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

Parish Newsletter
May 19, 2021
Staying Connected
Sunday, May 23
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been praying to our Blessed Mother of Perpetual Help for protection from Covid 19 and for continued blessings of health for everyone. June 27 is the feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, who is known for miracles and answers to prayer. We have experienced miracles right here in terms of manifold blessings.                                                              
The tradition of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is traced back to 1495. The image was stolen from a Cretan monastery by a wine merchant a few years after its creation, and it was brought to the church of St. Matthew in Rome. For 300 years, it resided at the church, and even survived the church’s destruction by Napoleon’s army in 1798. Eighty-eight years later, Pope Pius IX gave the icon to the Redemptorist congregation at the Church of Saint Alphonsus, where it remains today.

In gratitude to our Blessed Mother, we shall celebrate her festival on June 24th at the 6pm Mass. It is my ardent hope and prayer to see many more of you joining this devotion in the coming weeks. We start with the Holy Rosary at 5.40pm followed by the celebration of Mass and Novena at 6.00pm every Thursday. The mass and the rosary will be live streamed from the church every Thursday. 
First Communion: When parishes announced they were no longer having public Masses or church events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this brought an end to many programs. Across the country religious education classes, youth retreats and preparation programs for First Communion and Confirmation came to a stop or at least sent them in a slightly different direction. Parishes, unlike many schools, were unable to put in place online programs for distance learning. In many cases, parishes had to furlough their Directors of Religious Education while not continuing business as usual. The teachers of religious education classes are almost all volunteers, facing their own challenges in the current pandemic.

But I am happy that we have continued religious education and prepared our children for First Communion and our teens for Confirmation. This Saturday, we celebrate First Communion. I would like to thank Deacon John Ashmore, Tori Bartels, our second-grade school teacher, Rosa Panelli, our religious education secretary and all the catechists for their ministry during the pandemic. May God bless our children and their families. Congratulations!

I would like to ask your prayers for Fr. Tom Joseph from Hawaii. You have been praying for him during the past year. Doctors have said that there isn’t anything more they can do for him. So, he decided to visit his family in India, just before the recent pandemic outbreak. He was unable to return as flights were canceled. Meanwhile, he ran out of medicines which complicated his situation, and he had a minor stroke or something similar resulting in brain hemorrhage, which the doctors were able to contain. He is doing well now, but doctors have suggested that he should not travel alone. He needs to return to the United States, and connect with his doctors here and get his prescriptions refilled. His brother will fly him to Delhi, India. I promised to fly to Delhi Wednesday evening, May 19, and pick him up at the airport and accompany him on the next United Flight to San Francisco. I am scheduled to be back on Saturday, May 22, early morning to celebrate the First Communions. Your prayers and blessings are welcome. Fr. Tom will stay with us for a week before returning to Hawaii. 

Fr. Paulson
The Feast of Pentecost
Sunday, May 23
Wear Red to Mass this Weekend!

Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, "fiftieth"). Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian Church, and the start of the Church's mission to the world. This Sunday, May 23rd, we encourage everyone to wear red! The color red symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Weekly Church Bulletin
Over the Weekend
Through the Sacrament of Baptism we welcomed
these precious children to our
Christ the King and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!
Parents: Cyndi & Joseph
Baby: Nathan Joseph
Parents: Sheryll & Enrique
Baby: Yzaac Robert
Congratulations to Hernando and Delia Hutalla who celebrated their
50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday!
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Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
Pentecost Sunday
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

As Christians, we do not consider religion as a strictly personal affair between God and our own souls. We are part of the created world which God also made and loves. Read More
News From Our Diocese
Vatican News
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.
Services will be held inside if it rains.

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 22/23 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:
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Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Paper Checks
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St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Closing Prayer
The Feast of Pentecost

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.

St. Augustine
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"