Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
Are you curious about the Catholic Church?
Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you engaged or married to a Catholic, and want to know why they believe “all that stuff”?
Are you returning to the Church after a long absence?
Or are you simply interested in learning more about the Faith you already profess and practice?
THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
Our parish has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)! Adorers are always needed! Click below for times with urgent needs for adorers.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
What is Alpha? “Alpha for Catholics” is an 18-week course in basic Catholic/ Christian teaching. Participants share a meal, listen to a talk usually presented by one of our own parish clergy, and then discuss the current topic. Topics covered include:
Who can attend? All adults, whether Catholic or not, may participate in our Alpha Course. For people wishing to receive sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion) in the Catholic Church, Alpha serves as the first phase of their preparation to receive any or all of those sacraments in our parish. Active Catholics needing a “recharge,” or Catholics returning to the Church after an extended absence, will also find a welcome in this Course. Non-Catholic spouses and fiancé(e)s wishing to learn more about their loved ones’ faith may also take the Course. Couples are especially encouraged to attend together, and will find that their Alpha experience strengthens their relationships. Again, any adult may come!
Will there be childcare? Yes, we do plan to provide childcare. Infants under one year old remain with their parents, however.
What does the Course cost? Attendance in “Alpha for Catholics” is free of charge, and we will provide you all necessary materials. Participants’ donations to offset the cost of food are gratefully accepted whenever personal finances allow, though!
When does the next Alpha Course begin? Our current Alpha session is ongoing in Fr. D'Arco Hall. It started on Tuesday September 16, 2014. Classes start at 6:00 p.m., and will meet each Tuesday night. In addition, there will be two special events offered to participants: a Saturday Holy Spirit retreat and a day of instruction on the Liturgy of the Eucharist on a later Saturday (both are required for those preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Confirmation, and/or First Communion). There is still time to get registered and attend the current class.
How do I register for the upcoming Alpha? To either sign up for The Alpha Course or to volunteer for the Alpha team, please contact Deacon Dave Little at (505) 892-1511 Ext 104 or via email at
Alpha can only take place with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. If you are a confirmed, practicing Catholic, and can commit to one night per week and one weekend of your personal time for 22 weeks (including training), please consider serving God and His Church by volunteering for the next Alpha Course.
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Closed on Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation.
Saturday: 5:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 6:00pm.
9:00am & 6:00pm.
Weekdays: 8:30am & 5:30pm. Saturday: 8:30am, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, & 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511