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ST STEPHEN CATHOLIC PARISH

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"I am the resurrection and the life. 

The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

and whoever lives by believing in me will never die."  John 11:25-26

 


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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.

Masks are required for all those not vaccinated, but we continue to 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.

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St. Stephen is a small, but vibrant, Catholic community located in the hills behind Palos Verdes Mall in Walnut Creek.  We share staff and clergy with Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill.

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A MESSAGE

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FROM FR. PAULSON

Dear Friends:

The American continent especially Latin America is currently facing situations of social instability which have led to internal division and even street violence in many countries. In many of these countries there is an aggressive tendency which seeks to silence the voice of the Church, especially on family and pro-life issues. This has led to further polarization of society, with increasingly large groups characterized by their extremist positions, threatening social cohesion.

 

During his Angelus address on August 2, the Pope declared his support and sympathy for the people of Nicaragua, after an attack on the Cathedral of Managua earlier this week. Bishop Álvarez along with six priests and six lay people have been surrounded by dozens of riot police since Aug. 3. They have been prevented from leaving the chancery in Matagalpa since Aug. 5.

 

Ortega, who has been in power for 15 years, has been openly hostile to the Catholic Church in the country. He alleged bishops were part of an attempted coup to drive him out of office in 2018 because they supported anti-government demonstrations that his regime brutally suppressed. The Nicaraguan president has called the bishops “terrorists” and “devils in cassocks.”

 

In less than four years the Catholic Church in Nicaragua has been the target of 190 attacks and desecrations, including a fire in the Managua Cathedral as well as police harassment and persecution of bishops and priests.

 

The Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) has expressed its solidarity and closeness to the Church of Nicaragua, as tensions with President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista Government reached a new high this week when Bishop Rolando Alvarez of Matagalpa was prevented by the police from celebrating Mass. The Government of President Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo shut down six catholic radio stations and expelled many religious orders including the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa’s order. The closure has been strongly condemned by the European Union, the United States, and the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (CIDH).

 

In a message released July 18, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean expressed their "closeness and solidarity with the Nicaraguan people and with their pastors, prophets of justice, in the face of the dramatic and painful social and political crisis currently experienced there." "In the face of this grave situation, we are called to be the voice of those who have no voice to uphold their rights, to find ways to dialogue and establish justice and peace, 'so that in Christ all may have life,' especially those who feel disconsolate because of the deaths and violence."

 

Every day, in many places, Christians are suffering persecution because of their faith and many victims of persecutions are left with no choice but to flee for their lives in a number of countries including my own country of birth, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and others. The lack of coverage by the media combined with inaction on the part of governments and world leaders have done little to ease the situation. Persecution comes in form of harassment, oppression, incarceration, physical assault, denial of rights, rejection, ostracism, discrimination, victimization, looting, vandalism of infrastructure for worship or even death.

 

What can we do today? Whereas during the last 21 centuries, we Catholics have viewed the silent and sometimes vocal and physical oppression through the lens of Christ’s suffering, today many tend to view the situation through purely cultural and political lens. It does no good to anyone including the church.

 

Apostles Peter and James taught that Christian’s attitudes to persecution should be positive. Even in the face of Christian persecution, we can press on. Remember, as Stephen was being stoned to death, who was looking on? Saul—later to become Paul, the mightiest Christian missionary theologian the world has ever known. He observed Stephen as he was persecuted to death. Saul was changed. What changed him? The way Stephen died. They could not intimidate Stephen, so they stoned him to death.

 

I would like to offer the prayers and thoughts of both CTK and St. Stephen for the people of Nicaragua especially parishioners from this country who feel deeply saddened by the latest events, including the harassment of priests and bishops, the expulsion of religious orders, the profanation of churches and the closure of radios stations. May God give us the gift of patient endurance!

Fr. Paulson

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