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.



    "God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it.  There is a spark of the divine light in all of us."

--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 April 24, 2016**

  • April, 2016. Archbishop Cupich wants your input. When he announced the “Renew my Church” initiative in January he invited everyone in the Archdiocese to participate in the process of revitalizing our parish communities.  The process continues with a survey to better understand the perspectives of Catholics in Cook and Lake Counties. Please click on Special Events for more details on completing the survey on-line or by paper.

  • Friday, April 29, is the deadline for your completion of Fr. McGivern's 360 Leadership Review survey, an assessment required by the archdiocese. Fr. John welcomes and encourages your participation in this review of his leadership, noting that there are always ways to learn and grow and that he is open to your feedback. You can access the survey at

  • Saturday, April 30, an Elegant Evening salutes...the Wild, Wild, West. Our annual fundraiser is only one week away. What Can YOU Do to Help Make this Event a HUGE Success?Attend the Event! Invite your Family and Friends Too! And buy a raffle ticket--or 2 or 3! (You might win a large cash prize from a $50 ticket!) A well-attended event with parishioners bidding on our silent/live auctions, will ensure a successful fundraiser! This is also an opportunity to enjoy the company of other parishioners. Come and dance the two-step, enjoy a sumptuous meal, and have a darn tootin’ time! Also, 60% of your event ticket can be written off as a charitable donation! Our goal is to raise as much money as we can and we need the involvement of every parishioner. The event profit will support the operating needs of our parish, (currently over $300,000 of unpaid bills to Archdiocese of Chicago).  Please click on the Elegant Evening 2016 page for more information as well as how to purchase tickets or make donations by check, credit card or online! See you there, pardner!

  • Saturday, May 14, the St. Edmund Film Series continues with a presentation of  The Jeweller’s Shop. The film is based on a play by Pope John Paul II about couples who have reached either the height or a crisis in their relationships. Their stories are connected by the local jeweler’s shop. Please join us at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall. Light refreshments will be provided. Opportunity for discussion will follow after the movie. For more information, contact Diane Brown at (708) 657-4262.

  • Sunday,  May 15th, is the last day the Sunday 5:30pm Mass will be celebrated before it begins its  Summer Hiatus. The 5:30 pm Mass will resume at a date to be announced in September.

  • Saturday, May 21, join us at 7:30pm for the St. Edmund Choir Spring Concert presented by the St. Edmund Combined Choirs. Enjoy inspiring music and help show your support of our own St. Edmund Choir community. Invite your family and friends!


  • 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.

    • 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. 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 9:30  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
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: April 23, 2016.