ALPHA – Fall 2017

Beginning Tuesday, September 12th

For many persons, the desire to know God is innate.  However, most of us struggle with how to connect with God in a meaningful way. Alpha is a great way to reawaken and enliven your relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 Alpha has been experienced by 29 million people – including Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, and non-believers – in 169 countries. Over 160 people experienced Alpha last spring at St Mary’s.  Many reported that Alpha has brought them to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with the Trinity. They also said that Alpha has made them feel connected to others in the parish in a significant way.

Alpha begins with a meal, is followed by a short video, and then a small group discussion occurs about topics set forth in the videos. The small groups allow for wonderful sharing. There isn’t an obligation to say anything; and there is nothing you cannot say. Alpha is not about “preaching or teaching”. It is an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in a friendly and open environment.

Alpha begins at 6:30 pm and ends promptly at 8:30 pm.

There is not a fee for the Alpha course and childcare is available for ages 5 – 12.

The ALPHA – Fall 2017 Schedule:

The Alpha course lasts for 10 weeks, with a retreat-type session in the middle.  The evening begins with a meal and light conversation, followed by a short video.  The videos each week cover the following topics, acting as a springboard for the small group discussions:

September 12Who is Jesus?
September 19Why Did Jesus Die?
September 26How Can We Have Faith?
October 3Why and How Do I Pray?
October 10Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
October 17(No Alpha – Parish Renewal Mission)
October 24How Does God Guide Us?
November 3/4Holy Spirit Retreat
November 7How Can I Resist Evil?
November 14Why and How Should I Tell Others?
November 21(No Alpha This Week – Thanksgiving Holiday)
November 28Does God Heal Today?
December 5What About the Church?
December 12Celebration Dinner

Sessions are every Tuesday, starting September 12th, and begin at 6:30 pm with dinner, and end promptly at 8:30 pm.

Alpha Registration

Note:  Each spouse must register separately