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.

Alpha Facts

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?

  • David Brown

    “Alpha was an unexpected, impactful experience for me. I came to the first session thinking that I would be just helping others find a relationship with Jesus but, I found that my own relationship with Jesus was strengthened even more. From the first video – I was all in! The food and fellowship made for a memorable time for sure. I would recommend Alpha to anyone and have already been promoting it. We say, ‘Don’t walk, run to sign up for the next Alpha.’ Come and see!”

  • Toni Manger

    “Timing is everything! Alpha was perfectly placed before me at the exact perfect time. My table hosts and my group were so supportive and encouraging. If you have ever wondered if 11 weeks of Alpha could make a difference in your life, the answer is YES!! No matter where you are in life or what your beliefs are – you will benefit from this program. Come and see!!”

  • Kimi Brown

    “To be honest, I may have been the most reluctant person at my table to attend Alpha; a very unusual position for me! I didn’t want to spend time ‘studying something’ that wasn’t Catholic. Within two weeks, my entire interior was transformed, strengthened, joyful, and more committed. I have never
    experienced a more life-enhancing program. Please – do it!”

  • Ron & Jeanie Bergman

    “We would like to share our experience with you on a faith based journey that we embarked on a couple of months ago. We are always looking into furthering our faith & finding a deeper relationship with Jesus. In this fast paced world some days is hard to just keep focus on HIM. If you or someone you know is struggling with faith OR if you just need that “pick me up” faith booster … COME to the Alpha program!! What a great course being offered that helps build your relationship with the Holy Spirit. We highly enjoyed these evenings & want YOU to enjoy them too!!! Go ahead … sign up for the next course …you won’t regret it!!! … It’s food for the soul & your belly!!! Delicious too! May God Bless YOU abundantly!!!”

  • Sherrie Brandehoff

    “I have questioned religion and faith for many years. No one or thing could provide me with answers that didn’t cause me further doubt and confusion; until Alpha. I came across a Facebook post announcing the newest session and I felt drawn to it. It offered fellowship, a meal and discussion about questions one might have about God and faith. So I went and am grateful that I did. I finally have answers to some of my questions. I still have many more steps in my journey to Christ, but am thankful that Alpha has shown me the path that my journey should take.”