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

Parish Newsletter

August 3, 2022

Staying Connected

Dear Friends,


T.S. Eliot once said that April is the cruelest month, but I'd like to say that it's actually August. In August summer is almost over, but it's not quite the ideal pleasant fall weather that's perfect for hiking the rolling hills surrounding us and drinking spice pumpkin lattes. This year, I seem to grieve the end of summer asking myself, “Where did summer go?” I have to admit I took one week off to preside over and attend the wedding of a former student of mine (in Jersey City near Newark).

Summer doesn’t have to have a hard stop. As we move into the fall, if you’re able, continue to enjoy some of the things you like about summer. Continue to spend time outside, soak up all the sunshine, enjoy day trips on the weekend — whatever it is you like about summer, identify those things and don't let yourself stop just because summer is over or school is ready to commence.

I would like to welcome back our school leadership, faculty and teachers! Welcome back to our campus as you get ready for another exciting year! School administrators were raising the alarm about hiring difficulties throughout the summer. I am grateful to our principal for being so proactive, as early on, he was working on hiring, even before school was out for summer. I want to welcome the new teachers and faculty members to our campus, and I am so grateful for those who will continue to minister at CTK School.

I would like to give you an update on Father Mike Dibble. Those who minister to Fr. Dibble have noticed over the last year a progressive decline of his memory and emotional well-being. We have done absolutely everything possible to allow him to live on his own. Right now, we are preparing ourselves for the fact that he will not be able to live alone that much longer. He is physically quite healthy, but his short-term memory loss and safety have become our greatest concern.

A year ago Dr. David Stone and I had a couple of emails and one zoom conversation with the diocese of New York regarding Fr. Dibble’s condition. We did not hear anything after that. Recently, Dr. David contacted the diocese again through another priest who is serving the diocese and finally, they got back to him. So, discussions are underway, and I am hoping that the diocese of New York will step up and do the right thing for one of their own.

Recently I read an article titled, “Not all priests retire equally” written by Mary Gallop, in which she addresses the situations faced by our retired priests. After retirement, a new and completely different lifestyle begins. Few priests can afford to live in their own home or organize their spiritual life with an ability to celebrate mass. Dr. David and Francine were very generous to host Fr. Dibble over 20 years.

The welfare of retired priests is a priority in canon law: “The diocesan bishop must make provision for the appropriate maintenance and residence of the priest who has resigned” (canon 538 §8). This canon decrees that the principles of natural justice and equity must be taken into account, as well as the traditions and circumstances of each diocese. Each bishop shall see to it that a specific and funded plan is established to provide adequate support and accommodation for all retired priests incardinated in his diocese. Each diocesan bishop shall also see to it that priests incardinated in the diocese who have become incapacitated before the regular retirement age, will receive sufficient assistance to provide for adequate support and accommodation, considering any social assistance programs to which they may be entitled.

Our retired priests deserve to enjoy the last years of their lives with the honest and appropriate support of their diocese after having administered the sacraments to their beloved parishioners for so many years. I know that many of you are worried about who and how Fr. Dibble will be taken care of - since he is so far from his diocese. There are discussions about crowd funding and contacting Fr. Dibble’s friends about his situation, etc. I am all for providing adequate care for a wonderful and holy priest who is a beloved man here at CTK. We need to get his diocese of NY to step up and take their responsibility. I am hoping that one of his superiors will visit him in the near future, the human thing to do. If we need to find adequate representation to his superiors, we shall do that. I do not want to pursue any of the considerations such as crowd funding or asking Fr. Dibble’s friends to pay for his care for now.

We have completed a few upgrades to our GYM this summer, and we will be assembling an outdoor carport in the small parking lot for Fr. Gerry Moran.

Fr. Paulson

Youth Ministry News

Youth Ministry Back to School Movie Night on the Lawn 

Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, your family and your friends. Everyone is invited!

Your $5 per person donation comes with: Bag of Popcorn, Hotdog, Soda or Water, Choice of Movie Candy.

Movie: Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG-13)

7:00pm Refreshments   8:00pm Showtime

Register: click here

Thank you to our sponsor: CTK's Filipino Society for sponsoring this movie event.

Faith Formation News

Registration is now open for

Faith Formation Students for the

School Year 2022-2023


Registration is open for:

 Grades 1-6

Jr. High Grades 7-8

High School/Confirmation Program


Please visit our website at and click the

 ‘Register Now’ button to register on-line.

If interested in helping as a teacher/catechists at any grade level. Please contact Deacon John Ashmore at

Dear CTK Faith Community,

Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." Our CTK Religious Education program has been praying for you to be one of the laborers for the Lord's harvest. Passing on the faith to students in grades 1 through 6 is both a challenge and a joy, and you can be trained to do this.

Please consider volunteering to be a Catechist in our Religious Education program. We are currently registering students in grades 1 through 6 in our Religious Education program for the coming school year, but your help and participation are needed to make our program a success.

Please contact Deacon John at or call him at his office (925) 686-1174.

Welcome Our Newest Members

Parents: Meg & Michael

Baby: Ryan Michael

Parents: Vanessa & Ryan

Baby: Lennon

Weekly Church Bulletin

Cub Scout Pack 401

Cub Scout Pack 401 Recruitment Activity

Saturday, August 13th at 1:30 PM

Christ the King Church Amphitheater

We’ll have lots of fun, outdoor games and activities (including stomp rockets) for the kids to enjoy, while Cubmaster Brian Hanley does a quick orientation to Cub Scouts, our Pack, and our 2022-23 schedule for parents. We hope you can join us for lots of fun, and sign up to join our Pack if you decide it’s a good fit for your family.

If you can’t make it to this activity, but would still like more information about our Pack or to officially join, contact:

Julia Palacio, Pack 401Committee Chair,

Brian Hanley, Pack 401 Cubmaster,

Dress a Child Around the World

Early Sewing Sessions Start Wednesday, August 17th

In the 10 years since we began, we have made over 16,000 dresses and 4,000 pairs of short. That means, of course, over 20,000 girls and boys around the world have received a bit of joy, hope, and the belief that God is in their lives.

We’re so proud of the women at CTK and our community who continue their work in making our dresses and shorts available to the most disadvantaged children here in the U.S. and worldwide. We thank also those who donate fabric, sewing machines and, of course, your dollars to our efforts.

If you feel you’d like to get involved in this very fun and worthwhile group, please join us on the 3rd Wednesday each month in the Monsignor Wade Hall.

For more information, please call Carol Vogl at (925) 288-0488

CTK CYO Basketball News



Christ the King basketball is excited to bring 3rd to 8th grade boys and girls back to the hardwood for the 22/23 Winter season. Sign up by the registration deadlines and we will communicate as soon as possible with further information. CYO is set to start sometime in the month of September and we will update as we know further details. Always check our website for further information.

Important information:

  • Registration may be limited at certain grade levels based on many variables. Early registration ends 8/15. Registration closes on 8/31 or sooner if a grade level fills.

  • This year we are implementing a mandatory volunteer policy. See registration and website for further details.




CTK basketball is able to offer an August program for any student enrolled at CTK grammar school and/or the RE program. The training sessions will be led by multiple coaches and begin the week of 8/15/22 and last until the end of the month.

Sessions are one hour long twice a week. Players will be grouped by age group and times/days will vary based on coaches' availability.

Workouts will be held on the outdoor CTK blacktop or gym. The program will be limited to Christ the King parish students only, grades 2-8.

The cost is $75/student and all participants will receive a tee shirt.


Save The Date!

Women’s One Day Retreat

October 15th - St. Stephen Parish Hall


Men’s One Day Retreat

October 22nd - CTK Parish Hall


Formed Pick Of The Week

Passion Play  - Germany


The World Famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a passion play that has been performed every year from 1634 to 1680 and every 10 years since 1680 by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Germany. This tour to Germany is scheduled in September and tickets are limited. 

This is NOT a Christ King Sponsored Tour. More Information can be found here.  All inquiries should go through the tour company.

Weekly Reflections

Welcome to our weekly reflections on

the Sunday Scriptures.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Like all of Jesus’ parables, we may find a number of ways to parse the parable about the grateful master who in turn serves his staff. Read More

Thank You For Your Financial Support

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Or regular and/or second collections.

If you do not wish to give on-line,
you can continue to contribute using your offertory envelopes.
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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

Mass Schedule

Weekday Masses

9am Mass - Monday - Friday

(9am Masses will be livestreamed)

6pm - Thursdays

(Rosary begins at 5:40pm)

(Rosary and Mass will be livestreamed)

Weekend Masses


9am and 4pm Vigil

(Saturday 4pm Mass will be livestreamed)


7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 4pm

(10:30am Mass will be livestreamed).

All Masses are Inside the Church. - Face Masks are encouraged.

Worship Aide for Mass - August 06/07 Here

Readings for Sunday Mass Here

Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at
or clicking the Facebook or YouTube images below.

Ongoing Services:

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Private Confessions every Saturday from 3pm to 3:30pm, in the church.

Drive-Thru Holy Communion - Every Sunday 11:30am to 12 noon, in front of the church.

Thursday Mass - 6pm - Honoring our Mother of Perpetual Help, Rosary begins at 5:40pm, in the church. Worship Aide Here

Holy Rosary - Livestreamed on Facebook at 5:40pm, Monday - Friday

St. Stephen Church - Masses

St. Stephen Church

1101 Keaveny Ct.

Walnut Creek 94597

Saturday - Mass 5pm

Sunday - Mass at 9:30am

Worship Aide for Mass August 06/07 Here

St. Stephen Daily Mass: Monday - Friday at 8am

St. Dominic de Guzman - August 8th

St. Dominic de Guzman

St. Dominic (1170–1221) was born in Spain to a family of noble lineage. His mother, Blessed Jane of Aza, prayed at the church of St. Dominic Silos to conceive a male child, her first two sons being given to the priesthood. In answer to her prayer, she dreamed that a dog leaped from her womb carrying a torch in its mouth which set the world ablaze. At his baptism, his godmother beheld a star shining from his forehead. As a child Dominic showed signs of great sanctity and intelligence, and he was also given to the Church for the priesthood. When famine struck Dominic sold his rare and expensive theology books to feed the poor. As a priest he traveled with his bishop into southern France and discovered that it had been overrun with a heretical movement which led many away from the Church. This inflamed his desire to devote his life to apostolic preaching for the salvation of souls, at the time an office reserved to bishops. With the Pope's approval he founded the Order of Preachers, or the Dominicans, committed to defend the truth of the Catholic faith. St. Dominic's Order was novel in that it combined the active and contemplative religious life with the labor of scholarly study and itinerate preaching. St. Dominic was innovative in meeting the needs of his time to defend the Church against her enemies. To aid his mission, Our Lady appeared to him and gave him a new devotion—the Holy Rosary. St. Dominic is the patron saint of scientists and astronomers. His feast day is August 8th.

"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"