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

Parish Newsletter
December 9, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

For American Catholics especially people of Mexican descent, December 12 is the celebration of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. The feast commemorates her December 9–12, 1531 appearances to St. Juan Diego, the Náhuatl-Aztec who had recently converted to Christianity, whose own tilma or cloak bore the miraculous imprint of her image, the indigenous mestiza clothed with the sun and wearing the cinta, the band of pregnancy, standing on the moon, head bowed and hands folded in prayer, and an angel present.

As we continue to minister to our Hispanic brothers and sisters during the Pandemic, this feast takes on a special meaning for us at CTK and St. Stephen. We will celebrate the feast with all the solemnity at the 5pm Mass this Saturday December 12th with Mariachis and other added festivities. After the mass, the Mariachi and the musicians will continue to perform.

The Virgin of Guadalupe belongs in a particular way to our Advent preparations because, like Mary herself in her great New Testament hymn of God’s praise, the Magnificat, she proclaims to us the Gospel, the Good News of our salvation in Christ, the Good News of God who scatters the proud, exalts the lowly, fills the hungry with good things, and remembers his promises to Abraham and his children forever. The great New Testament scholar, the late Raymond Brown, once wrote:

In the Indian tradition, when Mary appears in the ancient garb of the mother of the Indian gods, she promises to show forth love and compassion, defense and help to all the inhabitants of the land. Ten years before, the whole Indian nation, their gods and their tradition had been torn down. She hears their lamentations and remedies their miseries, their pains and their sufferings. In the devotion to the Lady, the Christian Gospel proclaims hope for the oppressed. . . . The Gospel of God’s Son means salvation for those who have nothing. I think that is exactly what happened in the case of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She gave the hope of the Gospel to a whole people who had no other reason to see good news in what came from Spain. In their lives the devotion to Our Lady constituted an authentic development of the Gospel of discipleship.

Honey O’Leary writes in her bulletin message this week: “Like Mary, we have set out to tend those in need of our care during the last several months. Thanks to CTK ministries we have wrapped our parish in the mantle of justice and reached out to the poor and brokenhearted. We have fed and clothed many. We have sheltered some. We have aligned ourselves with the hundreds of people peacefully protesting racial injustice. We have stood for life in its myriad forms and stages. Lest we become complacent, Paul offers us a reality check. “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks . . . for the One who calls you is faithful and God will accomplish it.” 

This Friday we will livestream the Advent Reconciliation at 7.00pm and then do in-person reconciliation on Saturday at 10.30am at St. Stephen and 3.00pm at CTK. Confessions will take place outdoors observing all protocols. If you feel you need to shelter in place, stay home, and make the examination of conscience and do a genuine act of contrition. You can make your reconciliation at a future date when everything is safe. There will be no counseling whatsoever given during the confession, so as to minimize exposure. You confess your sins and the priest will give you absolution. As a parish we will do a common penance. In the footsteps of our Blessed Mother of Guadalupe, do an act of kindness or mercy to someone during the weekend.

Faith in the words of Pope Francis “is ardent desire for God, a bold effort to change, the courage to love, constant progress. Faith is not water that extinguishes flames, it is fire that burns; it is not a tranquilizer for people under stress, it is a love story for people in love!”
Fr. Paulson
Advent Reconciliation Service
You are invited to attend our Advent Reconciliation Service on line:
Friday, December 11th at 7:00pm. Streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube

Then join us in person for individual confessions at
CTK on Saturday, December 12th 
from 3pm to 4pm outdoors under the tent.
or St. Stephen Church on Saturday, Dec. 12th at 10:30am on the lawn.
The Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe
Saturday, December 12
5pm Outdoor Mass

We will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a Spanish-English bilingual mass. This mass will be celebrated with a 9 piece Mariachi band! Stay after mass and continue listening to the Mariachi band. Remember to bring your own chairs, socially distance and wear a mask. Everyone is invited!
New - Mass Time Change
Beginning December 19 - the Saturday 5pm mass will change to 4pm.

Now that the weather is colder and it is getting darker earlier, we have decided to change the time of our Saturday evening outdoor mass to 4pm, beginning Sunday, Dec. 19. Thank you as we continue to navigate through these changing times.
Thursday Speaker Series
5pm on Thursday - December 10
Livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube

Join us at 5pm Thursday for our CTK Speaker Series on Livestream. Rev. Will McGarvey will speak on observing and celebrating Advent and Christmas during a Pandemic.

Will is Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (Bay Area, CA) & active in LGBTQ inclusion, comprehensive immigration reform, hunger relief, affordable housing, poverty alleviation and peacemaking in Israel-Palestine.
Simbang Gabi
December 15-23 at CTK

The Filipino Society of Christ the King invites you to join in the celebration of "Simbang Gabi", a nine-day novena in preparation for the birth of Jesus, at Christ the King Church from December 15th to the 23rd.

Mass begins at 6:30 p.m. every night (except Dec. 19 and 20, which will start at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6pm). Because of limitations brought on by Covid-19, masses will be held outdoors inside a large tent and will be live streamed. You can view it on CTK Facebook Page or CTK YouTube Channel. For additional information, please contact Abe Miralles (925-381-5898) or Imelda Santos (925-623-7340).
Christmas Schedule
CTK Christmas Eve Outdoor Masses
1pm, 3pm, 4:30pm and 6pm

CTK Christmas Day Outdoor Masses
9am, 10:30am, 12 noon (bilingual)

St. Stephen Outdoor Masses
Christmas Eve - 3pm
Christmas Day Mass - 9:30am

All masses will take place outdoors.
Please dress warm and bring your own chairs.
Masks and social distancing required.
Holy Communion will be offered at all masses.

Masses Livestreamed
All our Christmas Eve masses
and our Christmas Day masses
will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.
If you wish to watch mass at home we offer drive through communion

CTK Drive Through Communion
Christmas Eve - 2pm to 2:30pm
Christmas Day - 11:30am to 12:00pm
(in front of the church)
Christmas Eve/Day Masses
Volunteers Needed
We are working together to help make Christmas
a wonderful celebration for all!

If you are able and willing, we need USHERS at our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. You would greet people, facilitate parking, take collections…. We would very much appreciate a few new people stepping forward to help on this special day. If you can help, please contact Sr. Dominic at
Weekly Church Bulletin
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Virtual Craft Fair
CTK's Faith in Action Ministry is sponsoring a virtual
Concern America Craft Sale this year.
December 9-20
For more information see flyer Here
News from our Diocese
Vatican News
Pope Francis proclaims "Year of St. Joseph."

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021. Read More
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
The Third Sunday of Advent
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

“Our God comes to save us, to open our eyes to the truth and our ears to the Word spoken among us, and to set us dancing and singing". . . .. 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)

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

Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 5pm (Beginning Dec. 19th this mass will change time to 4pm).
Sunday - 7:30am, 9am,10:30am,
12noon (Spanish) & 4pm
New - 6pm Sunday mass is changed to 4pm

Song Sheet for Dec. 13 Masses Here
Dec. 12 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

 It will not be livestreamed
Worship Aide Here

5:40pm - Holy Rosary - 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
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.
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 Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"