St. Stephen
Walnut Creek, CA

Mass Schedule

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

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

Dear friends,

Óscar Romero, the Salvadoran priest who championed social justice for the poor and dispossessed, was canonized along with six others at the ceremony in St Peter’s Square. They include Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the sweeping Vatican II reforms of the Catholic church in the 1960s. “Canonization holds up heroes of faith who confront us with what theologian Johann Baptist Metz called the "dangerous memory" of the crucified and risen Christ, who interrupts history in every generation to summon disciples to hear God's Word and keep it.” (NCR)

The process of canonization was delayed while church theologians debated whether his death qualified as martyrdom—traditionally defined as a killing out of “hatred for the faith.” Pope Francis finally decided that it did, and approved archbishop’s beatification in 2015. For years, certain segments within the church sought to block Romero’s canonization because of his association with liberation theology, a movement whose followers argued that it was not enough for the church to empathize with and care for the poor. Instead, they said, the church needed to push for political and structural changes to eradicate poverty, even – some believed – if this meant supporting armed struggle against oppressors. In his diaries, Romero wrote: “Between the powerful and the wealthy, and the poor and vulnerable, who should a pastor side with? I have no doubts. A pastor should stay with his people.”

St. Stephen Parish Hall: One of the great assets of St. Stephen Parish is a beautiful multi-use parish hall that can accommodate over 200 people. A commercial kitchen and ample parking make this a fantastic choice for family celebrations, parties, and community events. There is a fee associated with this space. If you would like to rent this Hall, please call the St. Stephen Parish Office or CTK Parish Office and they will be able to assist you. If you are a parishioner of St. Stephen, you will be charged less than others.

Finance Council and Facilities Committee: I would like to expand the Finance Committee by adding new members by the end of the year. Parish Finance Council assists the pastor in the administration of parish temporal matters. Active, well-formed Parish Finance Council is a key element for promoting the financial health of a parish, assuring accountability and assisting the pastor with his temporal responsibilities. To be considered for appointment the candidate must be a practicing catholic in good standing who participates in the ongoing life of the parish and one who is truly expert in financial affairs or business law with outstanding integrity (canon 492).

The Facilities Committee oversees all activities associated with the operation, maintenance, safety and security of all buildings, grounds, furnishings and equipment owned by the church, except items expressly the responsibility of another committee. The Facilities Committee works closely with the Finance Committee and Pastoral Council to ensure smooth operation of projects. There are multiple capital projects for our parish right now some of which include the parking lot, sound upgrade and other repairs to our church building. I am planning to work with a combined Facilities Committee (St. Stephen and CTK) as it would help both churches to use the expertise that we have especially with regard to architects, contractors and even sharing of ideas. If you would like to be part of any one of these committees, feel free to contact me. I would like to talk to you.  

Fr. Paulson

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