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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.

Register HERE for Summer Lunch Alpha

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 are Petersburg Parishioners saying about Alpha?  

"Alpha was an unexpected, impactful experience.  Week after week I attended and learned more about my faith and about Jesus. Alpha was also a great way to meet new people and make new friends, but more importantly I believe that the Alpha program should be experienced by everyone whether you already have a strong relationship with God or a weak one, if you go to church every weekend or not!! Overall it is a great way to regenerate your faith in God and grow individually!"

Lukas Manger – St John 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!"                                                  Eric Ambos – Immaculate Conception Parishioner

I have loved the Alpha program.  My hosts Jill and Mark are awesome.  The table group I had was really good, and we all participated in the conversations. The food was really good too!I  

If you want to build a more meaningful relationship with Jesus …………. Start with Alpha!

If you feel that God is wanting you to be more involved in your church and community………. Start with Alpha! 

If you want to make new friends within your church ………. Start with Alpha!

Pam Roesser – St Joseph Parishioner

"For me, Alpha was a beautiful opportunity to make new friendships, strengthen old ones, and of course, grow in faith. Developing a community of fellow believers that encourages us to live more than the "lukewarm" life is an awesome blessing from God and one of the many fruits of Alpha. To know, love, and serve Christ is the invitation to us all; this is the purpose of Alpha, to remind us of that invitation."                                                Grace Weatherhead – Immaculate Conception parishioner

"The Alpha program was a place where I could go and feel a real sense of belonging, the members of our small group are true inspirations and the topics we discussed were not only relevant to our everyday lives they were answers to many questions I didn’t even realize that I had. If you have any interest at all in attending this program I would say DO NOT HESITATE , you will be grateful for doing so."                                                             Lyn Severt – St Joseph 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 Joseph 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.
Future Alphas:  Summer Lunch beginning June 4th @ 11:30 am
                            Fall Alpha beginning September 9th @ 6:30 pm 

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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