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

Parish Newsletter
February 3, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

The 40 days of Lent will begin on February 17 and end on April 3, 2021. Lent is a replication of Jesus Christ's sacrifice and departure into the desert for 40 days. Just like everything we have done in this pandemic, Lent assumes its own challenges this year.
 
Following guidelines released by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, we will follow precautions for Ash Wednesday that include sprinkling ashes over the head of each person who comes forward, rather than the priest, deacon or lay minister making a cross on each forehead. According to Catholic News Service, sprinkling ashes on the top of a person's head, rather than marking foreheads with ashes, is the customary practice at the Vatican and in Italy. Given the spread of the coronavirus, the practice has the advantage of not requiring the priest or the minister to touch multiple people.

At the beginning of the distribution of ashes, the priest will address those present and recite once one of the formulas – “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” After that ashes will be distributed for those who would like to receive them, and if you choose not to, that is perfectly fine, since ashes are just a symbol of something more profound. If you come as a family or a couple, we can provide you with ashes in a tiny bag. A parent can administer ashes to their own family, and a couple can administer ashes to each other. 
Many of us focus so much on what we give up – a practice not made mandatory by the Church – that we neglect the three pillars of Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I invite you to focus on these three during the Lenten season, to help us grow in our faith during our 40-day journey to Easter. Pope Francis urged Catholics to use the season of Lent to spend less time immersed in the chatter and noise of the world through television and their phones, and to spend more time in silence and in conversation with God. Pope Francis posed a question: What if we checked the Bible like we checked our cellphones?
 
The entire schedule for Lent will be given. As of now, I do not know how we are going to celebrate the Holy Week, and so we shall deal with it as we approach the sacred time. With regard to First Reconciliation and First Communion, we will wait until such time, when we can be together again. On Thursdays during Lent, we will have mass in the evening at 6.00pm followed by Lenten talks from 6.30pm to 7.00pm, which will also be livestreamed. In addition to this, Deacon John will offer special sessions on zoom. Stay tuned. 
 
CATHOLIC WOMEN PREACH: I would like to introduce you to a new digital resource for members of CTK and St. Stephen.  Catholic Women Preach (CWP) is a deeply faithful, hopeful and joyful initiative intended to build up the church and to further enlighten its members to the beauty of the Scriptures.  It is designed to encourage Catholics with weekly messages of hope that renew faith, strengthen us and encourage active engagement in the life of the Church for our work in the world. Catholic Women Preach presents both video and text of qualified and theologically informed women.  
The website can be accessed by clicking here - (you can also find additional information for their Facebook page and podcasts on their website).
 
 Fr. Paulson
Lenten Schedule
Lent
Ash Wednesday, February 17th
Outdoor Masses
9am, 12 noon (bi-lingual), and 6pm
(The 9am and 12 noon masses will be livestreamed)
St. Stephen Church - 9:30am Mass

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

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

Stations of the Cross
Available on-line Fridays from 12 noon on.

Our livestreamed events can be found here:

St. Stephen Church - Stations of the Cross/Outdoors
Prayed privately on church grounds
Beginning on Ash Wednesday
Mondays & Wednesdays 12pm to 2pm
Fridays 12pm to 6pm
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
Little Black Book
Little Black Devotional Book for Lent
(with reflections and prayers you can read daily during Lent)

Books will be distributed at mass this weekend or
you can come by the parish office
Monday-Friday 9am to1pm to pick one up

The Little Books App is now available for your iOS and Android devices. For a simple $10/year subscription, you’ll get all the seasonal books in the app for easy daily reading. Click here for more information.
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
In Memory of Fr. Brian Joyce
Join us this Friday, February 5th at 10:30am
at Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1965 Reliez Valley Blvd, Lafayette 94549

For the two year anniversary of death of
Fr. Brian Joyce

All are welcome for this graveside service!

Please enjoy in print some of Fr. Joyce's
"Four Minute Homilies" from 2002. Click Here
National Catholic Schools Week
National Catholic Schools Week
is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.
January 31 to February 6, 2021

We are truly thankful for all our amazing teachers, staff and students who contribute to the life of our parish.

If you are interested in your child attending CTK for the 2021-2022 school year, the admissions portal on the school's website is open. Please click here to apply.

60 years ago, with the ground breaking on January 26, 1961 and construction completed in the fall, our parochial school opened its doors in September of 1961. Read more on the history of CTK School Here
Over the Weekend
Congratulations to  Ken Cortez and Ancella Soriano who were married outdoors under our large tent.

May you continue to find love with each other through Christ, as you begin your marriage journey together.
On Saturday, through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed Joyce Glee to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!

Baby: Joyce Glee
Parents: Emiliana and Ron
Congratulations to Ann K. Hyde and Rich Brehmer who celebrated their wedding anniversary.
Food Drive: Thank you to all the volunteers who helped on Saturday to make our food drive a success. We bagged over 250 grocery bags for the homeless in Contra Costa County. Special thanks goes to Carolyn Peters of Christ the King Church who put in countless hours organizing this event with our partner First Church of Concord who we partnered with.
Weekly Church Bulletin
Young Families Ministry
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Paul lived in a time when slavery was commonplace throughout the Roman Empire as part of society’s structure. Being born a freeman and Roman citizen, Paul voluntarily chose slavery to the mission of bringing Christ to the pagan world: “I have become everybody’s slave." 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)

Mass will take place rain or shine!

Bring your own chairs
Face Masks are required

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

Weekend Masses:
Saturday - 4pm

Sunday - 7:30am, 9am,10:30am,
12noon (Spanish) & 4pm

Song Sheet for Feb. 6/7 Masses Here
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
Thursdays, 6pm Outdoor 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
In Closing
Excerpt From Fr. Brian Joyce's
4 Minute Homily
"The Real Presence of Jesus in the
Entire Eucharist" 2002

Pope Paul VI in his encyclical letter on the Eucharist reaffirmed belief in the presence of Christ in communion, but he also spoke of the very real presence of Christ in acts of concern and compassion, in the preaching of God's word, in the faithful shepherding of God's people, and in the celebration of all the sacraments. Christ comes to us in many ways, but the Mass (not one magic moment, but the Mass from beginning to end), the Mass is the principle and most important way he touches us, nourishes us, calls and causes us to be His body and sends us out to make a difference in our world.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"