Our parish will be sponsoring the ALPHA Program over 13 weeks,
beginning September 9, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. in the St. Joseph House.
We start with pastries or coffees cake at 8:30 a.m. and followed by a presentation.

What is Alpha?
The Alpha Course is a practical introduction to the Christian Faith.
The Alpha Course is a fifteen session, ten week practical introduction to the Christian faith.


Have you asked yourself questions like:

What is the point of life?
What happens when we die?
What relevance does Jesus have for our lives today?
How do we deal with guilt?

If you would like to explore any of these questions, then Alpha is for you.

Who is Alpha for?
It is designed for
Those wanting to investigate Christianity.
New Christians/ new Catholics.
Newcomers to the church.
The lapsed Catholics
But it also if for
Those who want to brush-up on the basics.
Couples of mixed faiths
Offers encouragement to church-going Catholic
For Catholics who have not been Confirmed

This program is open to any adults, but includes High and College students. Many Catholic parishes, schools and chaplaincies are now successfully running the course. So there is now a Catholic Alpha office, that has also produced a library of post Alpha Catholic teaching videos to be used in small groups after the course is completed.

What's involved?
The morning Alpha course at Good Shepherd begins with Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a talk, presented on tape. We then divide into smaller groups to discuss any questions raised from the talk. We finish around 10:30 a.m.

What will Alpha cost?
There is no charge for the Alpha course, although there will be an opportunity to make a contribution for the meal each morning we meet. There will be a small charge for the one day retreat, to cover the cost of food and building use.

When and where?
The next Alpha course at Good Shepherd is being planned now and will run on Sunday Morning at 8:30 for 13 weeks in the St. Joseph House. There is also the one day retreat and a special Celebration Meal. To register for this Alpha course contact:
Fr. Chris Holtmann                           
Good Shepherd
Roman Catholic Church
703 3rd Street
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Deacon Paul Martin



Here at Good Shepherd, we will follow the ALPHA program with the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), for those who are interesting in continue on to become Catholics and for those Catholic who wish to be Confirmed. .
Please call Fr. Chris at 636-789-3356 for more information or to sign up. All are welcome.
Here are the two websites that explain about Alpha.
1). (the original from Brompton, England).
2). (the Catholic office that is running Alpha--this is actually local, near Clarksville). The office is at the Franciscan Friary. The people at the office are very friendly and will be willing to offer you any info. You might be interested in.