More than 60 lay people gathered on July 23 at the Bishop Marshall Center at St.Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield for information about the worldwide ALPHA program. They came from several parishes in the Diocese of Springfield, the Spanish Apostolate, and Episcopal laity from Vermont.
ALPHA for Adults is a 10-week Bible based exploration of important meaning-of-life questions. It is free, and open to believers and non-believers. It first began in the diocese in Holyoke at the former Holy Cross Parish and has taken wing and is spreading.
Organizers came to a Chalice of Salvation Mass in the spring to promote the program. Linda Mariani was interviewed and encouraged people to participate.
Each Alpha evening begins with a light supper and is followed by a video talk by Nicky Gumbel and then a small group discussion.
Mary, Mother of Hope on Page Blvd. in Springfield will be the site of the multi-parish Alpha program which begins September 13 from6 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, please call leaders Linda Mariani 413-789-9164 or Cathy Gorham 413-737-6876, They are accepting sign-ups through September 6. Helpers for table serving and other light tasks are also welcome.
Photos and inormation courtesy of Sister of St. Joseph Betty Matuszek, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield