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St. Luke Church

708-771-8250 (ph)

708-771-8809 (fax)

528 Lathrop Ave

River Forest, IL 60305-1835


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New Pastoral Staff Starts This Month

St. Luke PaFr John Szmyd, pastor of St. Luke Church, River Forest ILrish is pleased to have its new pastoral staff in place. On July 1, Father John S. Szmyd became the parish's 10th pastor. He had been serving as Associate Pastor for a year after having served on the faculty at St. Mary of the Lake University-Mundelein Seminary. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1996, Fr. Szmyd spent his first five years as a priest serving as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Wilmette.

Fr Steven Bauer, Associate Pastor of St. Luke Church, River Forest ILFather Steven Bauer started as St. Luke's new Associate Pastor on July 1. He, too, came from the Archdiocese of Chicago's seminary faculty, having served as Formation Director at St. Joseph College Seminary in Chicago. Before that, Fr. Bauer had served as Associate Pastor at St. Benedict Parish on Chicago's north side and as Chaplain at the John Paul II Newman Center on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus.

Fr. Leroy A. Wickowski remains in residence, assisting with various ministries. Fr. Wickowski served as Associate Pastor in the parish from 2005 until he retired in 2010 after 44 years of active service in the archdiocese.



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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 next eight months, culminating at the Easter Vigil next March. 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 contact Deacon Bob Slobig at 771-6430 or by email at


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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 noon


Weekday Mass Times
Monday-Friday: 6:30 and 8:00 am
Saturday: 8:00 am
Holy Days
available after 6:30 and 8:00 am weekday Mass and by appointment


Open doors to the churchIf you are new to our church 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 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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Send Fees for
Religious Education
Today, Please!

If you are a returning family and none of your registration information has changed, please send a check for $50 per child for the resource fee now!

 If you are a new family in the parish or a returning family and your information has changed (i.e., due to adding a younger child to the program or your email, phone number, or emergency contact person has changed), please click here to download the registration form and mail the form with a check for the resource fee(s) payable to St. Luke Religious Education now.

Send the forms/checks to St. Luke Religious Education Office, 519 Ashland Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305.




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 behind the school, 1 block west of the church and just north 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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