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St. Luke Church
7600 W. Lake Street
(Lake St. & Lathrop Ave.)
River Forest, IIlinois


Mass Times
: Mon-Fri, 6:30 & 8:00 am
                 (except 8:15 most Wednesdays
                  during the school year -
                  see schedule below),

                  Saturdays 8:00 am
Saturday Vigil (anticipated Mass): 5:00 pm
Sunday:  7:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am
    (Family Mass: 9:00 am with Children's
    Liturgy of the Word during the school year)
Youth Mass: 5:00 pm on the third Sunday
     of each month

Holidays: 9:00 am only

Holy Days: See bulletin of that week

Confessions after the 6:30 and 8:00 am Masses and by appointment

Parish Office / Mailing Address
528 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest IL  60305

Open Monday - Friday
9:00 am - Noon & 1:00 - 4:00 pm
and by appointment. Call 708-771-8250.


Ministry Scheduler Pro Link to current schedule

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The second Mass on Wednesday mornings will start at 8:00 or 8:15 am, depending on St. Luke School students' participation. Here is the schedule for this month:

Mar. 6 8:00 am
Mar. 13 8:15 am
Mar. 20 8:15 am
Mar. 27 8:15 am
Apr. 3 8:15 am
Apr. 10 8:15 am
Apr. 17 8:15 am
Apr. 24 8:15 am



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Banner annoucing Lenten Resources


Lent is underway! This is a time in the Catholic tradition in which we are asked to slow down, reflect and prepare ourselves to receive the incredible gift of Easter morning. We are invited to pray more, deny ourselves by fasting, and give alms to the poor. There are many excellent Catholic websites that offer free resource to help you enjoy a richer faith experience this Lent, including prayers, daily meditations, online retreats, videos, activities for families with children, calendars, and apps.


Lenten Regulations on Fasting and Abstinence

A quick guide to Lenten regulations on fasting and abstinence can be found here. The Archdiocese of Chicago's Parish Vitality and Mission Office also offers a list of links to various Lenten resources, some of which are included below here too.

Ave Maria Press

This popular Catholic publishing house has compiled 40 soup recipes and daily reflections to nourish both your body and soul throughout Lent. You can find the entire list for Lent here.

Catholic Brain

St. Luke School used this website during Advent for its educational lessons and interactive activities and games that are geared to pre-K through 8th grade. Now there's a whole program for Lent. (If you registered during Advent, the code you used should still work for this Lent; otherwise there is a $19.99 fee for families.) Read about all the program's offerings and sign up here.


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

St. Luke is once again encouraging everyone to include CRS Rice Bowl in your Lenten almsgiving.CRS has many resources to enable you, your family and community to encounter Lent. You will find many resources on their website here to help you pray, fast, learn and give to help others, including stories of families around the world that give you insights into local cultures as well as international meatless recipes. We invite everyone to pick up a CRS Rice Bowl envelope in church and make your gift at the offertory collection on the Fourth or Fifth Sunday of Lent. 

Creighton University

Their extensive resources offered by the campus ministry team at Creighton University include daily prayers, audio discussions and retreats, and essays to read. Take a look and see if there is something for you. (Link)

Franciscan Media

Prepare for Easter with Lent activities, readings and reflections from the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press, including daily prayers and reflections from Fr. Richard Rohr. (Link)

Lentsanity - Fellowship Of Catholic University Students

A contemporary look at Lent from FOCUS, a Catholic outreach to college students, that presents this holy season of in an appealing way for teens and college youths. (Link)

Loyola Press

They provide a number of helpful resources for individuals, parents, and catechists. These include video reflections on art, essays, Stations of the Cross, and much more. Click here to discover all of their resources.

Maryknoll - Lenten Reflection Guide for praying with others

The Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns offers a weekly format of prayer and reflection that prayer groups can use. (Link

Matthew Kelly's "Best Lent Ever"

St. Luke is using one of Matthew Kelly's books for our three-week Lenten Book Discussion Group (March 14, 21, and 28), but his Dynamic Catholic website offers additional resources to help you find areas for growth, building good spiritual habits, and recharge your life. Connecti with Kelly's daily video reflections here.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The U.S. Bishops' website has a special section devoted to Lent 2019 with an Advent-like calendar that opens doors to daily prayers, reflections, and ideas for actions, plus many videos and articles on topics from the Sacrament of Reconciliation to "Ten Things to Remember for Lent." (Link)

Word on Fire Lent 2019

Bishop Robert Barron shares his always insightful reflections on Catholic beliefs, teachings, and evangelization all year round, but click here to sign up for his daily Lenten meditations and look for the link to a multitude of his other excellent free resources.


If you would like to receive daily reflections and recipes from CRS Rice Bowl on your smart phone or tablet device, download the Rice Bowl app. (Link)


Also look for the Laudate app ("the No. 1 free Catholic app"), Sacred Space (Loyola Press and Irish Jesuits), Lentsanity, Xt3 Lent Calendar, 3DCatholic, and others on iTunes or Google Play.


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Why are so many millions of refugees fleeing their homeland? What can we do about it? Catholic Relief Services introduces us to one such family who fled from the war in South Sudan to Uganda. Stuck now in a refugee camp, 16-year-old Annet is learning how to make the best of things for herself and her three siblings. Click the video above to watch their story, and visit to see how you can help refugees around the world this Lent

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CRS Rice Bowl envelope and people helped


Each of us is responsible for the well-being of others within our Archdiocese and throughout world. This Lent St. Luke Parish invites everyone to consider giving their alms to the CRS Rice Bowl, which aids families and individuals in need both locally and in many Third World countries that have nowhere else to turn. Special envelopes will be in the church pews all Lent for your gift, which we will collect at Masses on the weekends of the Fourth and Fifth Sundays in Lent and forward to Catholic Relief Services for their worldwide relief work. Please listen to Cardinal Cupich's message above and give generously this Lent to help others in desperate straits around the world.

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GiveCentral offers an easy, convenient way to support St. Luke

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?

Way of the Cross
Every Friday

Our Lenten Stations of the Cross is being offered again this year on every Friday of Lent up to Holy Week starting at 6:00 pm in church. Thanks to the volunteers from our school and parish organizations, we will also will have a simple supper immediately after the prayers.


Lenten Book Group
Last Meeting

Our Lenten Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 pm in the Hospitality House to finish exploring Matthew Kelly's book The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. The group is open to anyone interested in exploring the pathways to forming a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus. This last meeting will cover chapters 11-15.


Learn Self-Survival
Skills for Women

St. Luke Women's Club will host an evening with author/women's mental health expert Kelley Kitley, LCSW. She will share thoughts from her recent autobiography, MY self, and offer tips for coping with mental illnesses that afflict about 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.— 43.8 million —  in a given year, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder. Come hear her tips and pick up an autographed book. Click to RSVP here.

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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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