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

Parish Newsletter
February 10, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,
Last week the US Supreme Court ruled that capping attendance at 25% inside church and restricting congregational singing was reasonable and permitted. Our bishop has allowed us to open the church for services, but has also recommended that for larger groups, outdoors would be the best option. Starting this weekend, we will be holding our 7.30am Mass on Sunday as well as Thursday 6.00pm mass in honor of our Blessed Mother inside the church. If you wish to sit outside the church and attend mass, that would be fine too. You can still attend mass from the school parking lot listening to the radio while mass is celebrated indoors. In the weeks to come, we can move more and more services indoors, depending on how many folks attend indoors.

It seems clear that the Court decision upholds the State’s right, for now, to restrict congregational singing. (Too much singing is not usually a problem for Catholic churches). It is a wise decision. However, we have interpreted that to mean there can still be some musical accompaniment to the Mass, e.g. a cantor and a pianist or organist. Our musicians will be at a safe distance from others in the congregation. 

We have added additional masses for Ash Wednesday. 7.30am (indoors), 9.00am, 12.00pm, 4pm prayer service, 6.00pm (all outdoors in English) and 7.30pm (indoors Spanish). At St. Stephen the mass will be outdoors at 9.30am. Beginning Thursday February 18, 9am weekday masses will now be celebrated indoors both in person and livestreamed.
Stations of the Cross at St. Stephen: Starting on Ash Wednesday and continuing through Lent, we will be opening up St. Stephen to both CTK & St. Stephen parishioners to allow a self-guided outdoor Stations of the Cross. We have purchased a set of outdoor stations and set them up beautifully around the church. Planned hours will be Mondays & Wednesdays from noon-2 pm, and Fridays from noon-6 pm. The church is located 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek.

You may follow the Stations using your smartphone or tablet. An audio experience will be available on our St. Stephen and CTK website (saintstephenparish.org) to help guide you along the way. A PDF of the Stations will also be available on both our websites if you prefer reading it as you walk along. For those unable to follow using a device, there will be a few printed copies available that you can use.

You will be able to follow the path of the Stations starting with personal reflection at our gnarly cross on the outside wall of the church and then continuing along the path above the lawn and ending up on the hall side of the church. As the path is narrow, please treat it as one-way if others are also following the stations. Return to your car by walking through the parking lot.

If you wish to lead your own guided Stations with a small group, please follow the protocols such as wearing masks and proper distancing from others. If you plan on group Stations, let the office know and we will make arrangements, and go over with you necessary protocols.

Pope names bishop, and sister as Vatican's dual synod undersecretaries: On February 6, Pope Francis appointed two new undersecretaries for the Vatican's office of the Synod of Bishops, tasking an Augustinian priest (whom he has elevated to Bishop) and a Xavierian sister to share duties as the department's second-in-command leaders. Spanish Fr. Luis Marín de San Martín and French Sr. Nathalie Becquart will be the synod office's first dual undersecretaries since its creation in 1967. "With the naming of Sr. Nathalie Becquart and her possibility of participating with the right to vote, a door is being opened," said Cardinal Mario Grech, the Head of the synod office, according to the original Italian version of the interview. Becquart is a former director of the French bishops' vocation office, was an organizer for the 2018 synod on young people, and has been a consultor to the synod office since May 2019.

Fr. Paulson
Lent
Ash Wednesday, February 17th
7:30am - Indoor Mass
9am, 12 noon, and 6pm - Outdoor Masses
7:30pm - Indoor Mass in Spanish
(The 9am and 12 noon masses will be livestreamed)
St. Stephen Church - 9:30am Mass

4pm - Prayer Service/Outdoors
(for RE families, but all are welcome to attend)

Thursday - Lenten Reflection Speaker Series
6:30pm to 7:00pm
(after the 6pm indoor mass)
You can watch in person or on-line.
Speakers will be announced weekly.

Our livestreamed events can be found here:

St. Stephen Church - Stations of the Cross/Outdoors
Prayed privately on church grounds
at 1101 Keaveny Ct., Walnut Creek

Beginning on Ash Wednesday
Mondays & Wednesdays 12pm to 2pm
Fridays 12pm to 6pm

Follow a guided audio experience
on your smart phone in English or Spanish at
Lenten Study Series
via Zoom

Join us once a week as we prepare for Easter and provide a spiritual renewal with two short courses on sacramental “Encounters with God.” For more information and to sign up Read More
CRS Rice Bowls
"For Lent for Life"
What you give up for Lent changes Lives

Rice bowls will also be distributed at mass this weekend. Or you can pick one up at the office.
More information can be found here
Lenten Resources
for your Family

Lent looks a little different this year.
Catholic Relief Services
has resources to keep your
family engaged, including reflections, meatless recipes and
stories from around the world.

Learn more by clicking here.
Fr. Timoney Receives his Vaccination Shot!


We are pleased to report that Fr. Brian Timoney received his first Covid-19 vaccine shot
last week.

He was driven to the vaccination site by his trusted chauffer, Fr. Paulson.
Birthday Blessings!

Happy Birthday and many blessings to our pastor
Fr. Paulson!

Fr. Paulson celebrates his birthday Thursday, February 11th.
Happy Birthday to our CTK Principal,
Joe Silveira!

Joe celebrates his birthday today,
February 10th.

Many blessings
for a wonderful year ahead!

Over the Weekend
On Saturday, through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed Theodore, Joseph, and Chiara to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!
Parents: Meghan & Nikolaus
Baby: Theodore Wendel

Parents: Allison & Tim
Baby: Joseph Richard

Parents: Meliza & Jason
Baby: Chiara Javier
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Weekly Church Bulletin
Parish Office Holiday

Our Parish Office will be closed on Monday, February 15th
in observance of President's Day.
School News
School Reopening

Our school received word from Contra Costa County that their Covid-Safety Plan (hybrid model) was approved and are allowed to restart on-campus learning for grades K-6. 

Christ the King School is excited to welcome back their students under the hybrid plan based on the following timeline:

  • Grades K-3: Thursday, February 18th
  • Grades 4-6: Monday, February 22nd
  • Grades 7-8: TBA
Young Families Ministry
February is Black History Month
From the Oakland Diocese:

Just in time for this important opportunity for reflection and appreciation, PBS is debuting The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song - a look at the history, culture, and influence of Black Communities of Faith. We invite you to watch with us as we celebrate Black History in our Faith, and community; this month, and beyond.

PBS | The Black Church on KQED 9
February 16th & 17th - 9 pm
The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song.
Click here for the trailer and additional information.
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

“A leper came to Jesus, begging on his knees, ‘If you want to, you can cleanse me.’ Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him and said, ‘I want to. Be clean. Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy.” Read More
Put Laudato Si' Into Action
Wondering how to keep your resolutions regarding
climate change for 2021?

Join us in an Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN) sponsored meeting February 24th as we work with other Contra Costa faith communities to “create a cleaner, healthier future…and even find ways to save money in our homes.” For more info, go to Cleanercontracosta.org and sign up there. You may call Carolyn Peters for more details, 925-926-1035.
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)

Mass will take place rain or shine!

Bring your own chairs
Face Masks are required

New - Thursday 6pm mass and
Sunday 7:30am Mass will now be indoors

Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car - tune into FM 106.7
Or watch from your smart phone/tablet
Wifi ID: CTK Streaming Password: outdoor1

Only the 4pm Saturday Mass and the 9am Sunday Mass will be livestreamed both on Facebook and YouTube

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm
Will now take place indoors

Weekend Masses:
Saturday:
4pm - Remains Outdoors

Sunday:
7:30am - Will now take place indoors
9 am,10:30am, 12noon (Spanish) & 4pm - Remains Outdoors

Song Sheet for Feb. 13/14 Masses Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Ash Wednesday Song Sheet Here
Drive-Thru Holy Communion

Every Sunday
11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
9am - Daily Mass
Monday - Saturday

Beginning February 18th,
mass will be in the church
(all are welcome to attend in person - indoors)

Mass will continue to be Livestremed
on Facebook or YouTube
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Mass will not be livestreamed
Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed 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
First Saturday of the month at 4pm - Outdoors
Worship Aide Here

Drive Thru Holy Communion - 10:10am

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.
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
Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes
February 11
Mary, because you are the smile of God, the reflection of the light of Christ,
the home of the Holy Spirit, because you chose Bernadette in her poverty, because you are the morning star, the door to heaven and the first resurrected being, we pray to you and entrust our lives to you at a time when so many men and women fear for their health. Assist the sick and welcome those who have died and comfort their families. Amen.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"