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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 September 28, 2014**

  • Saturday, September 27, 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.

  • Saturday, September 27, St. Edmund Parish will provide Virtus Training, Protecting God’s Children, for any parishioner over 18 who plans to serve as a parish volunteer that involves children. The training will take place  from 10:00am-1pm in Murphy Hall. Log on to  and click on the registration link to sign up. For further information, contact Janet Bennick in the Religious Education office at 708-848-7220. Babysitting is not provided.

  • October is Respect Life Month and our Respect Life Committee (RLC) is preparing many activities. Click on Special Events for details.

  • Sunday, October 5, parishioners with pets are invited to gather on the Murphy Hall lawn at 3pm for a special Pet Blessing. In keeping with the spirit of St. Francis, whose feast will be celebrated on October 4 and who had a gentle way with all of God’s creatures, please join us as we invoke the Lord’s blessing on your furry friends. The ten minute blessing will take place rain or shine. Bring along the necessary items to keep the lawn free from any surprises.

  • Thursday, October 9, speakers from the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry will make a presentation at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall on the topic of food insecurity, followed by a discussion on what we can do to help. About 50 million Americans are “food insecure” – meaning they don’t always have the resources to buy the food they need. This includes nearly 17 million children. In Oak Park alone, it is estimated that over 6,000 individuals are “food insecure”.

  • Sunday, October 12, the first meeting of the Green Team will be held from 3-4pm in Murphy Hall. The group's objectives— understand the cause of global warming and raise awareness of the seriousness of the threat; reduce our own contributions to global warming; and study the consequences of inaction on the issue from a moral perspective—will be discussed, a monthly meeting date and time will be selected and a sample agenda for future meetings will be given. A YouTube video entitled Climate Change is Simple will also be shown.

  • Wednesday, October 15, is the first day of Bridge Classes offered at St. Edmund on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm in Murphy Hall. The first session is Bridge Basics. The fee is $25 per person. Class size is limited. To register send your name, telephone number and email address to . Checks may be made payable to St. Edmund. Proceeds will be used to replace card tables in Murphy Hall. Click here for details!

  • Thursday, October 16,  Job Search Think Tank IV, “Getting the Interview and Making it Work for You” will be held at 7:00pm.  If you are still in the hunt for that perfect job, the Parish Life Commission’s human resources team offers an opportunity for you to hone your interviewing skills and receive the offer you are looking for from the organization you have always wanted to work for. We will focus on what happens between, “Welcome to XYZ, Inc. and “When can you start?” Space for this workshop will be limited to the first 25 people who register. Please register by contacting parishioner, Dan Kane at 773-817-1232 or email him at:

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19 is the Autumn Bundle Weekend, our semi-annual collection of Household Items and Clothing.  Please support our efforts by donating clean, gently-used apparel such as clothing, outerwear, and shoes for adults and children; household items in good condition such as linens, cooking and serving items, and small, working appliances;  and decorations, such as vases, picture frames and figurines. Drop off items before or after the weekend masses on October 18-19 at the trailer in the parking lot. Click on Special Events for details, and thank you in advance for your generosity.

  • Saturday, October 25, the popular duo Switchback (Brian FitzGerald and Marty McCormack) will join the St. Edmund choirs at the 5:30pm liturgy to present their new Hibernian Mass. Join us afterward at 7pm in the Parish School gymnasium for a concert of various music and release of their new CD of the mass. Tickets for the gymnasium event are $15 per adult and $10 per child purchased before the event and will be sold after the masses. Tickets at the door are $20. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Invite all of your family and friends to this special event!

  • Friday-Saturday, October 31-November 2, an Ignatian Silent Retreat For Men will be held at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, 420 W. County Line Road in Barrington, led by our own Fr. Jack O’Callaghan, S.J. The retreat is a time for personal silence and prayer. Visit  or call 847-381-1261 to register. An $85 deposit is requested at the time of registration.

  • Thursday, November 20, we have reserved 50 tickets for the Drury Lane production of Camelot. Tickets are $30 per person for parishioners and friends for the 1:30pm show at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. 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 costs down, we will carpool and meet there. To reserve your ticket, please see Don Giannetti or call him at 708-848-4417, x205.

  • And:

    • Eucharistic Adoration had been moved permanently from the North Transept to the sanctuary of the church. The sanctuary offers an intimate space for prayer and there is a ramp that makes adoration accessible for all. If you wish to remain in the nave of the church for adoration, you are welcome to do so.

    • The men’s and women’s Murphy Hall restroom renovation is underway, and we hope the project will be completed in six week. When completed, the restrooms will be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and fully handicapped and wheelchair accessible. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while we work hard to provide you with new and beautiful restrooms that will serve and be accessible to all!

    • St. Edmund Book and Media Discussion Group is coming to St. Edmund! The series will run from September through May and usually meet on the first Thursday of the month. This new program will  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 September 21 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.

    • Registration for the School of Religious Education programs are still being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic school year? Contact the Religious Education office at 708-848-7220. We will gladly inform you about all  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 (beginning Sept. 21)

  • 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).

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Worship Schedule

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  • Parish Office Hours

    • Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 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 letters of St. Paul to the Corinthians meets from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm in the Parish School resource room. The group's Fall session runs from September 24 to December 17  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 to play or improve your game. Click here for details!

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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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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: September 27, 2014.