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

Parish Newsletter
October 21, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Message From our Finance Council for CTK and St. Stephen Parishes
Greetings Fellow CTK and St Stephen Parishioners:

We last communicated to you at the end of March when we were just starting to get used to life in the era of Covid quarantines. At that time, we were focusing on three strategies to continue our ministry in the face of the pandemic and the halting of indoor church services. These were:  

1. Spiritual Nourishment. Finding ways to use technology to continue to deliver our liturgies to our sheltered parishioners. Also fixing up our outdoor space to allow us to continue our liturgies and sacraments in person that meet guidelines and restrictions for safe socially distant gatherings.
2. Sustaining our Community. Keeping our staff employed and enhancing our communications to keep our community alive as well as to continue to deliver spiritual support to our parishioners.
3.  Financial Management. Focusing on efficient use of funds and good stewardship of parishioner donations.

The good news is that we have been remarkably successful in each of these strategies.  

We live stream daily mass for those who are home bound.  We provide outdoor masses and sacraments that allow social distancing for parishioners to participate safely in person.  Our staff have been diligent in running their ministries remotely, keeping up regular communications, managing the office and cleaning up our parishioner data.  

Your financial support has made the difference by making this possible. THANK YOU!!!

In March we were very worried about how long we could survive as a parish, but our prayers were answered. Our parishioners have stepped up and continued making donations at a level that is close to the level we budgeted for this year. We are also seeing large donations to our St. Vincent De Paul society who are active every day in helping the poor in our community.  

Ordinarily CTK would have hosted a town hall meeting to make a presentation on parish finance, but with restrictions on gathering, we are providing this information here. 

Attached, are slides that show the CTK financial position for last year, what we originally planned for 2020 and what our finances look like for the nine months ending in September.

St. Stephen parishioners have also continued to contribute generously during the pandemic with total collections approaching original budgeted amounts. This, along with the success of our hard-working volunteers in controlling operating costs, has enabled us to hold outdoor Sunday Masses and continue St Vincent DePaul and other programs, while retaining our three employees. 

As a result, our net operating results through September were equal to our original budgeted results. Financial information for St. Stephen for 2019 and the first half of 2020 was communicated to our parishioners at two virtual town hall meetings in July.

We are grateful and thank God for your continued support. 

If you have any questions on this information, email them to finance@ctkph.org, and someone will get back to you.

Greg Thornbury
Chairman, CTK Finance Council
                    
John Banker
St. Stephen Finance Chairman
Music on the Lawn
Saturday, October 24
After the 5pm Mass - On CTK's Lawn Area

Join us this Saturday for our 3rd Music on the Lawn. Bring your wine, snacks and your own chair, and enjoy an evening of music. Invite your friends and family. The theme for the evening will be music from the movies!
Events at CTK Over the Weekend
Baptisms - Welcome to the Family!
Over the weekend through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed these precious little ones to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!
Hunter Daniel
Parents: Maricel & Daniel
Hayley
Parents: Angie & Randy
Dominic Alexander
Parents: Cristina & Chris
Mackenzie Rose
Parents: Jen & Chris
Weddings
Congratulations to our two couples who were married on Saturday!
Amanda Young (CTK School Alum) and Kevin Wiedeman
(in our outdoor venue)
Mary Angeline Imperial-Reus
and Ralph Denbert Reus
(in our newly reopened church)
Weekly Church Bulletin
CTK's Young Families Ministry
Does your family love Halloween?! You are invited to join the Young Families Ministry for an afternoon of Halloween fun! Our mission at YFM is to celebrate families, parenthood, and Christian friendships. All are welcome!

What: A Virtual Halloween Dance Party!
When: Saturday, October 31st
Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm
RSVP: Email YoungFamiliesCTK@gmail.com or
5pm Mass - October 31st (Halloween)
5pm Mass/Saturday, Oct. 31st

Children are invited to dress in costume for mass. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Thursday Speaker Series

We will take a break this Thursday from our weekly speaker series, but will be back next week with our CTK principal, Joe Silveira.
Welcome Baby Emilia!
Congratulations to our former Youth Minister and his wife, Rick and Jen Grand-Lejano, who welcomed their first baby, Emilia Rose who was born on Tuesday, October 13th.

Congratulations on your wonderful blessing. May God be your source of strength and guidance on this wonderful journey into parenthood!
News From our Diocese
Vatican News
Pope signs Rome 2020 Appeal for Peace

Gathered in Rome, in “the spirit of Assisi," and spiritually united to believers worldwide and to all men and women of good will, we have prayed alongside one another to invoke upon our world the gift of peace. Read More
St. Vincent de Paul Request
St. Vincent de Paul supplies new mothers with a bag of gender specific infant clothing, called a layette, which is provided to us by Hillcrest Congregational Church. If you have any new or gently used infant clothing to donate, call CTK's St. Vincent de Paul at (925) 246-1131 and leave a message to arrange for a drop off. See flyer here
RCIA
Are you or anyone you know, curious about the process of becoming Catholic?
The program is called Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA. As an adult, you receive Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.  There is no commitment, simply come and see! During the pandemic we are meeting through email. Contact: Mary McCarthy maryjane.mccarthy@gmail.com 
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

This weekend’s Scriptures guide us to embrace LOVE as the essence of God’s desire for creation and our personal model and roadmap.
Have You Voted Yet?
To promote effective and safe voting among residents, the Contra Costa County Elections Department has sent mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election to every county voter. For more information about returning your ballot, tracking your ballots, deadlines, voter registration and more. Click here
Have You Ever Updated Your
Parish Registration?

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
You can get out of your car and onto the grass

(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)

New - Thursday 6pm mass will now be indoors (in the church)
It will not be live streamed

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm (in the church)

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

Song Sheet for 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
Streaming Live

Monday - Saturday
9am - Chapel Mass

New - Our daily mass can now be viewed on our YouTube Channel
as well as our Facebook Page.
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, Sat. & Sun.)
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
Feast Day of Pope St. John Paul II
October 22
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"