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

Parish Newsletter
May 11, 2022
Staying Connected
Dear Friends,

During this past weekend, we were told about the persecution in the early church. Paul and Barnabas were met with violent abuse as they proclaimed the teachings of Jesus. Their story and the stories of so many faithful missionaries highlight some contrasting responses to the preaching of the gospel. We will see extremes on both sides – extreme passion and obedience and joy in the reception of the gospel and extreme jealousy and hatred and persecution in the rejection of the gospel.

Truth Divides! It does not bring all parties together in some type of spirit of tolerance. The response of Paul and Barnabas in the face of resistance and violence is “it was necessary for us that the gospel be proclaimed to you.” 

The battle over abortion rights fundamentally shifted a week ago with release of a draft that seems to indicate that a majority of justices are poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. More than ever, the Catholic Church and its affirmation of the dignity of human life - especially the life of the unborn - is now a subject of debate and protests in many parts of our country. We Catholics should not fear debate and controversy, rather we should welcome them with an open heart filled with kindness and reverence.

Perhaps you recently shared a dinner table or phone call - even among family or friends - about the issue of abortion. These conversations are never easy, but that does not mean we should avoid them at all costs. We are called now once again to a renewal of our minds in Jesus Christ, as St. Paul wrote to the Romans: “Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Rom 12:2).

Pope John Paul II laid the groundwork for a bold proclamation of the Gospel of Life 40 years ago, when, on October 7, 1979, during the celebration of Mass on the Capitol Mall of Washington, D.C., only six years after the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, he told America what the Church would do in response to legalized abortion in our country:

…we will stand up every time that human life is threatened. When the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, we will stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life. 

When a child is described as a burden or is looked upon only as a means to satisfy an emotional need, we will stand up and insist that every child is a unique and unrepeatable gift of God, with the right to a loving and united family.”

God does not see the world through the confines of our political categories of “left” and “right,” “liberal” and “conservative.” God is good and caring. When one of His children is suffering injustice, He calls the rest of us to love and compassion and to “make things right.” One of the reasons why we are imperfect champions of LIFE is because many of us have embraced a pro-life ethic through political categories.

Our defense of human life and dignity can never be partial or a half-measure. How can we justify defending the dignity of some and not others or protecting God’s creation while neglecting some of His most vulnerable creatures? We need to return to the visions of a “seamless garment” or “consistent ethic of life.” To evangelize in this culture of ours, the Church must articulate a new Christian humanism, a new vision that is rooted in God’s beautiful plan of love for creation and for every human life.

Fr. Paulson
Confirmation
Let us congratulate our Confirmation Candidates, who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this
Saturday, May 14 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

At the coming of the Holy Spirit, the apostles were blessed, their eyes were opened, they understood the teaching of Jesus, they got ever closer to Jesus. The Pentecost experience filled their hearts with joy and courage.

Let us keep our young people in our prayers, and may this time be a time of blessing for them and their families. Our gratitude to our RE staff, especially Mike Aliscad and his team of catechists. 
Congratulations To Our First Communicants
Our past 2 weekends were so special as 80 children received their First Holy Communion. We are so grateful to our First Holy Communion team who prepared our children for this sacrament. Special thanks go to Deacon John Ashmore, Rosa Panelli, Joe Silveira, Tori Bartels and all the RE Catechists.
April 30th - 10am Mass (above)
April 30th - 12pm Mass (above)
May 7 - 10am Mass (above)
May 7 - 12pm Mass (above)
Parish Synod Meeting

Synod Meeting - Tonight
Wednesday, May 11
7pm in the Parish Hall

You are invited to join us in an open meeting for any parishioner who wishes to discuss the Parish Synodality Report and what happens next.
Our Parish Synod Report can be found here.
Email Scam Alert
Emails have continued to be sent out pretending to be Fr. Paulson requesting a favor or sometimes to buy gift cards for him or asking for a special request.

These emails are a scam! Please do not respond to them. You can report these fraudulent emails to the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here.
Young Family Ministry
Calling all Families with Young Children!

Do you have young children? Are you hoping to grow in your faith as a family and looking to connect with other young families? If so, join us for our upcoming Young Families Park "Meet and Greet!" We promote faith development, family support, and service within CTK. Donuts and beverages will be served!

When: Sunday, June 5th, 10:15am (after the 9 am Mass)           
Where: Pleasant Hill Park Playground
RSVP: YoungFamiliesCTK@gmail.com
Youth Ministry News
Parent Information Meeting

Christ the King's Youth Ministry will be hosting a parent information meeting on
May 24th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

 Families with youth entering 7th - 12th grade that are looking to enroll in the following Youth Ministry Programs should attend.

Christ the King Explorers (formerly 7th & 8th grade youth group)
Foundations of Catholicism (formerly High School Inquiry/First year Confirmation Prep)
Catholic Practices & Experiences (formerly Sacramental Prep/Confirmation)

If you have any questions email Mike Aliscad, Youth Minister at maliscad@ctkph.org or call the Youth Ministry Office at (925) 246-1128.
Italian Catholic Federation
ICF Meeting
May 15
 
ICF Members and Guests are reminded that our monthly meeting will be coming up on Sunday afternoon, May 15 in the Parish Hall on the side facing the large parking lot at 1 o'clock pm. Details of the meeting will be emailed to members. If you are interested in joining us as a guest, call or email Ann Consul for further information: 925-998-9476, anniebanana724@yahoo.com.
All are welcome!
During The Week And Weekend
Thank you to everyone who attended our Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Thursday evening!
Congratulations to Wenceslao and Gloria Cruz who celebrated
65 years of marriage by renewing their marriage vows.
Congratulations to Erika Sasaki and Micky Kim
who were married on Saturday!
Congratulations to our newly baptized infants.
Welcome to the Christ the King and St. Stephen Family.
Parents: Nicole & Kellen
Baby: Ailah Maria
Parents: Salma & Luis
Baby: Joel 
At St. Stephen Church - Kolima and Kawaii Lolohea placed the crown
and lei on Mary during the May crowning.
Formed Pick Of The Week
Weekly Church Bulletin
Weekly Reflections
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.
5th Sunday of Easter

“I give you a new commandment.” How is it new? Didn’t the Jewish people live by that same commandment throughout their history? Read More
Save The Date
Healing Mass

We will have our next healing mass on
Saturday, June 11th at 10:30am in the church.
Concern America Craft Sale
Concern America Craft Sale
This Weekend After Mass

On Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, volunteers for Concern America will be here at Christ the King Church with a Craft Sale featuring unique, quality handcrafts that provide us with the opportunity to purchase conscientiously. The gifts we find for special events, holidays, or to brighten our own homes are an exchange of caring with impoverished communities in developing countries.
Realm Update
Make the switch to REALM Giving
To get started follow these steps:

1) Create your REALM account and set up online giving here
2) Delete your old online giving account by clicking here
3) If you need help contact the parish office, we are here for you!
To donate a one-time/on-line donation.
Or regular and/or second collections.
If you do not wish to give on-line,
you can continue to contribute using your offertory envelopes.
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
Upcoming Second Collections
Upcoming Second Collections

May 15 - Catholic Charities
May 22 - Youth Ministry
May 29 - St. Vincent de Paul
Mass Schedule
All Masses are Inside the Church.
Face Masks are encouraged.

Weekday Masses
9am Mass - Monday - Friday
(9am Masses will be livestreamed)

6pm - Thursdays (Rosary begins at 5:40pm)
(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 - May 14/15 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:
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Private Confessions every Saturday from 3pm to 3:30pm, in the church.

Drive-Thru Holy Communion - Every Sunday 11:30am to 12 noon, in front of the church.

Thursday Mass - 6pm - Honoring our Mother of Perpetual Help, Rosary begins at 5:40pm, in the church. Worship Aide Here

Holy Rosary - Livestreamed on Facebook at 5:40pm, Monday - Friday
St. Stephen Church - Masses
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek 94597

Saturday - Mass 5pm
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am
Worship Aide for Mass May 14/15 Here

St. Stephen Daily Mass: Monday - Friday at 8am
Closing Prayer
Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima
May 13

O Most Holy Virgin Mary,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
you were pleased to appear
to the children of Fatima
and reveal a glorious message.
We implore you,
inspire in our hearts a fervent love
for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption
that are recalled therein
may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask,
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Redeemer.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"