Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Parish Newsletter
August 11, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter From Our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

On August 6, Mr. Joe Silveira, our school principal, successfully defended his doctoral thesis and secured a doctoral degree in Education. I was honored to be part of the dissertation committee together with two professors from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Gwynedd Mercy University, Pennsylvania. On behalf of our church and school community, I would like to congratulate Mr. Joe Silveira on the successful completion of his research and defense.

Mr. Silveira’s thesis centered on School Leadership, and studied “Leadership perceptions of experienced catholic elementary school principals about the factors that sustain them.” The first research question explored the leadership strategies employed by experienced elementary catholic principals to sustain them. His study reported that the sustenance of the leadership is one that is centered on the motivation from the changes, development, and successes of past and present students, and by working as one Catholic community with the same faith, values and goals. Openness to change and innovation as well as building relationships with the school’s stake holders were described as crucial to motivation.

The second research question looked into effective techniques in reducing and eliminating stress and burnout. Data analysis pointed to the leader’s ability to balance personal and professional commitments. Another vital strategy was by networking and connecting with peers and community members. Personally, I found his research very inspiring and helpful for me as a pastor as our leadership roles are so similar in so many ways. Once again, congratulations to Dr. Joe Silveira, a successful and inspiring leader in the diocese of Oakland.

Two years ago, we completed our CTK rectory renovation with your generous donations. With the help of our parishioners, an architect and contractor, we were able to do an awesome job of design and repair. I am happy to report that the rectory is full with 4 retired priests and 2 (very) active priests. Fr. Gerry Moran joined us in mid-July after his distinguished ministry from Danville. Fr. Tom Joseph came to live with us a few weeks earlier. For two years we have been praying for his recovery from cancer of the brain. We are happy to provide a loving community and brotherly support as he continues to live with growing tumors in his brain. Fr. Joseph, the pastor of St. Anne will be with us for a month after his retirement, and then he will transition to India in September. We are grateful for our wonderful home.
I would like to introduce to you our new Youth Minister, Mike Aliscad. Nelson Gonzalez will continue to minister as a volunteer. As a high school junior Mike taught 5th grade catechism on Yokosuka Naval Base Japan. It was to be for just a year, but God had other plans. This started a 20 - plus year journey; guiding youth to build a relationship with Jesus. Most recently he spent 2 years as Youth Minister and Confirmation Catechist with St. Michael Catholic Community on Travis Air Force Base. Prior to that, he served 6 years as Youth Minister at Holy Spirit in Fairfield CA. We welcome Mike to St. Stephen and CTK.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Mary has been our rock and refuge during this pandemic and we are so blessed and protected through her intercession. “Mary, who is a human creature, one of us, reaches eternity in body and soul”, said Pope Francis. This is why we invoke her as the “Gate of Heaven." “There she awaits us, just as a mother waits for her children to come home." The Pope said we are like pilgrims on our way home to Heaven. Seeing that “in paradise, together with Christ, the New Adam, there is also her, Mary, the new Eve, gives us comfort and hope in our pilgrimage down here." Happy Feast.

Fr. Paulson
Update on Church Projectors
As you may know, we’ve been doing a lot of technology upgrades to the church to continue our ability to offer Livestream for services and other events. While the camera systems are complete, part of that effort has been a long overdue upgrade to our video & slide projectors to more modern units offering higher resolution and a brighter overall image utilizing the latest in laser light (no bulbs to replace ever again!). Beyond just the increase in picture quality, this upgrade will also allow for some creative integration of the cameras in the church to display for key events like Graduation, Christmas Concerts, Adult Education and other events! Regrettably, one of the many side effects of Covid is that many areas of the technology industry and supply have been severely affected by microchip and other parts & labor shortages and unfortunately the projectors we ordered are still on backorder after several months of waiting. Please bear with us as we look into alternative suppliers while also keeping our place in line with our existing order in hopes that the new projectors will ship sooner than later!
Offertory Envelopes
Offertory Envelopes are ready for pick-up in the church vestibule this weekend. If you are unable to come to the church, we can have them available for you in the parish office. Call the office at 682-2486 to arrange pick-up. 
Register for High School Youth Group
and Confirmation Programs
On-Line Registration Is Open For
High School Youth Group and Confirmation
We still need catechists and teacher aides for all levels

High School Youth Group and
Confirmation Registration click Here
Volunteer to be a Catechist/Teacher Aide click Here
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Are you interested in becoming Catholic?
Or do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

Are you a baptized Catholic who never celebrated the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

We have a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to accompany you on this faith journey!
For more information click here.
Weekly Church Bulletin
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Sewing Ministry

Sewing Sessions resume on Sept. 1st and continue every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 9:00 am ‘til 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Our dresses and shorts are donated to the poor, disadvantaged, and children affected by disasters in the U.S. and around the world. If you’re looking for a worthwhile endeavor and have a few hours to do something for others, please join us. If you're not a sewer, join us anyway and we’ll put you to work in other ways. Donations of cotton fabric, notions, sewing machines and trims are always welcome. For more information, call Carol Vogl at (925) 288-0488 or email:
CYO Basketball Registration
CYO Basketball Registration Now Open
Grades 3 to 8 - Boys and Girls

We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting registration for the 21/22 winter basketball season. The Oakland diocese has announced that they will be offering a basketball winter season. Christ the King basketball is excited to bring 3rd grade to 8th grade boys and girls back to the hardwood this season. Please sign up by the registration deadlines and we will communicate as soon as possible with further information. CYO is set to start sometime in the month of September and we will update as we know further details. Always check our website for further information. We are excited for our children to return to play and look forward to seeing you soon.
Volunteers Needed For Flower Arranging
Flower Lovers

If you enjoy arranging flowers and would like to do so for our church - please contact Sr. Dominic at or 925-246-1122. You would be on a rotation of once every 7-8 weeks.
Over the Weekend
Congratulations to the children who were baptized over the weekend!
Welcome to Christ the King and St. Stephen Family!
Parents: Kristine & Earl
Baby: Celestine Mae
Parents: Jessica & Jarred
Baby: Juliette Jo
Parents: Julie & Michael
Child: Olivia Rose
Parents: Riva & Zaire
Baby: Kyle Zeon Lonzo
Congratulations to Andrew Jullien who received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and to his sister Silvia Jullien who received her
First Holy Communion on Saturday.
Feliz Quinceañera
Congratulations on your quinceañera that were celebrated on Saturday.
Twins-Damian & Lillian Pantoja
Twins-Lizette & Alberto Agustin Flores
(St. Stephen Church)
Zelina Tatiana Jinks
Mass Schedule
All Masses are Inside the Church
Masks are required.

Weekday Masses
9am Mass - Monday - Friday
(9am Masses will be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays (Rosary begins at 5:40pm)
(6pm Rosary and Mass will be livestreamed)

Weekend Masses
9am and 4pm Vigil
(Saturday 4pm Mass will be livestreamed)

7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 4pm
(10:30am Mass will be livestreamed).
Worship Aide for Mass - Aug.14 &15 Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at
or clicking the Facebook or YouTube images below
Ongoing Services:
Drive-Thru Communion, Mass, Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation
Holy Communion

Every Sunday
11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Private Confessions will continue every Saturday from
3pm to 3:30pm

Please meet inside the church.
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Rosary begins at 5:40pm
Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Monday through Friday
St. Stephen Church - Masses
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek 94597

Saturday - Mass 5pm - Indoors/Church
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Indoors/Church
Worship Aide: Here

Masses at St. Stephen are now being live-streamed on the St. Stephen Facebook page. If you are unable to attend with us in person, please join us through Facebook. A link is on our web site:
Only the 9:30am mass will be live-streamed.
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
On-Line Giving: (click button below)
We depend upon your contributions!
Offertory Envelopes and
Paper Checks
Can be sent directly to:
Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Offertory Envelopes and
Paper Checks
Can be sent directly to:
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
The Feast of the Assumption of
the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday, August 15
Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of Your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory
to be with Him in heaven.
May we follow her example
in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless life and praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"