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15th Sunday (Ord, Year  B)
12th July 2015 click here for the most recent bulletin


Marshalswick Mass Centre
Starting on Sunday, 26th July through to the end of August, Mass at Marshalswick will be celebrated at the Baptist Free Church in Sherwood Avenue while St John Fisher School undergoes refurbishment work. Mass will begin at the earlier time of 8.30am during this period.
We would like to thank Rev. Graham Clarke and the Baptist Church community for this very kind opportunity. To accommodate their community we will endeavour to be finished and out of the church by 9.30am. Priests will need to have shorter sermons and also the music needs to be curtailed to fit our allotted time-scale.


Parish Mission
Our Parish will be holding a Mission conducted by the Sion Community for two weeks (one of preparation and one of mission) from 10th October to 24th October Mission webpages now available - click here for more >>>

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Alpha at St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Church in St Albans

         
If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?
           
         
The next ALPHA course starts on: Tuesday 21st January 2014, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at SS Alban & Stephen Catholic Church. You are invited to bring your own questions and explore Christianity every Tuesday evening for 7 weeks, starting Tues 21st January 2014, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Programme           
Week 1 
         
Week 2 
         
Week 3 
     
Week 4 
   
 
Week 5 
                 
Week 6 


       
Week 7  


plus ....


‘Away Day’  
 Sunday  



Who is Jesus?
         
Why did Jesus die?
         
How can I have faith?
         
Why & how should I pray?
         
Why & how should I read the Bible?
         
What about evil & does God
heal today ?
         
What about the Church
& telling others?


Talk 1: Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do?
         
Talk 2: How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
         
Talk 3: How does God guide me to make the most of my life?

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.”
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

I came on the Alpha course last year, as I wanted to start reading the Bible more, and flesh out my Catholic knowledge. What I did not expect, was the extent to which going on Alpha would transform my relationship with God, and the joy this deepening relationship would bring to my daily life.
Francesca, St Albans,
Chartered Accountant and mum of 3

I only went for one week to see what it was all about and I was hooked! Now I go to a regular prayer group and am so pleased to have Jesus in my life. Thank you Alpha.
Mary, St Albans

What is Alpha?
Alpha is an opportunity for people to explore the Christian faith. Each session starts with a light meal which gives you a chance to get to know each other. It’s relaxed, non-threatening, friendly and fun. Listen, learn, discuss and discover. Ask anything. No question is too simple or too hostile. Alpha is supported by all the main Christian denominations.


Will you choose Alpha?
The New Year is a crossroads where we must make decisions and choose which route to take. Crossroads can be painful places where sacrifices have to be made. They can also be places of liberation. For Jesus the place of the cross was all of those things, so why not ask Him for guidance:  “Lord, I ask that on my journey, I may take the path that is right for me and for those with whom I travel. Amen”
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Who is Alpha for ? Alpha is for everyone who wants to investigate Christianity, especially,
- anyone who is searching for God in their lives
- those thinking of becoming a Christian
- anyone who has left the Church for whatever reason
- those who want to brush up on the basics and strengthen their faith


What does it cost? There is no charge for the Alpha course but you are free to give a donation towards the cost of the food if you wish.

What’s involved? The Alpha course consists of a series of weekly talks on the basics of the Christian faith. After each talk there is a time for discussion in small groups.  During the course there is an option for an ‘away day’ on a Sunday to explore the Holy Spirit.

Is it Catholic? Alpha [IN A CATHOLIC CONTEXT] is exactly the same course in content and style as an Alpha course run by any other Christian denomination. It is a very effective initial presentation of the core of the Gospel, ‘the kerygma’, and is wholly compatible with Catholic teaching and has been endorsed by Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household.

Alpha does not cover the Sacraments or Church Tradition, but as the name suggests, the Alpha course is only the start of a journey of faith that helps us to foster a personal encounter with Jesus.

What Next ?

For more information, click here to download our brochure

Still not sure?
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Alpha Course please contact

  Sylvia White
  Tel: 01727 854596
  or e-mail alpha@albanstephen.com or
  visit the Alpha website   www.alpha.org


Alpha in the press

What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions life and death and their meaning.
– The Guardian, London

Alpha has succeeded in many cases in turning faithful churchgoers from an inward focus on church work to an outward focus on evangelistic outreach.
– Christianity Today

Alpha makes Christianity relevant to modern life.
– The Express, Londons.

         
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