St. Luke Church St. Bernardine Church
7600 W. Lake St. 7246 Harrison St.
River Forest 60305 Forest Park 60130
PH: 708-435-8912 PH: 708-366-0839
St. Luke Office / Mailing Address
528 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest IL 60305
New Mass Schedule
Effective October 23-24
5:00 pm at both St. Luke
and St. Bernardine Churches
8:00 am St. Bernardine
9:30 am St. Luke - Family Mass 11:00 am St. Luke
6:30 am Masses at
St. Luke: Mon & Tues
St. Bernardine: Wed & Thur
8:30 am Masses at
St. Bernardine: Mon & Tues
St. Luke: Wed—Sat
From the pastor's desk
October 17, 2021
This is a very special year for our parish as it marks the 100th anniversary of St. Luke School. The anniversary of the school, which is an essential part of our parish, gives us all cause for great
joy and pride. For 100 years the school has provided an education that is excellent and empowers students to reach their full potential spiritually, intellectually, socially, and morally.
The mission of the St. Luke School is to be “committed to nurturing the spirit and engaging the intellect of each child. Prepare students with the strong foundation of rigorous academics and
a vibrant school community rooted in the shared values of faith, excellence, service, responsibility, and love.” Empowered by the dedication and
support of the administration, faculty, parents, and the assistance of many benefactors who value Catholic education, our school has continued this mission and sets an example as a regional Catholic school not only here in River Forest, but also in the surrounding villages.
It is noteworthy that our students come from 26 zip codes. Also of great pride to us all is that our school has been designated a “National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the United States Department of Education twice in recent years.
The 100th anniversary is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the continuous blessings He has bestowed on our school throughout the millennium. This blessing has allowed our school to successfully fulfill its mission in good years and
Dedicated on October 9, 1921 by Archbishop George Mundelein and staffed for many years by Dominican Sisters, the school is now led by lay
administration, staff, and faculty. These people of faith are committing their talents and, in fact, their lives to our students. Their dedication during the
time of this pandemic has been remarkable. As an effect of their hard work, we can be proud of the
increase in enrollment by more than 10%.
Moreover, Fr. Ed Fialkowski and I are taking pastoral care of our students. We preside over school Masses weekly and teach our students in their classrooms.
This Saturday, October 16, at 5:00 pm, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated to honor the school. The presider at this liturgy will be the new
bishop of Vicariate IV, Bishop Kevin Birmingham. Being grateful for the school’s rich history, we will ask God for abundant blessings for our students, teachers, faculty, and for all of our school families for many years to come. I am truly saddened that I am unable to be with you in person. However, please trust that I will be united with you in prayer.
Two weeks ago at Holy Name Cathedral, the Christifideles Award ceremony took place, and our own Mr. Francis Carr was awarded this special
honor. Francis (Fran) Carr is one of the leaders of the St. Bernardine Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, where he serves as secretary and volunteer coordinator. Sharing his energy, ideas, and drive to serve the parish and the hungry, Fran works many hours each week to acquire nonperishable items for the food pantry as well as perishable meals for organizations, churches, and community people. In January of this year, Fran initiated a perishable meal contact that has led to the acquisition and distribution of over 50,000 meals to date!
In addition, for many years Fran owned the “Furniture Recycler” in Forest Park and donated his time and talent to refurbish the pews in St. Bernardine Church. His faithful spirit and Christian outreach exemplify his vocation to serve.
Last weekend for winter coat drive donations
Please check your attic and closets for any new or gently-used adult or children's winter coats, gloves, scarves, and knit hats that can be donated for students at The Learning Center on Chicago’s West Side.
Volunteer tutors from our parish allow the center to provide free ESL and vocational instruction to help the adults improve their chances for better jobs. Children’s coats are also much appreciate for family members of the students.
Please bring your donations in plastic bags to any of the Masses at St. Bernardine or St. Luke this weekends of October 16-17. Collection boxes are available at both main entrances. Thank you for caring about our neighbors in need! All donations will truly be warmly appreciated!
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