St. Edmund Parish

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Editor's note: This story is part of the 2011 Welcome to Worship Guide, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review. Click here to view the entire 2011 Welcome to Worship Guide.

St. Edmund Catholic Parish is a very active worship community situated in the heart of Oak Park. We are a thriving congregation of some twelve hundred households of varying ethnic, racial, social and economic backgrounds. Our parish boundaries serve central Oak Park, but today our embrace reaches beyond the parish limits, offering a spiritual home to many individuals who live throughout the metropolitan area.

The Oak Park Community is home to a large population of young Catholic adults. At St. Edmund, we have active opportunities for young adults, married or single in their 20's and 30's. This large ministry of our parish community hosts many activities and events throughout the year. Our 6pm Sunday mass which begins again September 18, is geared especially toward this population. We encourage you to find out more about this vibrant group at

Every second Sunday of the Month we host a community get together in the mornings where our parishioners enjoy breakfast and conversation after mass. Over the past few weeks you may have noticed that we sometimes "Gather on the Green" right on the lawn outside the church for community and refreshments. This annual fall tradition will continue this weekend September 10 & 11 outside the church after mass. Please feel free to stop by and get to know us.

Whether you are new to the area or have been here awhile and have not registered some place else and are looking for a Catholic parish to join, we invite you to consider us.

We have beautiful buildings. If you have only viewed the outside of our church we invite all individuals to come visit our awe inspiring interior. Please feel free to call for a tour and ask for Don. 708-848-4417 ext 205

In the words of our founding pastor Fr. John Code at the first mass said in a stable on the Scoville estate, "Let us invoke the blessing of God in the spirit of our fathers, and by zealous, generous and persevering labor build in this charming suburb a church that will be a glory to our God, a credit to ourselves, an ornament to our village and a source of pride for every citizen." July 14, 1907

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