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

Parish Newsletter
November 11, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Last Sunday November 8, I was awakened around 11.15pm by Marlen Benitez, one of our janitorial staff, telling me that there was a fire behind the school. I rushed to the school, and I was informed that it was one of the houses of our neighbors. Last year, while negotiating with another neighbor adjacent to this house about taking down 5 Eucalyptus trees in his backyard that were hovering over our school, the then occupant of the burnt house was a parishioner who was very helpful. I don’t know who lives there, but I do intend to reach out and see how we can support the family. God is good. If the Eucalyptus trees were still there, probably the whole school would have burnt down with the neighborhood. The church shared the expenses of the tree removal with the school at that time.

The staff has been creatively planning for some of our important future celebrations. We will hold a ‘Thanksgiving Day’ mass under the tent at 9.00 am and another at St. Stephen at 9.30 am. We priests have decided to stay home and celebrate the day by ourselves. This year, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place on Saturday, December 12. Since, we have a Spanish community with us during this pandemic, we will celebrate the 5pm Mass with Mariachis and a bilingual mass. That will be followed by some Spanish music on the lawn. Feel free to bring drinks (tequila, Margaritas, wine etc.) and snacks and enjoy some good Mariachi music. Plans are afoot about Christmas. If you have ideas to share please do email it to me or to the staff.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement on the 2020 presidential election:

“We thank God for the blessings of liberty. The American people have spoken in this election. Now is the time for our leaders to come together in a spirit of national unity and to commit themselves to dialogue and compromise for the common good.

As Catholics and Americans, our priorities and mission are clear. We are here to follow Jesus Christ, to bear witness to His love in our lives, and to build His Kingdom on earth. I believe that at this moment in American history, Catholics have a special duty to be peacemakers, to promote fraternity and mutual trust, and to pray for a renewed spirit of true patriotism in our country. 

Democracy requires that all of us conduct ourselves as people of virtue and self-discipline. It requires that we respect the free expression of opinions and that we treat one another with charity and civility, even as we might disagree deeply in our debates on matters of law and public policy. 

As we do this, we recognize that Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States. We congratulate Mr. Biden and acknowledge that he joins the late President John F. Kennedy as the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith. We also congratulate Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, who becomes the first woman ever elected as vice president. 

We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of this great nation, to intercede for us. May she help us to work together to fulfill the beautiful vision of America’s missionaries and founders — one nation under God, where the sanctity of every human life is defended and freedom of conscience and religion are guaranteed.”

Note: This year, we won't be hosting Winter Nights in our facilities as we are still under lockdown. We will, however, work with our neighbors, Church of the Resurrection who will host them for an entire month beginning Dec. 28th. We will assist them for 15 days with food and drinks, and certain activities by offering our outdoors. We have offered Winter Nights $5,000 to offset some of their expenses as we are not able to house them. We are in communications with the Pastor of Church of the Resurrection and the director of Winter Nights as to how best we can minister. Our staff will reach out to you for your donations in this regard. 

Fr. Paulson
Pope’s Call to Social Friendship
Our CTK pastor, Fr. Paulson Mundanmani shared his reflection on the pope’s recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, in the Rossmoor News, their weekly newspaper. Read More
All Souls Novena
Our All Souls Novena
Continues through November 15th

You are invited to remember your deceased loved ones in prayer during our nine day Novena. Join us on-line during the week at our 9am chapel mass and on the weekends at our outdoor masses. You still have time to turn in your All Soul envelopes that will be placed on the altar during the Novena.
Thursday Speaker Series
Thursday, November 12th at 5pm
Livestreamed on Facebook or YouTube

This Thursday for our speaker series, Fr. Paulson will have a conversation with Jim Briggs about Pope Francis's new Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Chapters 3 and 4.

Jim Briggs is a CTK parishioner and the retired Executive Director of the School of Applied Theology and former Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President of Student Services at Santa Clara University. He has a background in higher education, theology, and career development.
Events over the Weekend
Baptism - Welcome to the Family!
Mathias Sebastian
Parents: Gisella & Miguel
Congratulations Baby Mathias!
50 Years of Marriage!
Congratulations to Rey and Imelda Santos on your 50th Wedding Anniversary! Rey and Imelda celebrated on Saturday by renewing their vows with their children and grandchildren present. Happy 50 years together!
Weekly Church Bulletin
We Remember with Love
Scroll of our Faithful Departed
CTK and St. Stephen Church

The Church holds the month of November in dedication and remembrance of our beloved faithful departed, and honor with great respect the memory of the dead, especially those who have passed during this year. Please see the scroll of names of CTK and St. Stephen loved ones who have passed. Here
Faith Formation Food Drive
Partnering with CTK's
St. Vincent De Paul
Faith Formation (grades 1-8, and high school youth group/confirmation) are doing their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for St. Vincent De Paul. Parishioners are also invited to help with this food drive. Please see the flyer for what food items are needed. Here
Winter Nights
Winter Nights 2020

Winter Night's Mission is to protect homeless families by providing shelter in a clean, safe, and warm environment and help families break the homelessness cycle by assisting them toward self-sufficiency and into stable housing.

This year CTK church is partnering with Church of the Resurrection in Pleasant Hill for Winter Nights. Church of the Resurrection will host the families beginning December 28th, and we will help monetarily with purchasing dinners at local restaurants and offer other support. We are asking for your donations this year to help us with Winter Nights.
A Special Request - Can you help?
A member of our school and parish community is battling a serious illness. Her next step in her fight is a bone marrow transplant - a critical step that could save her life. We would like to help her find a match by encouraging our school and parish community to register as bone marrow donors - you could possibly save her life or that of someone else with your generosity. The odds of matching increase with a similar ethnic background. Our parishioner in need is Filipino, so if you share this ethnicity, we encourage you to consider registering. However, even if you do not, you may still match. Because of the pandemic, the process must be done via mail in kits - increasing the processing time. If you would like to register, we encourage you to start the process today! You may click here to read more about the process and register. You may also text Swab4Melissa to 61474 to register and receive a home kit - a simple cheek swab. We would encourage you to read more about the process and, if you are comfortable, register as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact CTK School at 925-685-1109.
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News From our Diocese
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

We are entering the final days of Ordinary Time in this year’s liturgy—a year that has been anything but “ordinary.” Read More
Have You Ever Updated Your
Parish Information?

We are in the process of updating our parish database with current information including phone numbers, emails, etc. If you haven't done so yet, please click the link below to fill out the digital form to update your information. Thank you for your help!
Outdoor Mass Schedule
No Reservations or Sign Ups Required
Mass will take place on our lawn area
(Our Large Tent is also available to sit under)

Bring your own chairs/blankets
Face Masks are required
Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car - tune into FM 106.7

Most masses will be live streamed on Facebook
(except the 7:30am Sunday morning mass)

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm (Inside the church)

Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 5pm
Sunday - 7:30am, 9am,10:30am,
12noon (Spanish) & 6pm

Song Sheet for Weekend Masses Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Drive-Thru Holy Communion
Every Sunday 11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
9am - Chapel Mass
Monday - Saturday
Streaming Live
on Facebook or YouTube
Thursday, 6pm Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

New - Thursday Mass is in the Church
(or sit outside on the patio in front of the church)
It will not be livestreamed
Worship Aide Here

5:40pm - Holy Rosary - On Facebook
(except Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays)
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

Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Outdoors
Worship Aide Here

Drive Thru Holy Communion - 10:10am
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
Staying Connected
Sunday Offering
On-Line Giving: (click button below)

Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions!

Thank you again for your donations as we work together to sustain our community now and in the future.

Thank you for your support!
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
Veterans Day Prayer
Loving God, 

Thank You for America's heroes who have served our country so faithfully.
We honor our veterans for their sacrifice to our country and for their courage. 
We praise You for all veterans who have gone before us in eternal rest. 

We especially pray for those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country. 
Bless their families and comfort them with the
thankful prayers of a great nation.

Almighty God, You gave us Your only Son, Jesus. 
Allow us to follow His example and work to create a more loving world. 
Let us not perpetuate war but safeguard peace and preserve
Your gifts of equality and freedom.

We thank You for our veterans, past and present,
and for the knowledge that You are with us in all things.
Amen.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"