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

Parish Newsletter
August 18, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter From Our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Water is a precious and limited resource, especially in our drought-prone California. Amid intensifying drought and record-breaking temperatures across the Western United States, we have been asked to reduce water use. We are given simple measures to help protect water reserves as drought conditions continue and to maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife wherever possible. The realities of climate change are no where more apparent than in the increasingly frequent and severe drought challenges we face in the West and their devastating impacts on our communities, businesses and ecosystems. As a responsible community, we have started putting some of these measures into practice.

1. We have reduced irrigation of our lawns and gardens by 50%, which would mean that our green lawn around the church and the field may look a little brown in the coming days. We will pay attention to make sure they are in good shape and neat.

2. I am asking our parish priests, staff and school to be extra vigilant on the use of water.

3. We have tried to fix all water leaks around the campus, and we ask that you inform us if you are aware of areas where water is being wasted or you have other recommendations.

We are fortunate to have a great leader in Pope Francis who constantly speaks about climate change and our need to tend to God’s creation. In twin Earth Day messages this year, Pope Francis warned a gathering of world leaders and the global community at large that "we are at the edge" with climate change, and the time to take action is now. When Pope Francis issued his landmark teaching document on climate change in 2015, “Laudato Si” his words inspired many Catholics and non-Catholics. Upon the encyclical’s release in June 2015, the pope took to Twitter to declare, bluntly: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” I believe that together, religious groups and scientists can be a powerful force for a livable planet. As the weather gets warmer, the hurricanes stronger, fires continue to rage, please be mindful of the vulnerable population that suffers most from these changes.

Some of you know Tony Romano, who worked at St. Stephen Church caring for the grounds and facilities. He was seriously ill for a number of months and has been discharged from the hospital. Tony is on his way to Connecticut. His sister drove out to close up everything for him here and bring him home with her. He will be living with her. I would like to thank so many of you who took care of Tony ~ especially the doctors and nurses at Contra Costa County Hospital as well as St. Stephen parishioners who surrounded him with so much love and care over the past years: Mike Milani and Chris Lang who were always there for him and Marie-Louise Ardini who opened her home to him and showed great patience and care. He was a special man, who had no family around him here, no shelter, but lived many years with us - loved and supported by the parishioners of St. Stephen. Please continue to hold Tony in your prayers.

Last week Paul Bongiovanni, our diocesan CFO and one of the diocesan real estate directors visited CTK. I took the opportunity to show our facilities and they were very impressed. In fact one of them remarked, “Christ the King Church is probably the best maintained parish in the diocese.” That was great to hear, and I want to thank everyone including our staff for working so hard to take care of our church and the campus.

I would like to welcome our students back to our campus. The teachers have been working hard to prepare for the new academic year. May God bless and protect our children.

Fr. Paulson
CTK Parish Hall Kitchen Update
Our kitchen upgrade is essentially complete and we are in the process of restocking the cabinets. We have a new dishwasher, ice maker, A/C unit, stainless steel countertops, new paint, new hardware on the cabinets and drawers, all in-place and a new 12 burner stove in the works. 

There was a lot of duplication in the utensils as well as some of the pots, pans and sundries-large numbers of metal knives, forks and spoons, coffee mugs, small plates, graters, openers, trays etc. We still have the old 12 burner Wolf stove which is in working order but in need of some attention, folding rectangular tables and metal chairs which we are surplussing. All will be in Room C from August 19 through 31. After that they will be discarded. If any of you know of local agencies that might be able to use some of these goods, please have them contact the parish office at 925-682-2486 for a time to view and select the items that they would like to have. We will have Room C opened after masses this weekend.
Offertory Envelopes
Offertory Envelopes can be picked 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. 
On-line Registration for Faith Formation
7/8th Youth Group
Twice a month on
Tuesday Evenings
HS Youth Group
Twice a month on
Thursday Evenings
Confirmation Prep
Twice a month on
Sunday Afternoons
Volunteer to be a Catechist/Teacher Aide click Here
Weekly Church Bulletin
Sewing Ministry
Dress a Child Around the World

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: carolvogl@sbcglobal.net
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.
News From our Diocese
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.
21st Sunday in Ordinary

Despite our often lukewarm response, God loves us unconditionally. In all of its twenty-plus centuries, our Church has never achieved perfection—nor will it. Read More
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
Saturday
9am and 4pm Vigil
(Saturday 4pm Mass will be livestreamed)

Sunday
7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 4pm
(10:30am Mass will be livestreamed).
Worship Aide for Mass - Aug. 21 & 22 Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at ctkph.org
or clicking the Facebook or YouTube images below.
Ongoing Services:
Drive-Thru Communion, Mass, Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation
Drive-Thru
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: saintstephenparish.org.
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
Back to School Blessing
Loving God, Our creator, our savior, our companion, bless this journey of a new school year
that we undertake today.

Refresh our souls and renew our spirits as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to.

We welcome those who are new to this community and ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them.

Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to this school, and may you guide them to return with open hearts
and minds eager to learn.

We ask this in Your name, Amen
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"