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No matter who you are, nonbeliever, cradle Catholic, or anywhere in-between, you’ve got questions, and that’s what Alpha is all about. Alpha is for anyone who is curious.  The talks are designed to encourage conversation, and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds, and you are free to discuss as little or as much as you wish.

What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of 11 sessions exploring the Christian faith.  Each session includes food, a short video that is designed to spark a thought provoking conversation, and group discussion. There is no pressure, no follow up and no charge.   Since 1990,  Alpha has been experienced by 29 million people of many Christian denominations from 169 countries in 112 languages. It is fully endorsed by the Catholic Church as a great starting place for many people interested in the faith.

What to Expect
Good FoodLike most good things, Alpha involves food. Whether its a light meal or a full dinner, every Alpha starts with shared time together over food.  It’s a great way to get to know one-another and build fellowship.
Good FilmsAll of the 30-minute Alpha films are designed to spark good conversation while exploring the big issues of faith and unpacking the fundamentals of Christianity.  Every film addresses a particular question such as:  Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
Good DiscussionsFor many people this is the most valuable part of their Alpha experience: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on that week’s topic and discuss it as a small group.  Nobody is forced to say anything, and nothing is out of bounds. These discussion groups are a great opportunity to hear from others and share your own thoughts in a friendly and supportive environment.

Is Alpha a Catholic program?  No, BUT...
* Alpha shares the kerygma (“basic Gospel message”) and contributes to parish renewal.
* Alpha enables lay people to exercise their call to be missionary disciples.
* Alpha is a proven form of community evangelization.
* Alpha develops Catholic leaders.
* Alpha works great in conjunction with programs of sacramental preparation. 

"Alpha brings people closer and helps them to find that power which unites.   The Alpha experience is not only a means through which one finds true life,  but also a way to share the good news of the Living Christ."             - Cardinal Marc Ouellet

Looking for more info on Alpha?  Contact Lori Wilson 419-738-2115   or Angie Woodruff  937-441-6287 or go to ALPHAUSA.org  or alphausa.org/catholic