Alpha events in programme for 50th International Eucharistic Congress

Thursday April 12, 2012

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress announces Alpha's involvement in the Congress programme of events which takes place in Dublin from 10th until 17th June.

Alpha will participate during the eight-day Congress by contributing to the Host Church programme, the official Congress programme and events in the Chiara Luce Youth Space.

Alpha is a parish tool for evangelisation which provides people with a practical introduction to the Christian faith.

Alpha’s role in the Host Church programme will begin on Tuesday 12th June at Whitefriar Street Church, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Alpha International will be offering a mini-Alpha experience, giving Congress pilgrims and members of the public a taste of the Alpha course.

As part of this programme individuals will be invited to several daytime and evening sessions during the week, to listen to short talks from live speakers on a range of topics relating to the Christian faith, for example, ‘How and why should I pray?’ ‘How and why should I read the Bible?’ and ‘Telling others’. Participants will then be divided into groups for refreshments and an open discussion about the talks.

On Thursday 14th June, Alpha’s involvement continues with a talk by Nicky Gumbel, a Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church based in central London. Gumbel is a pioneer of the Alpha course, a 15-session introduction to the Christian faith, which is now running in 60,000 churches of different denominations including Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches.

Nicky’s talk will take place on the themed day of reconciliation at the Congress, 14th June. He will discuss the theme of unity in a talk entitled ‘Communion in our Common Baptism’, focusing on Jesus’ prayer that those who believe in Him ‘may be one ... so that the world may believe’ (John 17: 21).

Since 1993, more than 18 million people have completed an Alpha course. Currently Alpha is running in thousands of Catholic parishes in more than 65 countries and has received the support of many Catholic leaders across the world, including His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Papal Legate for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress who said:

“Alpha brings people closer and helps them to find that power which unites. The Alpha experience is not only a means through which one finds true life, but also a way to share the good news of the Living Christ. It paves the way for reconciliation and is a symbol of hope for Christian unity.”

As the Chiara Luce Youth Space comes to a close towards the end of the Congress week, young people will be commissioned to go back to their parishes to begin a local faith programme.

On Saturday evening, 16th June, Alpha present the session ‘And tomorrow?’ equipping and encouraging young people to spread the faith.

Read more about Main Congress Programme.

Read more about Youth Programme.

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