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

Parish Newsletter
November 4, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General wrote, “Elections are the heart of democracy. When conducted with integrity they allow citizens to have a voice in how and by whom they are governed.” We have just come off an election, and as I write this for the bulletin on Tuesday, we don’t have the results yet. Regardless of who wins, I invite you to grace, dignity and civility in public life.

One of the questions that has been asked often is, “Once the election is over will you accept the results?” The question needs to be answered by all of us – the candidates and every citizen. What about those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ? What will be our response? Will we be wringing our hands and biting our nails as we watch election returns on Tuesday evening? Will we accept the results of the election as God’s will once it’s over? Will we be filled with despair and be antagonistic toward the next president if the results go contrary to our preference?

I invite you to take to heart the teaching of St. Paul to the Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We have earnestly prayed about the election and courageously spoken up for our convictions. We’ve done what we could. It’s now time for us to (in the words of an old hymn), “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.” Regardless of the outcome of the election, let the calm spirit of Christ be seen in you. Regardless of who is temporarily the President of the United States, God is still the God of the Universe.
 
Facilities Update: Because our parish facilities are largely empty during this time of Covid restrictions, we can complete badly needed, major safety related projects, that would be difficult and impactful to accomplish safely, while parishioners are using these facilities. To take advantage of this window of opportunity, we have initiated three large safety-related projects that can best be done now.

First, you may or may not have noticed that we completely rebuilt the trellis work around our Parish Hall and Rooms A, B, C and D. This trellis was riddled with dry rot and starting to fail. The work to remove this safety hazard was finished in early October.
 
The second project is to remove the five Eucalyptus trees on the west side of the large parking lot. These trees are overgrown, and present both a fire and falling hazard. We need to remove these trees and replace them with safer trees for our environment. Bidding was completed in late October and a contract has been awarded. The cost of removal of the Eucalyptus trees and the planting of the safer tress will be shared with our school. We anticipate completing this work in November.
 
The third project is to remove and replace the concrete patio in front of the church. Though the patio is relatively new, replaced when the restrooms were renovated in the Church, the concrete is cracking and heaving, and has become a serious tripping hazard. Several attempts to grind down the uneven surfaces did not solve the problem, and the concrete continues to deteriorate making an uneven walking surface in front of our church. We are in process of procuring estimates to replace this concrete, and hope to complete this work by the end of 2020.

Total cost for these three projects is estimated to be under $150,000, and will be funded from our savings. Thank you for your continued support of our church and our projects.
 
Fr. Paulson
Mass of Remembrance
A Special Mass of Remembrance 
Saturday, November 7 at 5 pm  

At this Mass we will pray specially for all of our deceased loved ones from Christ the King and St. Stephen Parishes.
First Friday - Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
This Friday, November 6 is our Monthly
First Friday Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament

After the morning mass we will expose the Blessed Sacrament from 9:30am to 11am in our Ministry Center Chapel on Facebook Live. This will be a time for prayer and meditation in the quiet of your own space at home.

We will have our First Friday Mass at 7:30pm
Live Streamed Only
All Souls' Novena
Beginning this Saturday, November 7 through November 15; 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.
Music on the Lawn
Saturday, November 7th after the 5pm Mass

Join us for our 4th "Music on the Lawn." Bring your chairs, snacks, wine and drinks and enjoy an evening of music. Everyone is invited and the cost is free! The theme for the night will be Billboard's number 1 hits.
Cleaning of the Church
We are so extremely thankful to our two staff members Marlen Benitez and Mark Hall for taking this week to thoroughly clean the church. Each pew has been steam cleaned and sanitized along with the entire carpet area. Thanks again for your hard work and dedication to our parish!
Thursday Speaker Series
We will take a break from this week's speaker series, but will be back next Thursday at 5pm. You can watch on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel. See you next week!
5pm Saturday Mass on Halloween
Thanks for joining us at Saturday's 5pm Mass dressed in costume!
Weekly Church Bulletin
Rosary Walk
Friday, November 6th at 3:00 p.m.
Queen of Heaven Cemetery

Please join Fr. Paulson and the Queen of Heaven staff on Friday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. for Queen of Heaven’s first Rosary Walk. It is located at 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, CA.

We will honor All Souls with a Rosary Walk  every Friday in November at 3:00 p.m.  Spend an hour immersed in the beauty of Queen of Heaven as we turn our hearts and minds to Mother Mary. All are welcome. Please bring your own rosary. Covid regulations will be followed so please wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing. Call Queen of Heaven @ (925) 932-0900 with any questions.
Grief Support Monthly Meetings
Our Grief Ministry is still here for you! If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, and would like to receive a call from one of our caring Grief Ministers, please call Donna at the number below. Our Grief Ministry Support Group meets the 1st  Saturday and 3rd Thursday of every month.

Our grief support group will be meeting this
Saturday, November 7 at 9:30am via Zoom and
Thursday, November 19 at 7pm via Zoom

Call Donna (925) 932-0900 or (510) 381-3615
News From our Diocese
National Vocation Awareness Week
National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated November 1-7, 2020 is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. Please pray for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation. For more information click here
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

The theme of this week’s readings is our call to wisdom (seeing reality as it truly is). 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
(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
(will be outdoors this week)

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

Song Sheet for Mass of Remembrance 11/7 Here
Song Sheet for Sunday 11/8 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
Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth and young adults. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"