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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 is one of 217 Archdiocese of Chicago schools that opened this week
for the new 2016-2017 school year. Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Jim Rigg
had this message to welcome principals, teachers, staff, families, and students back!

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Interested in Becoming a Catholic?

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.


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
Meets on Monday

"The New Jim Crow" book cover.The Peace & Justice Summer Reading Group will have its last meeting on Monday, August 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.

Each meeting takes a different section of the book, so there's still time to get the book at The Book Table in Oak Park or local libraries and join the discussion!


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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 Leadership Team

St. Luke Parish School's 2016-2017 school year will start August 25 with a new leadership team in place.

    Tim Wesley, who served the last four years as Assistant Principal for Academics at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, is starting as Principal. Kara Villacorta joins the team as the new Assistant Principal after serving in the same position at St. Tarcissus School in Chicago. 

   Mr. Wesley comes to us 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. As an educator and administrator, he continued his engagement in academic studies, completing  an M.Ed in educational leadership from DePaul University and he is now pursuing a doctorate in education from DePaul University, specializing in curriculum studies.

St. Luke School Asst Principal Kara Villacorta   Mrs. Villacorta oversaw the integration of global studies in the school curriculum and spearheaded initiatives on data-driven instruction at St. Tarcissus.Prior to that, she worked in Waukegan Public School District 60, managing the Partners in Reading program, the Early Childhood Environment Ratings and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports programs and served as the facilitator of the building leadership team, behavioral intervention committee, social committee, and curriculum team.

      St. Luke School is a pre-K through 8th grade with an enrollment of over 350 students. It was founded in 1921 and attracts students 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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