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St. Luke Church Office

708-771-8250 (ph)

708-771-8809 (fax)

528 Lathrop Ave

River Forest, IL 60305-1835


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St. Luke School Has a New Principal

St. Luke Parish is very pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Timothy J. Wesley as the new principal of the parish elementary school. Tim comes here from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, where he served the last four years as Assistant Principal for Academics. 


     Tim brings high credentials to our school's top position, notes St. Luke's pastor, Father John Szmyd. Tim graduated with a BA in philosophy and theology from Boston College and an MA in theology (with a concentration in cross-cultural studies) from Catholic Theological Union. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from DePaul University, specializing in curriculum studies.


     For six years, Tim served in various capacities at St. Ignatius College Prep as a humanities teacher, lacrosse coach, and chaplain. He is the founding executive director and a trustee of the Benebikira Sisters Foundation, an organization that led fundraising efforts to help build Our Lady of the Angels School in Kigali, Rwanda, and support the sisters' ministries in health care and reconciliation. For the last three years, he has served as the National Chairperson for the assistant principals of the Jesuit Schools Network.


     Tim's hiring concludes a nearly year-long pursuit by a Search Committee, which included representatives from the faculty (James Bratager and Melissa Harris), the Board of Specified Jurisdiction (Shena Keith and Bill Planek), and school parents (Kevin Hanley and Laura Hoey).


      "We also owe tremendous thanks to Maryanne Polega, our interim principal, for seeing us through this past school year," added Fr. Szmyd. "We are so grateful for her commitment to St. Luke School and her tireless efforts, ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of our fine school."

      St. Luke School is a pre-K through 8th grade with an enrollment of almost 400 students. It was founded in 1921 and attracts students from from River Forest, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, Oak Park, Chicago, and other local communities. Standardized test results have consistently placed St. Luke School students within the highest quartile (top 25%), both nationally and locally. The school was honored as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education in 2012. For more information, click here for the school website.


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All Are Welcome!

St. Luke Parish in River Forest has been a home for Catholic faith, worship, and discipleship since 1887. Called by God and led by the Holy Spirit, we are a community gathered around the Eucharist, nourished by Jesus' Word and Sacrament. We are committed to life-long faith formation and building God's Kingdom through our living of the Gospel in prayer and service. All are welcome to join us in our mission to educate, celebrate, and inspire.


Weekend Mass Times

Saturday Vigil 5:00 pm

Sunday 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 am, and 12 noon


Weekday Mass Times
Monday-Friday: 6:30 and 8:00 am
Saturday: 8:00 am
Holy Days
Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
available after 6:30 and 8:00 am weekday Mass and by appointment


Open doors to the churchIf you are new to our church or just visiting,
you are always welcome to join us any time.
Please stop and introduce yourself!


We are happy to have you share with us at the celebration of the Eucharist. If you do not have a church home, we invite you to become a part of our parish family. Our church is open to anyone looking for a spiritual home.


To register as a parishioner, please stop by or call the rectory at 708-771-8250 on any weekday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We look forward to hearing from you!


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A Good Time to Examine Our Stewardship

As we look back over the past year and prepare ourselves for the new year, it's a good time to take stock and examine our understanding and appreciation of the many ministries in our parish, and give prayerful consideration to your financial stewardship.

Your volunteer time and regular contributions support the operation of the church and all of our ministries, and they are greatly appreciated. Our parish is using an online giving system called GiveCentral, which is strengthening stewardship as well as making it easier for everyone to make those contributions.
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Online giving is a safe, convenient and easy way to make gifts whether it's for your weekly Sunday offering or a one-time gift such as for special national collections. Once you sign up, you will be able to manage your giving preferences at any time, and you won't have to worry about writing a check or carrying cash to church each week.
Online giving helps St. Luke, too, by giving us a predictable cash flow that we can plan on and by ensuring that a gift is received even when bad weather, illness or travel prevent Mass attendance. Please, if you haven't already, sign up today by visiting our secure GiveCentral page here.
On behalf of the entire staff, we thank you for all the prayers and financial contributions you provide so that our parish can be present and serving you.


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The results of our survey for the Parish Transformation process are tabulated. Take a look at the responses here to see who attends St. Luke Church and how they feel about activities under consideration for the future.

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Directions:  The main entrance of St. Luke Church is located at 7600 W. Lake Street in River Forest, Illlinois (two lights west of Harlem Avenue at the northwest corner of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue).  For directions from click here.

There are handicapped parking spots in the drive on the west side of the church, and there is an accessible entrance
(via a ramp) on the west side of the church. There also is an accessible bathroom in the front foyer.

Convenient parking is available on Lake Street, Lathrop Avenue, Ashland Avenue, and in the school parking lot
located on the north side of the school (which is 1 block west of the church at the corner of Lake Street on Ashland Avenue.)

We are also easily accessible by public transportation via the CTA Green Line (Harlem/Lake stop) or the Union Pacific West Metra Line
(River Forest stop).


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