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What is Alpha?


Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. It is for those who have little or no experience with church. That also means that anyone can benefit from Alpha, because no assumptions are made about a person’s level of knowledge, understanding, or engagement with Christianity. It’s simple – there is food, a message, and good conversation.


Alpha is an 11-week experience that creates a space where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about Jesus.

A meal. A movie. A conversation.

No judging. No preaching. No pressure.


Alpha helps Catholic parishes develop a missionary culture fostering personal encounters and relationships with Jesus through the power and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. People learn to pray with one another and this becomes a normal part of the life of the parish.


Those who have tried Alpha often want to share their experience with friends and invite them to the next course. The Alpha small groups model hospitality, which will permeate the entire life of the parish.

Our first Alpha will be limited to 24 participants as we train our Alpha team of hosts and helpers. Alpha is intended for people who don’t believe in God or are confused about what they think about God, Church and Jesus. In order for a parishioner to attend this Alpha he or she must bring someone who is not currently a believer or practicing Christian.

In 2018, over 4,500 Catholic parishes and organizations around the world ran Alpha with over 265,000 participants.

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