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

Parish Newsletter
January 20, 2021
Staying Connected
Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
'What are you doing for others?'
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

A week ago, Pope Francis issued a change to canon law formalizing the ability for women and girls to be installed as lectors and acolytes. Although it has long been common practice in Western countries especially in the United States for women to serve as readers and serve at the altar, the formal ministries – once considered “minor orders” for those preparing for the priesthood – have been reserved for men.

Called a motu proprio, meaning a piece of legislation issued on the pope’s own authority, the new law revises canon 230 of canon law, which previously stated that “lay men who possess the age and qualifications established by decree of the conference of bishops can be admitted on a stable basis through the prescribed liturgical rite to the ministries of lector and acolyte.” Now the revised text begins, “lay people who possess the age and qualifications,” making the sole condition for admittance to the ministries one’s baptism, rather than one’s gender.

According to the “General Instruction of the Roman Missal” the acolyte is instituted for service at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. It is his place principally to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if necessary, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful as an extraordinary minister. The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the universal prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings.

Like many others at first, I did not see the importance of Pope Francis’ declaration that women can take part in the formal ministries of acolyte and lector. After all, there have been “altar girls” in many American parishes including CTK and St. Stephen for years. But “many” is not “all.” Some parishes and dioceses allow only boys to assist the priest at the Mass and other ceremonies including some parishes in the Bay Area.

The pope’s decree doesn’t focus on children and adolescents or require that girls be allowed to serve Mass. It says that church law will be changed to say that “lay persons” of either sex may be formally installed in the ministries of acolyte and lector. The church already allows people of either gender who are not acolytes to be altar servers.

The pope’s decree sends a message to Catholic parishes and dioceses that allow only boys to serve Mass. It’s the same message that St. Paul preached to the Galatians: “There is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In 1975 the late Raymond Brown, perhaps the foremost Catholic biblical scholar of his time, advocated that women be given a range of roles at Mass. He mentioned women serving as lectors and distributing Holy Communion and said that “younger girls” could serve at the altar. 
I would like to give a shout out to one of our CTK 7th grade students, Addison Rohrer, whom I call a champion for the poor and homeless. After her compassionate effort to bring some comfort to the homeless during the winter season, with the donations you made, she wrote: “Thank you for supporting the WINTER AWEAR drive this season! Together, we raised over $1,500 which was put towards purchasing new winter essentials. In total, we collected and purchased 750 beanies, mittens, and scarves for the residents and communities serviced by Abode Services.” So proud of Addison!

I would also like to invite you to sign up for a Food Drive for the Homeless January 30, 2021 at CTK. Christ the King is partnering with First Christian Church of Concord, Disciples of Christ (a CC County/Interfaith effort) in a food drive for the homeless. Our parish representative, Carolyn Peters is heading this effort for us, and I want to thank her in a special way. There is a sign-up in today's newsletter.

Our parish leadership met with the leadership of St. Vincent de Paul to discuss strategies and policies with regard to rental assistance. As a community we wanted to offer any assistance they needed in this effort. We will be working with reputable organizations in the area such as Hope Solutions to reach out to families struggling to pay rent. We have collected around $40K, and we will keep you informed fully in the days to come. God is good, and I am so happy we can share the blessings he has bestowed on us.
 
Fr. Paulson
Over the Weekend
The Feast of Santo Niño took place on Saturday at the 4pm mass.
Thank you to all who participated and coordinated this beautiful liturgy.
Congratulations to Melissa Grey and Brian Curtis who were married
outdoors/under the tent on Saturday afternoon.
May you continue to find love with each other through Christ,
as you begin your marriage journey together.
Over the weekend through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed these precious little ones to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!
Parents: Alex & Alex
Baby: Bennett
Parents: Chris & Kyla
Baby: Augustus James
Weekly Church Bulletin
Food Drive
Food Drive for the Homeless
Saturday, January 30th, at CTK

Christ the King is partnering with First Christian Church of Concord, (a CC County/Interfaith effort) in a food drive for the homeless. Our two churches will collect and bag enough food for 250 grocery bags for the homeless in Contra Costa County. Interested in helping January 30th? Go to Sign-Up Genius to volunteer and/or donate food for our brothers and sisters in need. Click here
CTK School News
A Letter From Our CTK School Principal, Joe Silveira

Dear Christ the King Families,

The admissions portal on our school's website is open. We are excited to see the amount of applications that have already been turned in. This is for all new students and their families applying for the 2021-2022 academic school year. We know there has been a lot of interest in CTK over the past few weeks, so we are looking forward to meeting all of our prospective families. Christ the King Catholic School inspires students to grow in faith, knowledge, and service. As we all know CTK is more than just a school, it is a strong community that learns together, grows together, and is strong together. We are so fortunate to be a part of this school, with its historical legacy, strong faith, and academic excellence. Please do not hesitate to pass a positive word on to all family and friends interested in receiving a quality Catholic education rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We look forward to the 2021-2022 school year!

Please click here to apply
9 Days for Life Novena
January 21 - January 29
This Novena is for the protection of human life.

Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.
Click here for the Novena prayers.
(Novena Prayer Resources: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Christ the King and St. Stephen Parishes will continue with the pro-life prayers and themes on Sunday, January 24th through the following week.
Bishop Barber's Statement on Racial Justice
Bishop Barber issued a statement on racial justice which you can read here

A message from Kathy Gannon-Briggs who is a parishioner and is a member of the bishop's task force:

"This Statement was produced by the 22 members for the Diocese of Oakland Task Force. It has been approved by Bishop Barber and was read at St. Columba Church on Sunday. It describes the work to be done in 3 categories: Education, Pastoral Care and Social Justice. Committee members are meeting weekly to develop strategies on implementing the goals. More will be in the bulletin in the weeks ahead. It is a very encouraging sign of working to fight Racism in our churches."
Vatican News

Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Simon, Andrew, James, and John . . . Jesus already knew them, having met them where John the Baptist preached and baptized. These lake fishermen became the nucleus of Jesus’ disciples. Read More
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)
Mass will take place rain or shine

Bring your own chairs
Face Masks are required
Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car - tune into FM 106.7
Or watch from your smart phone/tablet
Wifi ID: CTK Streaming Password: outdoor1

Only the 4pm Saturday Mass and the 9am Sunday Mass will be livestreamed both on Facebook and YouTube

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm

Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 4pm (New Time)

Sunday - 7:30am, 9am,10:30am,
12noon (Spanish) & 4pm (New Time)

Song Sheet for Jan 23/24 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
Thursdays, 6pm Outdoor 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

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
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
Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales
January 24th
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"