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WELCOME TO

ST STEPHEN CATHOLIC CHURCH

(Christ the King - St. Stephen Parish)

We're glad you came!


Outdoor Stations of the Cross

 

Audio Stations in English

Audio Stations in Spanish

Lent / Easter Schedule

 

Ash Wednesday - Feb. 14

Masses at 8 am & 6 pm

Fridays in Lent - Stations of the Cross

Noon, Guided Stations in the Church

Noon - 6 pm, Self-Guided Outdoor Stations

Parish Mission / Lenten Retreat - Feb. 26-29

Presenter: Sr. Cecilia Canales

9 am Mass followed by Reflection @ CTK

6:30 pm Mass followed by Reflection @ St. Stephen

Lenten Bible Study on the Life of Biblical King David

Mondays:  Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25

Presenter: Kathy Roberts

10 - 11:30 am, St. Stephen Parish Hall

7 - 8:30 pm. St. Stephen Parish Hall

Register here by Feb. 22 

Parish Reconciliation Service - Friday, Mar. 15

6 pm Reconciliation

Palm Sunday - Mar. 23/24

Usual weekend Mass times

Holy Thursday - Mar. 28

7 pm Mass

8:30 - 10 pm, Adoration of Blessed Sacrament in Parish Hall

Good Friday - Mar. 29

All services held at CTK, except:

6 pm, Outdoor Guided Stations with Fr. Paulson

Easter Vigil - Sat. Mar. 30

7:30 pm Mass

Easter Sunday - Sun. Mar. 31

9:30 am Mass

 

(See Bulletin for Additional Mass times at CTK.)

 

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About Us

Weekend Masses at St. Stephen are Saturdays 5:00 pm and Sundays 9:30 am.  Additional, you can attend our weekday Masses held in our Chapel (Room 1), Monday-Friday at 8:00 am.

 

Confessions are available on Saturdays at 4:30 pm.

For the health of our parishioners, we encourage everybody attending Mass to wear a mask.  Masks are available on the bulletin boards by the church entrances.

Our Masses at St. Stephen are no longer live-streamed, but if you are not yet ready to return to Mass in person, CTK is still live-streaming their Saturday 4:00 pm and Sunday 10:30 am Masses as well as their weekday Masses at CTK Facebook page or CTKPH YouTube channel.

Click on this link to update your family information.

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We would love to hear from you. Feel free to give us a shout and connect with us.

St. Stephen is a small, but vibrant, Catholic community located in the hills behind Palos Verdes Mall in Walnut Creek.  On April 23, 2023, we merged with Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill and continue as one parish with two worship sites.

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A MESSAGE

FROM

FR. PAULSON

Dear Friends:

This coming week we will be having our Lenten retreat preached by a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose. It is refreshing to have a religious woman preach our retreat this year. To attend a retreat is to hand over to God the gift that God has first given us - the gift of life and the gift of time. Sr. Cecilia Canales, OP will be preaching this weekend on Sunday after communion to introduce herself and the theme. She won’t be available on Saturday as she arrives late. Sister will do two sessions, one after the 9.00am Mass at CTK and another after 6.30pm Mass at St. Stephen (Monday thru Thursday). The schedule of the retreat is given below. I hope to see many of you for the retreat. Sr. Cecilia was also a part of the "Walking with the Migrants Program." Please see article here.

 

How is your Lent progressing so far? Have you considered Daily Mass? It is my personal belief that attending daily Mass (and receiving Holy Communion daily) is one of the most underrated or under-appreciated secrets of the spiritual life. The small sacrifice of taking time out to pray and receive Holy Communion every day is worth more than we can imagine.

 

As a priest, I have noted with sorrow the decline in Sunday Mass attendance. I also have noted an even more evident decline in daily Mass attendance. What lies behind this is the weakening of faith, or even more sadly, the loss of faith by members of each succeeding generation of Catholics. When faith is weak, prayer largely disappears, and the desire to receive the sacraments is no longer felt. Let us revive this beautiful habit starting this Lent. I have seen more parishioners attending daily mass in Lent. I want to extend that invitation to you.

 

Pastor’s Comments on our Finance Presentation: A new study released by Villanova’s Center for Church Management in cooperation with ACS Technologies looked at the impact of COVID-19 on giving levels at 989 parishes across 43 states. The study found promising results indicating that parish giving has returned to pre-pandemic levels. I want to express my deep gratitude to you for continuing to support generously the church and its ministries even during the pandemic. It has meant a lot to me and to our parish staff. We have a dedicated and committed staff that generously puts in many more hours a week than required, because they love our community.

 

Yet inflation is taking a big chunk out of spending power. According to the afore-mentioned study, when you adjust for inflation, parishes have 11% less spending power. That’s what economists call the “money illusion.”  Our expenses have increased even though our staff members are trying to be good stewards of our resources. As noted by our Finance Committee, our income has remained more or less the same over the last few years.

 

It’s a tough financial time for everyone, but prayerful giving is still an important part of every individual’s faith journey. I have been consistently donating electronically to both Christ the King Church and St. Stephen. I have increased my donation by eleven percent, after the presentation by our Finance Committee members. I would like to invite you to consider increasing your donation depending on your own personal situation. God loves a cheerful giver. Thank you for your continued giving to our parish. Your generosity to the poor is truly remarkable.

 

This month our school was audited by the diocese, and I had the opportunity to meet with the auditor together with our school principal and his administrative team. The auditor was pleased with the number of best practices being executed by the school staff, management, supporting councils and the outside accounting firm Armanino. The final report is awaited in the coming days. I am so grateful to Joe Silveira and his team for their stewardship.

 

On behalf of our Christ the King-St. Stephen Parish, I would like to thank our dedicated Finance Committee members who meet every month to monitor and manage our financial resources, ensuring that they are being utilized for the benefit of the church community.

Fr. Paulson

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