Our Diocesan Present

Fr. Nicholas Glisson (“Fr. Nick”)

July 1, 2017: Fr. Nicholas Glisson, aka Fr. Nick, becomes the new pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish.

July 1st & 2nd, 2017: First Masses by a diocesan pastor at St. Mary Magdalen: short write-up in the parish Bulletin.

July 9th, 2017: The new pastor invites all parishioners to a potluck reception in the parish rectory: photos.

September 16, 2017: School of the Madeleine 80th Anniversary Celebration View event photos here. Read the Parish history to learn about the fundraising events, design, construction, opening, and growth of the school.

September 30/October 1, 2017: The Blessing of the Animals
Fr. Nick invited pet owners to bring their pet to church this weekend.  A Blessing of the animals was held in front of the church after each Mass.  View event photos.

October 8, 2017: Fr. Nick’s Installation Reception
Fr. Nick was formally installed as the new Pastor of our Parish at the 11 AM Mass by the Very Reverend George Mockel . The reception that followed also welcomed our new resident priests and new parishioners. View event photos.

October 15, 2017: Mexicali Mission Fundraiser
Fr. Miguel Rolland, O.P pastor of our sister parish Santa María de Guadalupe parish in Mexicali, Mexico. came to visit.  He celebrated the Vigil Mass Saturday evening,  preached at the Sunday Masses, and spoke at the mission dinners.  To learn more about this parish ministry visit Ministries>Mission Dinner Community.

December 17, 2017 – Family Christmas Concert and Sing-A- Long
The Parish musicians came together to provide an entertaining musical concert.  Members of the School Choir, Family Liturgy Choir + Musicians, and the Schola Magdalena combined their voices to lead this pre-Christmas event. Photo courtesy of Fr. Nick.

December 23, 2017: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Christmas Concert
Music Director, Andy Canepa, led the Schola Magdalena (choir) and Festival Consort (instrumentalists) in this beautiful concert. View event photos, courtesy of Fr. Nick.

December 24, 2017 – Christmas Vigil Mass
Parishioners and extended family enjoyed the Children’s Liturgy at this special Mass held each Christmas Eve. View event photos

Year’s End 2017 – A Slide Show
View a presentation of our first 6 month’s as a Diocesan parish by clicking here

January 7, 2018 – Epiphany Open House


Fr. Nick invited everyone to the a Rectory Open House after the 11 am Mass.  Parishioners brought great food to this potluck celebration.  Many of the Rectory Christmas Gifts were on display, and put to use during this event.





January 13, 2018 – The Parish Leadership Conference
The 2018 Parish Leadership Conference was held at the Church of Santa Maria in Orinda, CA.  Fr. Nick invited Fr. Dan Danielson to give the keynote talk on what it means to be a Diocesan Parish. Fr. Nick,  Norah Hippolyte, Ann Flemer, Ceara Brencic, Ken Willers, and Heather Skinner all gave presentations relating to the state of the Parish.  Fr. Nick concluded with a proposed Five Year Plan for the Parish.

February 3-4, 2018 – Feast of St. Blaise and the burning of the Palms
The Feast of St. Blaise was celebrated at each Mass this weekend. The blessing focuses on illnesses of the throat, and involves the placing of candles on either side of the throat.

Fr. Nick also saw the burning of the Palm fronds that parishioners have been bringing to the parish the past few weeks. The Palm burning occurred after the 5:30 pm Vigil Mass and the 9:30 am Family Mass.  Since the Boy Scouts were present to receive a blessing at this Mass, they were asked to perform the Palm burning.  These ashes will be used on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.