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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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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 April. 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.


The new RCIA group at St. Luke is forming now, so to find out more information about this process at our parish, please contact Deacon Bob Slobig at 771-6430 or by email at




Some comments from those who have completed the RCIA program in the past:


"It's  absolutely wonderful to be able to receive these sacraments."

"Catholicism has changed my life in providing a different view and perspective on my everyday living."

"Being a mother and a wife gives me a greater purpose to lead a life filled with kindness, patience, honesty, responsibility and love.These character traits are hard to maintain by oneself, so I now look to my God and to my parish to help me lead the life that I was born to live."

"The richness and fullness of the Catholic Church isn't found anywhere else. Looking back, I see how much was missing. I'm not even 100 percent Catholic yet, but I can't imagine my life without the holy Sacraments, without praying the holy rosary, without confessions and without the holy Eucharist."

"During my daughter's baptism, my body was overcome by so much joy and fulfillment that it is very hard to put into words. I realized then that though I had started the process for her, I also wanted the same baptism for me. The different rites of the RCIA helped me realize that I was really meant to be part of the RCIA process and become one with God and the Catholic community."

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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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Our patron, St. Luke, painting at an easel.

Celebrate Our Patron's Feast

October 18 is the feast day of our parish’s patron saint, St. Luke. We will have our Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction and the rosary immediately after the 8:00 am Mass on this day. As usual, our entire parish family is invited to celebrate our patron's feast on the nearest Sunday. All are invited to join us at the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, October 19.



Prime Timers
on the Move

St. Luke's Prime Timers have two outings planned through the end of the year. On Tuesday, October 28, they will head to Kendall College for a wonderful gourmet lunch prepared by the students in the culinary school. The cost is $25.00 and must be pre-paid. Please call Ann Canapary at 771-9221 to make a reservation by October 23.

    The next trip will take them to the Christmas Brunch at the Misericordia - Heart of Mercy Village on Sunday, December 7, at 1:00. The day includes opportunities to buy bakery goods and last-minute Christmas gifts, plus entertainment provided by the residents. The cost is $55.00, and must also be pre-paid. Please RSVP with Beth McBride at 366-7063 by October 24.



Anointing of the Sick

As we continue this Year of the Sacraments, a special homily on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be given at all the Masses on the weekend of October 11-12. In addition, we will offer the sacrament at a special Mass of Anointing of the Sick on Saturday, October 25, at 9:30 am. All those who are seriously ill, as well as all those of advanced age, are invited to receive the sacrament at this Mass.

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Directions:  St. Luke Church is located at 7600 W. Lake Street in River Forest, Illlinois (two lights west of Harlem Avenue at the corner of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue.)  For directions from click here.

Convenient parking is available on Lake Street, Lathrop Avenue, Ashland Avenue, and in the school parking lot which is located 1/2 block north of Lake Street on Ashland Avenue.

We are also easily accessible by public transportation via the Green Line or the Union Pacific West Metra Line.


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