Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ is the mission of every Christian. This mission is not only our responsibility, but also our privilege. Once we have experienced the love of God though Jesus Christ, we can’t help but share that love with others. There are many ways of sharing our faith with others, from the way we treat people, to our life of prayer and support, to the visibility of our churches and our commitment to attending Mass. Yet, the fact remains that there are still many in our community who do not know Jesus personally, and this is where the ALPHA program comes in.
The ALPHA program is starting in our parish on January 29th. This is a 10 week program which is designed to assist participants in deepening their knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to reinvigorate their call to follow Jesus. ALPHA is an ecumenical program, which is designed to stay with the basics: focusing on the life, ministry, and call of Jesus. Many have received the gift of faith through this program, and I hope that the same can happen in our parish community. Please consider participating, and if you can, invite someone to come along with you. Each of the 10 meetings consist of: a home cooked dinner, a video presentation, and discussion. Starting on January 29 we will meet for 10 consecutive Tuesdays at 6:00pm-8:30pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Owen Sound. I would love for representatives from each of our mission churches to participate, so that we can offer this program in our mission churches in the future. Please contact the office to register. If you come once and you don’t like it you don’t have to continue, so there is no risk. The program is free of charge, and many parishioners have offered their time and gifts to help run it. I hope and pray that it will be successful.
Fr. Wojtek Kuzma