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

Parish Newsletter
May 5, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

This weekend we celebrate our Mothers, and I wish all our mothers “Happy Mother’s Day!”
Pope Francis reflects about mothers: “The gaze of the Mother, and the gaze of every mother. A world that looks to the future without a mother’s gaze is shortsighted. It may well increase its profits, but it will no longer see others as children. It will make money, but not for everyone. We will all dwell in the same house, but not as brothers and sisters. The human family is built upon mothers. A world in which maternal tenderness is dismissed as mere sentiment may be rich materially, but poor where the future is concerned.
On this Mother’s Day, I would like to discuss the role of women in our church. The church itself is often looked upon as a mother, in her function of nourishing and teaching the faithful. The church is a mother because she has given birth to us in baptism. Pope Francis has created a new commission to study the ordaining of women as deacons in the Catholic Church, the Vatican announced April 8, 2020. We are now a year into the study, and let us pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct our Pope and the magisterium to make the right decisions. Pope Francis' openness is really important because the dignity and giftedness of women need to be recognized and uplifted in our church. I think that this conversation about the women’s diaconate is something every Catholic should know about and probably discuss and bring to prayer.
Deacons are ordained ministers who perform many of the same functions as priests. They preside at weddings, baptisms and funerals, and they can preach. They cannot celebrate Mass. Married men can be ordained as deacons. Women cannot, though historians say women served as deacons in the early Christian church. The question of the ordination of women as deacons has emerged as something of an ideological battleground for the Catholic Church in recent years. Although Pope John Paul II said in his 1994 apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis that "the Church has no authority whatsoever" to ordain woman as priests, many church historians have said however that there is abundant evidence that women served as deacons in the early centuries of the church.
Phyllis Zagano, a senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York is one of the world’s foremost experts on the history of the diaconate. She answered the question, “Could there be a place for women in the permanent diaconate?” The following is an excerpt from America Magazine, “The most famous example of a woman deacon comes from Scripture. In fact, the only person in Scripture called “deacon” is named in Paul’s Letter to the Romans, where he addresses the deacon—the woman deacon— Phoebe. And in the sixth century, the German princess Radegund, for whom many churches in Western Europe are named, was consecrated with laying on of hands as a deacon. Around this same time, many women performed sacred tasks such as baptizing and anointing for other women precisely because it was seen as improper for a man to touch or see women in this context.”
In the month of May, we honor Mary as Queen, and many parishes and schools commemorate May Crowning as a special devotion. If you join the rosary these days, you will notice the statue of Mary, crowned with special flowers by our St. Stephen community. For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month. I invite you to give Mary a special spot in your prayer corner. It can be a statue or picture, but place there some representation of our Blessed Mother. Make it appealing and a real tribute to her beauty and virtue. And if you are able, join us for rosary in the evening at 5.40pm. As a community, we will sing a hymn to Mary every weekend. Every Thursday at 5:40 pm will be Rosary in the church followed by 6 pm Mass.

Fr. Paulson
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
This Friday, May 7th 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
May is the Month of Mary

Opportunities for Prayer at CTK

Mass Every Thursday Evening at 6pm
in-person in the church
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
During the month of May 5:40pm Rosary
before mass.

The Holy Rosary at 5:40pm
On line only on Facebook
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Weekly Church Bulletin
Over the Weekend
We were blessed to have three weddings inside our church on Saturday.
Congratulations to our newly married couples!
Liz Mendoza & Max Naterzon
(With Fr. Mario)
Eileen Roberto &
Jayrod De Los Angeles
Elizabeth Campos & Adam Frost
Through the Sacrament of Baptism we welcomed Trinity Claire to our
Christ the King and St. Stephen Family.
Parents: Rizza & Sidney
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
6th Sunday of the Easter Season
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

Today, Christian churches (including our own) face the temptation of reducing themselves to closed groups of “true (likeminded) believers,” thereby becoming exclusive and antiquated.  Read More
National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 6
This is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
On this day, Americans are encouraged to give thanks
and to turn to God in prayer and peaceful meditation.
Covid 19-Funeral Assistance
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. More information can be found by clicking here.
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 (New)

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

Outdoor Masses: Please bring your own chairs.
Masks are required.
Services will be held inside if it rains.

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 - May 8/9 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

Mass will not be livestreamed
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 (New)
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Indoors (New)
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:
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
During the month of May we honor
the Blessed Mother

 We raise our eyes to you, O most beloved Mother Mary,
to be comforted by the contemplation of your glory and to hail you as Queen of heaven and earth,
Queen of humankind.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"