St. Stephen
Catholic
Church
Walnut Creek, CA

Mass Schedule

Due to COVID-19 our regular Masses are on hold.  Instead we will have a Sunday 9:30 am Parking Lot Mass.  CTK will have add'l parking lot Masses as well as weekday Masses live-streamed on their FB page.  

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

This week Chief Justice John Roberts joined with four more of his colleagues in ruling that a Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on doctors who perform abortions violates a right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973.  It is legal to get an abortion in our country.  Following the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (410 US 113), there are around a million abortions performed each year in the United States.  Originally a mere medical procedure which aims at delivering a woman from an unwanted pregnancy, abortion has become one of the most controversial issues of American life today.

It is always difficult to address questions surrounding abortion and to engage both thought and debate on such a divisive issue, without moving beyond the polarized rhetoric of concerned advocacy groups.  I am sure that even in our church, we are probably divided on this issue.  The ruling that abortion is legal does not mean it is the right decision.  As Chief Justice stated that he does not agree with the decision, but it is the law of the land based on previous rulings by the Supreme Court.

I am not a Republican and I'm not a Democrat.  I vote for candidates that represent my views on a variety of issues.  My job is to be a teacher of the faith and then to walk the talk, which is difficult more often than not.  When the U.S. bishops say, "the right to life is the 'preeminent issue'" that word is carefully chosen.  The Church wants to avoid the perspective or the understanding that it's the only issue, because it is not.  I have always disagreed with folks who equate Pro-Life Movement with abortion only, and turn a blind eye to other burning issues such as immigration and refugees, poverty and homelessness, racism and bigotry, to name a few.  In the context of the ruling that came out this week, it is important for us to recognize that abortion is evil, and we must do everything in our power to stand up for the unborn as well as to pray and journey with couples that struggle with such decisions, so that every decision is made for the life and wellbeing of the unborn.

This week I was happy to see this picture on the diocesan Facebook page, with an exhortation from our Bishop to change behaviors to be inclusive and welcoming.  Of course, this is a photo -shopped picture, which Fr. Brian Timoney calls “fake”.  He wished the Bishop would put a real banner with the words, “Black Lives Matter.” “Racist acts are sinful because they violate justice.  They reveal a failure to acknowledge the human dignity of the persons offended, to recognize them as the neighbors Christ calls us to love (Mt 22:39). … The cumulative effects of personal sins of racism have led to social structures of injustice and violence that makes us all accomplices in racism.” (Diocesan FB page) I would encourage you to visit the diocesan FB page and read the comments that follow the message inviting us to reject racism and discrimination.  As you read these comments, you will confront the struggles of our brothers and sisters in embracing Black Lives, the excuses we bring to reject Black Lives, the lack of understanding about these issues and, in some cases, certain remarks reveal racist tendencies.  I am told some of the comments have been deleted.  We have a long way to go in changing our attitude and behavior.  I would like to underscore the beatitudes where Jesus does not say All Lives Matter.  Blessed are the poor, Blessed are those who mourn, Blessed are the persecuted. … I would add Blessed are the Black Lives.  We are not talking about some ideology that extremists may have, we are talking about Real Lives.  Even in our Church we have fundamentalists who distort our faith, and we don’t abandon our faith because of that.  Jesus invited us to love.  Jesus exhibited a preferential love for the “little ones,” and he defined them in Mathew 25.  He identified himself with those in the margins.  We follow Jesus’ example.

This weekend, we will celebrate July 4th, probably without much fanfare.  Staying home during this pandemic will definitely give us some time for reflection in the midst of fear, chaos and the uncertainty that prevails in our nation.  The United States of America was founded on ideals of freedom, justice, and liberty, and each 4th of July the nation takes a moment to reflect on those ideals and celebrate the country’s independence.  Of course, it’s important to recognize that the ideals people look at as profoundly and inherently American have never been equally bestowed to all citizens or people of this country.  On this July 4th, it’s important to remember the people who have sacrificed to make the United States a safer, more just, more free land — and it is just as important to reflect on the ways that different groups of people are granted different freedoms and liberties in this country.  One of the most patriotic acts we can do this weekend, reflect on our own privileges and biases, and make active choices to ensure the America that exists in reality is one that is exemplified in our constitution.  Remember the words of Desmond Tutu:

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

The diocese just announced the transfer that REV. LEE WEERASAK CHAMPOOCHAN, from Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill, effective July 1, 2020.  I am not sure when he will arrive at Christ the King.  More information to follow.  I would like to welcome Fr. Lee into our community.

Fr. Paulson

 

PARKING LOT MASSES:

OUTDOOR MASSES ATTENDED INSIDE YOUR CAR

Thursday: 6:00 pm at CTK followed by Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Saturday Vigil:

CTK: 5:00 pm

Sunday Masses:

CTK: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 6:00 pm

St. Stephen: 9:30 am

DRIVE THROUGH COMMUNION WITH NO MASS:

Sunday Drive Through Communion: CTK: 12-12:45 pm; St. Stephen: 10:20-10:45 am



DAILY ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED LIVE ON FACEBOOK:

Weekdays:

9:00 am - Mass in Chapel

5:00 pm Thursday - Speaker Series

5:40 pm - Rosary and one-minute prayer for the nation

6:00 pm Thursday - CTK Outdoor Mass

Weekends:

Saturday

9:00 am - Mass in Chapel

5:00 pm - CTK Outdoor Mass

Sunday

9:00 am - CTK Outdoor Mass

10:30 am - CTK Outdoor Mass

6:00 pm - CTK Outdoor Mass

 

** 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. **

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