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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.

Next Alpha Session begins February 4, 2019

What are Petersburg Parishioners saying about Alpha?  

"Have you ever wondered how you can find peace in your heart?  Taking the Alpha course, I see Jesus and my connection with him. The Alpha program explains how our life and the connection to Jesus can be shaped in a very simple way that makes it easy to keep our everyday life connected to Him.  What are you doing on a Monday night?"    Colette Knutzen – St Joe parishioner

"Alpha provides an awesome opportunity to grow in faith while sharing a meal and fellowship. The program is very informative and tackles many important questions, and the small group discussions provide you with a great opportunity to talk about the impact of the topics on your life and grow in faith with those around you. I would encourage anyone seeking to spark their spiritual life to sign up for Alpha this fall!"                         Eric Ambos – IC Parishioner

"We really liked the Alpha Program.  The videos and the group discussions were informative and interesting.  We sat at a table; few faces that were familiar and the rest we had never seen before.  It didn't take long before you felt very comfortable within the group.  By the end of the program they were people you really felt a connection to."  Laurie Wagner and Mary Wilges – St Joe parishioners

"There are many different topics covered, but the underlying message is that Jesus loves every one of us. I met several new people who I now call my friends.  If you’re the least bit curious about Alpha, sign up for the next session.  You’ll be very happy that you did!"                               Lisa Aufderhaar, IC parishioner

"I enjoyed creating relationships while having deeper conversations about faith.  Alpha was a no pressure environment where all faith backgrounds could share in food and fellowship. My passion for learning more about Christ and living out a Christian life has been strengthened through Alpha."  Michelle Mosler – St Joe parishioner

"Before attending Alpha, I felt that a weekly meal was unnecessary.  What I quickly came to know was that the meal is what made us feel like family within our small groups - a meal shared with friends in a comfortable setting. The time that would have been spent at home cooking, eating and cleaning up from dinner, was now time spent with friends in a relaxing and thought-provoking environment.  To me, Alpha was like getting to be the one sitting at Jesus’ feet while Martha rushed about, preparing the meal.  Jesus said, “Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  I definitely chose what is better when I chose the Alpha program!   Anita Byrne – St Joe parishioner

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.
Next Alpha session begins on February 4, 2019.   

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

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