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


Mass Times
: Monday-Friday, 6:30 & 8:00 am,
                 (except 8:15 am Wednesdays)
                       Saturday 8:00 am
Saturday Vigil (anticipated Mass): 5:00 pm
Sunday:  7:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am
Youth Mass: 5:00 pm on the third Sunday of each month.

Holy Days & Holidays: Please check the bulletin or this website for special Mass times on these days.

See the Christmas schedule below right.
We will have one Mass at 9:00 am on
New Years Day.

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.


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St. Luke Parish Office

708-771-8250 (ph)

708-771-8809 (fax)

528 Lathrop Ave

River Forest, IL 60305-1835

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Advent-Christmas Schedule Minimize

Christmas star with message "Come to Jesus"

Come pray with us as we prepare to celebrate anew and welcome
the Word made flesh among us, He who is our hope and joy,

Jesus Christ our Lord.



Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

·  Saturdays, December 16 and 23  -  4:00 – 4:30 pm

·  After each 6:30 and 8:00 weekday morning Mass

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Masses

5:00 (vigil) Saturday, December 23
7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 am, Sunday, December 24



Sunday, December 24

3:30 pm A Child's Christmas - a program of Christmas music

featuring our Cherub and Seraphim children's choirs

4:00 pm – Family Mass

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6:00 pm – Mass

Sounds of the Season provided by flute, brass and voice

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9:30 pm – A Classic Christmas program of festive choral music & beloved traditional carols

offered by the St. Luke Chancel Choir accompanied by organ, brass and flute

10:00 pm – Mass

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Monday, December 25

9:00 am Mass

A Contemporary Christmas

Modern sounds of the season with the St. Luke Contemporary Choir with guitar, brass and flute.

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11:00 am Mass

Traditional Christmas music offered by the St. Luke Chancel Choir with organ, flute and brass.


There is no 7:30 am Mass on Christmas Day

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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.

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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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Fr. John Szmyd on top of St. Luke Church bell tower

Strap your hard hat on, because you're going to need it as Fr. John Szmyd
takes you 12 flights up on a picturesque tour of the restoration work that
took place on St. Luke Church's front façade and bell tower last year.
Just click the photo to start your tour!

What's Happening?

Guadalupe Mass
This Tuesday

All are invited to a special Mass hosted by St. Luke School students this Tuesday, December 12, at 9:15 am in honor of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The feast commemorates the Blessed Mother's appearances to St. Juan Diego in the 1500s, which led to the conversion of millions of Latin Americans. Pope John Paul II, who canonized Juan Diego, declared Our Lady of Guadalupe the patroness of the Americas.


Handicrafts from
the Holy Land

Bethlehem Arts will be here after all the Masses this Saturday and Sunday with a display of hand-crafted items made by artisans in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The crosses, creches, rosaries and other items carved from the Holy Land's native olive wood make unique gifts for Christmas and other occasions. Stop by the booth in the church vestible and support the Christian community that is struggling to survive in this part of the world.


Strategic Plan for
St. Luke School

After many months of study and consultations, St. Luke Parish School has issued its new 2017-2023 Strategic Plan, which charts a course for the school's next five years in the areas of Catholic faith formation, academic excellence, and care of the whole student.  Click here to read the Strategic Plan and how it was created.


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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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