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.



    "Sometimes in our lives, tears are the lenses we need to see Jesus."

    --Pope Francis






















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 February 7, 2016**

See the Special Events page for Lenten schedules, activities, etc.


  • Saturday, February 6, stimulate your creative juices at a Wine and Canvas event from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in Murphy Hall. Enjoy wine and refreshments while you create your Masterpiece.  We provide the painting materials and expert instruction; you provide 1 bottle of wine to share, your advance purchased event ticket, and your creativity. No previous experience is necessary. Tickets are $40.00 in advance after all masses this weekend. A great Christmas gift for the creative at heart! Contact Denise Walsh at for further information.

  • Saturday-Sunday, February 6-7, the first weekend of the month,  includes Anniversary Sunday , when the parish will offer a special blessing upon all couples who will celebrate their wedding anniversary in that month.  If you were married in the month of  February , plan to receive this special blessing after all the masses this weekend.

  • Sunday, February 7, is the last day we can accept blessed palms from previous years. The palms will be burned and the ashes will be distributed on Ash Wednesday, February 10. Please place the palms  in the baskets opposite the baptismal font at the entrance of the church.

  • Monday, February 8 is the deadline for registering for one of the Lenten Faith Sharing Groups, as, once again, we encourage parishioners to enter into this holy season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Parishioners gather in small groups, break open the upcoming Sunday Scriptures, pray with them and discuss their thoughts with one another. Faith sharing is for everyone and is a non-threatening and comfortable way to share and deepen one’s life of faith. Please let us know as soon as possible what time and day you would like to participate. Forms are available in the Echoes or can be printed from the Special Events page. Drop the form into the collection basket or return it to the parish office. You will be notified of the group in which you will participate.

  • Wednesday February 10, is Ash Wednesday. Services at St. Edmund are as follows: 8:30am Mass; 10:00am Parish School Mass; 12:00 noon Word Service; 4:00pm Word Service; and 7:00pm Mass. Easter Sunday is Sunday, March 27.

  • Thursday, February 11, Fr. John Lucas will make a presentation on Procedures for Annulments at  7:30 pm. Last September, Pope Francis announced a change in the procedure for annulments in both the Roman Catholic Church as well as the Eastern Catholic Churches. The new changes were to go into effect on December 8 of last year at the same time the Year of Mercy began. While the substance of why a marriage may be annulled has not changed, the procedure has. Fr. Lucas, who is the Judicial Vicar of the Court of Appeals, Province of Chicago, will address these issues in his presentation.

  • Sunday, February 14, please join us for Coffee and..., at the best kept secret in the parish - our second Sunday of the month breakfast, with a child’s table, free raffle and great food! We will meet in Murphy Hall after the morning masses. Let us eat, drink and be merry! It’s a great way to meet others in the St. Edmund parish community. The St. Edmund Welcome Committee will also be available to register you and/or your family with the parish

  • Tuesday, February 16, the next meeting of the St. Edmund Parish Respect Life Committee will take place at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall. All are welcome to join us.

  • Saturday, February 27, you  are invited to our Chili Dinner and Game Night in Murphy Hall immediately following the 5:30pm mass. Please join us for a family fun-filled night with a chili dinner and games for one and all. We are searching for a few families willing to contribute a pot of their secret chili recipes. There is no charge for the event, but monetary donations would be appreciated. Not able to bring chili? Bring board games to play and share what you think will add to the fun. Contact Yvonne Hooper at (708)714-1887 or  or Gina Werner at (708)606-1083 or  if you are able to contribute to the meal. We thank you in advance.


  • And:

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

    • 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. 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 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:30pm

  • 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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  • 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

    • Friday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:00 am on consecutive Fridays in Murphy Hall unless otherwise announced. The title for the current session, which began February 5th, is “Israel’s Story, Part II". In this part the people of King David’s monarchy suffer the Babylonian exile. They are underlings of the Persian empire for a while. Then, Alexander the Great conquers them for Greek enculturation. Their wisdom tradition asks the following: How does the world work? What must we do to gain happiness? Why do innocent people suffer? Is death the end of everything?

    • 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 .

    • 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 welcome!  Learn to play or improve your game. Click here for details!

    • The Respect Life Committee has a virtual home at“Like” our page to receive inspiration and information on current and upcoming events. The next Respect Life Committee Meeting is Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm.

    • 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
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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: February 06, 2016.