Renew My Church: The Journey of Renewal

At the heart of our Renew My Church efforts is the renewal of vital, sustainable parishes that have the leadership, resources, and vision necessary to create an effective culture of evangelization that makes disciples, builds communities and inspires witness. This requires prayerful discernment and challenging conversations on our part. It also necessitates great trust that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, will lead us to where He wants us to go.

As I’ve shared, Immaculate Conception and St. James are working as one group to discern and provide input into how we can best structure our parishes and ministries to make disciples, build community, and inspire witness. Together, we are working through three stages on a shared journey of renewal:

1.  Discernment & Decisions: This is the phase we are starting now. The Grouping Feedback and Discernment Team (GFDT) will reflect upon potential scenarios of how our local parishes may be organized differently in the future and develop potential ideas to achieve the mission imperatives. This stage concludes when Cardinal Cupich makes his final decisions regarding any structural changes affecting the grouping.

2.   Organizational Transition: Once decisions are made that result in structural/organizational changes to the grouping, a dedicated support team from the Archdiocese works on-site to help pastors manage the transition - both the pastoral accompaniment to walk with people through this time of change and operational transition to ensure new parishes have strong, sustainable operational foundations, upon which the great work of ministry can be built to achieve our mission imperatives.

3.   Building the New Reality: At this point in the process, with the structural, operational, financial, and personnel foundations in place, the grouping will focus its efforts on vibrantly living out the three imperatives. At the core will be a culture of evangelization that supports the work of making disciples, building community, and inspiring witness. This will be a journey over the next several years in our parish.

Along this journey, our Good Shepherd guides our steps. He is with us always and assures us in the Gospel, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (Jn 10:27-30). It’s on us to keep our ears open and to listen with our hearts throughout this process.

As always, for more information, visit RenewMyChurch.org

or email us at [email protected].


Renewal always begins within our own hearts. As we open our hearts to the renewal process, we will pray the special Prayer for Renewal (below) throughout the upcoming months. I invite you to reflect upon each line of this prayer slowly and deliberately. Thousands of people across our Archdiocese and beyond are praying these words on behalf of our local Church. Allow this to become your prayer, as well. 


Lord Jesus, you speak to us today,

as you spoke to holy men and women

who have gone before us.

In every age and in our own time,

you call to us and say: Renew My Church.

Pour out the gift of your Holy Spirit upon us,

and so enable us

   to hear you clearly

   to listen to each other attentively

   to imagine our future boldly

   to discern your direction wisely

   to persevere in your holy will courageously

   to stay together in charity

   to surrender our own plans readily

   to embrace the greater good

   to hand on your gifts to future generations.

May we remain in the holy company of

the Blessed Virgin Mary, the apostles, and all the saints.

May their example and presence

inspire us with patient confidence

in the work of your grace.

We ask this of you who live and reign

with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God,

forever and ever. Amen

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If you already donate via your bank debit or through the electronic giving platform, we thank you! 

If not, it’s easier than ever to sign up for electronic giving through our safe, secure and easy to use electronic giving platform.  Please visit the givecentral.org website here and follow the prompts to donate to Immaculate Conception.

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Thank you!  We appreciate your support as we journey together through this in prayer, with and for, one another.

God Bless,   Father Mike McMahon and the IC Parish Staff

Father Mike’s Homiletter – October 31, 2021

Scripture:   Deuteronomy 6:2-6;  Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51;  Hebrews 7:23-28;  Mark 12:28b-34

This week we get another excerpt from Moses’ farewell instructions to the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land.  He has already reviewed the details of God’s laws with them, and this is part of Moses’ final talk to his people, some of whom may have been thinking “Will he ever finish so we can get going and cross the Jordan?!?”  Moses is down to the essentials at this point, giving his people final guidance on how to stay in God’s good graces:  love God with everything you are and have, and love your neighbor as yourself. 

Our Gospel reading has Jesus saying the same thing in response to an inquiry from one of the Temple scribes.  The scribe, learned in the law, is not adversarial in his inquiry – he is a genuine seeker of truth.  Though he asked for the one most important law, Jesus gives him a bonus:  He incorporates what could look like a second law into the first.  Love God with your whole soul, mind, heart and strength, and then, love your neighbor as yourself.  What Jesus is doing is telling the scribe how to love God with all your strength:  show it by loving others. 

The scribe is a rare figure among the Temple elite:  he understands that although the rituals and sacrifices in the Temple are important, they are far less important than doing good for others.  The scribe got the point:  people before process.  And Jesus affirmed his conclusion:  you are not far from the kingdom of God. 

Wouldn’t it be reassuring if Jesus could say that to each of us? 

Peace, Father Mike 


Food for Thought …

  • The way we treat people is the way  we treat God. 

                                        Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S. J. 



K-5 CLASSES  Sunday 9:00-10:15

Jr. High Wednesday evening 6:30-8 PM 



Immaculate Conception Parish offers a very fine Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) to provide the very best in formation and education for our grade school parishioners.

Immaculate Conception Parish does not have a parochial school. For those who would like to consider the time honored option of a catholic school we are happy to provide the following links to the Catholic School options in association with the parish.


East Lake Academy

 Northridge  Prep School

School of St. Mary