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

Parish Newsletter
December 16, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

You have heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons… make lemonade.” If you face a challenge or something really difficult in life, by being an alchemist, you can find the lessons learned or new possibilities that may not have existed before. And that is exactly what we did this past weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day, and I cannot describe sufficiently how amazing our celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was. It filled my heart with great joy.

On Sunday, we had rains for the first time, and we did not cancel any of the masses as we are blessed with a great tent. Many of you participated either in person in the tent or from your cars. You have inspired us priests by your faith. For us here at CTK, it was a learning moment. We feel confident we can do it even better with slight adjustments. In the future, if it rains during the weekend, we will continue to celebrate mass outdoors.

You can either stay in your own cars and switch on to FM 106.7, or watch live on your smart phone or tablet using our church Wi-Fi when the masses are livestreamed: 
The id is: CTKstreaming and The password is: outdoor1 or come into the tent, with necessary warm clothes. The tent can accommodate nearly 100 folks sitting 6ft apart.

For communion, if you are in the Large Parking Lot, kindly proceed to the Parish Hall through the door on the right, receive communion and exit through the other door on the Left. If you are in the School Parking Lot, we will set up a tent in the parking lot if it is not windy. If it is windy, come over to the school foyer. This means you need to have your umbrellas or rain coats ready.

When you have a positive environment around you, they will be able to support you on those days when you are struggling to keep yourself positive. I have to thank God that our staff and leadership have created a positive environment around CTK and St. Stephen that makes it possible for us to think outside the box.

Should Catholics take the Covid 19 Vaccines? On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their statement, the bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States all have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue taken from abortions. 
 
With regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they concluded: “In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines… Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” 
 
With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the bishops found it to be “more morally compromised” and consequently concluded that this vaccine “should be avoided” if there are alternatives available. “It may turn out, however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others,” the bishop chairmen stated. “In such a case … it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.” You can read their full statement here.
 
Fr. Paulson
Mass Time Change this Saturday
Beginning December 19 - the Saturday 5pm mass will change to 4pm.

Now that the weather is colder and it is getting darker earlier, we have decided to change the time of our Saturday evening outdoor mass to 4pm, beginning Saturday, Dec. 19. Thank you as we continue to navigate through these changing times.
Simbang Gabi Novena of Masses
SIMBANG GABI
December 15-23 at CTK

The Filipino Society of Christ the King invites you to join in the celebration of "Simbang Gabi", a nine-day novena in preparation for the birth of Jesus, at Christ the King Church from December 15th to the 23rd.

Mass begins at 6:30 p.m. every night (except Dec. 17 which will start at 6pm, and Dec. 19 and 20, which will start at 4 p.m.). Because of limitations brought on by Covid-19, masses will be held outdoors inside a large tent and will be live streamed. You can view it on CTK Facebook Page or CTK YouTube Channel. For additional information, please contact Abe Miralles (925-381-5898) or Imelda Santos (925-623-7340).
Over the Weekend
Thank you to all who attended our celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe mass on Saturday. It was an amazing evening! Special thanks goes to our St. Stephen Music Director, Maria Calderazzo for coordinating this liturgy. If you missed it, you can still watch the video of mass here.
Christmas Schedule
CTK Christmas Eve Outdoor Masses
1pm, 3pm, 4:30pm and 6pm

CTK Christmas Day Outdoor Masses
9am, 10:30am, 12 noon (bilingual)

St. Stephen Outdoor Masses
Christmas Eve - 3pm
Christmas Day - 9:30am

All masses will take place outdoors.
Please dress warm and bring your own chairs.
Masks and social distancing required.
Holy Communion will be offered at all masses.

Masses Livestreamed
All our Christmas Eve masses
and our Christmas Day masses
will be livestreamed on Facebook & YouTube.
If you wish to watch mass at home we offer drive through communion.

CTK Drive Through Communion
Christmas Eve - 2pm to 2:30pm
Christmas Day - 11:30am to 12:00pm
(in front of the church)
Christmas Eve/Day Masses
Volunteers Needed
We are working together to help make Christmas
a wonderful celebration for all!

If you are able and willing, we need USHERS at our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. You would greet people, facilitate parking, take collections…. We would very much appreciate a few new people stepping forward to help on this special day. If you can help, please contact Sr. Dominic at sisterdominic.marie@gmail.com
Weekly Church Bulletin
Virtual Craft Fair
CTK's Faith in Action Ministry is sponsoring a virtual
Concern America Craft Sale this year.
Sale ends December 20th
For more information see flyer Here
The Star of Bethlehem will light up our skies!
On Monday, December 21st
45 minutes after sunset

Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely in the night sky that they'll almost appear to collide from our vantage point here on Earth, creating a radiant point of light often referred to as the "Star of Bethlehem" or the "Christmas Star." The solar system has decided to grace us with a cosmic Christmas miracle that hasn't been witnessed in nearly 800 years.
St. Vincent De Paul
St. Vincent De Paul distributes layettes (newborn essentials) for new mothers in need. Our neighboring church, Hillcrest Congregational, provides these layettes to us for distribution. If you have newborn items you would like to donate, please call us at 925-246-1131. If you prefer to make a monetary donation to St. Vincent De Paul, put on the memo line "layette."
For more information on items needed, please see the flyer here.
News from our Diocese
Are you Being Called to the Diaconate?
A new Deacon formation class is starting
in the Diocese of Oakland.
For more information, interested men and their wives are invited to attend one of the information meetings on Zoom. Read More
Vatican News
  • The pope celebrates 51 years of priesthood read more
  • Pope to UN Climate Summit: ‘Now is time to change direction’
  • Pope at Angelus: Do not forget about joy read more
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

While Christ remained hidden in Mary, his rest was tremendous activity; he was making her into himself, making himself from her. . . .. Read More
Outdoor Mass Schedule
No Reservations or Sign Ups Required
Mass will take place on our lawn area
(Our Large Tent is also available to sit under)

Bring your own chairs/blankets
Face Masks are required
Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car - tune into FM 106.7

Only the 4pm Saturday Mass and the 9am Sunday Mass will be livestreamed both on Facebook and YouTube

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm

Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 4pm (Beginning Dec. 19th this mass will change time to 4pm).

Sunday - 7:30am, 9am,10:30am,
12noon (Spanish) & 4pm
New - 6pm Sunday mass is changed to 4pm

Song Sheet for Dec. 20 Masses Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Drive-Thru Holy Communion
Every Sunday
11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
9am - Chapel Mass
Monday - Saturday
Streaming Live
on Facebook or YouTube
Thursdays, 6pm Outdoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Mass will not be livestreamed
Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Fridays
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
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek 94597

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

Drive Thru Holy Communion - 10:10am
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
Sunday Offering
On-Line Giving: (click button below)
Now includes Christmas

Online giving for St. Stephen Parish is available.

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
Closing Prayer
Prayer for the 4th Sunday of Advent

O God of Elizabeth and Mary,
you visited your servants with news
of the world's redemption
in the coming of the Savior.
Make our hearts leap with joy,
and fill our mouths with songs of praise,
that we may announce glad tidings of peace,
and welcome the Christ in our midst. Amen
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"