• Alpha


    St Paul VI the new parish that combines St Hugh, Mater Christi and St Mary is about to embark on a journey together to fan the flames of our faith and to invite others to experience our faith community.

    Alpha started in 1977 in England. People no longer assumed that God was true, or the Bible was trustworthy. People were asking what was real. The founding pastor, Nicky Gumbel, designed Alpha as a “place” of hospitality, and a safe environment for people to voice their questions and express their points of view whatever those might be.

    Alpha has spread across the globe and over 30 million people have done Alpha. A few years ago, the Archdiocese of Chicago recommended Alpha to re-energize parishes and to exercise our mission to share the Good News of Jesus.

    The Alpha experience is simple: a small group of 8-10 people gather with a host and a helper, both of whom have been trained. Food is shared, followed by a video message. The host then leads the group in discussion. The meeting lasts about two hours.

    Alpha has changed individuals and parishes across the world! The program will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 PM. The start date is September 23rd and will be held at the Marian Room of Mater Christi Church 2401 S 10th Ave. North Riverside. The program runs for 10 weeks and includes a retreat experience. For more information or to register contact Richard Sima richsima@gmail.com or 708-446-6394.