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

Parish Newsletter
June 3, 2020
Keeping Us Connected
" Let’s view the Church with the Spirit’s eyes, not with the world’s which sees us on the right or left. The Spirit sees sons & daughters of the Father, Jesus’s brothers & sisters. The world sees conservatives and progressives. The Spirit sees children of God."
Pope Francis @Pontifex Twitter, May 31
A Letter From Our Pastor
Dear Friends,

Our CTK School has been strong even during the pandemic while it is completely a new and unpredictable reality . I am so proud of our school principal and his team. I can speak to you from the perspective of our Church and the efforts that we have made to maintain our sense of community and worship. Every day is a new day, and we have to be flexible, open, resourceful and creative. And these traits exhibited by our parish staff and leadership team have carried us so far. We will continue to evolve. I would like to thank Mr. Silveira and his leadership teams for working so hard. I salute our teachers and their supportive staff for embracing this new reality with courage and a sense of mission. Thank you to the office staff for your dedication to catholic education. I am grateful to the larger school community- students and parents. I know these are challenging times and I thank you for working with our school administration to bring out the best in all of us. You have all made our community proud.

The pandemic has not stopped the drive for excellence at our school. With the current Shelter-In-Place orders requiring distance learning, we have been able to get a jump-start on our exciting classroom technology project to bring our classroom presentation and lesson delivery systems into the second decade of the 21 st  Century. We are replacing all of our former Promethean Panels (projector and screens) with new Promethean Panels. The original Smart boards, projectors and devices were donated to Saint David School in Richmond, California.

This week, the technology team hired by the school, D&D Security Resources, Inc. installed 86” Promethean Panel in the Fr. Joyce Room with two Dry Erase Boards on either side. The school will use the Fr. Joyce’s room in the Ministry Center for mathematics class from 8-9.00am on a daily basis. I am so happy to share this room, as well as our chapel and the meeting facilities with the school at any time. In addition, the deck behind the Ministry Center is a great hangout outdoors for the staff (both school and parish).

We are still a nation at risk with the pandemic here to stay for some more time. We need a paradigm shift, where we look at our goals and aspirations for education, and figure out how best to restore a learning environment in our school, regardless of how and where learning takes place. With no playbook for how best to respond to the rapidly evolving concerns about the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, many decision makers are grappling to strike the right balance between prudent cautiousness and panicked over-reaction. With so many unknowns, playing it “extra-safe” is arguably a sensible response. Yet playing it too safe comes with its own risks. It is my hope that our community can move ahead with more calm and courage, less panic and fear.

This Thursday, June 4, we will commence a special devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the 6pm Mass. We will continue to do this devotion every Thursday. The devotion will be interwoven into the mass with appropriate Marian hymns and prayers of intercession and gratitude. Fr. Brian Timoney will give you a talk on the meaning of the Perpetual Help icon on Thursday.

This Friday, June 5, is First Friday, when we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We shall expose the Blessed Sacrament in our Ministry Center Chapel at 4.00pm followed by Benediction at 5.45pm outdoors and mass at 6.00pm.

There was a question as to why the ministers of communion are not wearing gloves. I was informed that gloves couldn’t be sanitized if they come in contact with another person. That is the reason we are asking everyone (both recipients as well as the ministers of communion) to sanitize the hands. If you are incapable of getting out of the car, without undue effort and risk, stay in your cars, but open the door.

As I was growing up as a teacher, I was always taught that it is not enough that I love my students; they must KNOW that they are loved. My students can be bright or not so bright; they may be hardworking or lazy; they may turn in their assignments on time or they may not. Regardless of how they respond, I must love them, and they must know they are loved. 

There are many people in our nation that feel they are not loved; that they are not respected. There are lots of our folks that feel they are treated with disrespect and racism; that they are unfairly poor and unhealthy. 

Mary took an infant church in tatters, and wrapped her in swaddling clothes of love and tenderness, just as she took the infant Jesus and wrapped him in swaddling clothes. And that is what we must do as a Church, not hide behind walls, not stay silent, but get dirty and wounded ourselves. Our church should be on the streets, taking these wounded children in our arms, holding with wrapped in the swaddling clothes of tenderness.

Fr. Paulson
Silent Prayerful March
Tonight (Wednesday) at 5:30pm
Please join us tonight (Weds) at 5:30pm for a silent prayerful march from CTK Church to Pleasant Hill City Hall. We will gather in front of the church. If you can make it, join us first at 5pm for mass in your car.
We MUST come prepared to be socially distant and wear masks. " Let us march with our brothers and sisters from other congregations and bless our city and its people!"
Outdoor Mass in our Parking Lot
Continues This Week!
No Reservations or Sign Ups Required
Just Show Up In Your Car!
Weekday Mass: CTK
Thursdays 6pm only
(beginning the week of June 8)

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

Sunday Mass: St. Stephen:
6/7 (Sun) 9:30am

CTK Song Sheet for Mass Here
CTK Readings for Mass Here
St. Stephen Worship Aide Here
Drive Through Communion
CTK: If you prefer not to attend an outdoor parking lot mass, you can watch mass on Facebook, then drive through anytime between
11:30am to 12 noon on Sunday, 6/7 to receive holy communion.

St. Stephen: 10:45am -11:15am on Sunday, 6/7
Speaker Series Every Thursday
at 5:00pm (Note new Time)
Join us every Thursday at 5:00pm in our continuing speaker series on Facebook Live.

This Thursday, June 4, at 5:00pm we will have a speaker who will address the issue of racism and the current situation in our country. Please join us on FB.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion
Every Thursday at CTK Parking Lot or watch on Facebook Live at 6pm.
This weekly devotion will be interwoven into the mass with appropriate Marian hymns and prayers of intercession and gratitude. Fr. Brian Timoney will give you a talk on the meaning of the Perpetual Help icon on Thursday.
New - Summer Study Course
Sign up today for our first “FORMED FORUM!” Starting on June 16, over ZOOM , we’ll watch FORMED’s latest release, a program called, The Search .” This program dives deeply into the most basic, yet challenging, questions of faith. Why are we here? What are we looking for? What happens to us after we die? Why does a god make sense? The content is engaging and cinematography is spectacular! If you want engaging content and spectacular cinematography, The Search is for you!!

Sign Up for this Summer Study Course Here
Join us every day
on Facebook!

9:00 am - Mass in Chapel
5:40 pm - Holy Rosary
6:00 pm - Thursdays Only

Program Notes:
 Thursday - June 4 at 5:00pm - Speaker

Every Thursday - Beginning this week
6pm Mass with Our Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion

First Friday - June 5 at 4pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
5:45pm - Benediction and Blessing Outside

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

9:00 am - Outdoor Mass
10:30 am - Outdoor Mass
6:00 pm - Outdoor Mass
This Sunday's Readings
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
This Sunday's Readings - June 7

First Reading — The LORD, merciful and gracious, rich in kindness and faithfulness (Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9).

Psalm — Glory and praise for ever! (Daniel 3).

Second Reading — Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Live with one another in peace, and the God of peace will be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11-13).

Gospel — God did not send the Son to condemn the world, but to give it abundant life (John 3:16-18).

Click the link below for the readings:
Weekly Reflection on Sunday's Readings
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Weekend Scriptures.

“The Apostles Creed is our common Catholic Christian heritage. This creed states in “simple” language the essence of faith that we profess at nearly every Mass we attend, “We believe in one God, the Father Almighty... (see more)
Weekly Church Bulletin
Faith Formation News
CTK School News
Congratulations to our 8th grade class of 2020! We celebrated with a virtual baccalaureate mass on Friday's Facebook live.
Good luck in High School. We will miss you!
Infant/Toddler Baptisms
Do you have a newborn, an infant or a toddler to be baptized?  We welcome you! At this time baptisms are being done - one family at a time - We will be holding baptisms outside.

Contact Sr. Dominic Marie at  to begin the process of baptismal preparation.
Supporting CTK and St. Stephen During this
Challenging Time
Keeping Connected
Sunday Offering

On-Line Giving:

NEW: Online giving now includes St. Stephen Parish.

We depend upon your contributions! Not only do they allow us to pay our staff, but they help keep our facilities running, and support the pastoral ministries we offer. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society, for example, is helping vulnerable people who rely on our help.

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.

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!
Closing Prayer
Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"