On December 6, 2016, the Provincial Council of the Western Dominican Province wrote a letter to the parishioners of St. Mary Magdalen informing them that, after nearly 94 years of service, they would withdraw all their priests from the parish at the end of June, 2017.
On December 9, 2016, the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland, addressed a letter to the parishioners, promising to “make this transition as smooth as possible, with our ultimate goal being to keep St. Mary Magdalen the vibrant community of faith it is today.”
Fr. Carl Schlichte, O.P., delivered these letters in the course of his homily on Gaudete Sunday during the weekend of December 11th/12th. The event was reported in an article in the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Voice, the following month.
Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P., the Prior of the Western Dominican Province, held a Town Hall meeting with St. Mary Magdalen parishioners after the last two Masses of Sunday, January 15th. He explained the process behind the Dominican Council’s decision, and promised to work with Bishop Barber to ensure our smooth transition to the status of Diocesan parish.
At the end of January, Pastor Fr. Carl Schlichte, O.P., composed a prayer for Bishop Barber (and his advisers) as they choose the first diocesan pastor of our parish. The congregants of St. Mary Magdalen are now reciting this prayer at the conclusion of every Mass, beginning the weekend of January 28th/29th. Fr. Carl calls it a “temporary” prayer because the Parish Transition Team, which is in the process of formation, will soon compose a “definitive” prayer. (The prayer cards are located in front of the hymnals in all the pews.)
Article by Michele Jurich in the January 9, 2017 edition of the Catholic Voice
Fr. Carl’s Homily of Gaudete Sunday (December 11th/12th, 2016)
Letter from the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland
Letter from the Provincial Council of the Western Dominican Province
Text of the “temporary” Prayer for Our New Pastor.