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Tuckpointing workers scale scaffolding on church.tower

The next phase of tuckpointing the
church is underway on the
south facade and bell tower.
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the campaign is needed to help us
keep going forward!

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has been accomplished with
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and what's still to come!


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St. Luke Church Office

708-771-8250 (ph)

708-771-8809 (fax)

528 Lathrop Ave

River Forest, IL 60305-1835


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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 takes you 12 flights up on an picturesque tour of the restoration work that's been taking place on St. Luke Church's front façade and bell tower. Just click the photo to start your tour!

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Interested in Becoming a Catholic?

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 eight months leading up to the Easter Vigil. 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.


To find out more information about the RCIA at our parish, please call the rectory office at 708-771-8250 or send an email here.


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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 12:00 noon
(9:00 is our Family Mass with Children's Liturgy of the Word offered during the school year)


Weekday Mass Times
Monday-Friday: 6:30 and 8:00 am
Saturday: 8:00 am
Holy Days & Holidays
Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
available after 6:30 and 8:00 am weekday Mass and by appointment

Open doors to the churchIf you are new to our parish community or just visiting, you are always welcome to join us.


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 stop by or 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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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.


What's Happening?

Cards and

St. Luke Prime Timers have two events coming up. On Monday, September 26, the Bridge Group will meet in the Hospitality House from Noon until 2:30 pm. All players age 50 and older are welcome to join.

On Wednesday, September 28, the Amen Stitching Group will meet in the Hospitality House from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. This group is open to all persons who share an interest in sewing, knitting, crocheting, or any other kind of needlework. Bring your latest project and exchange ideas.


Pet Blessing

Grab yiour leash and bring your pets to our annual Pet Blessing next Saturday, October 1. The short service will take place from 1:00-1:30 pm next to the shrine of St. Francis, the patron of animals and ecology. All creatures great and small are welcome.


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The results of our survey for the Parish Transformation process are tabulated. Take a look at the responses here to see who attends St. Luke Church and how they feel about activities under consideration for the future.

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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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