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Got QuestionsTry ALPHA

What is ALPHA?  Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. 

Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes —you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

First up there’s food.  Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.

Then a talk.  The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? 

Followed by discussion.  Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

For more details contact Marty Best at mbest@stjohnvianney.net, or (616) 724-3132.

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ATTENTION MEN !

The 2020 Spring Semester of That Man is You! will begin at St. John Vianney on Wednesday, January 29, 2020!

Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God?  Be a better husband? Become a more loving father?  Build friendships with other like-minded men? Seek to be the best man you can be?

Then Come Join That Man is You!

Wednesday Mornings at 6:00 AM in the Village Hall.

The format is simple: Breakfast and conversation 6-6:15 AM;  Watch a short video 6:20-6:50 AM;  Small group discussion 6:50-7:30 AM.  We dismiss promptly at 7:30 AM.

Here’s the schedule:

Session Day Date Time Location Topic
14 Wednesday January 29, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall Building a Culture of Peace
15 Wednesday February 5, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall A Novena in Nazareth
16 Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 1st Day: The Roman Empire
17 Wednesday February 19, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 2nd Day: Religious Turmoil
18 Wednesday February 26, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 3rd Day: Cultural Context: The Hardening of the Heart
19 Wednesday March 4, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 4th Day: The Annunciation
20 Wednesday March 11, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 5th Day: The Flight into Egypt
21 Wednesday March 18, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 6th Day: The Home at Nazareth
22 Wednesday March 25, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 7th Day: The Wedding Feast at Cana
23 Wednesday April 1, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 8th Day: The Passion
24 Wednesday April 8, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The 9th Day: The Pentecost
25 Wednesday April 15, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall The New Springtime of the Church
26 Wednesday April 22, 2020 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Village Hall That Man is You! Taking the Next Step

Contact Marty Best at the parish office (phone: 724-3132 and email: mbest@stjohnvianney.net)

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The recordings of the 2017 Advent Parish Mission with Jon Leonetti are available here:

Evening 1 – 12/10/17

Evening 2 – 12/11/17

Evening 3 – 12/12/17