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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 teens all packed up and ready to depart in the early dawn's light.
And they're off! St. Luke teens visit Minnesota!

Two tightly-packed vanloads of St. Luke teens left at 4:00 am Monday along with their adult leaders on a week's journey to assist needy families in rural central Minnesota. Thanks to the generous support of St. Luke parishioners, the teens were able to continue the parish's annual tradition of a Summer Service Trip. This is the first year St. Luke has participated with the Catholic HEART WorkCamp Program, which organizes teams of young volunteers from around the country to do a variety of service projects from fixing homes of disabled veterans to helping run local food pantries and day care service for working parents. Best of all are the times the teens have to share their experiences with their peers and to reflect with community prayer and Christian song. Click here to learn more about the HEART Program, and please keep our group in your prayers this week!


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How Will "Renew My Church" Change Chicago-Area Parishes?

Archbishop Cupich on WTTW's Chicago Tonight program.You may recall Archbishop Blase Cupich asking for everyone's input into planning for the future of the Archdiocese of Chicago. You may even remember filling out the survey forf his "Renew My Church" initiative. While Archdiocesan planners are still anaylyzing the survey results, parishes already are being consulted about a future with fewer priests, changing demographics, and suggestions for how parishes can pool their resources and work together to be better evangelizers of the Good News. Archbishop Cupich elaborated on this and some other recent Church news at an interview with WTTW's Chicago Tonight host Phil Ponce.


Click here to see the whole interview.

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Interested in Becoming a Catholic?

RCIA symbol of the Holy Spirit over the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation

If you or someone you know is feeling called to join the Catholic Church, to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and/or Confirmation, or simply to grow in your understanding of the faith, our parish invites you to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).


This process involves regular meetings over the eight months leading up to the Easter Vigil. Through this process the Church welcomes converts into our community and provides baptized Catholics an opportunity to return to more active participation in the Church or to learn more about the Catholic faith.


You can read more about the RCIA process at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' website.


To find out more information about the RCIA at our parish, please call the rectory office at 708-771-8250 or send an email here.

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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 12:00 noon

Weekday Mass Times
Monday-Friday: 6:30 and 8:00 am
Saturday: 8:00 am
Holy Days & Holidays
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 parish community 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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Summer's A Great Time to Use GiveCentral

It's good for the mind and spirit to get away for a summer vacation. But it's also good for St. Luke Parish if you provide for its well-being as well while you're away. Summer is a great time to start using our online giving system called GiveCentral to make your Sunday contributions while you're at home or away on a trip.

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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. You can manage it anywhere you have an internet connection 24/7.
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.


What's Happening?

Summer Book Group
Starting Up Again

"The New Jim Crow" book cover.Back by popular acclaim: the Peace & Justice Summer Reading Group will meet on Monday evenings, August 1, 15, and 29. This summer's selection is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by legal scholar Michelle Alexander. This powerful book about the huge increase in incarceration of people of color in the U.S. will change the way you think about the criminal justice system and racial injustice.

Get the book at The Book Table in Oak Park or local libraries and start reading! And watch the Sunday bulletin for more details!


Prime Timers' Travel
Through History

St. Luke Prime Timers have planned an outing to the Chicago History Museum on Tuesday, August 2. Top on the list is the museum's new exhibit on Lincoln and his evolving position on slavery. The group will depart from the Hospitality House parking lot at 9:30 am and return after lunch. The Prime Timers is open to all those 50-plus, so sign up today by calling Ann O'Connell at 366-5279.


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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.


St. Luke School
Has A New Principal

Timothy J. Wesley has started planning for the 2016-2017 school year as the new principal of St. Luke Parish school. Tim came here from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, where he served the last four years as Assistant Principal for Academics. 

    A graduate of Boston College and Catholic Theological Union, Tim is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from DePaul University, specializing in curriculum studies in addition to prepping St. Luke School for opening day on August 25. 

      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 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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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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