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St. Luke Parish will have the First Eucharist celebrations in 2018 at two Masses at 10:30 am (first half of alphabet) and 1:00 pm (2nd half of alphabet) on Saturday, April 21.  Relatives should check with the families of the First Communicants to confirm which Mass they should attend.


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Weekend Masses   

Saturday: 5:00 PM

Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 am


Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 6:30 and 8:00 AM

Saturday 8:00 AM

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St. Luke Rectory

708-771-8250 (ph)

708-771-8809 (fax)

528 Lathrop Ave

River Forest, IL 60305-1835



Communion for the Homebound


Homebound parishioners remain closely united to the Lord Jesus through regular reception of Holy Communion. Please call Sheila Murray at 708-366-5596 to arrange for a Minister of Care to bring Communion.



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Requirements for the Reception of the Sacrament of Eucharist


Children who display the proper readiness will be permitted to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. The formal religious education will be within the parish program. The informal preparation and guidance takes place within the home. The following are the guidelines and requirements:

  • The child must be baptized (or made a Profession of Faith) prior to the reception of the sacrament.
  • A baptismal certificate is to be presented upon registering for the sacrament.
  • The child must understand the following basic concepts:                                         

           a.   Who God is

           b.   Who Jesus is

           c.   What Jesus' life is about

           d.   The desire to participate in the Mass and to receive the Eucharist

           e.   The ability to distinguish ordinary bread from the Eucharist


  • Parental involvement in the preparation of the child is extremely important, necessary and valuable.
  • ALL children must attend and participate in the first and second years (not including kindergarten) of religion classes, before they receive the sacrament.
  • Regular attendance at classes and special liturgies is necessary and extremely important.
  • Regular church attendance on Sundays and Holy Days is essential and presumed for all candidates and their parents.


Parents may enroll their children in Grade 2 and above. One prior year of religious education is required.


Contact our Director of Religious Education, Sr. Colleen Nolan, O.P., at 708-771-5959.



Holy Eucharist


The Eucharist is the center and heart of Christian life for the universal Church and for each Christian. All that pertains to Christian Life leads to the Eucharist celebration or flows from it.                                                   

 Sharing the Light of Christian Faith


In the Eucharist, Jesus invites us to join Him in this meal with God's family, the Christian community. The example of parents and family members in attendance and participating at Sunday Mass each week is a powerful and an important living example to children. 

 "We though many, are one body, all of us in one bread."                        Cor. 10:17


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