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

Parish Newsletter
November 18, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
The Feast of Christ the King
Sunday, November 22
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce that Gwen Watson, one of our social justice pioneers was recognized by Multi-faith Action Coalition of Contra Costa County for her commitment and dedication to social justice especially for the poor and the vulnerable. Kathy Gannon Briggs, the Chair of our Faith in Action ministry introduced Gwen with these words at the award ceremony.

“Who shall find a valiant woman? She has opened her hand to the needy and stretched out her hand to the poor. She works for peace and justice.”  These words from the Book of Proverbs fit Gwen Watson to a tee. Gwen is a member of Christ the King Parish and many social justice organizations. She works tirelessly for the homeless and for immigrants, and her voice is heard throughout Contra Costa County and beyond when it comes to issues of peace and justice. Gwen started us out at Christ the King by beginning an adult education program called Just Faith to help people understand the many facets of working for justice. She was one of the driving forces to bring the Winter Nights Program to the churches throughout the County. We look to Gwen for wisdom, leadership, and guidance on social justice issues. She is a trail blazer, a role model, a woman of vision and hope, a force – she hears the Gospel and makes a difference! Thank you, Gwen, for your commitment and service that have benefitted the lives of so many! We love you!

At our recent meeting of the Pleasant Hill pastors, we had a great conversation with one of our police officers from Pleasant Hill Police Dept. who wanted to work with us on the homeless population of our city. I was amazed and inspired by their willingness to be compassionate and helpful. We pastors promised to supply them with some of the necessities of life that our homeless brothers and sisters lack such as clothing, masks and food vouchers. I was very honored to pass on 25 McDonald gift cards (a full meal) and a few Safeway cards ($25) that they could distribute wisely as they move around the city. We plan to give them more cards during the coming holiday season, as a way of expressing our own gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives. I am also grateful to you for supporting Addison, one of our CTK students in her efforts to bring joy to the homeless by donating warm winter wear - new or gently used beanies, scarves, and mittens.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, our parish feast. I would like to invite you all to participate in this celebration, in-person or online, and receive Jesus in Holy Communion. In one of his homilies, Pope Francis stated, “The Christ of God, the Chosen One, the King” (Lk 23:35,37) appears without power or glory: he is on the cross, where he seems more to be conquered than conqueror. His kingship is paradoxical: his throne is the cross; his crown is made of thorns; he has no sceptre, but a reed is put into his hand; he does not have luxurious clothing, but is stripped of his tunic; he wears no shiny rings on his fingers, but his hands are pierced with nails; he has no treasure, but is sold for thirty pieces of silver.” With the sole power of love, which is the nature of God, his very life, He brought salvation and peace to our broken world. As we celebrate Jesus as the King, we are called to follow his way of tangible love. We must ask ourselves today, a time of hardship and pain for so many: “What does love ask of me, where is it urging me to go? What answer am I giving Jesus with my life?”

I don’t know what the future holds for us with the pandemic on the rise everywhere. The State response to the COVID 19 Spike has returned Contra Costa county to Purple Tier, which has come with additional restrictions. The changes will include moving our worship services to outdoors only. I embrace this change responsibly so that our faith communities can be safe and healthy while worshipping God outdoors. Feel free to stay in your cars and listen to the mass on FM 106.7 (CTK). Regardless of the weather, we will continue to offer services. You just have to decide where you place yourselves – inside your cars or outdoors. We will offer communion safely either outdoors or in the parish Hall or vestibule of the church one person at a time.

I have had some of the most powerful times of worship preaching in a chapel with no people. Preaching without a congregation became an undistracted offering to God without the temptation to respond to what I’m seeing in the pew. I have heard some of you who attend mass online say similar feelings of how you are able to worship God without the noise and distractions of a normal community. I do miss our community very much. I hope and pray we can continue with our Sunday worship and I earnestly look forward to making Christmas special for all of us.

Fr. Paulson
The Feast of Christ the King
Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas Primas ("In the first") to respond to growing nationalism and secularism. He recognized that these related societal ills would breed increasing hostility against the Church. His encyclical reminds the faithful that while governments and philosophies come and go, Christ reigns as king forever. (usccb.org)

Join us this weekend for a special celebration at all our outdoor masses as we celebrate our parish's feast day, "The Feast of Christ the King."
Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday, November 26

You are invited to attend our outdoor mass.

CTK at 9am
St. Stephen at 9:30am

Bring the bread and wine you will be serving on Thanksgiving Day for a special blessing.

If you as a family or individual plan to attend our Thanksgiving Day Mass ~ and would like to participate in that liturgy in a simple way - please contact Sr. Dominic sisterdominic.marie@gmail.com
Speaker Series
Thursday, November 19th at 5pm
Livestreamed on Facebook or YouTube

This Thursday for our speaker series, Fr. Paulson will continue his conversation with Jim Briggs abouPope Francis's new Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.

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.

More information from Jim's discussion last week on Fratelli Tutti. Here
Jim's selection of textual quotes from the encyclical. Here
Monday, November 23rd at 5pm
Livestreamed on Facebook or YouTube

Join us on Monday where Joe Reid will have a conversation with Tim Flaherty and will cover a variety of topics including Covid-19 and its impact on city finances and local economic outlook; elections matter; city commissions, and how to get involved.

Tim is in charge of the prominent national law firm -- Clark Hill's San Francisco office and is an experienced trial lawyer who specializes in business, commercial and real estate litigation. Elected to the Pleasant Hill City Council in 2012, Tim has also served two terms as the mayor of Pleasant Hill in 2014 and 2018.
Music on the Lawn
Our "Music on the Lawn" continues this Saturday, November 21st
after the 5pm mass.
Join us and enjoy an evening of music. Bring your own chair, wine, drinks and snacks. Don't forget to dress warm. By popular demand we are bringing back, Billboard's #1 Hits. Invite your friends and family, the cost is free!
Baptisms over the Weekend
Through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed these precious little ones to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!
Parents: Anne & Roberto
Baby: Callie Sage
Parents: Leanna & John
Baby: Ava Elizabeth
Cristin & Peter
Baby: Benjamin Daniel
(Baptized Nov. 8)
Weekly Church Bulletin
Interfaith Thanksgiving
Celebration & Service
Sunday, November 22nd at 4pm
Livestreamed

Join us for an interfaith community Thanksgiving service on line

Our pastor, Fr. Paulson Mundanmani, is scheduled to be one of the speakers, and parishioner, Gwen Watson, will be one of the honorees. Our own CTK choir will be part of this celebration as well.

More information can be found here
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.
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Nourish for Caregivers
Are you a caregiver for a family member?
Are you dedicated to caring for others?

Nourish is a Ministry for Caregivers
Wednesday,  November 18, 2020, 7:00 PM on Zoom

Repeats every third Wednesday of the month until December 16, 2020
Zoom Links:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83759720206
Meeting ID: 837 5972 0206

Find your local call in number
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keHkczBoCM
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
The Feast of Christ the King
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Presidents and world leaders, both good and evil, come to the fore then fade into history. Christ our King is always present to us, front and center. He delivers on the promise laid out in Matthew 25, “I was (in need) . . . and you (helped) me. Read More
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
2nd Collection on Sunday
Our special collection on Sunday, Nov. 22nd supports the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. CCHD is a program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which funds local grassroots organizations that are empowering low-income people to lift themselves out of poverty.
 
Among the groups being supported by CCHD this year in our diocese is Monument Impact, a Concord-based Latinx-led nonprofit organization that organizes low-income immigrants and has a long-standing day labor program.
 
By supporting this collection, you are assisting East Bay organizations doing important work to give a hand up to people who need help. You may donate by writing a check to the parish noting “For CCHD” in the memo line.
More information can be found at www.CCHDEastBay.org
Please be generous and thank you for your kind consideration.
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

Only the 5pm Saturday Mass and the 9am Sunday Mass will be livestreamed both on Facebook and YouTube

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm (Outdoors)

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

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 Outdoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

New - Thursday Mass is now outdoors
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
Closing Prayer
To Christ Our King

O Lord our God, You alone are the
Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations.
We pray to you in the great expectation of receiving
from you mercy, peace, justice, and all good things.

Protect our leaders, our families, and the land of our birth.
Guard us we pray, Most Faithful One.
Forgive us, Sovereign King, our sins against you.

Jesus, you are a King of Mercy.
Have mercy on us and forgive us.
Most awe-inspiring King, we bow before you and pray:
‘May your Reign, your Kingdom, be recognized on earth. Amen.’
Source: My Catholic Life
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"