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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 one 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


























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 February 26, 2017 **

Cardinal Cupich has called on all of us to protest H.R. 40, a bill in the state legislature which would, if passed, use tax dollars to pay for taking the life of a child in the womb through abortion. Please see the Cardinal's letter, and the action you can take, by clicking on the Respect Life page.

Click on Special Events page for listing of 2017 Lenten Activities at St. Edmund Parish


  • Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, the Daily Reflections for Lent, Not By Bread Alone, will be available at the doors of the church this weekend. There is a limited supply available. We ask that only one booklet per household is taken.

  • Saturday, February 25, join the St. Edmund Young Adults for a Chicago Wolves game at 7pm at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Contact Aaron at:  for more information and to purchase your tickets. We plan to stop at Hala Kahiki on River Road, River Grove afterward for drinks. Hope you can make it!

  • Sunday, February 26,  you are invited to Bring Your Blessed Palms from previous years to burn for ashes. Please bring your blessed palms to the large basket at the entrance of the church. The palms will be burned and the ashes will be distributed on Ash Wednesday.

  • Sunday, February 26, you are invited to sign up for participation in any of several Lenten Faith-Sharing Groups. These are not Bible study programs, 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 schedule can be found by clicking on Special Events.  For more information please contact Kathy Halfpenny (708-386 -1832) or . Opportunities for Stations of the Cross can also be found on the Special Events page.

  • Wednesday, March 1 is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday services are as follows: 8:30am Mass; 12:00pm Word Service; 4:00pm Word Service; 7:00pm Mass. Easter is Sunday, April 16.

  • Saturday, March 11, join us for the St. Patrick’s Celebration. Come to the school gymnasium for the wearin’ o the green! There will be food, entertainment, and lots of blarney in!  Tickets will be sold in the Murphy Hall corridor after weekend masses. The cost per person is $25 which Includes refreshments and entertainment. Cash bar. Please purchase your tickets early so we may plan accordingly!

  • Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12, there will be a Personal Care Items Collection for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Drop off your donations before/after you come to Mass! You may also drop your donation off any time on Saturday between 10am and 6:30pm or Sunday, between 8am and 7pm. The following items are needed: bar soap, shampoo, combs, deodorant, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, disposable razors, feminine hygiene pads, laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, lotion, and nail clippers.

  • Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2, a special collection will also be taken up for the Parish Lenten Almsgiving project.  St. Edmund Parish is supporting the Refugees Welcome! Resettlement Emergency Fund, an organization of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Lenten banks will be distributed at Ash Wednesday and weekend masses. They are asked to be returned on the weekend of April 1-2. Please support this most important and worthy cause. More detail on the Special Events page.

Save the Date!

  • March 25, the St. Edmund Film Series continues with "Of Gods and Men". Synopsis: Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. 


  • February, 2017, please make your gift to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”. Many of you have responded to the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) mailing from Cardinal Cupich. On behalf of those served by the ministries and services funded by the ACA, we thank you for your gifts. If you have received the mailing and have not responded, please do so as soon as possible. As you review the Cardinal’s mailing, please note the ministries and services funded by the Appeal, including the ones that directly support the work of our parish. Then please give generously. Note, when our parish reaches its goal of $43,165.00 in paid pledges, 100% of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our Parish.


  • 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.

    • 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).

.Click for St. Edmund Parish ECHOES

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.


  • 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.


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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: February 26, 2017.