St. Stephen
Catholic
Church
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

You can now make your donations to St. Stephen directly online: Click on ”Online Giving.” More details to come.
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Dear Friends,

Last weekend, we commenced drive-through communion at CTK and St. Stephen, with strict protocols in place.  I thank you for your cooperation and patience establishing our communion process.  So many of you wrote, thanking me for offering communion, and some really took note of the care we are taking to keep all of us safe.

Starting this Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00pm, we will begin car gatherings for mass in the CTK large and school parking lot.  We don't want indoor meetings inside our church to become possible hotspots for the virus.  Our health experts continue to warn that large groups sitting together for long periods of time are much more likely to cause the spread of Covid-19.

We will do outdoor Masses Wednesday through Friday at 6 pm as a TEST, then re-evaluate over the weekend.

I am NOT expecting to open the church for mass inside anytime soon, learning from a heartbreaking example which occurred recently in Texas.  The local cardinal archbishop in Texas gave permission to hold mass on May 2, and the Redemptorist priests in Whittier had their first mass on May 2.  By May 3, one priest contracted coronavirus and died on May 13.  Three other priests there also contracted the virus.  In that light, we want to be very safe, extra cautious and orderly.

LIVESTREAMED ONLY

Monday thru Saturday:
9.00a Mass in the chapel (only live streamed, with NO parishioners attending)

DRIVE THROUGH COMMUNION WITH NO MASS:
Sunday: drive through Communion 12p-12:45p at CTK and 10:30a-11:00a at St. Stephen.

OUTDOOR MASSES ATTENDED INSIDE YOUR CAR (CC County attendance limit 150 cars!)
Wednesday- Friday 6:00p with Drive Through Communion as cars leave.

Saturday and Sunday Masses: REQUIRES ONLINE SIGN UP IN ADVANCE at CTK and first come basis at St. Stephen.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A4BA4AD23ABF58-parking
You can also access the sign up at ctkph.org.

Saturday Vigil: 5.00p with Drive Through Communion as cars leave.  (Sign up in advance)

Sunday Masses:
CTK: 9:00a, 10.30a and 6.00p with Drive Through Communion as cars leave.  (Sign up in advance)

St. Stephen: 9.30a with Drive Through Communion as cars leave.

We have capacity to invite 150 cars, which means we will not be able to accommodate everyone who shows up on a weekend, if you have not signed up.

For weekdays, we will let 150 cars inside on first come basis.  (CC County attendance limit 150 cars!)

For weekend masses at CTK, you will need to register at Signup Genius using the link above or at our website, ctkph.org.  If you have difficulty registering, call the parish office for a ticket to the particular mass you would like to attend.  Only those who have been approved can attend those masses.  (CC County attendance limit 150 cars!)

If you could not attend mass at CTK or St. Stephen, you can attend mass on Facebook Live.  5pm mass will be live streamed and then come for drive-through communion on Sunday from 12p-12:45p at CTK and 10:45a-11:30a at St. Stephen.

We are taking extreme care to protect everyone.  You MUST wear masks in the car at all times when your window is down.  In addition, you must remain in your vehicle.  We will not have bathroom facilities available.

At the end of mass, we will have drive through communion.  You will be instructed at the mass as to the protocols.  During communion, you must wear your masks, and sanitize your hands before extending your hands for communion.

The Communion ministers will come around the car if there are people seated on both sides.

Strict protocols apply for communion ministers – masks, gloves, and hand sanitizing, etc.

Lectors and Communion ministers will remain in their own cars at designated spaces and will only step out during the time of their ministry and then return to their cars.

Lectors will be given individual missalettes to use for their readings.  No pulpit will be used to avoid multiple touching.

The only people allowed on the grounds around the altar will be the priest, musicians (2) and one sacristan.

In the context of these new beginnings, I am delighted to announce that Deacon John will begin scheduling individual First Communions during masses.  Regarding upcoming confirmations, we still must wait for guidelines from our Bishop.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and appreciation for our ministry.  Your support and love and prayers are keeping our community alive, cohesive, and faith-FULL.

May God bless us all during this pandemic.  Fr. Paulson


Daily activities scheduled live on Facebook:

Weekdays (Mon - Sat am):

9:00 am - Mass (Friday liturgy is a Children's Mass)

5:00 pm-7:00 pm - Our Rectory Chapel will be Live on Facebook focusing on the Tabernacle.
You can spend time in prayer from within your living rooms.

6:00 pm - One-minute prayer for the nation

6:02 pm - Rosary with Fr. Paulson and Fr. Brian

Weekends:

Saturday

4:45 pm - FB Live in our Ministry Center Chapel for prayer

4:50 pm - Centering Prayer with Fr. Paulson

5:00 pm - Sunday (Vigil) Liturgy with music

Sunday

5:00 pm-7:00 pm - Our Rectory Chapel will be Live on Facebook focusing on the Tabernacle.
You can spend time in prayer from within your living rooms.

6:00 pm - One-minute prayer for the nation

6:02 pm - Rosary with Fr. Paulson and Fr. Brian

 

** Note: You DO NOT need to join Facebook to attend any of these live functions.  Easiest way if you are not familiar with FB:  Click on CTK Facebook, this will bring you to the videos on the CTK FB page.  All videos will be shown with the most recent on top.  On the left you will see a menu where VIDEOS is highlighted.  If you click on POSTS (right under videos) you will now see the current topics by CTK on FB.  When there is a live-stream happening you will see it on this page.  If a message comes up asking you to "Log In or Create New Account", just click on "Not Now".  Questions, feel free to contact Chris Lang. **

 

 

 

Mission Statement: To Live and to Love in Christ
1101 Keaveny Court Walnut Creek, California 94597 USA
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925-274-1341