Alpha Is Used Effectively By Catholics
As Fr. Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household for over 31 years is fond of saying; “It is the Alpha course, not the Alpha and Omega course. Alpha focuses on the kerygma, which is the starting point of faith. After people come to a living faith in Jesus then they need to be formed in the faith which is up to other parish programs to do.”
Alpha is very effective as a means of bringing people to this "starting point of faith," an encounter with the risen Lord Jesus. Alpha's introduces people to Jesus while teaching the foundational elements of our faith.
See what Bishop Michael Byrnes said recently about the impact that Alpha had on his parish.
People today are like the Greeks in the 20th chapter of John’s gospel, who came to the apostles and said: “Sir, we would like to meet Jesus.” Alpha introduces people to Jesus, not a concept, a philosophy, or a paradigm, but to the living, risen Jesus. Alpha creates an environment, the opportunity for an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.
Alpha is a trans-denominational program inviting people into a personal relationship with the Father, through Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Because of its approach, Alpha focuses on the beginning and is not intended as a stand-alone program in the parish. See our “After Alpha Section” for great follow up courses to Alpha that pick up where Alpha leaves off, teaching the fullness of our rich Catholic faith.
Fr. James Mallon is quick to say; “trying to give people catechesis before they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is like trying to plant seeds in concrete.” He wrote this document explaining how the how Alpha relates to Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium.
Alpha delivers most effectively on what is designed to do, bring people to an awakened faith and prepare their hearts for the richness of our Catholic faith.
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