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

Parish Newsletter
April 14, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

“Francesco il guillare di Dio” (loosely translated as “Francis, God’s fool”) is a new book authored by Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa with the introduction written by Pope Francis. It tells the story of Brother Pacificus, a storyteller, who was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi. In the preface to the book, the Pope encourages young people to respond to the call of God who never ceases to thirst for us. Faith is a gift that is never imposed on anyone but must be accepted with an open heart, Pope Francis wrote to young people. "If you think about it, it is very beautiful and very respectful of our freedom," the pope wrote to young people in the preface. Faith "is a gift that must be desired."

"Maybe you have sought the Lord and have not found him, but let me ask you something: How strong was your desire?" the pope wrote. "Seek him with all the passion of your heart, pray, ask, invoke, cry out and he will let himself be found as he promised." "And, maybe, he is making his voice heard more today than yesterday," he wrote. "If you just lower the volume on other sounds and raise the volume of your deepest desires, you will hear him loud and clear within yourself and around you." This is a great message that has resonated with me personally during the Lenten season, and I am continuing to work on this during the Easter season.
Tour with Fr. Paulson (Oberammergau and African safari):
 I would like to introduce you to an incredible tour (June 15-June 28, 2022) that I am leading next year to Germany for the Passion Play (Oberammergau) and Africa (Cape town, Victoria falls, Nairobi, Lake Nokuru and Masai Mara national park). This was supposed to have happened last year, but has been postponed due to the pandemic. You can call the office for a copy of the brochure.
Come Celebrate our Community of CTK and St. Stephen:
As more and more folks are being vaccinated, and as our communities are slowly returning to in-person events, let us celebrate one another in a safe way outdoors on the lawn for Cinco de Mayo on 5th May from 6pm to 8.30pm. The event consists of food, drinks (Margaritas) and Mariachi music. It is priced at less than actual cost as it is a community event and a FUN raiser. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their forces.

Our Hispanic brothers and sisters who have been with us during the pandemic will assist us in this celebration. More information and sign-ups are available on our website,  

Fr. Paulson
Join us for a Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Wednesday, May 5th at 6pm
On the lawn at Christ the King

We will have Mexican Food, Margaritas, and a Mariachi Band!
Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children

To reserve your space click the link below:

Or come by the office to purchase your tickets!
Weekly Church Bulletin
Over the Weekend
Congratulations to the children who received the Sacrament of Baptism.
We welcome you to our Christ the King and St. Stephen Family!
Parents: Michelle & Devin
baby: Zoe Ka'iulani
Parents: Mary Anne & Jonathan
Baby: Joseph Juvi
Congratulations to Conrado and Nenita De Guzman on their
50th Wedding Anniversary!
"The Case for Jesus"
A Six-Week Study Session via Zoom
The Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, right? How do we know? What is the genre of the gospels? History, biography, fantasy? Did Jesus claim to be God in all four gospels? Are you sure? Were the authors of gospels eyewitnesses to Jesus life and miracles? Maybe.

Join us for a six-week study of these and many other intriguing questions. The session is planned to start the week of April 19th. You can choose from either the Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening session. Click here to sign up. Questions? (Deacon John Ashmore).
As we prepare to return to in-person classes for next year’s Religious Education program, we need teachers! That means we need YOU! If you doubt that you can teach, think again! Read More
Grief Ministry
There has been so much grief over this past year and we want to make sure that everyone knows there is a place to come together as one community for care and support. Our meetings are still done via Zoom, so you can participate in the comfort of your own home. (In-person is coming soon). Please contact Donna @ 510 381-3615. All are welcome!

Grief Ministry Support Group now meets
on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7pm.
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
3rd Sunday of the Easter Season
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Forgetting to thank God may not be good but refusing to ask for God’s assistance may be worse. Psalmist David will not make that mistake. Read More
Weekday Mass
9am - Monday - Friday Indoors/Church
(9am Masses will continue to be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays - Indoors/Church

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

7:30am - Indoors/Church
9am,10:30am, 12noon (Spanish) & 4pm - Remains Outdoors
(Beginning May 2nd the Sunday 4pm Mass will be inside!)

(Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am Mass will be livestreamed)
Mass Reminders

Please bring your own chairs.
Masks are required.
Services will be held rain or shine.

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 - April 17/18 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, Masses, 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

Mass will not be livestreamed
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 (New)
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Outdoors
Worship Aide: Here

Drive Thru Holy Communion - 10:10am/Sunday

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
On-Line Giving: (click button below)
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
Pope Francis
Pope Francis Twitter/April 11 @Pontifex

Today is the day to ask, “Am I, who have so often received God’s mercy, merciful to others?” Let us not live a one-way faith, a faith that receives but does not give. Having received mercy, let us now become merciful. #DivineMercy
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"