St. Luke Campus St. Bernardine Campus
7600 W. Lake St. 7246 Harrison St.
River Forest 60305 Forest Park 60130
PH: 708-435-8912 PH: 708-366-0839 Email: email@example.com
St. Luke Office / Mailing Address
528 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest IL 60305
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!
As we continue to follow COVID guidelines of the state of Illinois and Archdiocese of Chicago for in-person liturgies, we continue to also live-stream all of our Masses. 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 on your own or to join us with us virtually at daily Mass. Click here, St. Bernardine Church, to visit our church or attend Mass.
From the pastor's desk
September 19, 2021
Father Stan is on vacation this week. Please enjoy an article from Andrew DiMarco, our school principal.
As the 2021-2022 school year gets underway, I have been reflecting on this school year and I am excited for what we have in store. The theme for this school year is “Strength for the Journey,” and as we heard in the Gospel reading today, Jesus reminds the disciples that He is the strength. Each school year can be viewed as a journey not only to complete the curriculum or to move on to the next grade level but a journey of new experiences, growth, friendship, and knowledge. The last 18 months have certainly not been easy for anyone and our students are no exception to that. However, they have shown us what it means to be children of God through their fortitude and positivity. Our Bearcats have supported each other, cared for each other, trusted each other, and loved each other, and have come out stronger than ever.
This new school year continues to bring with it new challenges, and yet we are off to a fantastic start. I find that when I am working in the summer, I become accustomed to the peace and quiet in my office but it always feels like something is missing. Which is why at the start of this school year, with our whole school community back together, I am overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm that has permeated the building. It truly is a blessing to be “back to school.” This year we welcomed 37 new families and have increased our student enrollment by 12%. We welcomed a number of new teachers to our staff and our students are excited to have fine art classes, sports, and extra-curricular activities back in addition to the core curriculum.
This year we not only celebrate having all of our students back under one roof but are continuing to celebrate 100 years of St. Luke education. The last year and a half has been challenging, but knowing that St. Luke has been overcoming obstacles and educating children for over 100 years inspires us to continue the mission of St. Luke School. We cannot do it without the strength given to us by Jesus and we continue to pray for His strength each day. The students, faculty, and staff of St. Luke School thank you for your continued prayers and support for this academic year. As a school community rooted in the Catholic faith, we come together, with the strength that Jesus gives us, ready to embark on our next journey.
To celebrate this milestone we invite you to join us on October 16 for our Centennial celebration. We hope you will be able to join us for a night of great food, live music and fun. For more information, go to stluke100.com. Go Bearcats! ~Andrew DiMarco, Principal
St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish will host a blood drive on Sunday, September 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Fearon Hall (St. Bernardine campus). Please contact the Red Cross at 800-RED-Cross as appointments will be required. If you would like to volunteer to assist that morning, please contact Susan Rohde at 708-307-5811.
Religious Ed registration now open for fall session
Our Faith Formation Program is now accepting registrations for students in grades 1-8. Both in-person and home catechesis options are available. The first session begins September 15, so parents are encouraged to sign up now. Click the button below to download the registration form with a full calendar and details about the program, which includes activities through April.
Catechists needed to share our faith with our parish children
We're looking for individuals -- or couples -- who are willing to share their faith as catechists with our children on Wednesday afternoons or evenings. No experience needed; we provide all materials and training.
There are opportunities to lead a class yourself or team up with a friend or spouse for grades 1 and 3-6. We also need assistants and substitutes.
Classes are starting next week, so we really need your help now! If you are interested in knowing more, contact Michelle Dal Pino by email or at
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