St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish
St. Luke Parish Campus St. Bernardine Parish Campus
7600 W. Lake Street 7246 Harrison Street
River Forest, IL 60305 Forest Park, IL 60130
Mass Times Mass Times
6:30 AM Monday-Friday 6:30 AM Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM Monday-Saturday Saturday: 5:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 PM Sunday: 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday: 9:00 and 11:00 PM
St. Luke Office / Mailing Address
528 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest IL 60305
Phone: (708) 435-8912
Welcome to our newly unified parish!
The date of July 1, 2021 will certainly go down in the parish chronicles as the day the united Parish of St. Luke and St. Bernardine was established. I realize that this may cause some mixed feelings. However, as the first pastor of this parish, I am excited to begin this new journey with you! A journey created by uniting these two parishes. We are challenged now to discover who we are and how we can enrich each other with our gifts, and to create a community where our parish can grow. I see this as a great opportunity for both St. Luke and St. Bernardine.
All will undertake this journey: parishioners, priests serving this community, parish staff, and St. Luke School. The purpose is not just to unify two parishes, but to strengthen each other. I invite you to join me on this journey, and I believe that together we can create a community where we can share our faith with others who are seeking a spiritual home.
I believe that God entrusted the future of this new parish to us because we are the people of faith and we have the gifts needed to keep going toward a better future and to be successful. The gospel also reminds us that, in every circumstance, we can call to Jesus and he can help us in our needs, sometimes in miraculous ways.
Now as we move forward together, I ask you to consider three things: First, please pray to the Lord. Our boat is not sinking, but we need wisdom and blessings to discern the best ways to move forward. I also ask you to reactivate your dedication to the ministries you cherished before COVID. In the coming months, please consider becoming involved in one new ministry or project in our parish. Finally, I ask that all of us be understanding of one another and know that we may make some mistakes along the way. I truly believe that if we stand together as disciples of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, our future will be bright and fruitful.
-Fr. Stan Kuca, pastor
Be a part of the mass using YouTube!
Though we are moving along with the state of Illinois (Phase 5 of re-opening the state), we will still continue to live stream mass. If you are not comfortable with attending mass in the church you can still view the mass using our YouTube link. This link is always available when you would like to pray or attend mass. Click here, St. Bernardine Church to visit our church or attend a mass.
August 1, 2021
When we lose our ability to trust, we become afraid. When we are afraid, we may begin to grumble and question whether where we are is where we need to be. For those of us who have faith, we even question whether God is who God says He is. Trust is so important to success on our journey. Often, the road of our lives can become a bit treacherous. We may find ourselves feeling more unsettled than comfortable and less fulfilled than we would like to be. As much as we try, the pieces of our puzzle do not quite fit together as they should and we wonder if we will ever experience happiness again. Then, something happens that reminds us that God is very much present in this mess we call life. God is still bringing hope out of despair and life out of death. After all, God is the true bread that comes down from heaven to give life. All that is necessary is for us to trust in this truth, even when we may be lacking in some of life’s essentials. The God who gives life is the same God who sustains it. He is also the same God who assures us that we will not perish.
Each summer the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago facilitates the Mission Cooperation Plan, an opportunity for more than 100 international missionary dioceses, congregations and organizations to share their stories and invite support from our faith communities. Typically, missionary representatives visit our churches over a weekend of liturgies to speak and appeal for contributions. This summer, travel is again impossible for many of our missionary speakers, which means that in-person appeals would not be safe. Yet the needs are greater than ever for local churches in under-resourced areas throughout our world. For that reason, the Missionary Cooperation Plan must take place virtually in 2021. The official weekend to observe the Missionary Cooperation Plan is August 7 -8, and I ask that you please pray for these mission causes that are sharing the Bread of Life around the world. The local churches cannot support these ministries by themselves. Next weekend we will take a second collection for the missions. Envelopes will be available at the exits and you may give online as well at www.WeAreMissionary.org/give. Each donation will be distributed evenly to all 104 participating mission causes.
I am happy to invite all our parishioners for event called Band Together. This will be a good opportunity for all of our parishioners to meet and get to know each other. Listening to music and having a good time will give us an excellent occasion to meet people from the other church campus and maybe make some new friends. Band Together will take place at both campuses during second half of August. Please see the flyer in the bulletin for more details.
Enjoy the Summer,