What is Alpha
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment. Usually run over ten weeks by lay leaders on behalf of the parish, it is a tool for evangelization based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Christians of all traditions, and provides a common expression of proclamation, service and witness. Millions of people have experienced Alpha in 112 languages in 169 countries around the globe. Each talk looks at a different question about faith and is designed to create conversation.

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. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a video and good conversation.

Who is Alpha for?
Everyone!! Alpha is for everyone; all bckgrounds, all contexts, all ages. Alpha is particularly attracting many young people who are asking the question, "Is there more to life than this?"

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. 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 information is not available at this time. There is no fee for the Alpha program.

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 make the most of the rest of my life?
     Session Eight: How can I resist evil?
     Session Nine: Why and how should I tell others?
     Session Ten: Does God heal today?
In addition, there will be an ALPHA retreat offered.

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!