The Alpha course might be just what you're looking for.
Alpha is a series of shared meals, short presentations, and free-flowing group discussion where guests (perhaps that's you, a friend, a family member, or all of the above!) are offered the opportunity to share, from their own experiences, insights and questions about the deeper meaning of life and the presence of the divine in their lives.
There is no cost or obligation to participate in Alpha. The sessions are open to all adults: Catholic, Protestant, non-Christian, agnostic, or atheist.
Alpha is offered on Wednesday evenings. The course consists of 11 weekly sessions. We start with a simple meal at 6:15 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. There is an important session on a Saturday during the course taking up the morning and afternoon of that day.
Alpha is free. You will be our guest. Of course, we will happily accept donations to help defray the cost of the meals that are provided.
Our next offering of Alpha is scheduled to begin September 5, 2018. We conclude Alpha on Nov. 21. (Some printed schedules were incorrect in stating a Nov 28 end date.) Scroll down on this page for the week-by-week schedule.
We ask only that guests register in advance; a form is provided below. You may register with the online form or, if you prefer, print the PDF registration form and bring it to the parish office.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 Is There More to Life than This?
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 Who is Jesus?
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 Why Did Jesus Die?
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 How Can I Have Faith?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 Why & How Do I Pray?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 Why & How Should I Read the Bible?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 How Does God Guide us?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 How Can I Resist Evil?
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 Why & How Should I Tell Others?
SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 What Does the Holy Spirit Do?
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Who is the Holy Spirit?
How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?
How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 Does God Heal Today?
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 What about the Church?
Endorsements from Bishops & Vatican Officials
Church leaders across the world, including Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops with particularly important roles in evangelization and Christian unity, have offered praise for the fruits that come from offering Alpha in Catholic parishes.
Bishop Robert Barron, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is one of the most articulate church leaders in America. In mid-September, 2017, he was invited to speak to a group of employees at Facebook's corporate headquarters. Barron has done 10 years of intense work with internet evangelization.
In this 45-minute presentation, he outlines some particularly important, and often-overlooked, fundamentals about engaging in reasoned, reasonable, and respectful discussion or religion and exploration of faith.