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St. Luke Church
7600 W. Lake Street
River Forest, IIlinois


Mass Times

Please note that all public liturgies in the Archdiocese of Chicago are limited due to the COVID pandemic. To attend one of the open Masses at St. Luke you must pre-register through our SignUpGenius reservation system. A new link to the sign-up page is sent out each Tuesday for the next weekend's Masses. To receive this link, please sign up for our parish email updates below.


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528 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest IL  60305


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Blessings on our graduates Aug. 1 at 2:00 pm

After COVID-19 safety guidelines were loosened on August 1,
St. Luke Parish School's Class of 2020 were finally able to celebrate their graduation at a Mass of Thanksgiving. Click to see the
recording on Facebook here or on YouTube here.

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Join us for a virtual visit to the missions

We ordinarily would have a missionary visit our parish as part of the Archdiocese of Chicago's annual Summer Missionary Cooperation Plan, but all missionaries were grounded this year by the COVID pandemic. But in its place we have a video from one of the missionary groups that would have come to Chicago -- the Servants of the Plan of God, a relatively new and young community of sisters who do remarkable work with the poor in all parts of the world, including the U.S. border with Mexico. Listen to their story, and if you are as inspired by their work as we were, please give generously to this weekend's special Mission Coop collection to support our missionaries around the world. Or click here to make your donation online now through GiveCentral.

We pray with you!

You're not alone! Join us to pray or to grieve a loved one

We cannot gather as a faith community yet, but there are people of faith who are ready to pray with you or to help you grieve the loss of a loved one online. If you are looking for a prayer partner -- day or night -- the Archdiocese of Chicago has a prayer line in English, Spanish, and Polish. Call 312-741-3388 to share your special intentions with someone who cares. Or send an email with your prayer intention to


For those who have recently lost a loved one, we also have online grief groups that are forming now to share their experiences. REgardless of your faith background, please viisit to sign up, and we will find a way to connect you!

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St. Luke's Bells Are Tolling for All Those Affected by COVID-19

Call to Prayer with two bellsPrayer connects us and lets others know they are not alone, that they are supported by people of faith who care. Cardinal Cupich has asked that all churches in the Chicago area ring their bells five times a day as a reminder to pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus. The prayer times will ring every three hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Each of the five prayer times will be dedicated to a specific group particularly impacted by the pandemic, as listed below.

9:00 a.m. - Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill: Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus' Name. AMEN.

12:00 p.m. - Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick: Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus' Name. AMEN.

3:00 p.m. - Prayer for first responders and essential workers: Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus' Name. AMEN.

6:00 p.m. - Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders: Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters in one human family. We pray for people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division. We ask this in Jesus' Name. AMEN.

9:00 p.m. - Prayer for those who have died today: Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus' Name. AMEN.


Download a copy of the prayers here.

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GiveCentral offers an easy and convenient way
to support St. Luke during this pandemic and all year-round

Without our weekly Masses, many families are inadvertently missing their weekly commitment to support our parish. So we recommend online giving as a safe, convenient, and easy way to make gifts -- whether it's for your Sunday offering or a one-time gift such as for special 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 during this flu pandemic shut-down or even at other times 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.

Join us for Mass online


St. Luke has passed certification to offer public Masses on a limited basis. St. Luke parishioners are encouraged to sign up here for our email updates with the weekly notifications of our reopened Sunday Masses and other liturgies as they are scheduled. Each email will contain the link that is needed to sign up in our reservation system on SignUpGenius.


We will also be live-streaming the Mass for Sundays on Facebook. The next Mass will be:

  • Mass for the Nineteenth Sunday
    in Ordinary Time

    5:00 pm Saturday, August 8

Click here for a copy of the Act of Spiritual Communion, which you may offer at Communion Time of any streamed or televised Mass. The recorded version of the Mass is also available any time after the live-stream ends.


Pray the Rosary

We are now forming a virtual prayer group to pray the Rosary on Thursday evenings for an end to these pandemic times. Two times are available -- 6:00 and 9:00 pm -- and anyone who is interested can sign up for one or both times by sending an email with your name and time preference to If you're not sure of the Rosary prayers, click here for a one-page guide.


Register for St. Luke School

St. Luke School expects to be open for classes in August, and we are now accepting applications for students in preschool through 8th grade for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you are interested in learning more, email Jessie Wiktor, Admissions Director, to schedule a call to hear about the exceptional education that St. Luke provides. Click here for short video which gives a glimpse of our campus and our community. 

Guide to Reopened Churches

Tips for worshipers coming to reopened churchesBefore you come to church for Reconciliation, Baptism, Funeral, Weddings, or Mass, please read through this pamphlet prepared by the Archdiocese of Chicago with tips for how you can prepare yourself at home and when you come to church. These are some general tips, and more procedures that are specific to St. Luke Church will be posted to our weekly reservation page or explained to you when you arrive. Click here for your free copy of the pamphlet.

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Though the church is closed, our parish priests will be praying for the special intentions in our Mass book as they celebrate private Mass each day. Here are this week's intentions:

Sunday, August 2

 † Fred LoCoco

     The People of St. Luke Parish

 † Lorraine Skelding 

Monday, August 3

  † Helen and Shirley O'Leary

  † Jimmy Dooley

Tuesday, August 4

  † Thomas F. and Helene Dittrich Kenney

  † Jimmy Dooley

Wednesday, August 5

  † Jim McGrath 

  † Barbara Habig

Thursday, August 6

  † The Williams, Karasis and Kurr Families

  † Josephine Dooley

Friday, August 7

  † Thomas F. and Helene Dittrich Kenney

  † Bob Atkinson

Saturday, August 8

    Gerald Taglia/Jane Watts Wedding

  † Margo Pizzo

Sunday, August 9

 † Matt and Patricia Palmer

     The People of St. Luke Parish

 † The Crowley and Cusack Families


To have a Mass offered for the memory of your loved one or a special occasion, email your request to



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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