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,

Last Tuesday, the Staff, and the Parish Councils from St. Stephen and CTK welcomed 10 seminarians from Oakland, and gave them an experience of parish life and ministry, and extended to them our unique hospitality. They are wonderful young people, and let us keep them in our prayer.

A number of our projects are at their finishing point, and I would like to thank you for your continued generosity. We continue to receive envelopes for the rectory renovation and we priests are very grateful to you.

I have recently read an article about priesthood according to the vison of Pope Francis. Here are seven key concerns which have emerged from both Pope Francis’s spoken words and also the witness of his own priestly ministry.

1) The strength of a priest depends on his relationship with Christ. Pope Francis has said that the touchstone of how deeply a priest is living his vocation is the extent to which he seeks Christ in his daily life.

2) Just as he must be close to Christ so the priest must be close to the people he serves. In an age in which so many priests, bishops and curial officials are enslaved by administrative tasks, Pope Francis is summoning them to reprioritize toward the Church’s evangelical mission.

3) As Pope Francis emphasized in the homily of his inaugural Mass, a priest’s authority must be linked to service, especially to the care and protection of the poorest, weakest, the least important and most easily forgotten. Pope Francis, who was known as the "slum bishop" in Argentina because of his work among the poor, has said reaching out to those on the margins of society was "the most concrete way of imitating Jesus".

4) The priest must be a minister of mercy. Pope Francis told a group of ten newly-ordained priests that the most important advice he could give them was simply, “Be merciful.” His motto Miserando Atque Eligendo (“Chosen Through the Eyes of Mercy”) highlights that his own vocation was born in an experience of God’s mercy, when as a 16-year-old boy he went to confession on the feast of the St Matthew, the great convert.

5) The priest is called to a simplicity of life. Diocesan priests do not take a vow of poverty, but commit themselves to a simple lifestyle.

6) The priest must be a model of integrity. There can be no place in priests for a haughty clericalism, any kind of abuse of their position or a concern to climb the ecclesial career ladder – Pope Francis is calling and requiring priests to understand that their authority derives not from worldly power but from personal integrity and humility in imitation of Christ.

7) Finally the priest is to be a source of blessing for his people. The anointing which he receives at his ordination is not meant just for himself – it is to flow through him to those he serves.

I am happy that I am called to be a priest in your midst, and the concerns expressed by the Pope have given me room for personal growth. Thank you for all you do for us priests especially your kind words and prayers. I would like to close with the words of our Holy Father, “Dear lay faithful, be close to your priests with affection and with your prayers, that they may always be shepherds according to God’s heart. And pray for those whom God is calling to be priests that they may respond to this call with humility and joy.”

Happy Summer! In the name of our community, I would like to thank Fr. Sebastian for his ministry in our parishes during the past weeks. He was truly awesome.

Fr. Paulson

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