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. 


Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

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

  • 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, 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).


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 to sign up through the Give Central website.

    • MANNA Gift Cards Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of vendor cards, such as Jewel, Carsons, 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  or Denise Walsh 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.

    • Our Sharing Parish is St. Simeon Parish, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL, phone 708-547-6868


    "It is the synthesis-word of the Gospel-"Mercy"-it is the fundamental trait of the face of Christ: that face that we recognize in the diverse aspects of his existence: when he goes out to meet all, when he heals the sick, when he sits at table with sinners, and most of all when, nailed to the cross, he pardons; there we see the face of divine mercy."

--Pope Francis








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 March 18, 2018 **

Upcoming Parish Events


  • Sunday, March 18, all children in Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth grade (accompanied by a parent/guardian) are invited to join in the lovely Easter traditions of Coloring Eggs and Palm Weaving. Join us from 10:30am - 12pm noon in the school and participate in this fun, creative and free activity. All supplies will be provided. RSVP to the Religious Education office by Thursday, March 15 at 708-848-7220, so we may have the correct amount of supplies. Please bring your family and friends; there is no cost for this event! 

  • March 19 through March 26, the Archdiocese of Chicago has planned a series of Lenten events specifically for Young Adults. Click on the Young Adults page for more information.

  • Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, is Collection Weekend  in the North Transept of the Church for the St. Edmund Parish Lenten Almsgiving Project. The parish has chosen to fulfill its Lenten obligation to GIVE ALMS by participating with Housing Forw>rd in developing their greatly needed House-to-Home Kits. St. Edmund parish is a long-time, committed supporter of the Housing Forw>rd overnight emergency shelter program. House-to-Home Kits help homeless clients setting up new apartments with household items for transitioning into apartment living. See the list of items needed on the display in the Murphy Hall corridor or pick up a flyer with the information.  “House-to-Home”  kits donations are needed! For full information click on the Special Events page.

  • Monday, March 19, Fr. McGivern invites all St. Edmund parishioners, along with parishioners of other Oak Park Catholic parishes, to a combined Lenten Reconciliation Service of the Catholic Parishes of Oak Park at 7:00pm here at St. Edmund. Amid the busyness that stakes too much claim to our lives during the season of Lent, we encourage you to reclaim this season of reflection, anticipation and hope. Besides Fr. McGivern, several other priests will be available for the reception of individual confession and absolution. Please join us for this important opportunity of reconciliation. Hope to see you there!

  • Monday, March 19, Eucharistic Adoration will end at 5:00 pm, rather than 8:00 pm. Please make note of this scheduling change.

  • Tuesday, March 20, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at 7:30pm. For a discussion of the book “Silence” by Shusaku Endo. The book is a classic novel of enduring Faith in dangerous times. Two Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to cruelties that test their own beliefs. Contact parishioner Mari Hans at: for more information.

  • Thursday, March 22, the Edmund Parish Life Commission Hosts Discover Your Best Colors. Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship while exploring clothing and accessory colors that look best on you! The event will take place at Team Blonde, 7442 West Madison Street, Forest Park from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. You may shop at Team Blonde anytime on Thursday, March 22. When you checkout, mention St. Edmund and we will receive 15% to our parish. SPA time is also available by calling 708-771-5590 to schedule your appointment. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and help support your parish!

  • Friday, March 23, we are offering the Stations of the Cross—a powerful way to contemplate the final journey of our Lord Jesus. Join us for the final Stations of the Cross March 23, 7:30 pm in the church, preceded by a meal of soup and bread at 7:00 pm in Murphy Hall.

  • Saturday, March 24, join us immediately following mass, 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 friends. Another vigil will be held on Saturday, April 28.

  • Thursday, April 12, join us from 9:00am - 3:30pm on our Fifth Annual Architectural Church Tour and Pilgrimage to visit the following churches: St. Mary of the Angels, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Holy Trinity Polish Mission, St. John Cantius and St. Pius V. The bus will leave at 9am sharp from the Pleasant side street of the church and the cost for the bus tour is $15.00. The next to last stop will be lunch at Manny’s Deli in Chicago: you are responsible for the cost of your own lunch. Don Giannetti will be the tour leader. Contact Don at 708-848-4417, extension 205 to register. Space is limited, so be sure to get your registration in early!


    • May 5: ...An Elegant Evening



….that on Tuesdays during Lent, you can participate in our Lenten Faith-Sharing Group. 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, your thoughts, and the world around you. It is an opportunity to deepen your faith and to become more aware of how scripture has influenced your life. All materials will be provided at no cost to you. The Group meets Tuesday afternoons at 332 S. Grove Avenue from 1:30 pm–3:00 pm. For more information click on Special Events or contact Kathy Halfpenny at:708-386-1832 or .

…that in the spirit of Renew My Church, St. Catherine--St. Lucy parish will host a Spring Series For Women. We wish to extend a special invitation to all female parishioners and female neighbors within our Renew My Church grouping to join us. We will meet in the gathering space of St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Oak Park. The Monday, March 12 session is Quality World to the Rescue, at 1:00pm and 7:30pm.

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  • And:

    • Parish Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. You may want to call ahead to ensure that someone is available to assist you, as the office may be closed from time to time. Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

    • 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.

    • 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. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this issue.

    • 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.

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Worship Schedule

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  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, 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

    • Our Bible Study of St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians begins Friday, February 16 from 9 -10:30 am in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless otherwise announced. Paul inspires us as well as first century Christians. Letters to Thessalonians,  Colossians, and Ephesians challenge us to greater discipleship. All are welcome, especially newcomers!

    • 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. 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.


    • Parish Service Opportunities and Groups

      • The St. Edmund PADS/Housing Forward ministry has been staffing an overnight emergency shelter in Oak Park for nearly 20 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  and Anita Dwyer at 708-848-4417.

      • 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: http://www.alzheimersillinois . Caregiving may be difficult, but getting support for yourself should not be!

      • The Type 1 Diabetes Support Group provides free, fun activities and informational presentations for families dealing with Type 1 diabetes, known as Juvenile or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. One of the big positives is that the children and their parents meet and talk with other families with this disease. Kids also enjoy supervised play in the school gym while parents discuss diabetes related topics. Sometimes we all meet together. We meet the first Wednesday of the month in the Resource Room of the School from 7:15pm - 8:30pm, unless otherwise announced. Contact parishioner Helen Gilmore at: .  

      • 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.


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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: March 17, 2018.