The current Alpha session is full. The next session will begin in September.
Alpha will help you answer life's toughest questions.
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.
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 to Expect
Good Food – Like 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 Films – All 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 Discussions – For 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.
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
What are Petersburg Parishioners saying about Alpha?
“I attended Alpha looking for a deeper connection with Jesus at a time that I needed a “pick me up.” My faith has grown stronger and I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout this journey. Since attending Alpha, I pray/talk to Jesus on my way to work and throughout my day. I have a renewed sense of peace knowing that he is always there for me. Every session was a blessing as I looked forward in getting to know the people at my table and the other folks there better. I am so grateful that I was guided to this program. I would encourage anyone to experience the impact that Alpha will have on your spiritual life.”
“Attending the Alpha program this fall was exactly what my heart and soul needed. The videos were educational and I always left wondering and praying about what will next week bring. I spent time learning, growing and sharing with a wonderful group of individuals. Thank you for providing this great opportunity and to all staff members whom organized this event.”
“I’m so very grateful for the wonderful people that I have met through Alpha. The experience has brought me closer to God, and saved me. I was broken and the kindness of good people in Alpha and the love of Jesus has put me back together! Thank you all and God bless!!”
“We decided to do the Alpha program as our weekly date night. Alpha was more than what we had expected. It brought us delicious food, wonderful conversations, and new friends. Since attending Alpha, we have a more active prayer life and a new sense of peace. We would recommend Alpha to anyone who is looking to grow stronger in their faith and connect with others as you make that step. We hope you come experience this life changing course, we promise you will enjoy it!”
“Alpha has allowed me to continue to grow and strengthen my faith. From the moment I walked in the door I felt welcomed. Over the course of 11 weeks, the fellowship and discussions of each session allowed me to open up while wanting to learn more. I encourage you to take an evening for yourself and see how Alpha, and the new friendships created, can make a wonderful impact on your life.”