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

Parish Newsletter
October 28, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
A Letter from our Pastor - Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

A few days ago, the news of Pope Francis' endorsement of civil unions for same-sex couples in the new documentary "Francesco" took the Catholic world by storm. Some Catholics have applauded the remarks as a major step forward in the church's pastoral attitude toward LGBT people while others have decried it as a break with official church teaching and a tacit approval of sexual immorality. This is definitely an historic moment in the church, and I don’t know what the ramifications of Pope Francis’ opinion with regard to civil unions will hold for the future of the Church and its teachings. I don’t want to add anything more than what is out there right now.

While he was the Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis had categorically opposed efforts to engrave same-sex marriage in law. And he still does. Cardinal O’Malley stated that the Pope’s remarks on civil unions is not an endorsement of homosexual activity. O’Malley said in a statement that while “many people are anxious for the Church to change its position on marriage and family,” the pope’s comments do not represent a groundbreaking shift in the church’s teachings. “Pope Francis strongly and consistently teaches that marriage is between a man and woman for a lifetime and that this is God’s plan for having and raising children,” O’Malley said. “Just as the Church does not campaign against civil laws that allow for common-law marriage or second marriages that are not sacramental, even though such arrangements can be in violation of the laws of the Church, the Holy Father recognizes that in civil society there can be cogent reasons to enact such laws providing for civil unions which are not the same as the institution of marriage.”

In a book first published in 2010, Pope Francis — then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — made some of his first widely circulated public comments on same-sex marriage, saying that he opposed it, along with the right of same-sex couples to adopt children. “Every person needs a male father and a female mother that can help them shape their identity,” he wrote. He pushed back against the Argentine government in its efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. “Let’s not be naive. This isn’t a simple political fight, it’s an attempt to destroy God’s plan.”

While a number of bishops have taken exception to remarks of Pope Francis, other prelates have opined that they are waiting for further clarification from the Vatican on his comments. "The pope's statement clearly contradicts what has been a long-standing teaching of the church about same-sex unions," Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, said in a statement. I am one of those awaiting clarity on this issue and I would ask you to pray for the Church at this crucial time.

I would also like to bring your attention to what is happening in Walnut Creek, where parishioners from our church as well as other parishes who have been part of 40 days of Life movement, faced aggression for basically protesting abortion in a prayerful way. Peaceful protest is a right regardless of whether people agree with it or not. And I applaud all those who continue to uphold the cause of the unborn. “Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, the already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.” (Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exultate) Let us pray for peace!

As Covid 19 continues to spread across the nation, our community remains very cautious and prudent in the way we offer our services. We will continue to hold outdoor services as long as possible. Wi-Fi will be available in our entire parking lot soon so that in addition to radio (FM 106.7) which has been working well, you will be able to view the mass on your tablet or smart phone. This will be definitely beneficial during the rainy or cold days. We priests have been praying daily for all of you that God will protect us from Covid 19 and other hardships. Let us also pray for fair elections and also, that we as a nation may accept whoever wins this election, and support our leaders.

Fr. Paulson
Mass of Remembrance
A Special Mass of Remembrance 
Saturday, November 7 at 5 pm  

At this Mass we will pray specially for all who have died during this past year and whose funeral was held at Christ the King and St. Stephen Parishes.
 
Do you have a loved one who died during the past 12 months? Were they not buried from Christ the King and St. Stephen Parish? Would you like their name included? Please click the link here. Deadline is November 5. 
 
(Questions? Sr. Dominic Marie at 925-246-1122.)
5pm Mass - October 31st (Halloween)
5pm Mass/Saturday, Oct. 31st

Children are invited to dress in costume for our outdoor mass on the lawn. Please bring your own chairs. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Thursday Speaker Series
Thursday, October 29 from 5pm to 6pm
Livestreamed on Facebook or YouTube

This Thursday for our speaker series we welcome back our CTK principal, Joe Silveira. Mr. Silveira will be interviewed by CTK's school finance chair, Joe Reid. Mr. Silveira will update us on the school with regards to Covid 19. Father Paulson will be leading and curating questions from the parent community.
Baptisms at CTK Over the Weekend
Baptisms - Welcome to the Family!
Over the weekend through the sacrament of Baptism, we welcomed these precious little ones to our CTK and St. Stephen Family. Congratulations!
Caroline Margaret
Parents: Nicole & Robert
Merrick Laine
Parents: Marissa & Phillip
Weekly Church Bulletin
Young Families Ministry
Does your family love Halloween?! You are invited to join the Young Families Ministry for an afternoon of Halloween fun! Our mission at YFM is to celebrate families, parenthood, and Christian friendships. All are welcome!

What: A Virtual Halloween Dance Party!
When: Saturday, October 31st
Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm
RSVP: Email YoungFamiliesCTK@gmail.com or
Knitting Ministry
The CTK Knitting Ministry is pleased to announce its first delivery of hand knit and crocheted items to a family in need from Oakland Catholic Worker. It is our hope to provide a package of handmade items to at least one family per month, and perhaps more as our efforts progress. Each family will receive a Welcome Blanket to welcome the family to the United States, as well as one personal item (hat or scarf)  to share love and warmth with each family member.

During these Covid times, The CTK Knitting Workshop is meeting virtually on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1pm. Anyone is welcome to participate. For more information, please contact Patti Turner at ctk.knits@gmail.com.
News From our Diocese
RCIA
Are you or anyone you know, curious about the process of becoming Catholic?
The program is called Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA. As an adult, you receive Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.  There is no commitment, simply come and see! During the pandemic we are meeting through email. Contact: Mary McCarthy maryjane.mccarthy@gmail.com 
Weekly Reflection on Sunday Readings
Feast of All Saints
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

As for Jesus, himself, his only concerns are for justice, compassion, and the common good of all races, nationalities, genders, fiscal status, etc. 
Do you have any questions about voting?
To promote effective and safe voting among residents, the Contra Costa County Elections Department has sent mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election to every county voter. For more information about returning your ballot, tracking your ballots, deadlines, voter registration and more. Click here
Have You Ever Updated Your
Parish Registration?

We are in the process of updating our parish database with current information including phone numbers, emails, etc. If you haven't done so yet, please click the link below to fill out the digital form to update your information. Thank you for your help!
Outdoor Mass Schedule
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

Most masses will be live streamed on Facebook
(except the 7:30am Sunday morning mass)

New - Thursday 6pm mass will now be indoors (in the church)
It will not be live streamed

Weekday Mass:
Thursdays 6pm (in the church)

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

Song Sheet for 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
Thursday, 6pm Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help

New - Thursday Mass is in the Church
(or sit outside on the patio in front of the church)
It will not be livestreamed
Worship Aide Here

5:40pm - Holy Rosary - On Facebook
(except Thursdays, Sat. & Sun.)
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
Worship Aide Here

Drive Thru Holy Communion - 10:10am
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
Staying Connected
Sunday Offering
On-Line Giving: (click button below)

Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions!

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

Thank you for your support!
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 of All Saints - November 1
Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us. Bless the memories of Your saints, God. May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love. In the honor and noble victory of the martyrs. Amen.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"