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, Bellwood, IL.  Click here for the church web site.


    "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 October 15, 2017 **

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click on the Respect Life link weekly for the latest updates.

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15, St. Edmund Parish church will be an Open House Chicago 2017 Tour Site. The church will be open Saturday from 10am-4pm and 12:30pm-5pm on Sunday. Invite your friends and neighbors who have never seen our beautiful church to visit us!  An annual event sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago opens up architecturally significant and interesting buildings to the public over the course of a weekend; more than 200 sites will be available for attendees to visit.

  • Sunday, October 15, all children and their parents are invited to come to the St. Edmund Peace Garden after the 9:00am Mass next Sunday, October 15. Come help us put the garden “to bed” for the winter! This summer we have grown vegetables in our Peace Garden for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. This is one of our many activities to fulfill our Parish commitment to feed the hungry. Join us for this fun and short activity (about 15 minutes!). Meet us in the Peace Garden, which is located outside the East entrance of the Murphy Hall Corridor.

  • Tuesday, October 17, join us at 7:30 pm for the Book Club Discussion of Bear Town by Fredrik Backman. "The sentimentally savvy Backman (A Man Called Ove, 2014) takes a sobering and solemn look at the ways alienation and acceptance, ethics and emotions nearly destroy a small town and young people." (Booklist). The St. Edmund Book Club welcomes all adult parishioners to join us as we meet once a month to discuss books of relevance and depth. On  November 21st  we’ll read The Swallows Nest by Emilie Richards.

  • Saturday, October 21 at the 5:30pm Mass and 6:30pm in the School Gymnasium, the Switchback Concert Returns! We welcome back Martin McCormack and Brian Fitzgerald of the Switchback group for what is sure to be a fun-filled evening of entertainment! Switchback joins us at the 5:30pm Mass with special liturgical music.. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the mass beginning to learn some of the music. The evening continues afterward in the School gymnasium. Doors open after the mass. An evening filled with Irish and American Folk Music will be performed for all to enjoy. Tickets are $10.00 per person in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the doors of the church after weekend masses. Food and beverage items will be available at a nominal purchase. Bring your friends and neighbors for a night out!

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29, is Fall Bundle Weekend for collection of Household Items and Clothing. Please support our semi-annual event by donating clean, gently-used apparel including: clothing, outerwear, and shoes for adults, children and babies.Household items in good condition are also needed including: 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. Please pack delicate items safely in a container and mark them fragile. Drop off items in the parking lot at the St. Vincent dePaul Society trailer before or after the weekend masses.

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 28-28 is also Harvest Weekend for collection of food, paper products and toiletries for the OPRF Food Pantry. For more details, click on Special Events.

  • Wednesday, November 29, join us for a production of 42nd Street! We have reserved 50 tickets at $36 per person for parishioners and friends to see the musical at 1:30pm at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The cost is for the production only. 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 Wednesday, November 1.

  • Upcoming Parish Events - Save the Dates!

    • October 15 - Domestic Violence Awareness Walk sponsored by local Catholic parishes including St. Edmund.

    • October 24 - Job Search Think Tank.

    • October 28-29 - Harvest Weekend: Collection of nonperishable food, paper products and toiletries and monetary donations for OPRF Food Pantry.

    • November 21 - Book Club discussion of The Swallows Nest by Emilie Richards

    • December 22 - Christmas Tea.



... October is Respect Life Month. This year's theme is, Be Not Afraid, along with Christ's promise, "I will be with you always, until the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). Watching the news or reading the headlines, we may feel helpless at the lack of respect for human life. But God assures us that He is with us in times of trial. He encourages us to extend His Love to others who suffer, to walk with them and intercede for them.  This month, let us build a Culture of Life. Let us dare to answer our missionary call to defend and protect human life. Let us “be not afraid” to joyfully proclaim the truth of God's love, purpose and plan for each person.

... October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please click on the Respect Life link for a calendar of related community events

The women of the west-side of Chicago and Chicago’s near-west suburbs are invited to gather at  St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church this Fall to pray, reflect and converse as part of the Saints, Sisters and Prophets Series. Sessions will be held through November 13. The entire schedule is displayed on the bulletin board in the Murphy Hall Corridor. The sessions are held on Mondays, at 1pm or 3pm at St. Catherine-St. Lucy, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Chicago. You may attend at either time, as the sessions are both the same. A different woman will be featured at each session. Attend one session or all as your own personal schedule permits. For more information, contact Shelby at 630-240-2765.


  • 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: October 14, 2017.