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

Parish Newsletter
August 19, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Letter From Our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Last weekend was rather crazy with lightning and thunder, an announced drizzle and mighty winds that caused some damage to our outdoor sanctuary as well as brought down a tree near the junior high school. Even though it affected the morning services, I was so thrilled we could do the Spanish mass. We had a wonderful mass with great music. The folks who came were so grateful to our communities for thinking about them. Most of them told me with tears of joy that this was their first mass and communion in 5 months. I would like to invite you to check out the Spanish mass and show your love and support for this community once in a while.

This Saturday, we will honor Sr. Carmel Garcia, CSJ and Sr. Marietta Fahey, SHF who are celebrating 60 years of religious life at the 5pm Mass. There will be two other nuns who will also join us to celebrate their anniversaries as they have had no opportunity to share God’s blessings with anyone during this pandemic. There will be at least a dozen nuns who will join these Jubilarians in prayer. Sr. Carmel Garcia will be our speaker this Thursday at 5.00pm for our interview series.

Catholic nuns have made profound contributions around the world, including here in the US. Most histories of the Catholic Church in America are written about men. Priests, bishops and cardinals are credited with building the nation’s largest churches. But, in fact, women were the face of America’s parochial schools, Catholic hospitals and churches. They have been ambassadors of social justice in a world where today justice has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. For every priest in the United States, there were at least three nuns in the past. Yet, their profound impact on the building of the foundations of America is rarely discussed.

Christ the King School opened in 1961, with four classes, of fifty children each. The faculty consisted of Sister Geraldine Mary, now known as Sister Patricia, Sr. Susan Marie, now Sr. Marianna, Sr. Noreen, and Sister Claire Marie. Each year after that a grade was added until in June 1966, the first class graduated. Over the years, sisters from various congregations have ministered at CTK either as staff or as volunteers. We are blessed to have Sr. Dominic with us as a Pastoral associate and other sisters who grace us with their presence every week.

This week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious held a digital summit looking into the future of women religious, and to elevate social justice issues that are at the heart of the caring nuns. The leadership team called this a "crucible moment," as the country and world are grappling with the convergence of a global pandemic, systemic racism, climate change and an unknown future for religious congregations. They presented three initiatives that are intended to respond to those challenges: A five-year commitment to work on dismantling racism; a designated fund to support the future of religious life in the United States; and a national conversation on the emerging future of religious life.

Starting this Saturday, we will offer outdoor reconciliation from 3.00pm to 3.30pm. Privacy will be offered for the reconciliation. There will be someone outside, who will guide you to the confessionals. While respecting the sacredness of the sacrament, safety will be our top priority. If you are still unable to come due to the virus, keep approaching God’s throne of mercy by examining your conscience often and praying the act of contrition for now. Our God is Good and Forgiving.

As the pandemic continues to rage and ravage so many lives in our world and our nation, Pope Francis has invited us to be witnesses to the experience of God’s beauty. “In the past few months we have experienced that dimension of amazement that takes the form of compassion in the presence of suffering, fragility and the precariousness of existence… This noble human sentiment has prompted doctors and nurses to face the grave challenge of the coronavirus with unwavering dedication and admirable commitment. The same sentiment, full of affection for their students, has enabled many teachers to embrace the fatigue of distance learning, ensuring the completion of the school year. And equally it has allowed many to find in the faces and in the presence of family members the strength to face discomfort and difficulties.”

Fr. Paulson
Video - From last week's Social Justice and Role of the Faith Community/Fr. Paulson on the panel
As many have requested, here’s a video link to last Wednesday’s Conversation on Social Justice and the Role of the Faith Community, hosted by the City of Pleasant Hill. Our CTK pastor, Fr. Paulson joined as a member of the panel.
New - Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday 3pm to 3:30pm

We will begin providing private confessions this Saturday, August 22. There will be someone outside the church to guide you to the confessional.
60th Jubilee of Religious Life
Saturday Aug. 22 - 5pm Mass

Join us this Saturday at the 5pm outdoor mass as we joyfully celebrate 60 years of religious life for Sr. Carmel Garcia and Sr. Marietta Fahey. It will also be streamed live on our Facebook page.
New - Spanish Mass
Spanish Mass - Sundays at 12 Noon

Please spread the word! We have a new Sunday outdoor mass in Spanish at 12 noon. It will also be streamed live on our Facebook page. Everyone is invited, so let them know. Bring your mask and your own chair, and we look forward to Sunday!

¡Anuncio! Tenemos una nueva misa dominical al aire libre en Español a las 12 PM. También se transmitirá en vivo en nuestra página de Facebook. Todos están invitados, así que avísales. ¡Traiga su máscara y su propia silla, y nos esperamos el domingo!
Events Over Last Weekend
On Saturday, through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed Aria Elena to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Aria is the daughter of AmyLyn & Marlo. Congratulations Aria!
We also welcomed McKenna Marie Monnens through the sacrament of Baptism. McKenna is the daughter of Erin & David. Congratulations McKenna and welcome to the family!

At Saturday's 5pm mass and Sunday's 6pm mass we confirmed our first group of teens. We will confirm the rest of our confirmandi during the next 2 weekends. Congratulations to our newly confirmed!

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be present in your life now and forever!
Parish Database Update

We are in the process of updating our parish database with current information including phone numbers, emails, etc. Please click the link below to fill out the digital form to update your information.

Offertory Envelopes
For those of you who receive offertory envelopes:

Offertory Envelopes are available beginning tomorrow, (Thursday) in the office. Our office is open Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm. For the safety of our parishioners, envelopes will Not be available on Sat/Sun after masses.
Getting to Know Fr. Lee
"Small Group Zooms" to Welcome Fr. Lee 

We are continuing our small group Zoom "Welcome Parties” to facilitate introducing to the parish our new priest, Fr. Lee. Our next meeting will be:

Monday, August 24 at 4:30pm

To keep the groups small and personal, we will limit them to 10 parishioners plus the host and Fr. Lee.

If you would like to be invited, please send your email address to:
St. Stephen:
Save the Date
Join us on Saturday, August 29 after the 5pm mass where you can enjoy listening to live music on the lawn. Bring your own chair, wine and snacks. Sit back and enjoy a summer evening with music. More details in next week's newsletter.
Weekly Church Bulletin
Join us Every Thursday
For our Speaker Series followed by our
Outdoor Weekly Mass
Join us every Thursday at 5:00pm on Facebook Live

On Thursday, August 20 at 5:00pm, our speaker will be
Sr. Carmel Garcia. This week, our pastor chats with Sr. Carmel Garcia as she celebrates 60 years as a Sister of St. Joseph. Many parishioners know her from her previous tenure as CTK School Principal.
Thursday, 6pm Outdoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

After our speaker, stay on for our 6pm weekly mass where we honor Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Either on the lawn, in your car,
or in your home on Facebook Live!
Worship Aide Here
Nourish - A Ministry for Caregivers

Are you a caregiver for a family member?
Are you a dedicated caregiver for others?

NOURISH provides caregivers a faithful perspective, as well as practical
and emotional support, useful tools, and shared experience.
Discover the blessings that come from caring for another.

Our next meeting will be tonight, Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm,
via Zoom 
Repeats every third Wednesday of the month
Zoom Links:
Meeting ID: 837 5972 0206

Find your local call in number
Questions? Call Donna at (925) 932-0900
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)
Face Masks are required
Or continue to stay in the comfort of your car-tune into FM 106.7

All masses will be live streamed on Facebook
(except the 7:30am Sunday morning mass)
Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm only
(Honoring Our Mother
of Perpetual Help)

Weekend Masses:
(Saturday) 5pm
(Sunday) 7:30am, 9am,10:30am, 12noon (Spanish) & 6pm
New - (Sunday) 12 noon Spanish Mass

Please Note:
7:30am mass will take place outside, on the patio, in front of the church.
5pm mass - (Sat), 8/22 we will celebrate the 60 year jubilee of our sisters.

Drive Through Holy Communion - Sundays
11:30am to 12 noon
(In front of the church)

Song Sheet for Saturday 5pm Mass Here
Song Sheet for Sunday Masses Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Thursday Outdoor Mass Worship Aide Here
Streaming Live on Facebook

Monday - Saturday
9am - Chapel Mass

5:40pm - Holy Rosary
(except Thursdays, Sat. & Sun.)

St. Stephen Church
Walnut Creek

Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Outdoors
Worship Aide Here

Drive Through Communion - 10:15am
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

An underlying message among this week’s scripture readings: a divine preference for the poor—in spirit, in the social order, and in the eyes of all who suffer injustice... read more
Technology/Outdoor Donation
If you would like to make a donation for our technology/outdoor fund, we would be most grateful! Your donation would go toward enhancing our live streaming of masses and ministry for our parishioners, as well as a comfortable outdoor space. Please click the button below to donate. You can always write a check and mail it to CTK.
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
Keeping Connected
Sunday Offering

On-Line Giving: (click button below)

Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions!

Your generosity and prayers help ensure that CTK and St. Stephen can continue running its essential ministries and pay their staff.

Thank you again for your donations as we work together to sustain our community now and in the future.

Offertory Envelopes/Paper Checks:
Can be sent directly 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!
Closing Prayer
Prayer for the Start of the
New School Year
Dear Lord,
As our parish children begin this new school year, we gather as a community of believers, a family of your children. 
We thank you for the renewal of the past months.
We thank you for the promise of the days ahead and for the blessing
of your accompaniment. Be with us this year. 
Open our hearts to become people with and for others. 
Help us to be studious, open to growth, loving and committed to doing justice. 
Keep us safe in body and spirit. 
Let us be gentle with ourselves while striving to serve your greater glory. 
And may we always be a source of support, encouragement,
happiness and love to others. 
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"