Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
www.ctkph.org

Parish Newsletter
July 8, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
Christian joy flows from listening to,
and accepting, the Good News of the death
and resurrection of Jesus.
Whoever believes this message knows that life is born of the love of God the Father.
Pope Francis Twitter @Pontifex July 3
A Letter From Our Pastor
Dear Friends,

In his address to the United States Bishops in St. Mathew’s Cathedral Pope Francis invited our leaders to be pastors, not cultural warriors. Pope Francis said, “ Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor, it has no place in his heart ; although it may momentarily seem to win the day, only the enduring allure of goodness and love remains truly convincing.” There is in many of us something outside of our faith that propels us to certain ideology to the rejection of others, certain methodology to the exclusion of others, even though the other is also Gospel centered.

In the words of Brian Davis, “Many Christians—I assume with good intentions—take up the cultural warrior sword, a bit like Peter in Gethsemane. When their Christian principles are attacked, they respond in kind, drawing their weapon and striking their opponent. I think Jesus just might shut down their reckless emotionalism like he did Peter: “Put your sword into its sheath” (John 18:11).” We must love our church and country, be willing to give up our selfish interests and seek through dialogue the ways to build peace, unity and justice. We must reject leaders, religious or political who will continue to tear our church or nation apart, and work with leaders who will endeavor for a culture of peace.

At CTK, we will be opening our Church after four months to one indoor mass on Sunday morning at 7.30am starting July 12 th . We will also offer our Church for funerals. As per Contra Costa County guidelines, only 100 people are allowed on a first come first served basis for worship including clergy and ministers. Anothe r 100 folks can sit or stand outside the Church observing social distance and wearing masks. The following guidelines will apply for indoor services:

·   If you think you might be sick, even with just a cold (and don't assume it might just be allergies) -  STAY HOME  and watch an online Mass from CTK .

·   DO NOT CONGREGATE  outside of Church, either before or after Mass. Come directly into Church and leave immediately after.

·   Participants will be instructed to bring their own masks and to wear them throughout the service and while they are on the campus.

·  Our ushers will be available to direct the participants to their seating such that family units living together will be able to sit together while those from different households will maintain proper distancing in the seating process.

·   Once you have been given a spot,  DO NOT CHANGE SEATS . If you move to a different spot, nobody else will be able to sit there because it will now be considered “contaminated”.

·   The usher at the church entrance will remind those arriving of the mask and hand sanitizing requirements and the social distancing regimen.
 
·  The distribution of communion will take place at the end of mass. Ushers will indicate which row should proceed in single file with proper spacing to the waiting Eucharistic minister. Once the person receives, she/he will proceed out of the church to their waiting car.

·   There will be no gathering in the vestibule or outside after the service.

·  Restrooms will be available, but we will ask that participants avoid their use unless it is essential and that only one person at a time use the restroom. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized along with the rest of the church both before and after each service. If you do use the restroom, please wash your hands when you enter and again when you exit. Use hand sanitizer when you enter back into Church.

The county has issued ordinances with regard to worship for indoor services. All liturgical materials will be removed from the pews and the vestibule of the church. The Governor has banned singing in the Church, which means for funerals our cantor will sing a couple of hymns from another room adjacent to the choir area. There will be no singing for Sunday Liturgies. Responses to the Mass parts should be said softly or internally. Collection baskets will be placed at the entrance and the two side exits . Please drop your envelopes into them as you enter or exit. I want to thank you for your understanding and patience.

We will continue to celebrate mass outdoors as usual . We have made adjustments to our sound system, so as to minimize disturbance to our neighbors. If you are in your cars, kindly tune into FM 106.7. If you decide to turn on your air conditioners, kindly circulate inside air. We have improved our radio transmission after our last Sunday experience. The sound quality has definitely improved for those who will be sitting on the grass.

I want to thank our wonderful staff and volunteers who make these services possible for us. If you are willing to assist us with our services, kindly get in touch with Sr. Dominic as we need more volunteers. Our new associate Fr. Lee Chompoochan will join us this week or the next. He is trying to bid farewell to his beloved parishioners. I know Fr. Lee, and I love his spirit and unassuming demeanor.                                                            

  Fr. Paulson
Meet our New Associate Pastor!
Fr. Lee Chompoochan will join our Christ the King and St. Stephen Family next week.

Welcome Fr. Lee, to our parish community, we are so happy you will be us!

See Fr. Lee's bio here.
Events over the Weekend
First Communion
On Saturday, we had our third weekend of our RE and school children receiving their First Holy Communion. Our families enjoyed celebrating mass on the lawn. We continue next Saturday with our final and fourth Saturday. Congratulations to all our First Communicants!
Baptism
On Sunday, we welcomed Baby Lillian Alice to our CTK Family. She is the daughter of our 10.45am mass music director, Angela. Lillian was all smiles as she was baptized. The heat did not take away from the joy of the day! Congratulations Lillian Alice!
Join our Faith Sharing via Zoom
You are invited to join a "virtual" Faith sharing group on Zoom. We meet every Friday morning at 9:30 am to share our faith through reading and praying with the readings for the following Sunday. Everyone in the parish is welcome to participate in this opportunity to deepen your faith and increase your understanding of scripture. To try it out, email Diana Mackinson at  dijoed@comcast.net  and she will send you the Zoom invitation to enable you to join us on Friday morning. 
Outdoor Masses Continue This Weekend Both in our
Parking Lot and Grass Area
No Reservations or Sign Ups Required
You can get out of your car and onto the grass
(bring your own chairs/blankets)
Please wear face masks
Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car-Tune into FM 106.7

All masses will still be live streamed on Facebook
Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm only
(Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help)

Weekend Masses:
7/11 (Saturday) 5pm
7/12 (Sunday) 9am,10:30am & 6pm


Drive Through Holy Communion - Sunday 7/12
CTK: 11:30am to 12 noon 

CTK Song Sheet for Mass Here
CTK Readings for Mass Here
New - Tune into FM 106.7
From your car!
You can now tune into FM 106.7 while sitting in the your car, when you are attending mass in the parking lot. It's a great convenience and the sound quality is great!
New - CTK will now have one indoor mass on Sunday at 7:30am in the church; beginning this Sunday, July 12th. Please refer to Fr. Paulson's letter for more details. No reservations or sign-ups required. All other masses will remain outdoors.
St. Stephen Church
Walnut Creek

Sunday - 7/12 Mass at 9:30am
St. Stephen Worship Aide Here
Join us Every Thursday
For our Speaker Series followed by our
Weekly Mass
Join us every Thursday at 5:00pm on Facebook Live.

This Thursday, July 9 at 5:00pm, our speaker will be Joe Witherspoon, Director of Catholic Cemeteries , at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. He will talk about funerals and other services during this pandemic and grief ministry support.
Thursday, 6pm Mass/Our Mother of Perpetual Help

After our speaker, stay on for our 6pm weekly mass where we honor Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Either in your car, on the lawn, or home on Facebook Live.
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Daily Mass/ Weekend Masses/Talks/Holy Rosary
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Weekdays:
9:00 am - Mass in Chapel
5:40 pm - Holy Rosary
6:00 pm - Outdoor Mass Thursdays Only

Program Notes:
 Thursday - 5:00pm - Speaker Series

Every Thursday Evening:
6:00 pm Outdoor Mass honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Weekends:
Saturday
9 :00 am - Mass in Chapel
5:00 pm  - Outdoor Mass

Sunday
7:30 am - Indoor Mass - New
9:00 am - Outdoor Mass
10:30 am -Outdoor Mass
6:00 pm - Outdoor Mass
The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene will be celebrated Wednesday, July 22, at an Outdoor Mass at 9:00 AM at   Christ the   King. The two guest speakers, Joyce Scotlan and Meg Bowerman will address the subject of racism under the title  “We Shall Overcome: A Discipleship of Hope.”   They will feature the life of Sister Thea Bowman and St. Mary of Magdala. All are invited to the Mass. Please bring your own chairs and wear a mask.
Weekly Reflection on Sunday's Readings
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Weekend Scriptures.

This weekend’s readings express our belief that God as Divine Sower, who equips each person with all they need to live “fruitful” lives.  (see more)
Thank you for your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
Keeping Connected
Sunday Offering

On-Line Giving:

Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions!

The ease of giving online will help you keep up your generosity and ensure that CTK and St. Stephen can continue running its essential ministries and pay their staff.

Offertory Envelopes/Paper Checks:
Can be sent direc tly to CTK:
195A Brandon Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Can be sent directly to St. Stephen
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Thank you for your support!
MISSION CO OP COLLECTION
Each summer the Mission Office of the diocese facilitates the Mission Cooperation Plan, an opportunity for more than 100 international missionary dioceses, congregations, and organizations to share their stories and invite support from our faith communities. This year, although travel is impossible during a pandemic, the needs are greater than ever for communities of faith in under-resourced areas throughout our world. Please consider making a donation to this year’s Mission Cooperation Plan. You can contribute using your envelopes or making a donation online or just sending it marked for this cause. Thank you for your support!
Closing Prayer
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"