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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,
                   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.


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



Monday thru Friday
9:00 am-Noon and
1:00-4:00 pm
and by appointment.


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Religious Education Starts in September Minimize


Registration is open now for St. Luke Parish' Religious Education Program, which will be starting classes on September 20. However, the call goes out for nine more catechists to help lead our children through the classes on Wednesday afternoons. The lower grades meet from 3:30-4:30 pm, and teachers are needed for first through fourth grade classes. Watch this overview of the vital role of catechists and contact Sr. Colleen Nolan at 771-5959 or by email to learn how you can volunteer!


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New Manager Brings a Combination of
Business and Non-Profit Experience to St. Luke

St. Luke welcomes Daniel R. Szymanski, Jr., as our new Director of Operations. He officially started on June 19.

    DaniDaniel Szymanski, St. Luke's new Director of Operationsel grew up in nearby Oak Park and attended St. Giles Grade School, Fenwick High School, and the University of Notre Dame. He worked for over 15 years at Motorola, first as an engineer and then in various business positions in product planning, operations, quality management, and strategic planning.

    Along the way, he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. For the past 10 years, he has been with Catholic non-profit organizations doing operations, financial, and fundraising work, including seven years as Director of Development and Executive Director at the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation.

    "I'm excited to be at St. Luke Parish because of its special combination of God and faith first, and service to others, excellence, and a friendly and caring community.”

    We are very happy to welcome Daniel as the newest addition to our staff!

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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 Catholic faith if you've been away from the Church for a while -- call the Parish Office at 708-771-8250 or send an email here.


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GiveCentral offers an easy, convenient way to support St. Luke Parish

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.


St. Luke's Living History Minimize

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?

Job Opening

St. Luke Parish has an opening for  an Office Assistant.

   Requirements: College degree. Preferred applicant will be a practicing Catholic with a minimum of 4 years of experience working in a parish church office. Position requires a motivated self-starter who is highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills, and outstanding people skills. The ability to be flexible while managing multiple tasks with deadlines, and maintaining a high level of accuracy and confidentiality is essential.

   Responsibilities include, but are not limited to office duties characteristic of a church office: Handle phone calls, parishioner visits, and correspondence. Maintain sacrament registers and prepare sacrament certificates; register new parishioners; create/update templates, schedules, spreadsheets and forms as needed; compile data for annual reports as requested; maintain inventory of office supplies for rectory including stationery, printer, and other supplies; oversee upkeep and smooth operation of office equipment.

   Send resumes to Fr. John Szmyd at the Parish Office, 528 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest IL 60305, or by email to


Bocce in the Park

St. Luke Prime Timers' will start their second season of Bocce Ball on Thursday, June 1, on the Lake Street courts across the street from the Jewel store. The group will play on Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 am. No prior knowledge of the game  or pre-registration is needed — just a desire to have fun. Join them when you can!


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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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