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September 28, 2014

Dear Friends,

Fr. Paulson I have been here at Christ the King for two weeks now. I am so thrilled to meet so many of you and learn firsthand the amazing community that we are.  As Kurt Schuermann says in his great little book Ministry is a High Calling: Aim Low, “Arriving at a church is a lot like jumping on to a moving train. Leaving a church is like jumping off the same train a few miles down the track.”

 Christ the King Parish is indeed a vibrant community, forging ahead much like a high-speed railway network and I realize that latching on to this community can sometimes sound intimidating. However I know that I do not need to fear. I am engaged in God’s, not my own, mission. What has also given me courage and strength on my journeys so far is the comfort of knowing that I do not travel alone. There are many who have traveled before me. There are many who are ready to be at my side to help me. There are many who, I know, will seek to find peace and joy in traveling with me and with others.

That is why I am asking for your continued prayers and support and understanding.
Let me share with you a prayer that I pray every day.

O Lord, we are filled with faith, energized by the power of your love, and united by the mission you have entrusted to us as we pray for our Christ the King community. Guide the efforts for all involved in this transition in parish leadership. May the richness, diversity and gifts of each person here be treasured and used in the service of your name. Let us view this moment of change and renewal, not as a threat to what has been, but as an invitation to build up the foundation which has been given to us, a transformative community of faith, one in purpose and dedicated ever more fruitfully to the building up of your Kingdom.  You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

This is Fr. George’s last weekend. On behalf of all of you, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for his ministry at Christ the King. We look forward to his coming back again to celebrate 50 years of priesthood. May God bless him as he moves on to another community!

Sr. Dominic BonniciOn the first of October, Sr. Dominic Bonnici OP will be joining Christ the King Parish staff. I will talk to you about her role in our parish community during this weekend. Sr. Dominic is a Dominican Sister of Oakford, South Africa and lives with her community in San Leandro.

As a Dominican, Sister Dominic shares the mission that is inspired by the spirit of the great saint and founder of the Order of Preachers: engaging in new forms of preaching, searching for truth and dignifying all life. The Order to which she belongs is pledged

To be the voice of the voiceless
To promote non violence
To effect reconciliation and healing
To protest against corruption and unjust structures.

These are just what our world needs today and what the Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis has committed herself more earnestly to be and to do. 

Once again, I thank you for your commitment to Christ the King.  Let us keep Pope Francis and the Bishops in our prayers, who will congregate in Rome to discuss about family in October. The “extraordinary” Synod of Bishops in October will be the first in a year-long series of meetings focusing on the challenges to the family. May God bless our Parish and School community!

Yours, in Christ,         
                          Fr. Paulson







Don’t Miss the first “On Being” Listening Session!  “On Being” is an award-winning national news program about religion.  Each month, Kate Doherty, will lead a listening session where the group will listen and discuss an engaging episode.  This month we will be listing to “The Poetry of Ordinary Time; featuring the poet laureate of NY State, Marie Howe.  This episode draws on the ways family and religion shape our lives.  Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us.  The moral life, she says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do – and so words have a power to save us. Join us Monday, September 29th 7-8:30 in the ministry center chapel.

CTK School Annual Book Fair is coming – Mark your calendars and plan to shop for reading materials and gifts for the family at the school’s book fair.  All parishioners are invited to community day on Sunday, Oct. 5th from 9am to 2 pm.  There will be a refreshment table offering homemade baked goods to benefit the “All for Books” program that will go towards assisting the newly opened De La Salle Academy.   Please come out and support our school.  Inquiries? CTKbookfairs (at) hotmail.com.


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