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

Parish Newsletter
June 2, 2021
Staying Connected
The Feast of the Most Holy
Body and Blood of Christ
Sunday, June 6
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Some of you have been traveling to high school and college campuses to celebrate graduations during the past weeks. After a year of hybrid sessions, our own 8th graders will graduate this Thursday. While all family members and friends won’t physically be present to celebrate this momentous occasion, they will watch virtually. I want to congratulate our graduating class of 2021, and I wish them a bright future, without the hassles of the pandemic. I thank our school leadership and all our teachers and faculty who have done their best during the pandemic. Oscar Wilde said, “Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey!” I pray the experience of the past year will stay with you as you move on to higher education or a dream job.

California is moving forward with a dramatic reopening of the economy on June 15 that will remove nearly all of the restrictions we have been living with for more than a year. The move comes as daily coronavirus cases have plummeted and vaccinations have increased. At CTK, we will continue to offer the 9.00am Mass outdoors, while moving the 10.30am Mass indoors from June 20th Sunday. At St. Stephen, both masses are now held indoors. We will follow the guidelines from the state after June 15th. I am excited as the pandemic is very much under control and we can soon be more back to normal.

Pope Francis on ‘Laudato si' Platform: 'What world will we leave our children?' With a video released on Tuesday May 25th, the pope invited all Catholics on a journey "to create the future we want: a more inclusive, fraternal, peaceful and sustainable world." He highlighted the fact that "the current pandemic has now brought to light in an even stronger way the cry of nature and that of the poor who suffer most the consequences, highlighting that everything is interconnected and interdependent and that our health is not separated from the health of the environment in which we live." It is for this reason that we need "a new ecological approach," says Pope Francis. In this way we can "transform our way of dwelling in the world, our styles of life, our relationship with the resources of the Earth and, in general, our way of looking at humanity and of living life."

A top Vatican official confirmed that the pope is pondering a journey of his own — a possible trip to COP 26, the next major United Nations climate summit, set for November in Glasgow, Scotland. The ambitious churchwide initiative outlines seven categories of sustainability goals in the spirit of Francis' 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home." The goals include:

  • Adopting renewable energy;
  • Achieving carbon neutrality;
  • Defending all life;
  • Solidarity with Indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups;
  • Adopting simpler lifestyles;
  • Fostering ecological education and spirituality;
  • Advocating for sustainable development;
  • Following ethical investment guidelines, including divestment from fossil fuels and other industries that harm the planet.

The platform includes goals for families, parishes and dioceses, schools and universities, businesses and farms, religious congregations, and hospitals and other health care facilities. At CTK and St. Stephen, we will soon offer in-person and online sessions on this new platform launched by the church.

Happy Summer to all of you! I pray that this summer will be a relaxing time for all of you. May this Summer provide you ample opportunities to re-focus your life on God.

Fr. Paulson
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
This Friday, June 4th is our Monthly
First Friday Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament - followed by Mass

Join us in-person (in the church)
6pm to 7:15pm - Exposition
This will be a time for prayer and meditation.

7:30pm - In-person mass in the church
The Gabriel Project
CTK's Faith in Action Ministry in partnership
with the Gabriel Project
Sunday, June 13th

Will be collecting baby items next Sunday morning.
More information on items needed - click here

Weekly Church Bulletin
(Click Image)
Thursday 6pm Mass
Tomorrow - June 3rd
Our 6pm Thursday Mass is cancelled
(due to our 8th grade graduation in the church)

We will have the devotion to our Our Mother
of Perpetual Help on
Thursday, June 3rd, at the 9am mass.
Over the Weekend
Congratulations to Giselle Chavez on her quinceañera and to her little sister Monserrat Chavez who received her First Communion on Saturday!
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Whenever we celebrate the Eucharist, we renew this same Covenant. Jesus lives among us as we remember his sacrifice on our behalf. He becomes our spiritual bread and wineRead More
Formed Video Pick of the Week
Saint Philip Neri: I Prefer Heaven

An epic feature film on the famous "Apostle of Rome" and great friend of youth in the 16th century. One of the most popular saints of all time, St. Philip Neri was widely known for his great charity, deep prayer life, and tremendous humor.

Christ the King/St. Stephen Church offers you a FREE subscription to FORMED, a wonderful website that has been called a “Catholic Netflix.” FORMED has inspiring movies and video based programs, audio presentations and e-books from the Church’s most compelling speakers and authors. Sign up today at
Second Collection
CTK School, Religious Education and
Youth Ministry Programs

The second collection this weekend, June 5/6 will be for Christ the King School, Religious Education and Youth Ministry Programs.
Mass Schedule
Weekday Mass
9am - Monday - Friday Indoors/Church
(9am Masses will continue to be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays - Indoors/Church

Weekend Masses:
9am - Indoors/Church
4pm - Indoors

7:30am - Indoors/Church
9am,10:30am - Remains Outdoors
12 noon (Spanish) - Indoors
4pm - Indoors
(Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am Mass will be livestreamed)
Mass Reminders

Outdoor Masses: Please bring your own chairs.
Masks are required.

If you wish to stay in your car, you can tune into FM 106.7
Or watch from your smart phone/tablet:
Wifi ID: CTK Streaming -
Password: outdoor1
Song Sheet for Mass - June 5/6 Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at
or clicking the images below
Ongoing Services:
Drive-Thru Communion, Mass, Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation
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 in front of the church
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
No Mass on June 3rd

Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Fridays
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: Beginning June 13th 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
Closing Prayer
On the Feast of the Most Holy
Body and Blood of Christ

St. Thomas Aquinas also wrote a hymn: Pange Lingua (Sing, tongue, the mystery of the glorious Body), from which we have the Tantum Ergo (Down in Adoration Falling) verses sung at Benediction. The English Catholic convert Father Edward Caswell translated those verses:

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
Lo! o’er ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.

To the everlasting Father
And the Son Who reigns on high,
With the Holy Ghost proceeding
Forth from Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might, and endless majesty.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"