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This year's Summer Service Trip team of volunteers had a full week on the road to and fro Pennsylvania.

Summer Service Trip!

After our wonderful summer experience with the Catholic Heart Workcamp group in Oil City, Pennsylvania, last year, we've decided to rejoin the Catholic Heart Program in a new site: Kansas City, Kansas. If you're interested in joining the group this summer, come to our next Youth Nite on January 21 and learn more!

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UPCOMING EVENTS:St. Luke Youth Ministry Group gatherings

Sunday, March 18 - Next Monthly Youth Mass

Our monthly Youth Mass is open to teens, their friends and family, and anyone looking for an enlivened experience of the Eucharist. The liturgy will start at 5:00 pm -- then all junior high and high school teens are invited to stay afterwards for a light supper and specially planned activities.  Want to help out with music or as a liturgical minister at Mass? We need volunteers to serve as altar servers, lectors, and Eucharistic ministers. Contact Fr. Steve at or 708-435-8922!

Saturday, March 3 - Youth Service Day

We'll be heading back to Our Lady of the Angels to help with their food bank and clothing distribution on Chicago's West Side. Junior high and high school students are invited to sign up now for this outing, which is perfect for those still needing to fill Confirmation or school service hours. Parents and young adults are welcome, too, but everyone must sign up in advance so we can coordinate carpooling/chaperones! Click here for an information sheet. To sign up or ask questions, send an email to Fr. Steve today!

June 25-28 - ECHO Retreat at St. Xavier University in Chicago

Dive into the deepest questions you have about the meaning of life and love, sexual desire, how God's plan fits in, beauty, spiritual freedom, and joy...  ECHO is an adventure through the wilderness of our hearts, revealing both beautiful and rugged terrain, and the surprising love that God has for YOU, no matter what you've been through! For rising juniors and above. Take a peek at what this weekend experience is like at (inspiring! life-changing!). Click here for more info -- and register online here. (Major discount for those who've already been to Catholic Heart WorkCamp.)

July 8-14 - Summer Service Trip

It seems so far off, but our trip to the Catholic Heart WorkCamp in Kansas City, Kansas, will be here before we know it! Click here for the full details and apply now if you'd like to join our group on this visit to America's Heartland.


For more information, contact Fr. Steve at the rectory by email or phone 435-8922.


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Two More St. Luke Youths Honored for Parish Work

Congratulations to two of our parish youths who were our parish honorees for this year's Archdiocesan Youth Leadership Awards in our Vicariate IV Region (Northwest side of Chicago and western suburbs).

Bishop John Manz presented the awards at a luncheon in March to:

  • Sara Doyle for the category of Prayer and Worship for her service as aliturgical minister, catechist, and a leader for youth liturgies, and to
  • KJ Slepicka for the category of Leadership Development for his participation on our parish planning team as well as a minister and catechist at parish liturgies.

S DoyleSara is currently a senior at Trinity High School and has been active in various ways since her family moved into St. Luke Parish five years ago. She has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a catechist for the Children's Liturgy of the Word, and co-leader for the monthly Youth Mass. In addition, she has gone on three Summer Service Trips.

"All these experiences have drawn me closer to my community and God. Being a Eucharistic Minister, I felt impactful and truly part of the Mass. As a youth liturgy leader, I have found myself analyzing the gospels in a different and more creative way. I have especially enjoyed the service trips because they allow me to build my relationship with other teens in the parish and to become closer to God."

KJ SlepickaKJ is a junior at Fenwick High School. He grew up in the parish and "has always be involved" since he was an altar server in grade school. When he started at Fenwick, he became an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and often serves with both of his parents. He also has been active in the Youth Ministry Program and joined the Parish Transformation Team when it formed last year to study ways that St. Luke can become stronger and more effective in fulfilling the mission that Jesus has entrusted to his Church.

KJ also is very active in the greater River Forest community, volunteering with the Kiwanis, as well as playing baseball at Fenwick while maintaining his status on the school Honor Roll.

Our two honorees join last year's award winners, Lee Irvin and Matthew Malone, as inspiration for all St. Luke parishioners, young and old, to contribute whatever gifts God has endowed upon us to serve our parish and community.


They can do it ... You can do it!  Get involved in our parish today!





Quote from Pope Francis: Young people can do great things!


You are the light
of the world!

~ Matthew 5:14

God is calling you to use
your talents and follow Jesus,
and St. Luke Youth Ministry
is here to help you do that!

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