Alpha at St. Robert's
Why am I here? Is God real?
Why do I feel like there is something more to life?
Would a deeper faith make me happier?
What is Alpha? The Alpha course is an opportunity to explore these questions, to seek out the fundamentals of our faith, and to come together with fellow parishioners in deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions to discuss the Christian faith in an informal, fun and friendly environment. Alpha consists of eleven sessions, looking at topics including 'Who is Jesus?' and 'Why and how do I pray?', with the option of a Saturday away. At Evening Alpha we meet for dinner and at Morning Alpha for breakfast. Each talk is followed by discussion in small groups.
Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to come for the whole term – just pop along for the first session and see what you think. No pressure, no follow up and no charge.
Over 24 million people have experienced Alpha. Courses are running in 112 languages in 169 countries worldwide. Alpha is a tool for the New Evangelization that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes around the world. Alpha creates an environment and opportunity for an encounter with Jesus.
Alpha begins September 10, 2018
What are they saying about Alpha?
“One of the advantages of Alpha is that it focuses on the Kerygma. In the ancient Church there was a clear distinction between the Kerygma and the Didache, the catechesis. The Kerygma was the starting point of faith, and the catechesis had to form the faith. But faith in itself blossoms only by hearing the Kerygma.”
--Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household
"Alpha is for meeting Jesus. What I like in all that I have seen and heard about Alpha is the simplicity. For me, the Christian life has something to do with simplicity, friendship, closeness and joy. That’s what I feel about Alpha and I think that’s a sign that it works and that it’s given from the Lord."
– Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna
"Alpha is more than another program. It's about people coming to Jesus Christ, being filled with the Holy Spirit, getting excited about Jesus and spending the rest of their lives serving Him." --Nicky Gumbo