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 Fellow St. Stephen’s Parishioners,

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, mothers-in-law and all those who fill a mothering role in their lives. Where would we be without our moms, and how can we thank them for everything they’ve done for us? I don’t know that there is an adequate answer to either of those questions, but let it suffice to say that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our mothers. If you’re blessed enough to still have your mother with you, take a moment today to remind her of what a blessing she is to you. And if, like me, your mother has gone on to her eternal reward, say an extra prayer for her and ask her to do the same for you. I don’t think anything, including death, breaks the bond between mother and child. The relationship simply takes on a new dimension as time passes and circumstances change.

In today’s gospel Jesus identifies himself as the good shepherd, saying, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me.” In many ways, moms are the shepherds of their children, guiding, protecting and nurturing them from the moment of conception. I’m always awed when a child who seems inconsolable is suddenly brought back to a sense of calm at the very sound of his or her mother’s voice. In that voice that they’ve known from their days in the womb, they feel a sense of comfort and reassurance that is unique.

As years pass, especially in the teen years, children often find it hard to hear that same soothing voice. As their lives unfold and they strive to establish their own identity, mom’s voice can be drowned out by the clutter of the world. But when the great challenges or disappointments arrive, as they inevitably do, it’s the reassuring voice of mom that helps explain and set right whatever has gone wrong. It’s at those moments that the child chooses to listen once more to the one voice that has never let him or her down.

It’s much the same in our relationship with the Lord. We know Jesus’ voice, but sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of life, we tune it out. We get so busy, so focused on “our” plans, that we forget that our life should be more about “His” plan. And then we hit those moments when things are spinning out of control, the lost job, the sick child, the broken relationship; it’s then that we need to turn to our Blessed Mother who will calm us with the words, “Do whatever he tells you.” That’s again the voice of mom, calming our fears. And our risen Savior will look at us with a warm smile and a forgiving heart as he says, “Can you hear me now?” When we are again able to hear his voice we realize that he’s been by our side through it all. He is the compassionate Godman who is always there suffering with us. He’s the one who gives our moms the grace to stand by our side as well.

So I close with special prayers and blessings for all of the moms in our community and for those who are connected to us in any way. May your Mother’s Day celebration be a happy, holy and blessed one.

Deacon John 

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