St. Stephen
Walnut Creek, CA

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am
Mon - Fri: 7:30 am ( Rm 1 Chapel)
Holy Days: 7:30 am, 7:00 pm
Reconciliation: Sat. 4:30 pm

A message from our parochial administrator, Fr. Paulson Mundanmani:

Dear Friends,

I would like to extend a Happy Father’ Day to all dads today.  “Dads are like chocolate chip cookies; they may have chips or be totally nutty, but they are sweet and make the world a better place.” ~ Hillary Lytle

I have been genuinely engaged with the Pastors of Pleasant Hill on multiple fronts – homelessness, praying together, fellowship and more importantly addressing issues that we face as a community.  Our monthly meetings have helped me to be a better Pastor.  I was truly inspired by Pope Francis’ understanding of ecumenism and we all have something to learn from our Pope.

Pope Francis recently praised a Catholic archbishop for stepping in to “lead worship” at a Lutheran cathedral, saying it’s a sign of how far ecumenical relations have come.  “Ecumenism is not about reaching the end of the match, the discussion” the Pope responded.  “Ecumenism is accomplished by walking together, walking together, praying together – the ecumenism of prayer.” “Walking together, this is already Christian unity,” he said, “but not waiting around until theologians agree so that we arrive at the Eucharist.  Pope Francis offered what he considers a true example of the “ecumenism of prayer,” telling journalists:

He continued, “In one European city, there is a good relationship between the Catholic archbishop and the Lutheran archbishop.  The Catholic archbishop was scheduled to come to the Vatican on Sunday evening, and he called me to say that he would arrive on Monday morning.  When he arrived, he told me: ‘Excuse me, but yesterday the Lutheran archbishop had to go to one of their meetings, and he asked me: ‘Please, come to my cathedral and lead the worship.’ “Eh, there’s fraternity.  Coming this far is a lot.  And the Catholic bishop preached.  He did not do the Eucharist, but he preached.” He then explained that, as cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, he too was in the habit of preaching in Protestant churches.  “I was invited to the Scottish church to preach a number of times,” he said.  “I went there, I preached.  You can do it.  You can walk together.  Unity, fraternity, extending a hand, looking after each other, not speaking ill of others.” “We all have defects,” he added, “but if we walk together let’s leave our defects to the side.  Let the spinsters criticize us.”

Communion to the Sick
I would like to thank many of you who take communion to the sick and homebound.  It is most fitting to bring Communion to the sick from the Mass at the parish church.  A rite of blessing and dismissal is appropriate as the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are sent forth to the sick or elderly.  (Pastoral Care of the Sick 73 and Canon 922) Starting July, we will be having a special blessing and dismissal for the Ministers of communion to the sick.  The following instructions apply:

Kindly come early before mass, and place your pyx filled with the number of hosts you require.  The sacristans can assist you.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who take Communion to the sick are called forth from the assembly after Communion has been distributed to the assembled community.  They will be given a special blessing and the pyx will be entrusted to you.

It is recommended that the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who take Communion to the sick then depart immediately for their visits to the sick.

Fr. Paulson

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