alpha fall 2019

Welcome to Alpha at St. John Brebeuf!

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a program of faith exploration. It is specially designed for people who have questions about faith, or who might have stepped away from their faith. All questions are welcome and everyone is welcome, no matter what your background.

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Mondays, 6:30 - 8:15 pm

September 9, 2019 - December 2, 2019

Held at the St. John Brebeuf Parish Ministry Center, 8305 N. Harlem Ave., Niles, IL 60714

To register:

Click here to register online

Or visit the Parish Office (847-966-8145)

After you register, a member of our Alpha team will get in touch to answer any questions.

If you have questions, please contact Liz McGowen in the Parish Office, 847-966-8145 or


More about Alpha

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. 

Alpha started in 1977 in England, in a church called Holy Trinity Brompton. It was originally used as a course for new Christians or those new to the church. In 1991, a young pastor named Nicky Gumbel took over leading Alpha, and he observed that it was effective at connecting with people outside of the church.


Alpha focuses on fostering relationships between people. It intentionally creates a safe environment where people can share their opinions and points of view, no matter what they might be. Today, it is estimated that over 30 million people have done Alpha globally.


Here at St. John Brebeuf, a small pilot group began meeting in spring 2019. Our first group consisted of Fr. Przemek, Fatima Fernandez, Kryzstov Slowikowski, Ginny Wolff, Ann Zalak, Alice Egan, John Mazur, Sheila Miehle, Krystyna Sobocinska, JoJo Malinowski, and Liz McGowen. 


The group worked through all the sessions, loved it (especially the Saturday session!), and recommended that the next step was to invite parishioners to join in future Alpha sessions. 

This year, there will be a fall session beginning in September, a winter session beginning in January, and a spring session beginning in April. All of our pilot participants will be joining us this fall as part of the Alpha team, and we have added a couple more members as well.



What to Expect during Alpha

At St. John Brebeuf, each evening session takes place in the Parish Ministry Center. We begin at 6:30 pm with an informal dinner. Next is a brief video presentation led by one of the original Alpha developers, Nicky Gumbel. We then discuss the evening’s topic in small groups. We finish by 8:15.

The fall Alpha sessions look like this:

September 9:  Session 1, Is There More to Life Than This?

September 16:  Session 2, Who is Jesus?


September 23:  No Alpha, Join the Holy Name Men’s Club for the Bear’s Game!


September 30:  Session 3, Why Did Jesus Die?


October 7:  Session 4, How Can I Have Faith?


October 14: No Alpha, Columbus Day


October 21:  Session 5, Why and How Do I Pray?


October 28:  Session 6, Why and How Should I Read the Bible?

November 4:  Session 7, How Does God Guide Us?


November 11:  No Alpha, Veteran’s Day


Saturday, November 16, 9 am - 3 pm:  

Session 8, Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Session 9, What Does the Holy Spirit Do?

Session 10, How Can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?

Session 11, How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?

Session 12, How Can I Resist Evil?


November 18:  Session 13, Why and How Should I Tell Others?


November 25:  Session 14, Does God Heal Today?


December 2:  Session 15, What About the Church?


What do people say about their Alpha experience?

“It was wonderful! I looked forward to each weekly meeting and connecting with newfound friends interested in learning about their faith. I learned a lot from the presentations. The food was great, too. It was low stress and I liked that I didn’t have to prepare and could just be.”

“I was not sure what Alpha was all about and how effective it would be. It was a good experience. Great discussions. Helped deepen my faith.”

We hope you will join us! Please sign up today at the parish office (or call 847-966-8145) or at so we know how many people to expect!



Note: If you are not able to join Alpha for the Fall session but would still like to be involved, we invite you to join our Alpha Prayer Group. This group prays for our participants, for the team, and for the success of the program. Please let us know if you are interested.

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Mass Times and Office Hours


Weekend Masses (English)
Saturday 7:30 am, 5:00 pm (vigil)
Sunday 7:30, 9:00, 10:45 am, 6:00 pm

Weekend Masses (Polish)
Saturday 6:30 pm (vigil)
Sunday 12:30 pm

Weekday Masses (English)
Monday - Friday 6:30 am, 8:30 am

Weekday Masses (Polish)
Wednesday 7:00 pm
First Friday 7:00 pm


Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Parish Office Address
8305 North Harlem Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

(847) 966-8145

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