What is ALPHA?
Alpha is a tool for evangelization that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in over 70 countries around the world. Alpha is also run by churches of many other denominations to introduce people to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. In particular, it is attracting many young people who are asking the question, "Is there more to life than this?"

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment. It is a parish tool for evangelization based on welcome and hospitality, sharing and prayer. Each session includes a meal, a talk (video or live) and small group discussion, where no question is too simple and no answer is pre-packaged.

Who is ALPHA for?
Alpha is designed primarily for individuals who do not go to church regularly. However, it also provides a fresh oppourtunity for everyone to look at the basics of the Christian faith. Alpha has benefited:
  *  Individuals who are baptized, but have lost their connection with the Church.
  *  Engaged couples preparing for marriage within the Church.
  *  Parents who have children receiving Baptism, First Eucharist, or Confirmation but have lost contact with the Church themselves.
  *  Those who only come to church on occassions such as Christmas, Easter, weddings or funerals.
  *  Those within the Church who feel they want to renew and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Where can I participate?
ALPHA is offered at many churches. ALPHA will being at St. Joseph Parish on January 10, 2018. If you are interested in participating in ALPHA at St. Joseph Parish, contact Linda Zvoncheck at Turn on JavaScript!

How can I register for ALPHA?
Registration will begin on October 23rd.

What topics will be covered in ALPHA?
At St. Joseph Parish, our schedule looks like this:
     Session One: Who is Jesus?
     Session Two: Why did Jesus die?
     Session Three: How can we have faith?
     Session Four: Why and how do I pray?
     Session Five: Why and how should I read the Bible?
     Session Six: How does God guide us?
     Session Seven: How can I resist evil?
     Session Eight: Why and how should I tell others?
     Session Nine: Does God heal today?
In addition, there will be an optional ALPHA retreat scheduled.

Volunteer Opportunities
We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in Alpha or who have completed the Alpha sessions to join our planning team. Please contact Pat Pell at 440.655.1670 or Turn on JavaScript! or Al Jarr at Turn on JavaScript! if you are interested in joining our Alpha team at St. Joseph Church.


  • Linda Zvoncheck, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!