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

Parish Newsletter
September 30, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
Canticle of Brother Sun
By St. Francis of Assisi

Most High Almighty Good Lord,
Yours are praise, glory, honor and all blessing.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
And no man is worthy to mention You.

Be praised, my Lord, with all Your creatures,
Especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is daylight, and by him You shed light on us.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor.
Of You, Most High, he is a symbol.

Be praised, my Lord for Sister Moon and the Stars.
In heaven You have formed them clear and bright and fair.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Wind
And for air and cloud and clear and all weather,
By which You give Your creatures nourishment.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water,
For she is very useful, humble, precious and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire,
By whom You light up the night,
For he is fair and merry and mighty and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth,
Who sustains and rules us
And produces varied fruits with many-colored flowers and plants.

Praise and bless my Lord
And give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility.
(Ibidem, p.251-2)
A Letter From Our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

This weekend, we will be celebrating the feast of St. Francis and you are welcome to join us outdoors with your pets for a blessing after mass. At the heart of his love for creation was an even greater love for its creator. He saw creation as a gift of God, and as a means of knowing God. In some forms of spirituality our eyes are closed to shut out any distraction from the created world, but in Franciscan spirituality our eyes are open wide to see everything which God has made, and to give thanks for everything. (Bonaventure, Francis’ official biographer).

Francis wrote the Canticle of Brother Sun to be read, not only as a prayer and song of praise, but also as a discourse on the essential place within Christian theology for human responsibility to act in love and reverence towards all creation. In the words of Helen Hood, the most significant feature of the Canticle of Brother Sun is the way in which it expresses, through the use of the titles ‘Sister’ and ‘Brother’, Francis’ perception of his own – and all others’ – relationships at the deepest level with all ‘creatures’, that is everything that is created whether animate or inanimate. He saw plainly the inter-dependence of those creaturely sibling relationships, and how that inter-dependence was part of the all-embracing love of God who relates both to the whole family of creation and also to each individual member.

I find an excellent parallel to the Canticle of Brother Sun (see above) in Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “God’s Grandeur” where the poet projects his sacramental vision of nature.

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not wreck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared, with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod. (God’s Grandeur).

Like Francis, in "God's Grandeur" Hopkins conveys his reverence for the magnificence of God and nature, and his despair about the way that humanity has seemed to lose sight of the close connection between God and nature during the Second Industrial Revolution. Sadly, sinful man does not acknowledge the Maker of the universe. Hence, Hopkins laments about the evils of Industrialism as ‘all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil’. Nature has been disfigured and ‘the soil is bare now’. But man cannot destroy the essence of God, which is expressed by the inscape of each thing in nature.

In his 2015 Encyclical Laudato Si, a phrase taken from St Francis of Assisi's poem Canticle of the Creatures, in which God is praised for the different creatures inhabiting the Earth, Pope Francis asks us to reflect on the damage we have inflicted on our planet through the reckless pursuit of wealth, power, over consumption of the world's finite resources and irresponsible development. He says "The Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone" but that, "The Earth our home is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth."

In the wake of the fires ravaging through the west coast, a reminder of the fact that global warming and climate change are real, there is a need for dialogue on environmental policy in the international, national and local communities. Let the example of St. Francis remind us that we are all connected as God’s creation and in honoring His creation, we honor Him who made it.

As some of you remember my friend, Fr. Thomas P. Joseph, has been battling cancer for over a year. The cancer has been spreading fast in his brain in spite of treatments. Recently, he moved to MD Anderson cancer institute in Houston as a research subject. The doctors have advised him to take this treatment as it offers 50% chance of survival as compared to 5% from chemo. Please do pray for Fr. Tom.

The 10th of October will mark one year since the fatal accident that took the lives of Archbishop Dominic and Fr. Mathew Vellankal. We will be honoring them at the 10.30am Mass on the 11th of October. I am grateful that Fr. Joseph Parekkatt, the Pastor of St. Anne, Rossmoor is in good health.

Fr. Paulson
Blessing of the Animals - Oct. 3 & 4
Blessing of the Animals
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Saturday/Sunday, October 3 & 4

We will have the Blessing of the Animals at Saturday's 5pm mass and Sunday's 9am, 10:30am and 6pm masses. Please sit in the back part of the lawn with your pets and the blessing will be at the end of mass. Be sure your pet is on a leash or in a cage.

St. Stephen Church will also have the Blessing of the Animals at the 9:30am Outdoor Mass on Sunday, October 4th.
First Friday - Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
This Friday, October 2nd is our Monthly
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Live Streamed

After the morning mass we will expose the Blessed Sacrament from 9:30am to 11am in our Ministry Center Chapel on Facebook Live. This will be a time for prayer and meditation in the quiet of your own space at home.

We will have First Friday Mass at 7:30pm
live streamed only
Thursday Speaker Series
Sandra Scherer, Executive Director of Monument Crisis Center will be our speaker this Thursday at 5pm. 

Monument Crisis center is a family resource center that provides food, education, and referrals to individuals, families, children, and seniors in need, no matter your legal status. CTK has been an integral part of this amazing organization from the outset. Watch the interview on Facebook or Youtube.
Indoor Masses Updated
Yesterday, Contra Costa County's new Health Order allows churches to reopen under restrictions. However, we are not prepared yet to open this weekend. In order to give you, our parishioners, a safe environment under the CDC guidelines, it requires many volunteers, sanitization between masses and much more. In the meantime, join us at the outdoor masses, under our beautiful new tent. Please stay tuned and Fr. Paulson will address this in his letter next week.
Events Over This Past Weekend
Music on the Lawn
After the celebration of the 60th Jubilee for Sr. Carmel Garcia and Sr. Marietta Fahey, we were treated to a night of music. It was a great way to spend a warm Saturday evening listening to amazing musicians while still social distancing. Thank you to Phyllis Gurnett for organizing this event and to all the other talented musicians who participated.
Confirmation Ceremony

On Sunday at the 6pm Mass we confirmed our final group of teenagers.
Congratulations to our newly confirmed!

Special thanks to our Confirmation Director, Phil Tafoya and his Confirmation team (some are pictured left) for their spiritual leadership to our teenagers - guiding them through this journey. And thank you for the countless hours running the confirmation program and the confirmation retreat.

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be present in your life now and forever!
Baptisms - Welcome to the Family!
On Saturday, through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed these precious little ones to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!

Dominic Lorenzo
Parents: 
Elizabeth & Nicholas
 Myles Aldrin
Parents: 
Mary Ann and Adrian


Violet
Parent: Leilani 
(Godparents Pictured)

Weekly Church Bulletin
Faith Formation Registration
Faith Formation Registration for K-8 and
High School Youth Group/Confirmation registration is open.

Classes begin October 11th
RCIA
Are you or anyone you know, curious about the process of becoming Catholic?
The program is called Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA. As an adult, you receive Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.  There is no commitment, simply come and see! During the pandemic we are meeting through email. Contact: Mary McCarthy maryjane.mccarthy@gmail.com 
Faith & Racial Healing - Study Program
Do you want to address racism in your community, but you don’t know where to begin? Presented through the lens of the Christian faith, JustFaith Ministries’ Faith & Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice and Restoration is an eight-session program that guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States that we might work toward true reconciliation.
 
At CTK we have just finished an eight week session on Faith and Racial Equity. Many of us are continuing on this journey. We invite you to join us in our study and learning. Study includes reading, prayer and sharing.  One group will be meeting Fridays from 1-3 pm starting October 16. The other will meet Thursdays from 7-9 pm starting October 15. We are especially looking for members for the afternoon group but you would be welcome in either one. 

Please call Maggie Chaffee 925-932-5087 or Mary Anne La Pointe
925-787-1422 for more info and to register.
Grief Support Group - Monthly Meeting
Our Grief Ministry  is still here for you! Even though we cannot meet in person, our Grief Ministers are reaching out to our grieving people to help give support during this challenging time. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, and would like to receive a call from one of our caring Grief Ministers, please call Donna at 510-381-3615. Our Grief Ministry Support Group meets the 1st  Saturday of every month.

Our support group will be meeting this Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:30am
via Zoom.
News From The
Diocese
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Three of this weekend’s Scriptures center around vineyard images. This has been a consistent pattern over the past three weekends... Read More
Have You Updated Your Parish Registration?

We are in the process of updating our parish database with current information including phone numbers, emails, etc. If you haven't done so yet, please click the link below to fill out the digital form to update your information. Thank you for your help.
Outdoor Mass Schedule
No Reservations or Sign Ups Required
You can get out of your car and onto the grass

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

All masses will be live streamed on Facebook
(except the 7:30am Sunday morning mass)

New - 5pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday Masses
are now available to view on our YouTube Channel

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm

Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 5pm
Sunday - 7:30am, 9am,10:30am, 12noon (Spanish) & 6pm

Song Sheet for 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
Streaming Live on Facebook and
our YouTube Channel

Monday - Saturday
9am - Chapel Mass
New - Our daily mass can now be viewed on our YouTube Channel
Thursday, 6pm Outdoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Either on the lawn, in your car,
or in your home on Facebook or YouTube.
Worship Aide Here

5:40pm - Holy Rosary - On Facebook
(except Thursdays, Sat. & Sun.)
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 - 10:15am
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
Staying Connected
Sunday Offering
On-Line Giving: (click button below)

Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions!

Thank you again for your donations as we work together to sustain our community now and in the future.

Thank you for your support!
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
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
October 4
Peace Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled,
as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"