St. Edmund Parish


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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.

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 August 24, 2014**

( will on hiatus the week of August 31)

  • August 23-24 and September 6-7, the annual Gathering on the Green will be held on the parish lawn after the masses. All parishioners and visitors who will be worshipping with us are invited to gather for fellowship, camaraderie and treats! Enjoy the beautiful flowers, lush lawn and lingering scents of the Summer. If you wish to contribute to the refreshments, see the August 17 Echoes for suggested items and delivery information.

  • Saturday, August 30,  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.

  • Tuesday, September 2, the men’s and women’s restrooms located in the Murphy Hall corridor will be closed for renovation. Other restrooms will be available for your use in convenient locations. The restroom renovation will take about six weeks to complete.

  • Thursday, September 4 is the kickoff for the St. Edmund Book and Media Discussion Group at 7pm in Murphy Hall. The series will begin with the book God Will Provide by Patricia Treece.  Details on the series is below and in the Echoes.

  • Saturday, September 6, please plan to participate in a wonderful retreat opportunity for spiritual renewal.  The All Parish Retreat Day led by Sr. Teresita Weind, SND, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, will be held at St. Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The retreat is the collaborative effort of six local parishes. Sr. Teresita  will travel from Rome to be with us and share her immense gifts as spiritual guide, prayer animator, and inspirational speaker. Registration is limited but is offered to all the area parishes. Forms are available on  or, call the Catherine-St. Lucy Rectory at 708-386-8077 by August 21 (and much sooner if possible). More details are in the August 17 Echoes.

  • Saturday, September 6, the Music Ministry of St. Edmund will also be having a retreat from 8:30 - 4:30 at Kathy Halfpenny's house. The facilitator will be Fr. Larry McNally, pastor of Ascension Parish.  The retreat will conclude with the celebration of the Eucharist. The cost will be $12.00 with breakfast and lunch included. Email  to make your reservation.

  • Sunday, September 14, an informational meeting to determine parishioners’ interest in developing a Parish Garden will take place at 3pm in Murphy Hall. Such a garden would be to grow vegetables that can be given to local agencies which serve/feed the poor and hungry, or possibly our sharing parish community members at St. Simeon Parish, or, of course, our own parishioners who are in need. This is no small undertaking and we can only move forward knowing we have the commitment of many hands (and hearts, and strong backs, arms and legs) to take ownership of this project!

  • Sunday, September 21, the Sunday 6 pm mass resumes.


  • And:

    • A Reminder: The parish office will be closed in the evenings with the exception of Mondays. Eucharistic Adoration will take place from 2:00pm - 8pm unless otherwise announced. Parish facilities that need to be used Tuesdays through Fridays will need to be scheduled in advance by special arrangement. Regular evening office hours will resume at a later date.

    • St. Edmund Book and Media Discussion Group is coming to St. Edmund! The series will run from September 4 through May and usually meet on the first Thursday of the month. This new program will begin in September with a book, and then alternate each month between books and film. Films will be shown on a Saturday sometime before the scheduled discussion and are open to the entire parish as a community event. All are welcome to attend one, some or all. Please check the August 17 Echoes for the schedule.

    • 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 contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at  or 708-848-4417, x202.

    • Did you know that registrations for the Parish School and School of Religious Education programs are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic school year? Contact the Parish School at 708-386-5131 and the Religious Education office at 708-848-7220. We will gladly inform you about all of the great academic and religious education programs we have to offer!

    • 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: 8am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm

  • 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).

.Click for St. Edmund Parish ECHOES

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

    • Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    • 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..

    • Wednesday Evening Bible Study of the Acts of the Apostles meets from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm in the Parish School resource room. The group will reconvene in the Fall.  For more information, contact Mary Lynn Dietsche ..

    • Beginning September 5, the Friday Morning Bible Study will focus on the Old Testament book of Daniel and Pope Francis’s 2014 CHURCH OF MERCY. A Vision for the Church (a collection of Pope Francis’s talks). The group will meet in Murphy Hall on consecutive Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the Parish Center office at 708-848-4417.

    • 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 .

    • St. Edmund Young Adults (SEYA) welcomes all parishioners in their 20s and 30s to visit their blogspot,

    • 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! Check out our Facebook page at  or contact Una McNulty 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 Janet Bennick in the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.

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

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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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Summer Office hours: Monday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 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: August 23, 2014.