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

Parish Newsletter
August 4, 2021
Staying Connected
A Letter From Our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

Contra Costa County has issued an order to wear masks while indoors from Tuesday the 3rd of August. The order requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in public settings when indoors. "We must act now to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. If you are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and have not yet done so, please do not wait any longer," said Dr. Chris Farnitano, health officer for Contra Costa. "During July the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in our county increased 400%. Four out of five of the COVID patients we see are not vaccinated, even though only one out of five Contra Costa adults are not vaccinated." Thank you for your immediate consideration. Remember that the small step of wearing masks is a way to show our love for our neighbor.

As I stated last week, if you prefer to attend mass from the patio of the church that would be fine. If you decide to continue to do drive-through Communion from 11.30am to 12.00 noon, that would be fine, too. Your safety is important to us. Let us continue to pray that God bless our communities of faith especially our children who will be back to school in a couple of weeks.

Starting next Sunday August 15th, Bishop Barber will do away with the dispensation - from the obligation to attend weekend Masses. He had granted that dispensation when the pandemic began. Bishop Barber wrote, “Our solemn obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will come back into force in the Diocese of Oakland on Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.” I have not heard anything new from the diocese about the dispensation in the context of the new surge.

As with other difficult pandemic-related decisions, individual parishioners will have to decide for themselves when they feel safe going back to church. Bishop Barber did enumerate a number of valid reasons when an individual will decide not to go back to Sunday Mass. Each individual will have to make his or her own decision about what is the right moment to go to work, to school and to church. Everyone has to decide that with their own conscience. And then, feel good about the good decision you made.

Let us keep our Carondelet Sisters in our prayers and thoughts. I am sure some of you are aware of the transitions taking place at St. Joseph of Carondelet Center in Los Angeles. In October 2019, the Getty Fire devastated the area around the Center, underscoring the difficulties involved with the emergency evacuation of sisters who reside there and receive the highest levels of skilled nursing care. The province has decided to move their skilled nursing care to a safer location. On July 15, that plan became reality as the first sisters moved from Carondelet Center to their new home at St. John of God Care Center, a licensed facility in downtown Los Angeles.
You will know some of these sisters pictured here, including Sr. Timothy Anne Daly, Sr. Kathy Lang, Sr. Marcela Fabing, Sr. Joanna Bramble and Sr. Mary Ellen Kowalski, to name a few who worked in the Bay Area. If you want to send cards of support, I am sure they will appreciate receiving them. Please do keep the sisters in your prayer during this transition for 24 sisters. The sisters are in the midst of making many important decisions about relocating a number of their ministries including their provincial leadership Center to another location. The Sisters of Carondelet mean a lot to us at CTK, as they have blessed this community with their presence and ministry. We are still being blessed by the sisters in so many ways. Here is the address of the new Nursing Facility: St. John of God Retirement Center, 2468 S St. Andrews Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90018.

I would like to invite you all to participate online or in person in our First Friday devotion on the 6th of August. We will have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 6.00pm followed by Mass at 7.30pm. We need God’s mercy on all of us at this time. God bless you.  

Fr. Paulson
Mask Update for Mass

We are now required by Contra Costa County to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. We ask that you wear your mask inside the church. We appreciate your cooperation.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
This Friday, August 6 is our Monthly
First Friday Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament - followed by Mass

Join us
6pm to 7:15pm - Exposition in the church
This will be a time for quiet prayer.

7:30pm Mass - In the church
Volunteers Needed For Flower Arranging
Flower Lovers

If you enjoy arranging flowers and would like to do so for our church - please contact Sr. Dominic at sisterdominic.marie@gmail.com or 925-246-1122. You would be on a rotation of once every 7-8 weeks.
Register for Faith Formation
On-Line Registration Is Open For
Faith Formation:

Grades 1-8 Pre-Registration Here
High School Youth Group and
Confirmation Registration Here
Volunteer to be a Catechist/Teacher Here
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA)
Are you interested in becoming Catholic?
Or do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

Are you a baptized Catholic who never celebrated the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

We have a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to accompany you on this faith journey!
For more information click here.
Weekly Church Bulletin
(Click Image)
Over the Weekend
Congratulations to the children who were baptized over the weekend!
Welcome to Christ the King and St. Stephen Family!
Parent: Leslie
Baby: Stella Marie
Parents: Stacy & Chris
Girls: Isla Teresa, Emmy Camilla, and Stella Jeanette
Parents: Margaret & Sasha
Baby: Everly Mae
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

“But we’ve known this fellow all his life. He’s the son of Joseph, the carpenter.” Jesus’ fellow townspeople believed in God and in the Hebrew Scriptures. They had no problem honoring their long-dead patriarchs and prophets. But this contemporary and controversial messenger? Read More
News From Our Diocese
Mass Schedule
All Masses are Inside the Church
Masks are required.

Weekday Masses
9am Mass - Monday - Friday
(9am Masses will be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays (Rosary begins at 5:40pm)
(6pm Rosary and Mass will be livestreamed)

Weekend Masses
Saturday
9am and 4pm Vigil
(Saturday 4pm Mass will be livestreamed)

Sunday
7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 4pm
(10:30am Mass will be livestreamed).
Worship Aide for Mass - Aug. 7 & 8 Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at ctkph.org
or clicking the Facebook or YouTube images below
Ongoing Services:
Drive-Thru Communion, Mass, Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation
Drive-Thru
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 inside the church.
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Rosary begins at 5:40pm
Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Monday through Friday
St. Stephen Church - Masses
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek 94597

Saturday - Mass 5pm - Indoors/Church
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Indoors/Church
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: saintstephenparish.org.
Only the 9:30am mass will be live-streamed.
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
The Feast of Transfiguration of the Lord
Friday, August 6

This year, the reading for the Transfiguration comes from Mark's Gospel. In Mark, Jesus takes Peter, James and John up to a high mountain, apart from the other apostles and disciples. There Jesus is transfigured (changed in form and appearance) and appears in dazzling white clothes. Elijah, the great prophet, and Moses, through whom the Israelites were given the law, appear with Jesus. A cloud appears, overshadowing them, and a voice states, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." Jesus charges the three to not share with anyone what they have seen "except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead."

Join us at either the 9am or 7:30pm Mass this Friday
to celebrate this Feast Day.
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"