What is Alpha?
Alpha is a parish tool for evangelisation based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. Millions of people have tried Alpha all around the world in 112 languages.
Alpha is a tool to introduce people to an initial proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ – the kerygma. As Pope Francis says, ‘Nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation.’ (EG, 165).
Alpha takes people on a journey often leading to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It enables people to ask their questions, share ideas, build friendships and experience the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Alpha is for everyone; all backgrounds, all contexts, all ages. Alpha is particularly attractive to many young people who are asking the question, ‘Is there more to life than this?’
‘We cannot forget that evangelisation is first and foremost about preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ… Many of them are quietly seeking God, led by a yearning to see his face, even in countries of ancient Christian tradition. All of them have a right to receive the Gospel. Christians have the duty to proclaim the Gospel without excluding anyone.’
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 15
How it works
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, usually run over 10 weeks by lay leaders on behalf of the parish. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
- Food – Offering a meal or snack is an essential part of Alpha; eating food together is great for building community. Most sessions start with food and a chance get to know each other.
- Talk – After the meal, a short talk is given on video. The talks, which explore the big issues around faith, are designed to engage and inspire conversation.
- Discussion –The small groups provide the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and to build trust and friendship. The role of the host (leader) is to facilitate discussion, inviting guests to share openly and honestly, without any criticism or judgment. The groups often develop into small Christian communities within the parish.
‘For many years now and in various parts of the world, Alpha has shown itself powerful in bringing faith alive in all kinds of people. Its focus is on Jesus, its method is simple and its appeal is wide-ranging. It is also well adapted for use in Catholic communities looking to provide the kind of ignition we need if we are to become a more missionary Church.’ Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane
Upcoming Alpha Courses
Starts: 23 May (Wednesdays @ 7:00pm)
Contact: Peter Vickerson email
Starts: 6 June (Wednesdays @ 6:30pm)
Contact: Helen Dowling email
Starts: 25 June (Mondays @ 6:30pm)
Contact: Anna Scott email
Parish: Our Lady of Mt Carmel Coorparoo
Starts: 1 July (Sundays @ 7pm)
Contact: Paul Ascnicar email
Parish: Emmanuel Community Paddington
Starts: 19 July (Thursdays@ 7pm)
Contact: Mike Azzopardi email
Starts: 22 July (Sundays @ 11am) or
Starts: 25 July (Wednesdays @ 7pm)
Contact: Vanessa Comininos email
Starts: 1 August (Wednesdays @ 6:30pm)
Contact: Racy Espino email