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


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528 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest IL  60305



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Dear Friends in Christ, 


These fifty days of Easter, leading to Pentecost, are marked by unprecedented suffering, as humanity has fallen victim to a perilous contagion. In addition to the threats to our physical wellbeing, we are suffering spiritually as the Covid-19 pandemic has required restrictions of our worship and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Surely, there have been moments in history when governments and rulers have persecuted Christians and banned their public worship. This is not one of them. Rather, the present restrictions come in response to an extreme medical emergency as local, state and federal authorities – specifically public health officials – legitimately fulfil their responsibilities to safeguard human life and the common good. They have based their reasonable guidance on careful consideration of empirical data and the best available disease-mitigation practices as they seek to contain the pandemic’s rampage through our communities.


While everyone must exercise good citizenship in observing these restrictions, I call on the Catholic faithful, as advocates for justice and charity, to comply with these regulations. From the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper,” a truth that must inspire us as we are called to sacrifice. We should also be motivated to cooperate with public safety norms, given our reverence for life and human dignity. This is, at its heart, a moment to proclaim the breadth and depth of what it means to be pro-life, particularly as this virus preys on the most vulnerable in our midst.


The good news is that a plan for a gradual reopening of our churches has now taken shape, as I note below. However, since our movements will be restricted as that plan unfolds in different phases, your pastors and bishops will continue for the present time to offer Mass in private each day and to livestream and broadcast Masses from our parishes and the archdiocese. I am particularly grateful to ABC-TV, Univision and Polvision in Chicago for giving us airtime every Sunday. These celebrations surely are not the same as gathering in our churches for Mass, but I know from hearing from many parishioners that they provide a great deal of solace and support in this time of uncertainty.


We must be honest. We expect this situation to continue for some weeks, and any plan for reopening our Churches for public worship must include every precaution to ensure public gatherings do not create a second wave of contagion, thus squandering the gains made through our sacrifice in these days.


With those realities in mind, I am heartened to announce that the Catholic Bishops of Illinois have reached an agreement with the Office of the Governor on a multi-phase Plan for re-opening our churches for the celebration of the sacraments, private prayer, adoration and Mass. As I share the Plan with you, both by way of an Executive Summary and the full Plan in the attachment, I want to assure you of my prayers for you and your family’s personal, material and spiritual wellbeing. I also express my appreciation to the many people on the archdiocesan staff and in the Office of the Governor for the many hours they have given to designing and fine tuning this agreement. Again, I call on all Catholics to seize this moment to exercise faith-filled citizenship in a way that reflects our deep regard for life, our calling as disciples of Jesus and our love of country.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich




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The coronavirus won't keep us at home forever, so we're planning for the day when we can gather again for Mass in church. All girls and boys in 4th through 7th grade are invited to sign up now to be an altar server. If this sound interesting to you, click here for the application and return it to the rectory by May 30.

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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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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.

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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.

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The following Masses will be live-streamed on Facebook this week:

  • Weekly St. Luke School Mass - 8:30 am Wednesday, May 27
  • Mass for The Ascension of the Lord - 5:00 pm Saturday,
    May 30

Click here for a downloadable copy of the Act of Spiritual Communion, which you may offer at Communion time of any streamed or televised Mass.



All events in the church and school are cancelled or postponed as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 flu. Our parish office is closed. However, we are checking mail, emails, and voice messaging each day. Click here for our staff directory and call or email us if we can be of any assistance to you. Call 708-435-8912 during our regular business hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday. For emergencies, call 708-435-8925 after hours. Click here for more details on the closure.

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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, May 24

    The People of St. Luke Parish

  † Frank Cesario

  † Bob Coleman

Monday, May 25

  † The Williams, Karasis and Kurr Families

Tuesday, May 26

  † The poor souls in purgatory

  † Barbara Habig

Wednesday, May 27

  † Richard and Bridget Curry

  † James Lynch

Thursday, May 28

  † Helen and Shirley O'Leary

  † Paul Tufts

Friday, May 29

 † Nick, Mary and Randy Lazzaro

 † Jimmy Dooley

Saturday, May 30

 † James Smith

 † Connie Meyer

Sunday, May 31

 † Jeanne O'Connor

    The People of St. Luke Parish

  † William O'Malley


We have openings in our 2020 Mass book. 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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