Alpha

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over fifteen weeks. During each session, participants share a meal, watch a talk and engage in a discussion where they can freely share opinions and thoughts. Each talk looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith and is designed to create conversation.

We believe everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view. St. Theresa begins Alpha again in September and you are invited to participate and bring a friend! Save your seat by clicking the link. Can’t wait to see you there!

Alpha FAQs

I’m already a devout Christian, why do I need to come?
We can always learn more about our faith and grow in our relationship with Christ, and Alpha is no exception.
Don’t worry, there will be points brought out in the teaching and in the sharing, that will definitely challenge your faith and help you to know Jesus better. However, another reason is so that you’ll know what Alpha is all about! Then think of that neighbor, colleague, friend who is searching for the meaning to life and you can easily invite them to come, knowing exactly what they will experience. Many times folks are a lot more inclined to come to Alpha (free food!) than to a church event or mass.

How does an Alpha session work?
An Alpha session lasts 2 hours. 
You come for a meal, watch a short video, and share your thoughts on the video with your table mates (who you will meet at the first session). 
During the discussion portion of the session, you can ask your table mates any questions you want. Your session host will ensure the discussion ends on time.

How long is the whole alpha course?
Alpha will last 15 weeks, on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, in the Meeting Rooms, beginning in September, with dinner always included.

Can I just ‘come and see’ for the 1st week?
Absolutely!
Just be sure to register with us (so we have a spot for you and enough food too).

What if I go for a week or two and don’t want to continue?
At any point, if you think Alpha isn't for you, that's not a problem.
Your faith journey is your own...we promise not to bug you. There's no pressure, no follow up and no charge, we promise!

What if I don’t know anyone else going through the course?
Lots of people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else on the course.
By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people, both from the parish and outside the parish!

How much does Alpha cost?
Great news! There's no charge for Alpha.
However, we do share a full meal each week so we will ask for voluntary donations to help offset part of the cost of food. But there is no pressure to pay anything. However, we never want money to prevent anyone from attending Alpha so we've got you covered if you need.

Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?
No!
You may remain silent if you wish.

What if I missed the 1st week?
It doesn't matter if you missed the first week of Alpha - you can at least watch the video online.
Anyone is able to register up until session 3 (week 3); after that we would encourage you to check back on this website and sign up for our next Alpha course, and start from session 1 (week 1).

My schedule is complicated. Can I occasionally come for a session time other than the one I am registered for?
Lots of people face this reality.
We can accommodate you if you notify us when this happens. Just send us an email or let your small group leader know in advance.

Where can I get more information about Alpha?

I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Direct any questions you have to Cathy Brady cathy_b@sttheresaoakland.org

Contact Information

Litrugy Director
Cathy Brady
510-547-2777, ext. 126

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