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.
July 25, 2021
Dear Parishioners of St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish,
God shows up in unexpected ways! Just when we think we have God’s agenda figured out, another surprise comes. Expecting to find God only in some places hinders us from finding Him everywhere. Who would have thought that a young boy’s few loaves and fishes would feed thousands of people? The disciples were probably just as amazed as everyone else was when this feast appeared before them. Sometimes, we find it difficult to believe that God can do amazing things with something small and simple. Yet, grasping this truth is really at the heart of understanding the power of the Eucharist. Having the Body and Blood of Christ made present for us is one amazing wonder. Actually being fed and nourished by that gift is another. Now being able to become what we have eaten, God can do tremendous things with the simple, humble gifts of our lives. All we have to do is realize that God dwells within us. When we do, then everyone we encounter and everything we do has the power to become a sacramental moment. When done with great love even the smallest gesture can be multiplied exponentially. Now, that is amazing!
Last Monday evening I was sitting at the desk in my living room at the St. Bernardine Campus, surrounded by my “moving mess,” and on Tuesday, most of my things were moved to the St. Luke Campus. I am full of hope at this moment, that this new chapter of my ministry, the beginning of our journey together, will be fruitful and a real blessing for us all. I am hopeful not just for myself, but for all of us as parishioners of St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish.
We keep in our prayers our parishioners, who for various reasons cannot worship with us in the church, and ask God to keep them healthy and safe.
Have a happy summer!
God bless you,