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
Who is Jesus?
Why did Jesus die?
How can I have
how should I pray?
Why & how
should I read the Bible?
evil & does God
heal today ?
& 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
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
Francesca, St Albans, Chartered Accountant and mum of
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
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”.
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.