Alpha is an opportunity to ask some of the bigger questions—especially about who Jesus is and how he impacts “my” life. As we journey along through Alpha, not only will the “what” be addressed” but really more the “why” becomes the focus.
Our next Alpha runs from June 7th-August 16th on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm.
We will meet in the Historic St. Patrick Parish Hall from 6:30-8:30pm each time. A scrumptious Dinner will be served at 6:30pm followed by a video talk and then some amazing discussion. A highlight of Alpha is the community that is built centering around an open safe environment where we come as we are and allow God to lead each of us.
Please email Kevin O’Connell, Director of Discipleship, or call him at 309.829.2197, ext. 235 if you have any questions.
Why our parishes are offering Alpha?
The Alpha: Questions and Answers:
What is Alpha?
The Alpha Experience is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. Alpha gathers once per week for 11 weeks and includes a day or weekend getaway in the middle. Each gathering, people enjoy great food, laughter and learning about the teachings of Jesus in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile. There is no charge to attend the Alpha course.
Who is Alpha For?
Alpha is for Everyone. Alpha is for You! People participate in Alpha from all backgrounds, religions and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, what happens after death, the teachings of Jesus and more. Many guests have never been to church; others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith; others attend church regularly. Everyone is welcome.
What is Alpha For Catholics?
Alpha for Catholics is simply the Alpha course hosted in a Catholic setting. Alpha is a practical tool that parishes use to inspire Catholic renewal and answer the call of Christ and His church to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Alpha is often lay-driven and has proven to be an effective tool for awakening faith in people who are on the fringe of parish life, faithful Catholics and those outside the faith.
How Did Alpha Start?
Alpha began at Holy Trinity Brompton Church in central London in the late 1970s as a means of presenting the basic principles of Christianity to new Christians. Alpha presents only the basic biblical teachings on which all Christians agree. Alpha has spread around the world, as more churches found it an effective way to answer people’s questions about the Christian faith.
What Happens on Alpha?
Alpha runs for 11 weeks, with a retreat-type session in the middle. The talks each week cover the following topics, acting as a springboard for the small group discussions:
Session #1: Who Is Jesus?
Session #2: Why Did Jesus Die?
Session #3: How Can I Have Faith?
Session #4: Why and How Do I Pray?
Session #5: Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
Session #6: How Does God Guide Us?
Retreat Day Focus on the Awesomeness of the Holy Spirit
Session #7: How Can I Resist Evil?
Session #8: Why and How I Should Tell Others?
Session #9: Does God Heal Today?
Session #10: What About the Church?
Session #11: Alpha Celebration!