20th Sunday (Alpha & Bulletin)

The Pastor’s Note will take a brief vacation and return on the first Sunday in September, but today is Alpha Sunday. What is Alpha, you ask?

 

 

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis invites Catholic Christians to remember and rekindle the earnest and immediate passion of the proclamation of the Gospel. He writes: “The Gospel offers us the chance to live life on a higher plane, but with no less intensity: ‘Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others’. When the Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelization, she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfillment. For ‘here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others. This is certainly what mission means’.”

Did you know that many Canadians do not have a faith tradition?

Even among those baptized, many do not actively live their faith and many have lost their faith. As a consequence there are many life questions that can go unexplored and unanswered.

What is Alpha for Catholics?

Alpha for Catholics is about sharing the Good News in Jesus Christ. It is a program of evangelization. Over the course of ten weeks, Alpha provides a practical introduction to the Christian faith, offering guests an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed and friendly setting. Alpha provides an opportunity for people to encounter the love of God in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Alpha is biblically based and focuses on the Kerygma – the essential Good News of Jesus Christ, as preached by the early Church.

Alpha for Catholics Catholic is a gentle program of evangelization. For example, it never mentions conversion to the Christian faith. Instead, there are designed talks on the meaning of life and the basic sharing of the faith followed by conversations where any question and comment is welcome without judgment.

And each evening begins with supper. Alpha Catholic is built upon three pillars:

  1. Food
  2. Faith
  3. Fellowship

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha for Catholics is designed for:

  • Those outside the Church: for those not baptized and for those who have not yet heard the Good News
  • For Catholics who find themselves on the fringes of their faith and desire a deeper, more personal relationship with the Lord
  • And as a point of re-entry for lapsed Catholics

 

How can you help Alpha for Catholics at Our Lady of Lourdes?

  • Be an Alpha Ambassador: 86% of people who take part in Alpha is because someone has personally invited them. You may want to invite family and friends who are not baptized or who have been away from the Church to take part in the Alpha course as a guest. People can register for the course by calling the Parish Office 416-924-6257 or email parish@ourladyoflourdes.ca
  • Pray for our Alpha ministry, for the guests who will participate in the course and for our Alpha team.

 

God bless and take care!

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