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September 14, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

First and foremost, I must say a deep and heartfelt thank you to you, both for your recent kindness and consideration, as well as for more than twenty-six years of being a faithful, vibrant, welcoming and caring community.  Thank you, especially for last weekend’s response at all the masses as part of my “farewell and video salute” including a special thanks to my sister Mary whom you received so well.
Since this may well be my final bulletin letter, let me take a few moments to state once again what I consider are the essentials of parish life which you have all lived up to so well. 

The first essential of parish life has got to be community.  We are called to be gathered in the name of Jesus, not as a prayer group of hermits no matter how pious or holy, but rather as a community that reaches out and connects with one another.  Thank you so much for recognizing this in your daily lives and building Christ the King as a welcoming community, something which I could never do by myself, but only because of you and by your support. 

Secondly, as an essential of parish life, I need to name the Eucharist.  Now for those of us who are not Greek speaking, it is important to know that Eucharist stands for and translates to “thanks” or “thanksgiving”.  In other words, our worship is always to be, first and foremost, a thank you celebration and you have made it that again and again. 

The third and final essential of parish life that I need to name can be called mission or outreach or social justice or as our parish mission statement reiterates simply “to make a difference”. According to many scholars, the most common phrase in the entire Gospel is always “go”; not to remain enclosed or simply within, even as a very pious prayer group.  You have truly been a community that “hears the Gospel and makes a difference”.  Thank you so much for that and for finding ways to be community, Eucharist and mission.

Beginning Monday of this week (September 15th) Fr. Paulson arrives as your new and full-time pastor.  My personal view is that you are truly and greatly blessed.  I’m sure he is a pastor who will both listen and lead our community in ways that are welcoming, thanksgiving and truly making a difference in our world. 

Fr. Paulson






May God bless and keep you all, as I do in my heart.

Fr. Brian Joyce






Your Pastor,   
Brian T. Joyce  

1022 Holly Street
Alameda, CA  94502
Email: brian (at) ctkph.org





Volunteers Needed - If you have some extra time in your schedule to help out in various ways in the parish, please contact Sr. Joanne at the parish House at 682-2486.  This is a great way to get to know our CTK Community.

High School Confirmation Registration - If you are a junior or senior in high school and have completed your pre-requisite hours; registration for the sacrament of confirmation is now open. You can download a registration form on our website at ctkym.org or find a registration form with a calendar in the back of the church. Registration deadline is September 17th.  If you have any questions, please contact Kate Doherty at kate (at) ctkph.org.

Flu Shots – Save the dates!  Flu shot clinics are coming to CTK on Sept. 28th & Oct. 5th from 9am to 12 pm. Who should get vaccinated ?  Anyone who is 3 yrs old; pregnant women, people 50 yrs and older, people with medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.  Who should not get vaccinated at this clinic?  People who have a severe reaction to chicken eggs; and people who feel ill the day of the clinic.

The Job Network meets this Thursday, September 18th in the Parish Hall at 6:30 pm. The Presentation begins at 7pm:  "Get Back to Work” Melissa Washington returns to CTK to share powerful job/career strategies and tools outlined in in her  book “Get Back to Work”.   Join us and learn practical, straightforward, and innovative tips to keep you ahead of the pack.  Learn how to effectively use social media to set yourself apart from the crowd.  Find out how to tap into commonly overlooked employment outlets to get a leg up on the competition.  Melissa is an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in staffing and recruiting.  She provides LinkedIn training workshops for individuals and organizations throughout the Bay Area.  She is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.  And now, added to her long list of accomplishments, she is an author. Come meet her at our September 18 meeting.  

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