional or psychological illness, or have other serious conditions. The communal anointing also provides an opportunity for those who enjoy good health to witness the reception of this unique sacrament and to offer their prayerful support at this sacred moment. All those who are anointed, as well as all of those who witness the anointing, share equally in the mystical Body of Christ.


  • Upcoming Parish Events - Save the Dates!

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  • And:

    • Registration for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program is now open to children Pre K (3 & 4 year old) through 8th grade. A letter from director Janet Bennick outlining the process, as well as forms which require your completion, can be found on the Religious Education page.

    • Our volunteer recruitment for the St. Edmund’s PADS Ministry continues. This ministry works under the umbrella of the housing Forw>rd + Prevail 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.

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

    • 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, x202, 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.

    • 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 Mary Lynn Dietsche at or call the parish office.

Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

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

  • 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 in the church sanctuary 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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  • 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 contact Peggy.

    • Adult Confirmation Sessions. Baptized Catholics,19 and older, who are not yet confirmed and have received Holy Communion 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

    • Friday, March 3, the first Friday of Lent, St. Edmund Bible Study Group will begin its Spring session with a study of the Book of Job. The Book of Job, a Wisdom book, searches for the meaning of suffering and retribution. The group will meet in Murphy Hall from 9am 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.

    • Centering Prayer Group, Saturdays at 9:30  a.m. in the North Transept area of the church. All are welcome.


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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 contact: 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: May 20, 2017.