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


Mass Times
: Mon-Fri, 6:30 & 8:30 am
                   Saturdays 8:30 am
      (Daily Rosary at 8:00 am in church)

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 after Labor Day)
Holidays: 9:00 am only

Holy Days: Usually 6:30 and 8:30 am and 7:00 pm

Confessions after the 6:30 and 8:30 am Masses on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 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 708-435-8912.


Ministry Scheduler Pro Link to current schedule

Reflections from Pope Francis
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Headline for Lenten Links

Lent is a time when we're asked to slow down, reflect and prepare ourselves to receive the incredible gift of Easter morning. We are invited to pray more, practice self-discipline by fasting, and give alms to the poor. Here are some Catholic websites that offer free resources 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.

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 Relief Services - CRS Rice Bowl

St. Luke is once again encouraging everyone to include CRS Rice Bowl in your Lenten almsgiving. The Rice Bowl Calendar is available in our church, but you will find more 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 also invite everyone to pick up a CRS Rice Bowl envelope at Mass on the weekend of March 7-8 to use for your gift to Catholic Relief Services. Bring them to Mass for the collection on the Fifth Sunday of Lent or Palm Sunday. 

Creighton University Online Ministry

Their extensive resources offered by the campus ministry team at Creighton University include daily prayers, audio discussions and retreats, and essays that are enough to fill 40 days of reading and viewing. Take time to explore all that this site has to offer. (Link)

Franciscan Media

Prepare for Easter with Lent reflections from the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press, including a weekly video by the energizing Br. Casey Cole OFM. (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 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 or families can use. (Link

Matthew Kelly's "Best Lent Ever"

Don't give up chocolate for Lent. Instead tune in to Matthew Kelly'Dynamic Catholic website to find ways you can use this season for personalgrowth, building good spiritual habits, and recharging your life. Connect 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 with prayers, videos and articles that will make you rethink what this season is all about, such as Penitential Practices for the Modern Catholic, Ten Things to Remember for Lent, and Six Ways to Evangelize During Lent. (Link)

Word on Fire Lent 2019

Bishop Robert Barron shares his thought-filled reflections on Catholic beliefs, teachings, and evangelization all year round, but click here to sign up for his daily meditations for this Lenten season.


Look for the Laudate app ("the No. 1 free Catholic app"), Sacred Space (Loyola Press and Irish Jesuits), Lentsanity, Magnificat, CatholicTV, and Catholic Daily Readings in the Apple App Store.




Get your Queen of Hearts Raffle tickets at St. Luke

Click here for a full description of the game and rules.



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Thanks for visiting St. Luke Church! If you are looking for a spiritual home, you are invited to join us in our journey to draw ever nearer to Jesus Christ, to grow in understanding of his teachings, to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation, and to experience the richness of the Catholic Faith. We would like to hear from you! Contact us at 708-435-8912, or by email here, and learn what St. Luke Church offers to help connect you to God in your life.

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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.
Upcoming Events

Confirmation Mass
This Sunday

St. Luke will welcome Most Rev. Plácido Rodríguez, CMF, this Sunday as he comes to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the eighth graders of our parish at a special 2:00 pm Mass. We look forward to the visit by Bishop Rodriguez and ask all parishioners to pray for our young confirmands and their sponsors and parents this week.


Lenten Mini-Retreat

Looking for spiritual refreshment, but you can't get away for a weekend? Come to the 1-day Kingdom Mini-Retreat at St. Bernardine Parish in Forest Park on Saturday, March 28. Registration is $15 for mateials, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks. Included is time for reflection, sharing and listening to other's faith journeys from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. RSVP with Kathy at 708-612-8226.

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Honor a Loved One and Help Restore the Beauty of our Church

St. Luke has created a list of opportunities for friends of St. Luke to help revitalize the interior of the church through our Commemorative Gift Program. These donations will enable us to enhance the lighting, painting, and deep cleaning needed to restore the beauty of our church -- which will be recognized with a plaque that can be dedicated to your family or other loved onea. Click here to read more about the Commemorative Gift Program.



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, which is
located on the north side of the school (just west of the church, turn north at the corner of Lake Street and 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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