Alpha at Carlingford

Alpha at Carlingford

Starts on Tuesday 14 May at Carlingford at 7 pm

All are welcome to “Come and See”.  We begin with dinner at 7 pm.
Alpha is in the Parish meeting room behind the church
Parking ~ enter via the driveway beside the church at 543 North Rocks Road Carlingford NSW

For more information please contact:
Maree at the parish office 9876 2853 or maree@eppcarl.org.au or Denis McNamara 0410 041 944 or denis.mcnamara@eppcarl.org.au       

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Do you know? Do you care?

Did you hear of the teacher who asked a student to explain the difference between “ignorance” and “indifference”. The student paid no attention and did not seem interested, so the teacher asked again. Then the student said very strongly, “I don’t know and I don’t care!” Excellent answer. That is the difference!

Ignorance is ‘I don’t know’ and Indifference is ‘I don’t care’.

Some parents have wondered, how do I “tell” or “teach” my children about my Catholic faith, because it is so important to me? This is a clue ~ if they are ignorant and indifferent, telling them will not help, for they don’t know and don’t care. There is another approach, offer them your reasons for the knowledge and hope you have and present your experience for caring.

The reason is the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is someone you can have a personal relationship with. The friendship and trust in Jesus is very real and this changes everything. When they see how you “do care” about life, about them and about others, they can see how loving is caring and may become curious to learn more.

As adults we run into all kinds of things that can lead us in all kinds of directions that don’t bring life. Sometimes we find ourselves doing life in ways that don’t give life, but we don’t know what to do about it anymore. Most of us find ourselves captive to fear and addictions and just bad choices – and that’s not life and we know it.

“Alpha gives us a chance to take a pause as we sit around a table over a meal, and talk about ‘how we are making out?’” We explore life’s basic questions. “At the end of the day, God is real or God is not, and if God is, you’re going to want to find out a little bit about what God is offering. Does God know us? Does God care about us? There is evidence that God is not ignorant nor indifferent to us.

If you have questions, your curiosity opens the door to ask about what you don’t know. You also open up to other people, that shows you do care. This is an invitation to go beyond being ignorant. Bring your questions to Alpha.

Register on-line at https://www.bbcatholic.org.au/epping-carlingford/groups-and-ministries/alpha or fill in the Alpha form at the back of the Church of just “Come to Alpha”. We begin at 7 with dinner on Tuesday evening 14 May, in the meeting room behind St Gerard’s Church in North Rock’s, Rd Carlingford. The first night is an introduction, so Come and See.

Denis McNamara ~ Supporting missionary disciples in our parish who run Alpha