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

Parish Newsletter
September 2, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Letter From Our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

During the past months, we have accomplished a number of small and larger maintenance jobs. The trellis around the parish hall and Rooms A, B, C, D are completed. The parish gym walls have been painted and the floor has been refurbished. I would like to thank CYO Director Leo Lopez and his team, Mr. Silveira, our school principal, and John Kluesener, our Facilities Manager who worked together on this project. Mark Hall, our maintenance staff worked with a college student to complete this work in a timely manner. Unfortunately, we won’t be having CYO games this year, but we are hopeful that we could do it early next year. Leo Lopez is working hard to bring back sports at the earliest.

Last week, we completed some repairs and maintenance on our church ceiling, and painted some areas that were scarred from the past water leaks. Mark replaced all the light bulbs with LED. We were changing 2 bulbs almost every week last year, and most of them are really hard to replace because of the height. We hope we won’t have to replace any lights for the next 10-15 years. The big picture: LED lighting converts 95% of energy consumed into light, unlike incandescent bulbs, which convert only 10% of energy for light. The 90% of energy remaining is wasted as heat. With solar panels and highly efficient lights, we will continue to save money.

Rest assured, we’ve been working hard to bring an enhanced experience to participants in our online masses and other celebrations like weddings, funerals and baptisms! As you might imagine there are many technical variables involved, but utilizing both hardware and software, we are able to switch between multiple cameras and PowerPoint slides for our main weekend mass. In addition, we are able to connect the livestream software directly to the main sound system on the lawn providing a much better audio experience for the online viewer. We have a smaller scale, single camera setup to manage daily mass, rosary, Thursday speaker series and more. Both systems were designed with portability and simplicity in mind, with each event able to broadcast to both Facebook and YouTube, as well as backup recordings if needed.
   
One of the critical requirements has also been to use equipment and software that we can easily train others on & migrate to use inside the church as needs and opportunities to do so arise. Bear with us these next few weeks as we fine-tune the features and skills needed to offer the best “digital church” experience possible! Thank you, Mike Hall, for leading this effort with our team.

One of the issues that finds Catholics deeply divided today is the issue of Pro-Life. Regrettably, we find ourselves perplexed and confused on this all-important doctrine and practice. Politics get chaotic and our leaders pit us against one another during this season. Of course, after the election, most of us forget about what was debated and voted for, and lives continue without demanding accountability and progress. 

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1983 coined the phrase "consistent ethic of life." Catholics were reminded that being pro-life also includes being opposed to euthanasia, the death penalty, assisted suicide and unjust war.

The 1986 Respect Life brochure states, "The Pastoral Plan is set in the context of a consistent ethic that links concern for the unborn with concern for all human life. The inviolability of innocent human life is a fundamental norm." Furthermore, the bishops' pastoral letter, "The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response," emphasized the sacredness of human life and the responsibility we have, personally and as a society, to protect and preserve its sanctity. In paragraph 285, it specifically linked the nuclear question with abortion and other life issues: 

When we accept violence in any form as commonplace, our sensitivities become dulled. When we accept violence, war itself can be taken for granted. Violence has many faces: oppression of the poor, deprivation of basic human rights, economic exploitation, sexual exploitation and pornography, neglect or abuse of the aged and the helpless, and innumerable other acts of inhumanity. Abortion in particular blunts a sense of the sacredness of human life. In a society where the innocent unborn are killed wantonly, how can we expect people to feel righteous revulsion at the act or threat of killing non-combatants in war?

Today, we can build on Cardinal Bernardin's seamless garment thesis that all human life is sacred by working to prevent premature deaths. People shouldn't need to die from hunger, lack of affordable health care, gun violence and other societal injustices.

I don’t believe that we should be on opposite sides of such a pivotal issue. Is one pro-life area more important than another? According to Susan Vogt “This is where we get into political divisiveness that has recently been ripping our country apart. It can turn people of goodwill into enemies.” During this season, we must focus on what we have in common without picking and choosing and how we all are ultimately on the same side — being fully pro-life.

Fr. Paulson
First Friday - Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
This Friday, September 4th is our Monthly
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

After the morning mass we will expose the Blessed Sacrament from 9:30am to 11am in our Ministry Center Chapel on Facebook Live. This will be a time for prayer and meditation in the quiet of your own space at home.

We will have First Friday Mass at 7:30pm
live streamed only
Events During the Week at CTK
Confirmation
Ceremony
On Sunday at the 6pm Mass we confirmed our 2nd group of teenagers. We will confirm the rest of our confirmandi on Sept.13th.
Congratulations to our newly confirmed!
May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be present in your life now and forever!
Music on the Lawn

It was a wonderful Saturday evening of jazz music! Friends and families of all ages gathered with their chairs, drinks, and food and sat back on a warm summer night for our very first "Music on the Lawn."
A Wedding

We had a beautiful wedding on the lawn. Congratulations to Ven and Rosa Tan!

May God bless and carry you through a lifetime of blessings and happiness throughout your marriage!
60th Jubilee of Religious Life - Rescheduled
New Date:
Saturday, Sept. 12 - 5pm Mass
Join us Saturday, September 12 at the 5pm outdoor mass as we joyfully celebrate 60 years of religious life for Sr. Carmel Garcia and Sr. Marietta Fahey. It will also be streamed live.
Music on the Lawn - Save the Date
Saturday, Sept. 12 - After the 5pm Mass

After the Jubilee Celebration stay on for Music on the Lawn. Bring your chairs, wine, snacks and enjoy a warm summer night while listening to great music. Invite the entire family and tell your friends! The musical theme for the night will be Show Tunes.
Sunday - Sept. 13 - Interfaith Service
Sunday - Sept. 13 - 7pm
After the 6pm mass on the lawn, we will have an interfaith service with music. More information in next week's newsletter.
Grief Support Group - Monthly Meeting
Our Grief Ministry is still here for you! Even though we cannot meet in person, our Grief Ministers are reaching out to our grieving people to help give support during this challenging time. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, and would like to receive a call from one of our caring Grief Ministers, please call Donna at 510-381-3615. Our Grief Ministry Support Group meets the 1st  Saturday of every month.

Our support group will be meeting this
Saturday, September 5 at 9:30am via Zoom.
Offertory Envelopes
For Those Of You Who Receive Offertory Envelopes:

Offertory Envelopes are available for pick up. Our office is open Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm. After the weekend masses, a staff member can assist you in getting your envelopes. If you cannot pick them up during these times, please call so we can arrange a time with you.

Please note: Our parish office will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.
CTK's YouTube Channel
We are in the process of working toward masses being live streamed on CTK's YouTube Channel. (Yes, Facebook is still available). Click the image and subscribe to our channel. You can also search "CTKPH Online" on the YouTube search bar.
Parish Registration Update

We are in the process of updating our parish database with current information including phone numbers, emails, etc. Please click the link below to fill out the digital form to update your information.

Weekly Church Bulletin
Pope’s Prayer Intention for September: Respect for the Planet’s Resources
Pope Francis released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for September, which this month is respect for the planet’s resources: that we “Take Care of Creation Responsibly." #SeasonOfCreation
Thursdays at CTK
This Thursday, September 3, we will take a break from our speaker series, but will be back next Thursday with a new speaker!
Thursday, 6pm Outdoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Join us
Either on the lawn, in your car,
or in your home on Facebook Live!
Worship Aide Here
Outdoor Masses Continue This Weekend Both In Our
Parking Lot And Grass Area
No Reservations or Sign Ups Required
You can get out of your car and onto the grass
(Bring your own chairs/blankets)
Face Masks are required
Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car-tune into FM 106.7

All masses will be live streamed on Facebook
(except the 7:30am Sunday morning mass)
Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm

Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 5pm
Sunday - 7:30am, 9am,10:30am, 12noon (Spanish) & 6pm
New - (Sunday) 12 noon Spanish Mass

Please Note:
7:30am mass will take place outside, on the patio, in front of the church

Song Sheet for Masses Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Drive Through Holy Communion - Sundays

11:30am to 12 noon
(In front of the church)
Streaming Live on Facebook

Monday - Saturday
9am - Chapel Mass

5:40pm - Holy Rosary
(except Thursdays, Sat. & Sun.)
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Private Confessions will continue every Saturday from
3pm to 3:30pm.
Please meet in front of the church.
St. Stephen Church - Outdoor Mass
St. Stephen Church
Walnut Creek

Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Outdoors
Worship Aide Here

Drive Through Communion - 10:15am
Weekly Reflection On Sunday Readings
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Many Catholics, for their own valid reasons, make the choice not to attend live outdoor Masses during this time of covid-19....read more
Thank You For Your Continued Financial Support To CTK And St. Stephen Church
Keeping Connected
Sunday Offering

On-Line Giving: (click button below)

Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions!


Your generosity and prayers help ensure that CTK and St. Stephen can continue running its essential ministries and pay their staff.

Thank you again for your donations as we work together to sustain our community now and in the future.

Offertory Envelopes/Paper Checks:
Can be sent directly to CTK:
195A Brandon Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Can be sent directly to St. Stephen:
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Thank you for your support!
Feast Day of St. Teresa of Calcutta
September 5
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"