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

Parish Newsletter
October 6, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter From Our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,
I would ask you to pray as the universal church is embarking on a mission of listening to one another and to the Holy Spirit. In this month of October, on the 9th and 10th, Pope Francis will open a three-year synodal journey with three phases: diocesan, continental and universal. The phases consist of consultations and discernment, culminating with the assembly in October 2023 in Rome. The overriding theme during these three years will be: “One listening to the others; and all listening to the Holy Spirit.”
Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has desired to make the synodality concrete and visible. The next Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2023, will not only be celebrated in the Vatican but in each particular Church of the five continents, following a three-year itinerary divided into three phases: diocesan, continental and universal.
The objective of the first phase is the consultation of the People of God. To this end, the Secretariat of the Synod will send a preparatory Document accompanied by a Questionnaire and a Vademecum with proposals for carrying out the consultation in each particular Church. The same Document will be sent to Curial Dicasteries, Unions of Superiors and Major Superiors, unions or federations of consecrated life, international lay movements, Universities or Faculties of Theology.
Each bishop, before October 2021, will appoint a diocesan representative as a point of reference and liaison with the Bishops’ Conference; the Conference, in turn, will appoint a representative or team to coordinate with the General Secretariat of the Synod. The diocesan discernment will culminate in a “Pre-Synodal Meeting.” The contributions will be sent to their own Episcopal Conference. The bishops, gathered in assembly for a period of discernment, will make a synthesis which they will send to the General Secretariat of the Synod. This first stage will be completed by April 2022.
Once the material has been obtained, the first Instrumentum laboris will be drafted, which will be published and sent to the particular Churches in September 2022. The Vatican announced Friday that the Synod of Bishops on synodality has been postponed to 2023, with a two-year consultative preparatory phase involving Catholic dioceses worldwide.
With about three weeks to go before Catholic prelates around the world are due to open a first-of-its-kind grassroots consultation period as part of an expanded vision for the Vatican's Synod of Bishops, church officials across the U.S. are still figuring out exactly what that process will look like. (NCR) Natalia Imperatori-Lee, a religious studies professor at Manhattan College who teaches courses on Vatican II and contemporary Catholicism highlighted the tensions between Francis' vision of a synodal church and the church in the United States. Among them, she said, is a particular brand of clericalism where priests effectively "are the ones running the church" in the country. They have little input or collaboration with lay people, as priests see themselves as “how set apart they are.” "There is no blueprint either on the clerical side or on the lay side of how to do something as collaborative as a synod," Natalia added. "If we don’t see each other as equals in the faith, then there's very little chance that [the clergy] are going to take anything that laypeople say seriously. That fundamental trust, seeing each other as equals in the faith, does not exist in the clerical climate in this country."
Pope Francis is pushing a tricky reform drive, called “synodality,” that puts ordinary people at the core of the hierarchical Catholic Church. The term “synodality,” which comes from two Greek words roughly meaning “common road,” is for Pope Francis a process of consultations between clerics and lay people that leads to a consensus. It’s a devolution of decision making, a dialog, but he insists it’s not like a parliament with majority voting. “Synodality” means ending the Catholic Church’s top-down leadership and holding open discussions at all levels to decide the future. Autocratic clerics would have to be more cooperative, and lay people - many of whom are used to Father knowing best - would assume more responsibility.
I hope and pray that this new mission of listening and collaborating as we prepare for the Synod will usher in a new spirit of oneness and renewal in the Church. 

I would like to inform you that we will be celebrating the new and eternal life of Fr. Mathew and Archbishop Dominic this Saturday October 9, at the 4pm Mass. We are commemorating the second anniversary of their death.

Please do come early and you are welcome to place flowers at the altar during mass as we did last time.        
Fr. Paulson
Mass of Remembrance
Sunday, November 7th
12 Noon
A special Mass of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 7 at 12 pm. At that Mass we will pray specially for all who have died during this past year and whose funeral was held at Christ the King.
(Do you have a loved one who died during the past 12 months? Were they not buried from Christ the King Parish? Would you like their name included? Please call the parish office at 925-682-2486 and leave their name.  Deadline is the 25th of October.) 
Weekly Church Bulletin
Thank you for Bringing your Pets for the "Blessing of the Animals" on Monday!
Faith Formation News
Our 2nd graders read “The Risen Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene” (John 20:11-18). We talked about that first Easter Sunday and created a journal where they can write or draw a reflection of what they would say to Jesus if they were Mary Magdalene. 2nd graders are wonderful artists and they had the option to write their own reflections. They decorated the covers of their journals with an angel and their handprint to remember that Jesus Is Always with Us.
Over the Weekend
Feliz Quinceañera
Congratulations to Valeria Garcia on your Quinceañera!
(St. Stephen Church)
Congratulations to Katie Maxon and Zach Tobias
on their marriage on Saturday!
Congratulations to the children who were baptized over the weekend!
Welcome to Christ the King and St. Stephen Family!
Parents: Stella & Manny
Child: Natalia Sofia
Parents: Mary & Christopher
Baby: Benjamin Andrew
Parents: Christina & Luis
Baby: Nayeli Rose
Respect Life Month
Every October the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning to the end of their lives, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life. Learn more at
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This young man asks Jesus to explain the path that leads to eternal life. Jesus offered no new commandments. This gospel passage addresses the “rich” in the most common sense of those already having abundant material wealth.  Read More
Holy Rosary
The Month of October is dedicated
to the Holy Rosary
Join us on Facebook Monday-Friday at 5:40pm to pray the holy rosary with our clergy.
On Thursdays we offer 5:40pm rosary in church
followed by mass honoring
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Mass Schedule
All Masses are Inside the Church.
Masks are required.

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

7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 4pm
(10:30am Mass will be livestreamed).
Worship Aide for Mass - Oct. 9/10 Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at
or clicking the Facebook or YouTube 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 inside the church.
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Rosary begins at 5:40pm
Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Monday through Friday
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

St. Stephen will now have mass in the church
Monday - Friday at 8am

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:
Only the 9:30am mass will be live-streamed.
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
Upcoming Second Collections
Upcoming Second Collections:
Oct. 10—Catholic Voice
Oct. 24—Mission Sunday
Oct. 31—St. Vincent De Paul

 Thank you for your generous support!
Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
October 7
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of all people, I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, and recommend to you my family, my country, and the whole human race. Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother, and use me as you wish, to accomplish your designs upon the world. O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, teach me how to allow the Heart of Jesus to rule and triumph in me and around me, as it has ruled and triumphed in you. Amen.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"