Timeline of Events:
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 by Michele Jurich 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 were choosing the first diocesan pastor of our parish. The congregants of St. Mary Magdalen recited this prayer at the conclusion of every daily Mass, from the weekend of January 28th/29th through Palm Sunday. (Fr. Carl called it a “temporary” prayer because the Parish Transition Study Team was to compose a “definitive” prayer; however, the new pastor was selected before a new prayer could be produced.) The prayer cards were located in front of the hymnals in all the pews.
On March 29, 2017, the Parish Transition Hospitality Team met for the first time. Team members are Sharon Henthorn-Iwane, John Stewart, Mike Walmsley, Kristen Linsley, Mark De Sousa, John Storella, and Florence Wahl. They chose June 11th at the date that the parishioners will say “Farewell to the Dominicans”. See notice:
There will be only two Masses that morning — 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. — in order to facilitate participation in the celebration.
In the meantime, the Transition Study Team has also begun to meet and discuss the future of the parish. Team member Denis Ring will moderate a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday evening, April 26th, along with Parish Pastoral Council member Patricia Hurley. The topic: “St. Mary Magdalen — Looking Forward.” Other members of the Transition Study Team include Chris De Rosa, Ann Fitzgerald, Jim Pawlak, Paula Rice, Andy Canepa, Ken Willers, and the Parish Pastoral Council Chair, Katie Strausser.On the weekend of April 22-23, 2017, Fr. Carl announced that Fr. Nicholas Glisson, currently pastor of St. Lawrence O’Toole – St. Cyril of Jerusalem, would become our new pastor, beginning July 1st, 2017. An article about Fr. Nicholas was published in the Bulletin for the weekend of April 29-30.
Fr. Carl’s Homily of Gaudete Sunday (December 11th/12th, 2016)
Letter from the Provincial Council of the Western Dominican Province
Letter from the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland
Article by Michele Jurich in the January 9, 2017 edition of the Catholic Voice
Text of the “temporary” Prayer for Our New Pastor.
Poster (pdf) for the Town Hall Meeting on April 26, 2017.
Announcement (jpeg) for the “Farewell to the Dominicans” on June 11, 2017.