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Religious Education Office
(for Sacramental Preparation)


Michelle Dal Pino, Religious Education Coordinator


519 Ashland Ave

River Forest, IL 60305-1824

PH: (708) 435-8960

FAX: (708) 771-8809


Sacrament Calendar 2019-2020 Minimize

Click here to download the schedule for this year's preparatory program for the First Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

First Eucharist Minimize

First Communon chalice

St. Luke Parish was scheduled to have the First Eucharist celebrations in 2020 at two Masses at 10:30 am (first half of alphabet) and 1:00 pm (2nd half of alphabet) on April 25. Due to the Governor's shut-down order, the Mass will need to be rescheduled to a later time this fall. Relatives should check with the families of the First Communicants to confirm the date and 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


Communion for the Elderly and Homebound


Homebound parishioners remain closely united to the Lord Jesus through regular reception of Holy Communion. Please call Jamie Sullivan at 708-771-9459 to arrange for a Minister of Care to bring Holy Communion for someone confined to home or an assisted living facility.



First Eucharist 


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, but a total of two years of formation is required.


Click here to read more about our children's formation program for this sacrament. Contact our Religious Education Coordinator, Michelle Dal Pino, for any questions at 708-435-8960.

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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