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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.



    Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.

    --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 November 22, 2015**

 On November 2, the Feast of All Souls, we placed our Book of Remembrance 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 21, 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 12:00pm-2pm 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.

  • Saturday-Sunday,  November 21-22, Daily Reflection Advent books will be distributed after all the masses. The 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 22, is the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 7pm, this year at St. Giles Catholic Parish, 1025 Columbian, Oak Park. From diverse religious traditions, we come together to celebrate and give thanks. This is an annual event hosted by one of the congregations belonging to the Oak Park-River Forest Community of Congregations and is open to everyone. A free will offering will support Holiday Food & Gift Basket Program and Interfaith Youth Corps. Refreshments will be served immediately following the service.

  • Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 the parish office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The office will re-open on Saturday, November 28. Blessings to you and all of those whom you love.

  • Thursday, November 26, Let’s Meet to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving Day at our special liturgy at 10 am. 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.—no turkeys!) that will be part of your personal Thanksgiving celebration later in the day. The items will be placed on a special table and will be blessed during the mass. 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. Please join us.

  • Saturday, November 28, 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-Sunday, November 28-29 and December 5-6, gift tags for the annual parish Giving Tree will be placed in the North Transept. 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 securely attached to the package, to the North Transept the weekend of December 12-13. 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 Mary Prudence via e-mail at: .

  • Tuesday, December 1 the St. Edmund Book Club will meet to discuss Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope by Chris and Ted Stewart. The session is at 7:30pm in Murphy Hall. For those of us whose minds were elsewhere during American History class, we’ve been given a reprieve with this book! Seven Miracles is full of those significant events and inspirational stories that we should not only be aware of, but value as American citizens. God has had a hand in protecting this country from the beginning…read this book to find out how.

  • Thursday, December 3, earn dollars for St. Edmund Parish! Support Fair Trade and artisans at Ten Thousand Villages, 121 N. Marion Street, Oak Park from 10am - 9pm. Please join your fellow parishioners and bring family and friends for an evening of fun and shopping. 15% of the proceeds of anyone shopping that evening will be donated back to St. Edmund parish. Be sure to mention St. Edmund when you are paying for your purchases!

  • Saturday-Sunday December 12-13, treat yourself 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.

  • Saturday, December 19, St. Edmund Parish welcomes the return of the nationally acclaimed William Ferris Chorale 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! The concert begins at 8 pm. Please bring your families and friends too!

  • 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 beginning September 20)

  • 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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  • 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.

    • Friday Morning Bible Study meets at 9 am on consecutive Fridays in Murphy Hall unless otherwise announced. The title for the Fall session is “Israel’s Story, part one, and explores Old Testament history and theology as well as stories from the creation accounts of Genesis to the fall of the Northern Kingdom.  

    • 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: November 21, 2015.