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 (beginning September 17)

  • 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.

    • 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 syntheses 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 November 19, 2017 **


  • Saturday-Sunday, November 18-19, start your Christmas shopping early at the St. Edmund Parish Holiday Bazaar and support your parish at the same time. Handcrafted knit and crochet items, jewelry and gift items will be available for purchase in Murphy Hall after all of the masses. Proceeds benefit St. Edmund parish.

  • Sunday, November 19 is the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. From diverse religious traditions, we come together to celebrate and give thanks. This year, the service takes place at 7:00 p.m. at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park. This is an annual event that is hosted by one of the congregations belonging to the Oak Park-River Forest Community of Congregations and is open to everyone. A free will offering will support local charities. Refreshments will be served immediately following the service.

  • Tuesday, November 21, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at 7:30pm. We will be discussing the book, The Swallows Nest by Emilie Richards. It is a story about three women who fight for the chance to raise a child they've all come to love;  each must examine her heart, confront her choices and weigh her dreams against the fate of one vulnerable little boy. Each will redefine family, belonging and love—and the results will alter the course of not only their lives, but also the lives of everyone they care for. Contact parishioner Mari Hans at: .

  • Thursday-Friday, November 23-24, the Parish Office Will Be Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The Parish office will be open on Saturday, November 25. Blessings to you and all of those whom you love.

  • Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, let us gather to worship and give thanks to God at our special Thanksgiving Day Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. In coming together as a parish family, we have an opportunity to start the day in a true spirit of gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Whether you are hosting or visiting family and friends, please bring an item (wine, dessert, etc.—no turkeys!) that will be part of your personal Thanksgiving celebration later in the day. There will be a blessing during the mass and a special table set up for the blessing. Place your item on the table before mass and be sure to pick it up after mass to take home. We will continue the tradition of giving away Turano bread at the end of the liturgy. The Thanksgiving Day collection will support outreach efforts to members of our faith community, who are especially challenged during these difficult times. Please join us.

  • Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, those of you without family in the area or nowhere else to go are invited to a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner offered by the Parish Life’s Reception Committee after the 10am mass. The meal is complimentary, but there will be a goodwill basket if you are able to make an offering. We kindly request that you bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please call JoAnn Lewandowski at 708-386-1681 or email her at:  to confirm your reservation and let her know what you plan to bring. Reservations are required and needed by Sunday, November 19 so we may plan accordingly.

  • Saturday-Sunday, November 25-26, the annual parish Giving Tree will be placed in the North Transept. Please pick up one or more gift tag(s) either that weekend or the next (December 2-3).Together, we can provide Christmas gifts for members of our sharing parish St. Simeon, Casa San Jose Obrero Mission, Housing Forw>rd (formerly known as P.A.D.S.), and St. Edmund parishioners. We have more need this year and appreciate everyone’s generosity. Kindly return the unwrapped gifts, with the gift tag securely attached to the package, to the North Transept before or after the masses on December 9-10. Thanks for sharing your blessings with others! Help St. Edmund’s at the Same Time: Give twice…at the same price! Purchase MANNA (gift) cards from St. Edmund’s. Give the cards as gifts or shop for your gift using the MANNA cards! Volunteers are needed for gift collection and/or delivery to St. Simeon. For more information, please contact Mary Prudence at: .

  • Saturday, December 2, join us from 1–4 p.m. in Murphy Hall for a Festive Holiday Christmas Tea! All are welcome! Fr. Tom Donaldson is our guest speaker. The theme is Eternity Breaking Into Time. Fr. Tom is a Redemptorist priest. The early years of his ministry were spent as a Parish Associate, followed by twelve years of giving parish missions, retreats for priests, religious and deacons. Fr. Tom resides at St. Michael’s church in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, along with his religious community. Harpist Nancy Donegan will provide the musical entertainment. Tickets are $30.00 per person and will be available after masses beginning this weekend.

  • Upcoming Parish Events - Save the Dates!

    • Sunday, December 3 - Friday, December 8: Holiday Shop at 10,000 Villages, Oak Park. 15% of the purchase price benefits St. Edmund!

    • Saturday, December 9 - the William Ferris Chorale Returns. Join us for an exceptional evening of music and hospitality. There is no cost for this event. It is a gift for you - our wonderful parishioners. Please bring your family and friends!



...On November 2, we placed our Book of Remembrance next to the baptismal font and paschal candle believing that those who have died with Christ in baptism will also rise with him. All parishioners are invited to inscribe the name of deceased family and friends in the Book before and after all of the liturgies in November.

… St. Edmund Parish has a very active Duplicate Bridge Club which is currently seeking two substitute players for the remainder of this season. Members gather on the first Friday of the month through June at 6:30 pm in Murphy Hall.  Contact Mary Darnall at:  if you are interested or wish to join the substitution list.


  • 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 Paul’s Letters from Prison continues at 9 am in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless otherwise announced. Paul inspires us as well as first century Christians. Letters to Philippians, 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: 

      • 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: November 19, 2017.