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

Parish Newsletter
May 26, 2021
Staying Connected
The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
Sunday, May 30
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

In the past week and on the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis delivered a very important reflection which I found very challenging and encouraging, truly pastoral, rooted in the Scripture but attuned to the world. He spoke about ideology and faith and how the two are incompatible. In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis warned Catholics to not turn their faith into an ideology, as St. Paul did when he was persecuting Christians before his conversion.

St. Paul, called Saul before his conversion, was “an ideologist; for Saul, religion had become ideology, religious ideology, social ideology, political ideology,” the Pope said a few months ago. Reflecting on Saul’s behavior toward Christians is a chance for everyone to consider how they are living their faith, he said, suggesting people ask themselves: “How do I live my life of faith? Am I going to meet others or am I against others? Do I belong to the universal Church, good, bad, everyone? Or do I have a selective ideology?” “Do I love God, or do I love dogmatic formulations?” he continued. “How is my religious life? Does the faith in God that I profess make me friendly or instead hostile to anyone who is different from me?”  
Here are some excerpts from Pope Francis's homily which is a translation.

“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason, Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”

The Pope continued. Jesus told us: “You burden the shoulders of people [with] many things; only one is necessary.” This, therefore, is the “spiritual, mental” thought process of one who wants to keep the key in his pocket and the door closed: “The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh? Already the Apostle John, in his first Letter, spoke of this. Christians who lose the faith and prefer the ideologies. His attitude is: be rigid, moralistic, ethical, but without kindness. This can be the question, no? But why is it that a Christian can become like this? Just one thing: this Christian does not pray. And if there is no prayer, you always close the door.”
The words of the Pope have particular relevance for us here in the United States and the world. Pope Francis said, “if we listen to the Spirit, we will not be concerned with conservatives and progressives, traditionalists and innovators, right and left. When ideology become our criteria, then the Church has forgotten the Spirit.” He reminded them that “The Paraclete impels us to unity, to concord, to the harmony of diversity. He makes us see ourselves as parts of the same body, brothers and sisters of one another.” He warned that “the enemy wants diversity to become opposition and so he makes them become ideologies.” Adding to his prepared text, Francis said: “Say no to ideologies, yes to the whole.”

On another note, I visited Fr. Mike Dibble recently on two occasions, and he has become quite weak and fragile. I am grateful to Dr. Francine and David Stone for offering a place for him to retire, and taking good care of him during the past years. Kindly keep Fr. Dibble in your thoughts and prayers.
On behalf of our communities of St. Stephen and Christ the King, I would like to wish Fr. Brian Timoney Happy Anniversary as he celebrates 65 years of priesthood today. Brian was ordained in Bangalore, India. After 16 years of ministry in India, Father Timoney came to the United States, serving at St. Perpetua in Lafayette, St. John in San Lorenzo and St. Stephen in Walnut Creek, then began his ministry at Christ the King in 2000, as parochial vicar. Father Timoney retired in 2001.

Fr. Paulson
Weekly Church Bulletin
Memorial Day

Our parish offices will be closed this Monday,
May 31st in honor of Memorial Day.
Lord of Pardon Mass Celebration
May 29th at the Saturday 4pm Mass

This Saturday, May 29th at the 4pm Mass, the Filipino Society’s Lord of Pardon Prayer Group will celebrate its 38th year anniversary, honoring the Holy Infant Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima. You are invited to join them in this celebration.
Over the Weekend
Congratulations to the 94 children who received their
First Holy Communion on Saturday!
Please keep our children in prayer as they grow in their faith.
Alejandro Barajas with
Marlen Benitez
Taylor Albright
Catholic Women Preach
We are so proud of Christ the King School and CTK Youth Group Alum
Megan (Beck) Effron who was selected to preach for this organization.
Please enjoy the video of Megan's reflection on the
Solemnity of the Ascension by clicking here
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
The Feast of the Holy Trinity
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Jesus promised his disciples both his presence and his guidance as they began to spread the faith. St. Paul’s letters indicate that some of these “first generation” Christians thought their master would not delay in returning for them. Read More
Second Collection
St. Vincent de Paul
5th Sunday Collection

The second collection this weekend, May 29th/30th will be for Christ the King's St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you for your support.
Mass Schedule
Weekday Mass
9am - Monday - Friday Indoors/Church
(9am Masses will continue to be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays - Indoors/Church

Weekend Masses:
9am - Indoors/Church
4pm - Indoors

7:30am - Indoors/Church
9am,10:30am - Remains Outdoors
12 noon (Spanish) - Indoors
4pm - Indoors
(Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am Mass will be livestreamed)
Mass Reminders

Outdoor Masses: Please bring your own chairs.
Masks are required.

If you wish to stay in your car, you can tune into FM 106.7
Or watch from your smart phone/tablet:
Wifi ID: CTK Streaming -
Password: outdoor1
Song Sheet for Mass - May 29/30 Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at
or clicking the 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 in front of the church
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
During the month of May we will pray the rosary in church 20 minutes before mass begins.

Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Fridays
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:
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
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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
Memorial Day Prayer

Let us turn to You, Lord, in our grief and in our remembrance of the fallen. Guide us toward a harmonious existence as we honor those who were willing to give up their lives that we may gather today freely.

On this Memorial Day, we pray for peace and for those who gave all.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"