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

Parish Newsletter
April 28, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

This was the first time that we held all our church services indoors, and I want to thank you for your understanding, enthusiasm and especially for adhering to the protocols. During the 9.00am and 10.30am Masses, we asked the folks whether they were vaccinated, and practically everyone raised their hands. I can say with certainty that over 95% of those present had been vaccinated. We are quite safe worshipping together in the church, keeping masks on and adhering to a safe distance. I am hopeful many more will be fully vaccinated in the weeks to come. We will continue to offer Sunday morning masses outdoors with exceptions once in a while, depending on the weather conditions. Our services are transmitted on FM 106.7 from the church. You can also sit outside on the patio or beyond.
This weekend at the 10.30am mass we will celebrate and honor Sr. Joanne Gallagher as she completes 70 years as a sister of St. Joseph. She has requested that we do the celebration in the church, and so we will be holding the Sunday 10.30am Mass indoors, while keeping the 9.00am outdoors. Pope Francis during his New York visit said to the resonating applause of the people gathered in St. Patrick’s cathedral: “I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States. What would the Church be without you?” What would Christ the King Parish and School be without our wonderful nuns? I have always enjoyed working with nuns in ministry, and their lives and faith have enriched my own life and faith. Sr. Joanne has made her lasting mark on our community, and she continues to be engaged with the community even now. The following is an excerpt from Catholic Voice published in 2016.
An Oakland native, Sister Joanne's first exposure to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the order she later joined, was throughout elementary school at St. Jarlath School. After Holy Names High School and undergraduate at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, she completed graduate work at Santa Clara University, Holy Names and Saint Mary's colleges locally. She served in Catholic education throughout California, and has shared her educational, administrative and pastoral skills, plus her religious community experience with many California Catholic organizations and communities.
Sister Joanne's teaching career began in Fresno; 33 years as an elementary school principal followed by several Los Angeles and Orange diocesan schools, and in the Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco dioceses, including nearby Vallejo and Lafayette, before coming to Christ the King in 2004. Fr. Brian Timoney reflected, "Sister Joanne is a people person. She loves meeting people and interacting with them. She loved being outside church on Sunday greeting people before and after every Mass. This resulted in it being impossible for anyone to say "No" when asked by Sister Joanne to volunteer for ministry.

On behalf of our community, I would like to extend our congratulations to our beloved Sr. Joanne, and offer her our prayers and blessings. We are so proud of you, Sr. Joanne Gallagher.
We have finally embarked on our kitchen renovation. John Kluesener, our Facilities Chair has held multiple meetings with various ministries including Winter Nights to work on a consensus plan. On Thursday the 20th of March a number of ministry heads met in the kitchen area to go over the planned renovation of the kitchen area. The majority of the utensils, pots and associated items from the kitchen have been placed on tables on one side of the parish hall. We will decide what needs to be kept and what needs to be given away. As of now, discussions are afoot on stove selections as well as on replacing dishwasher, icemaker, HVAC and refurbishing the cabinets, etc. We are very hopeful that this work can be accomplished in the summer. If you have questions or recommendations, feel free to contact John Kluesener. Our Facilities committee has been in discussions for 2 years on how best to move forward, and we are now taking the steps.

Our school held a successful virtual auction this year, and we priests together with our school principal joined the celebrations from our living room in the rectory. It was so well thought-out and executed perfectly. I would like to thank the Auction chairs, Tim and Carolyn Della Maggiore and Matt and Arlene Santos and the Auction committee for a fun event well done. I am grateful to the school community for their support. May God bless us all.

Fr. Paulson
Happy Birthday Fr. Lee!

Happy Birthday and many blessings to our Associate Pastor
Fr. Lee!

Fr. Lee celebrates his birthday
Saturday, May 1st
May is the Month of Mary
The month of May is dedicated to
our Mother, Mary.
Spend time with her in prayer.

Different opportunities to do this at CTK:

Mass Every Thursday Evening at 6pm
in-person in the church
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

The Holy Rosary at 5:40pm
on line only on Facebook
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
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!
Friday, April 30th is your last day to reserve your tickets.
Weekly Church Bulletin
St. Vincent de Paul Sock Drive
Christ the King's
St. Vincent de Paul
Sock Drive

New socks for homeless men and women are needed for the distribution bags.

A bin is located in front of the church until
Monday, May 3rd where you can donate socks.

Thank you for helping us with this important cause!
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
5th Sunday of the Easter Season
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

The practice of love never weakens us, which can happen if we try to live without love. Loving others transforms us into God’s likeness Read More - Pick of the Week
Mass Schedule
Weekday Mass
9am - Monday - Friday Indoors/Church
(9am Masses will continue to be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays - Indoors/Church

Weekend Masses:
9am - Indoors/Church
4pm - Indoors (New)

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

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

Outdoor Masses: Please bring your own chairs.
Masks are required.
Services will be held inside if it rains.

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 - May 1/2 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, 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 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 - Indoors (New)
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
In Closing
Pope Francis
Pope Francis Twitter Page, April 26 @Pontifex

"Let’s not wait for our neighbors to be good before we are good to them, for others to respect us before we serve them.
Let’s begin with ourselves."
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"