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

Parish Newsletter
April 7, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Pope John Paul II wrote, “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!" In this Easter season, we are not looking for a shallow joy. Rather, we search for a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the “fundamental duty of love of neighbor, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of Joy”. That type of joy is demanding; it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to join with Mary, saying: “Be it done unto me according to thy word”.

From at least the early 4th century, the Easter season extended a full 50 days—from Easter Sunday through Pentecost. We are now in the Octave of Easter. First of all, let’s recover the idea of the Octave. In the book of Exodus, God commanded the Israelites to celebrate the greater feasts like Passover for eight days, with a solemn assembly on the first and the eighth day. So liturgically, we celebrate Easter at highest pitch from Easter Sunday through the Second Sunday of Easter. Each and every day of this Octave is considered a solemn feast (aka a “solemnity”) in the Roman calendar. Though many of us cannot avail ourselves of daily mass, we can engage this joyous worship in our homes or attend mass via live stream.

I was extremely pleased with the church attendance on Easter Sunday, and now we have our collective work cut out for us, the work of evangelization – bringing our community together again.

According to a 2020 Gallup poll, overall church membership dropped to 47% of the more than 6,100 poll respondents. It is the first time since the polling firm started measuring church membership in 1937 that a minority of adults said they belonged to a formal religious institution.

In the midst of the Great Depression, 73% of adults said they belonged to a church. Over the next six decades, membership levels remained steady at about 70% before a measured decline began. According to Timothy O’Malley at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame, institutional belonging is not high right now. "It's becoming quite clear that at least church membership is not the way most Americans are practicing religiosity," he said. Though it is quite challenging to face such facts, it is the reality of these times. What is the path for the faithful? We are now called to gear ourselves up for evangelization.

“The main reason that people will come back to church is for community,” says Amy Ekeh, director of Little Rock Scripture Study, a small-group Bible study program serving Catholic parishes. “If they were already experiencing community as a parish, they’ll come back to that. Small groups is one way in parishes to experience that community.”

This is so true. So, I call on each one of us to continue to think outside the box, while preparing to welcome back our community, in a safe and friendly space. Let us not get bogged down in what we cannot do, but continue to focus on what we CAN do.

Our first social event is going to be Cinco De Mayo. We plan to throw a safe gathering outside on the evening of May 5th on the lawn celebrating our community with food and drink and music. We will have tables set up for families or groups that have been together safely during Covid. There will be chairs for individuals to set up at safe distances. We are working on getting a mini-Mariachi band and a couple of food trucks. Stay tuned, and we will post the sign ups soon.
Two weeks from now, we will have to let go of the beautiful tent that has provided shelter and shade to so many worship services – masses, sacraments, ministry meetings and youth and confirmation classes etc. We will continue to offer outdoor masses into the summer and beyond, as necessary. We shall maintain the altar, and keep the small tents that we have. There is a lot of planning to do in the days to come, to provide comfortable spaces for us to gather and worship. If you have ideas, please share with us.

Someone told me that many of you have tents or umbrellas that you can bring and set up before service if the weather is too warm. If you have such items that you would like to share with the community, we will be happy to accept them. Because we are a loving and caring community, I am sure we can move ahead without fear. May the Risen Lord bless us.

Fr. Paulson
Weekly Church Bulletin
Parish Offices Are Open!

Our Parish Office is now fully staffed and is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

You can call us at 925-682-2486 or email us at
office@ctkph.org.
Holy Week ~ Thank You
Thank you to all of you who attended our Holy Week and Easter Services. And special thanks to all our volunteers who helped make this such a special celebration for our community both in person and those who watched from home.

We especially thank our staff, clergy, musicians, sacristans, lectors, eucharistic ministers, environment committee and our ushers. We could not have held these services without you. You are all truly a blessing to us!

Congratulations to our RCIA class of 2021 who were baptized and confirmed!
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? faithformation@ctkph.org (Deacon John Ashmore).
News From our Diocese
Resurrection Mass
Resurrection Mass

Join Fr. Paulson at Queen of Heaven Cemetery & Funeral Center for our in-person, outdoor, Resurrection Mass and reception on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Let us celebrate coming together as one family for the first time in over a year. Reservations are required and masks need to be worn. (925) 932-0900.
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
2nd Sunday of the Easter Season
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

We who strive for a spiritual life suffer from a keen awareness of the universal presence of personal and worldwide sin. We may even suffer spiritually from not yet attaining our own total liberation from sin. Read More
Ages 16 and Older in Contra Costa County
Are Eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccine
All people ages 16 and older who live or work in Contra Costa County are now eligible to get vaccinated through Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). For more information, click the link below:
Mass Schedule
Weekday Mass
9am - Monday - Friday Indoors/Church
(9am Masses will continue to be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays - Indoors/Church

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

Sunday
7:30am - Indoors/Church
9 am,10:30am, 12noon (Spanish) & 4pm - Remains Outdoors

(Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am Mass will be livestreamed)
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 10/11 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 ctkph.org
or clicking the images below
Drive-Thru
Holy Communion

Every Sunday
11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
9am - Daily Mass
Monday - Saturday
In Person/Church

Mass will continue to be Livestremed
on Facebook and YouTube
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
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

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: saintstephenparish.org.
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
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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
Divine Mercy Sunday
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion—inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"