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. 


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.



    "The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality though which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child."

--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.

    • 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 October 16, 2016**

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please review the October 9 Echoes (click here) for information about domestic violence, resources and activities, or call the St. Edmund Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry at 708-848-4417.


  • Saturday, October 15,  Contemplative Outreach - Chicago, is offering its fifth annual one day introductory Centering Prayer Workshop at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Centering Prayer is a modern method of meditation and silent prayer designed to help us deepen our experience of  God’s presence within us. Reverend William Redfield will offer his reflect ions on The Wisdom of Knowing. Contact Alan Krema at alkrema@gmail  or call 630-369-6624 for more information.

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 200 architectural sites in Chicago, Evanston and Oak Park will be open free of charge for the public to visit. St. Edmund has proudly been invited to participate this year by the Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House Chicago 2016.  Fr. John McGivern and the community of St. Edmund parish wish to thank the Foundation for including St. Edmund as a site. We welcome the numerous visitors who will pass through our doors this weekend. We hope you will be delighted by the beauty of our worship space!

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, is St. Edmund’s Harvest Weekend in support of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Donations are needed including Monetary Support, Nonperishable Food, Household Items, and Toiletries & Baby Items. Drop off items before or after weekend masses. Click on Special Events for more detail on needed items.Volunteers also needed at 9:00am, Monday, October 17, to move items from Murphy Hall to parking lot, load vehicles and/or deliver items to the OPRF Food Pantry. To volunteer, contact Janet and Mark Jackson at: 708-710-2330 or  Thank you for your support and generosity!

  • Tuesday, October 18, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at 7:30pm for discussion of  the novel The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth. Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:  for more information.

  • Thursday, October 20, St. Edmund parishioners and those from other local parishes who are seeking a better employment situation have an opportunity to raise their Job Search campaign to the next level. Join parishioner Dan Kane and renowned LinkedIn expert, Denis Curtin in Murphy Hall at 7pm for the seventh session in our Job Search Think Tank series. Denis and Dan be compare notes with other local job search experts and bring you up-to-date on the latest LinkedIn strategies and other internet options. Dress casual, but do bring several copies of your resume.

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23 is St. Edmund’s Fall Bundle Weekend for collection of  Household Items and Clothing. Please support our semi-annual Bundle Weekend with your donations of clean, gently-used apparel such as: clothing, outerwear, and shoes for adults and children; household items in good condition including linens, cooking and serving items, such as dishes, flatware, pots and pans; small, working appliances, such as toasters and coffee-makers; and decorations, such as vases, picture frames and figurines. 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.

  • Sunday, October 23, is the Multi-Parish Domestic Violence Awareness Walk. Please join members of local Catholic parishes and walk in solidarity to raise awareness about domestic violence. The two mile walk begins at Keystone Park at 7851 W. Lake Street, River Forest at 2:00 pm. Registration and Check-In is at 1:30pm.

  • Saturday, October 29, 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.

  • Sunday, November 6, please join us at a Women’s Fashion Event from 1pm - 4pm in Murphy Hall for an afternoon of festivities including wine, snacks and fashion. St. Edmund parishioners will model the latest fashion trends presented by a fashion consultant. This gratis event will support women in our community, with an outfit being donated to Sarah’s Inn. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5.00 each to win any piece of clothing from the collection (up to $200). A lovely piece of jewelry is also being raffled to purchase shoes to complete our donation to Sarah’s Inn. Raffle tickets will be sold after the masses the weekend of October 29-30 and the weekend of November 5-6. The proceeds will be donated toward a need in our parish. Family and friends are welcome. Reservations are not needed. Looking forward to fashion fun and fellowship!

  • Sunday, November 20, the St. Edmund Young Adults invite you to Watch the Chicago Bears Game against the New York Giants at Noon in Murphy Hall. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beer will be provided after the 11am mass. Bring your favorite side dish to share. A donation of $5.00 per adult is requested with the proceeds to benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

  • Thursday, December 1, join your fellow parishioners and friends   to see the production of Crazy for You at 1:30pm at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.  We have reserved 50 tickets at $36 per person.  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. The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, November 1

  • Save the Dates:

    • Beginning Weekend of November 5-6: Purchase luminaries in memory of your deceased loved ones at Christmas.

    • Saturday, December 3: Christmas Tea


  • And:

    • Our volunteer recruitment for the St. Edmund’s PADS Ministry is now underway. 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.

    • Parish Summer Office Hours are in effect and the office is closed in the evenings with the exception of Mondays when Eucharistic Adoration will take place from 2-8 pm unless otherwise announced. Use of parish facilities Tuesdays through Thursdays will need to be scheduled in advance by special arrangement. Regular evening parish office hours will resume at a later date.

    • 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,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

    • The Tuesday Afternoon Faith Sharing Group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1pm - 3pm beginning September 6. 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: October 15, 2016.