Once she completed Alpha, Sarah Drake’s attitude towards her faith changed.

“I just started to fall head over heels in love with the Catholic Church, with so much richness, tradition and beauty and I wanted to learn about it,” said Drake, a parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Franklin.

Alpha is a 10-week ecumenical Christian program that communicates basic Christian beliefs. Examples of topics covered include the Incarnation of Jesus, salvation, prayer and Scripture reading.

Each session of the course lasts nearly two hours and includes dinner, a video presentation and small-group discussion. Also as part of the course, participants attend a weekend of day-long retreats.

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