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

Parish Newsletter
June 17, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
This Sunday, June 21 is Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day
from our Christ the King and
St. Stephen Community!
A Letter From Our Pastor
Dear Friends,

“As people of faith, we must always be aware of the importance of acting in a socially responsible way, to give good example to others, and to act with charity toward all. Everything possible should be done to provide the church’s sacramental life in a timely and reasonable way. The current situation remains dangerous and fragile, and civil law varies within our two counties. While much has been achieved, there remains the potential that the gains could be lost by a second more virulent wave. Our first consideration is the spiritual and physical health of the faithful and those whom they encounter, especially the most vulnerable—the elderly and those with chronic illness. We must rely on medical professionals and governmental standards to inform our decisions.” (Oakland Diocese).

We are fortunate here at CTK and St. Stephen with our beautifully landscaped grounds, which allows us to hold weekend masses in a safe manner. The number of parishioners and visitors attending these masses have been steadily increasing. For those at CTK, Parking lot masses are also broadcasting to your car radio on FM 106.7. Transmission is short range and subject to some interference. Please bear with us while we ‘fine tune’ this exciting new feature. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses continues until further notice. Although the faithful are dispensed from their obligation to attend Mass, they are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday (such as following a livestream Mass or participating in a spiritual or corporal act of mercy), as well as drive-thru communion.

Our parish office is open every day, Monday through Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. If you need assistance or need to speak to a staff member, please come in or call during these hours. After 1.00pm, we will be checking messages from time to time. Masks are mandatory for those working or visiting the office at any time. Restrooms are currently unavailable for visitors except in an emergency as sanitizing restrooms continues to be a major challenge after each use. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Starting this Wednesday, we will open our Ministry Center chapel for prayer from 10.00am to 1.00pm f or anyone who would like to spend moments of silent prayer. As you enter the office, kindly connect with the staff at the reception counter (and if someone is not there, just ring the bell) and they will assist you with safety protocols and show you the chapel. As of now, we have 4 chairs set up for prayer 10’ apart. Before and after your prayer, you are asked to sanitize the chair using the wipes provided at the entrance to the chapel. Wearing masks at the office building is mandatory at all times. Again, due to stricter ordinances that govern use of restrooms, we discourage you from using the restrooms unless it is an emergency.

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and I would like to wish all the fathers a “Happy Father’s Day.” Pope Francis stated that a father should be first and foremost present in the lives of his family, a loving presence and not one that is controlling. Fathers who are too controlling stifle the spirit of their children; they don’t let them develop. He continued, “A good father knows how to wait, and he knows how to forgive from the depths of his heart. Certainly, he also knows how to correct with firmness: he is not a weak father, submissive and sentimental. The father who knows how to correct without humiliating is the one who knows how to protect without sparing himself.”

This Sunday, we are celebrating 60 years of priesthood of our beloved Fr. Michael Dibble. Two of his students told me that he was the best teacher they ever had in their lives. I am grateful for his ministry at CTK, even though he is now fully retired and has confined himself to private masses. You can send in cards to CTK and we will hand them over to him. There is a little video that we developed a week ago, in which Fr. Michael talks about his ordination day and his ministry, which I would like to invite you to watch. Use the link found in our weekly newsletter.

The family and friends of Jim McGraw will be attending the Sunday mass at St. Stephen. He was laid to rest at Queen of Heaven cemetery on Friday. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family.

Finally, I am excited about celebrating “First Communions” starting this Saturday at 9.00am. I am so grateful to Deacon John Ashmore and the catechists who have prepared our children. Thank you, parents, for your patience and understanding, as we are constrained in so many ways. May God bless our children!

Thank you for your continued support for our two parishes who are able to keep their staff paid and continuing to support our ministries, including our St. Vincent De Paul ministries, serving a much larger need during this pandemic.

“The most effective antidote to every form of violence is education about discovering and accepting difference as richness and fertileness…” ( Pope Francis )  

Fr. Paulson
Video of Fr. Michael Dibble
60 Years as a Priest!
Join us this Sunday, June 21 at the 9am outdoor mass (either in person or on Facebook) as we celebrate Fr. Dibble's 60 year anniversary!
Thank you for Attending our
Outdoor Masses on the Grass
Our first weekend of outdoor masses at CTK was well received. Thank you to those who came with an open spirit, brought your chairs, wore masks and celebrated with us on the lawn!
CTK/St. Stephen Outdoor Masses Continues This Weekend Both in our Parking Lot
And on the Grass Area!
No Reservations or Sign Ups Required
You can get out of your car and onto the grass
(bring your own chairs/blanket)
Please wear face masks
Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car
All masses will be live streamed on Facebook
Weekday Mass: CTK
Thursdays 6pm only
(Our Mother Of Perpetual Help Devotion)

Weekend Masses: CTK:
6/20 (Saturday) 5pm
6/21 (Sunday) 9am,10:30am & 6pm

Sunday Mass: St. Stephen:
6/21 (Sunday) 9:30am

Drive Through Holy Communion - Sunday 6/21
CTK: 11:30am to 12 noon 
St. Stephen: 10:20am - 10:45am (Note new Time)

CTK Song Sheet for Mass Here
CTK Readings for Mass Here
St. Stephen Worship Aide Here
Speaker Series Every Thursday
at 5:00pm
Join us every Thursday at 5:00pm in our continuing speaker series on Facebook Live.

This Thursday, June 18, at 5:00pm we welcome Sr. Dominic who will talk to us about baptisms and funerals at CTK.
New - Ministry for Caregivers
Are you a caregiver for a family member?
Are you dedicated to caring for others?

NOURISH provides caregivers a faithful perspective, as well as practical
and emotional support, useful tools, and shared experience.
Discover the blessings that come from caring for another.

Our first meeting will be Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm, via Zoom. Meetings will be the 3rd Wednesday of every month .
Please Call Monica (925) 872-9051 to RSVP.
Weekly Church Bulletin
CTK Office Opens This Week
Our CTK Office opens this week. We will have one staff member working physically at the office from 9am to 1pm. We can answer your phone calls directly or help you in person. The rest of our staff continues to work remotely from home. You can reach out to us by email at or by calling 925-682-2486.
Join us every day
on Facebook!

9:00 am - Mass in Chapel
5:40 pm - Holy Rosary
6:00 pm - Outdoor Mass Thursdays Only

Program Notes:
 Thursday - 5:00pm - Speaker

Every Thursday:
6pm Mass with Our Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion

9 :00 am - Mass in Chapel
5:00 pm  - Outdoor Mass

9:00 am - Outdoor Mass
10:30 am - Outdoor Mass
6:00 pm - Outdoor Mass
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This Sunday's Readings
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Sunday's Readings - June 21

First Reading — The LORD has rescued the poor from the clutches of the wicked (Jeremiah 20:10-13).

Psalm — Lord, in your great love, answer me
(Psalm 69).

Second Reading — The grace of God overflows for all (Romans 5:12-15).

Gospel — All who acknowledge Jesus before others will likewise be acknowledged by Jesus before the Father (Matthew 10:26-33)

Click the link below for the readings:
Weekly Reflection on Sunday's Readings
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Weekend Scriptures.

Let’s make one thing clear. There is nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time!
Thank you for your Continued Support to CTK and St. Stephen During this
Challenging Time
Keeping Connected
Sunday Offering

On-Line Giving:

NEW: Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions!

The ease of giving online will help you keep up your generosity and ensure that CTK and St. Stephen can continue running its essential ministries.

Offertory Envelopes/Paper Checks:
Can be sent direc tly to CTK:
195A Brandon Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Can be sent directly to St. Stephen
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Thank you for your support!
Happy Father's Day!
Blessed is the father
Who shares his heart
Lives his faith
Gives his time
And loves his family.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"