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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.



Archbishop Blasé Cupich

Ninth Archbishop of Chicago




















** News and Events for the Week of November 23, 2014**

The St. Edmund Book of Remembrance has been placed next to the baptismal font and paschal candle believing that those who have died with Christ in baptism will also rise with him. All parishioners are invited to inscribe the name of deceased family and friends in the Book before and after all of the liturgies in November.

  • Saturday, November 22 is the St. Edmund Book and Media Discussion Group Movie Night Join us at 7pm in Murphy Hall for the film: Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine. A discussion of the film will follow. Please contact Diane Brown at 708-657-4262 for more details.

  • Saturday/Sunday, November 22-23, the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be taken up at all of the masses this weekend. This collection helps to break the cycle of poverty in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Additional envelopes may be found in the pews.

  • Saturday/Sunday, November 22-23, Daily Reflection Advent books will be distributed after all of the masses this weekend. This Advent Book is a wonderful way to aid you in prayer during the Advent and Christmas season. We kindly ask that only one book is taken per household.

  • Sunday, November 23 Is the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. From diverse religious traditions, we come together to celebrate and give thanks. This year, the service takes place West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest at 7:00 pm. This is an annual event is hosted by one of the congregations belonging to the Oak Park-River Forest Community of Congregations and is open to everyone. Refreshments will be served immediately following service. Additional parking is available at Concordia College. Please join us for an interfaith worship experience.

  • Thursday and Friday, November 27-28, the parish office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Parish office will be open on Saturday, November 29. Blessings to all of you for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Thursday, November 27, let us gather to worship and give thanks to God at our special Thanksgiving Day liturgy. In coming together as a parish family, we have an opportunity to start the day in a true spirit of gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Please bring an item (wine, dessert, etc.) that will be part of your personal Thanksgiving celebration later in the day and it will be blessed during the mass. Place your item on the special table before mass and be sure to take it back home. We will continue the tradition of giving away Turano bread at the end of the liturgy. The Thanksgiving Day collection will support outreach efforts to members of our faith community, who are especially challenged during these difficult times.

  • Saturday/Sunday, November 29-30 and December 6-7, the annual parish Giving Tree will be placed in the North Transept and gift tags will be available for pick up. Please select a tag or two from the tree to provide Christmas gifts for members of our sharing parish, St. Simeon in Bellwood, Casa San Jose Obrero Mission in Pilsen, P.A.D.S. guests, or St. Edmund parishioners. Kindly return the gifts, unwrapped and with the tag from the Giving Tree securely attached to the package, to the North Transept the weekend of December 13-14. Thanks for sharing your blessings with others in these tough economic times. Volunteers are needed to help with the Giving Tree. For more information, contact Michele Wheeler via e-mail at

  • Sunday, November 30, join us for a Pancake Breakfast in Murphy Hall after the morning masses. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children. The event is sponsored by the St. Edmund Parish School Board. Come to munch and mingle!

  • Saturday/Sunday, December 13-14 join us at the Holiday Bake Sale and Gift Bazaar. A variety of delicious cakes, cookies, pies and other baked goods will be available. Do your Christmas shopping in Murphy Hall. You may purchase desserts and homemade knit/crochet items for your loved ones. And...back by popular demand, three special raffle cakes: Fr. Lucas’s famous Black Forest cake, Professional Chef Craig Chojnacki’s Chocolate Mousse cake, and Mary Darnall’s German Christmas cake.

  • Sunday, December 14, enjoy An Afternoon with Santa, 3:30 pm- 5:30pm in the St. Edmund Parish School Gymnasium.  See Special Events for details.

  • Saturday, December 20, St. Edmund Parish welcomes the return of the nationally acclaimed William Ferris Chorale at 8pm for an evening of exceptional choral music and hospitality. There is no cost for this event. It is a gift for you - our wonderful parishioners! Please bring your families and friends too!

  • 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 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 Book and Media Discussion Group is here at St. Edmund! The series runs from September through May and usually meet on the first Thursday of the month. This new program alternates 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).

.Click for St. Edmund Parish ECHOES

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 .

    • 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!

    • 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.

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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: November 22, 2014.