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

Parish Newsletter
September 8, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter From Our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Fr. Brian Timoney is visiting Ireland this weekend to spend some time with his ailing brother Sean Timoney. Sean has been suffering from cancer, and it has been hard for Brian as he was not able to connect with him much during this pandemic. Let us keep Brian and his brother in our prayer. Safe travels, Fr. Brian. Please continue to pray for Fr. Tom Joseph, who is in John Muir Hospital undergoing radiation and other therapies. He is very grateful for our prayers and for the loving cards you sent him.
The Mary and Gary Becker Social Justice Award will recognize a project or ministry, led by a JustFaith Ministries graduate or group of graduates, that has created social change in their community, state, nation, or world. The award will grant a one-time financial award and national exposure. I would like you to vote for one of our favorite ministries, the Winter Nights. 

In 2004, Winter Nights was formed by Gwen Watson, a JustFaith graduate, a CTK parishioner and others. They provide temporary shelter to homeless families with young children in Contra Costa County. CTK has been an integral part of Winter Nights even during the pandemic as we provided finances and food. This Gospel-centered ministry cares for families, and supports them with services to help re-house their family.

The other two ministries under consideration for the award are My Front Door and Weavers of Hope. Formed in 2005, by JustFaith graduates, My Front Door serves working families with children in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, and they focus on ensuring successful, long-term home ownership for families and also financial literacy. Formed in 2002 by JustFaith graduates, Weavers of Hope provides educational assistance for students in and around Villa Garcia, Zacatecas, Mexico.
It's time to begin the voting process for the 2021 Mary and Gary Becker Social Justice Award! The voting period is 1st - 19th of September. Here is how the voting process works:

1.  Go to the award webpage: here
2.  Watch the finalists’ videos and read their narratives.
3.   Enter your name and email and click Submit
4.   Within 24 hours, you will receive a link from SurveyMonkey. Click on this             
       link to cast your official vote.
 
40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil… Come spread a culture of LIFE! I would like to invite you to join in prayer in the current 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil, which is being held outside of two local abortion facilities in Walnut Creek and Concord from Wednesday, September 22nd through October 31st. The 40 Days for Life vigils consist of forty days of prayer for an end to abortion, where volunteers peacefully witness for the sanctity of life and also offer women information about free support services and adoption information. Vigil hours are from 7am-7pm. More information can be found here.

Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. (Pope Francis)

Fr. Paulson
Haiti/Louisiana Special Collection
Second Collection
September 18th/19th
Haiti/Louisiana Special Collection

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti's southern peninsula on August 14, reducing towns into rubble and leaving nearly 2,000 people dead. Countless others have been recovered with life-threatening injuries.
This collection will also help the people of Louisiana who were affected by the devastation of Hurricane Ida. The storm is being described partly in terms of its catastrophic effect on the region’s power infrastructure, which in turn creates problems for water, sewage, gasoline supply and communications.
St. Stephen and CTK will have a second collection on September 18/19.  You can send in your donations early to the office marked for Haiti / Louisiana. We will keep you posted on how your donations are distributed.
You can donate on-line here.
Thanks for your generous donation!
Healing Mass
Healing Mass
Saturday, September 18th at 10:30am

We invite you to bring your loved ones to our next Healing Mass on Saturday September 18 at 10:30 am. This is a parish Mass during which we celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: intended especially for the elderly, those with chronic illness, upcoming surgery or any kind of physical or mental illness. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and to be socially distanced from those you do not live with. We also seat people in every other pew. People may choose to sit outside on the patio in front of the church; please bring your own chair.
Have You Picked Up Your Offertory Envelopes?
This will be the last weekend Offertory Envelopes
will be available in the back of the church. 

After this weekend, please come by the parish office to pick up your envelopes. Thank you!
Weekly Church Bulletin
Over the Weekend
Congratulations to Adalie Gema who was baptized over the weekend!
Welcome to Christ the King and St. Stephen Family!
Parents: Ana & Rogelio
Baby: Adalie Gema
Feliz Quinceañera
Congratulations Marcella Ramos on your Quinceañera!
Patriot Day - 9/11 Prayer
God of love we place in your loving arms the thousands of innocent lives that were lost on that unforgettable morning of September 11, 2001. We also remember the courage of the countless men and women who put their lives at risk in order to rescue, alleviate and bring solace to the afflicted. Help us to continue to work for a world free from every form of hatred, violence and ignorance. May terrorism -- in all its forms -- disappear from the face of the earth. Amen - Fr. Alberto Cutie
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us that to follow him is to follow the same path that took him to the cross. To reach maturity as a Christian, we must risk ourselves for something noble instead of being concerned about our own status and future. We must choose a lifestyle that will help us excel in the ways of love. Read More
Car for Sale
Fr. Tom Joseph is Selling his Car

2018 Mercedes GLC300W
$35,000
Mileage:14,458
Polar White, Trim: Almond/Moc
If interested, please call the parish office at
(925) 682-2486.
News from our Diocese
Vocation Discernment Night
Saturday, September 18

The Church needs good and holy priests, and it needs good and holy religious. The different vocations complement each other and build upon each other. They make for a vibrant Church built of ‘living stones’ to carry the message of God’s love in Jesus to others. For more information click here.
Mass Schedule
All Masses are Inside the Church.
Masks are required.

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
Saturday
9am and 4pm Vigil
(Saturday 4pm Mass will be livestreamed)

Sunday
7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 4pm
(10:30am Mass will be livestreamed).
Worship Aide for Mass - Sept. 11/12 Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at ctkph.org
or clicking the Facebook or YouTube images below.
Ongoing Services:
Drive-Thru Communion, Mass, Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation
Drive-Thru
Holy Communion

Every Sunday
11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Private Confessions will continue every Saturday from
3pm to 3:30pm

Please meet inside the church.
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Rosary begins at 5:40pm
Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Monday through Friday
St. Stephen Church - Masses
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek 94597

Saturday - Mass 5pm - Indoors/Church
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Indoors/Church
Worship Aide: Here

Masses at St. Stephen are now being live-streamed on the St. Stephen Facebook page. If you are unable to attend with us in person, please join us through Facebook. A link is on our web site: saintstephenparish.org.
Only the 9:30am mass will be live-streamed.
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
The Feast of the Nativity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
Prayer on the Birthday of Mary
September 8th

Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord,
the gift of heavenly grace,
that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
may bring deeper peace
to those for whom the birth of her Son
was the dawning of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Amen.


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