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WELCOME TO

ST STEPHEN CATHOLIC PARISH

We're glad you came!


Outdoor Stations of the Cross

Lenten / Holy Week Schedule

Self-guided Outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Stephen.


Mondays & Wednesdays 12- 2 pm / Fridays 12 - 6 pm during Lent.

Special guided Stations led by St. Stephen parish at noon on Fridays.

Special guided Stations led by CTK at 1 pm on Fridays.


Below are the audio and PDF versions of the stations in both English & Spanish to assist you on your walk.

* Feb.  17, 9:30am

* Thursdays after 6pm CTK Mass

* Tuesdays 10am/Thursdays  7pm

* Mar. 6, Sat. 4 pm

* Mar. 16, Tues. 6pm @CTK & via FB

* Mar. 19, Fri. 7pm indoors

* Mar. 20, Sat. 10am

* Mar. 28, 9:30am outdoors

* Apr. 1, 6pm indoors

* Apr. 2, 5pm outdoors

* Apr. 3, 7pm indoors

* Apr. 4, 9:30am outdoors

- Ash WednesdayOutdoor Mass 

- Lenten Speaker Series

- Lenten Study Series via Zoom

- Saturday Mass at St. Stephen

- Lenten Reconciliation Service

- Feast of St. Joseph Mass

- Private Confessions 

- Palm Sunday Mass

- Holy Thursday Mass

- Guided Stations of the Cross

- Holy Saturday Mass

- Easter Sunday Mass

Liturgy Times / Location

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About Us

Due to COVID-19 our regular Masses are on hold.  Instead we have an outdoor Sunday 9:30 am Mass and a once a month Saturday 4:00 pm Mass on the 1st Saturday of the month.  We are continuing meeting in the parking lot even though indoor services are now allowed.  You can listen to the Mass in the comfort of your car by tuning to FM 106.7 or bring your lawn chair and join us outdoors in the seating area.

St. Stephen Masses are now live-streamed on our Facebook page, so if you can't join us in person, you can join us from the comfort of your home.

CTK has additional parking lot Masses as well as weekday Masses live-streamed on both CTK Facebook page and

CTKPH YouTube channel.  

St. Stephen Family – our parish records are out of date.  People move, people change emails and phone numbers.  Children are born and others move out.  Please take a few minutes to update your information for our records.

Contact Us

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.  We share staff and clergy with Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill.



A MESSAGE

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FROM FR. PAULSON

Dear Friends:

It makes me happy to inform you that our in-person indoor masses in the church are going well. More and more people are feeling comfortable with indoor masses as many of you are getting vaccinated. We will continue to offer two Sunday masses indoors (7.30am and 4pm masses). The following protocols apply when you attend mass in the church.

 

1.  Kindly take your seat either at the edges of the pew or in the middle of the pew. That allows us to have more parishioners accommodated at a safe distance. You can also seat yourselves on either side of the church including the choir area.

2.  Follow the protocols for communion such as sanitizing and wearing masks. It is also recommended that you sanitize your hands as you leave church.

3.  During the indoor masses, you are welcome to sit on the church patio or attend mass from your cars, as the masses are transmitted from the church on FM 106.7

 

Also, I have noticed many of you calling AAA for assistance after outdoor masses as your batteries seem to fail. We have purchased a Jumper Box with battery which are primarily designed for jump starting cars. Our ushers can help you. You don’t have to call AAA or your insurance. When you turn the key to switch on the radio, make sure you click only once. That takes you to accessory mode. The radio uses a very small amount of current — maybe a couple of amps. That’s not enough to kill a battery that’s in good condition. As long as the battery is sound, you can play the radio for an hour or two at a time without doing any harm.

 

On December 8th 2020, Pope Francis declared a year in honor of St. Joseph. The timing was perfect, coming on the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX declaring St. Joseph as Patron of the Catholic Church and on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Joseph’s spouse. Along with the Pope’s announcement in his apostolic letter Patris Corde (“Heart of the Father)” came a proclamation from the Apostolic Penitentiary about special plenary indulgences that are now available for this Year of St. Joseph. 

 

The first millennium was Christocentric via the Councils, and the second was Marian-focused on her devotions, apparitions and dogmas. That means that the third person of the Holy Family, St. Joseph, would naturally follow in the third millennium. Back 150 years ago when Pius IX saw turmoil aplenty, causing him to then declare St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

 

What are these indulgences the Apostolic Penitentiary is bestowing in this Year of St. Joseph per the Holy Father’s decree to “benefit the perfect achievement of the intended purpose?” As long as we’re in the state of grace one sacramental confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and separate prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father are required for each plenary indulgence. According to the most recent Church guidelines on the subject, “it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act.” Yet “it is, however, fitting that Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day the work is performed.”

 

Personally, I am not crazy about indulgences. I guess every grace and blessing helps on our journey to heaven. What is really important during this year is to follow the example of St. Joseph. St. Joseph, the just man, urges us to rediscover the value of silence, prudence and loyalty in fulfilling one’s duties. We shall celebrate the feast of Joseph on March 19th with due solemnity, preceded by a novena of masses. Stay tuned.

Fr. Paulson

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