Christ the King
To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference
Stations of the Cross
Christ the King Church
Please join us on Fridays in Lent to pray
The Stations of the Cross 6:30pm - Beginning Friday, Feb. 16
St. Stephen Church
Please join us on Fridays for 12pm Stations of the Cross in the church.
We are also open for self-guided outdoor stations on Fridays 12pm to 6pm and Mon. & Wed. 11am-2pm
Christ the King - St. Stephen Parish
Lenten and Spring Adult Faith Formation
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Saturday March 2nd 2024
Don’t miss out on a CYO favorite! Secure your tickets today for our annual CTK CYO Crab Feed on Saturday, March 2! We will have delicious crab courtesy of Fa Get About It Catering, dancing, raffle prizes and more! Registration is now open - secure your tickets today at our early bird prices until January 31!
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.
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Christ the King Campus
Monday - Friday
9:00am (and livestreamed)
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Mass
5:00pm - 6:00pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Mass ( and livestreamed)
9:00am (and livestreamed)
3:00pm - 3:30pm Confessions
4:00pm Vigil Mass (livestreamed)
10:30am (and livestreamed)
11:30am - 12:00pm (drive-thru Communion)
St. Stephen Campus
Monday - Friday
Make the switch to REALM giving
Realm has an integrated online giving system that makes it easier for you to make and track your donations and pledges.
To get started follow these steps:
1) Create your REALM account and set up online giving
2) Delete your old online giving account on eservicepayments.com
3) If you need help contact the parish office, we are here for you
Bishop's Ministries Appeal 2023
The Bishop’s Ministries Appeal is an annual campaign to generate funds to cover the costs of the Diocese of Oakland’s ministries, programs, and services. It is a direct appeal to the people of the diocese, urging their support in the form of a pledge or a gift to supplement the ministry budget.