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church is about to begin on the
south facade and bell tower.
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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 Parish Celebrates the Sacraments

Congratulations to the 77 eighth graders who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Francis J. Kane on April 19! Please keep them in your prayers as they - enlivened by the Holy Spirit - discern the future direction for their lives.The Body and Blood of Christ in First Communion


St. Luke's second graders will receive their First Eucharist at the Masses on the last weekend of April. They will be at the 5:00 pm Mass on April 30 and the 9:00 and 10:30 am and Noon Masses on May 1. Please check with each child's family to see which Mass they will be attending.

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May the joy of our Risen Lord be with you this Easter!

We hope you and your loved ones had a very blessed Easter Sunday. The Easter Season continues on until Pentecost Sunday on May 15. Filled with joy now, please know that you are invited to celebrate our Risen Lord with us all year long – at daily or Sunday Mass or the many other functions happening at St. Luke Parish. To learn more about what's happening each month, sign up below for our monthly Gatherings newsletter. We hope to see you soon!

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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
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 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 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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A Good Time to Examine Our Stewardship

As we look back over the past year and prepare ourselves for the new year, it's a good time to take stock and examine our understanding and appreciation of the many ministries in our parish, and give prayerful consideration to your financial stewardship.

Your volunteer time and regular contributions support the operation of the church and all of our ministries, and they are greatly appreciated. Our parish is using an online giving system called GiveCentral, which is strengthening stewardship as well as making it easier for everyone to make those contributions.
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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.
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.


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What is Parish Transformation all about?

St. Luke is in the middle of long-range planning using the Parish Transformation Program, an initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago launched in 2011 that aims to help parishes revitalize life in each one's community by formulating a pastoral vision that accomplishes the mission of Christ. Parish Transformation helps local leadership develop strategies for the future that link mission and resources to make the most of a parish's potential. With the assistance of a facilitator provided by the Archdiocese, our St. Luke Steering Committee has undertaken an in-depth review of current parish life and is now formulating ideas for how the community can grow and define itself for the future.

Click here to read more about the Parish Transformation Program.



Upcoming Events

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Colleen Nolan

We are also celebrating the Jubilee of our Director of Religious Education and Coordinator of Sacrament Preparation, Sister Colleen Nolan, OP. Sister Colleen will celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Profession of Vows as a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister at the 9:00 am Mass at St. Luke Church on Sunday, May 15.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Sister has served at St. Luke since 2011. Before that, she taught at schools in Maryland, Oklahoma, and Florida, as well as other parishes in the Diocese of Rockford and the Archdiocese of Chicago. She also was the co-director and director of the Apostolic Volunteers for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation and mission educator for the Missionary Society of St. Columban in Forest Park. Congratulations to you, too, Sister Colleen!


School Principal
Search Underway

St. Luke Parish School is looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic leader who would like to contribute to the spiritual and academic growth of our children as Principal at our National Blue Ribbon school. Candidates can learn more about our pre-K through 8th grade program at our school website. Or if you are a qualified individual with a Type 75 certification, look for more information and an application 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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