Coronavirus Update as of June 8, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT

Latest Coronavirus Update as of June 8, 2020

Programming Continues to be Suspended through July 11

 

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 public-health crisis and in accord with the directives of federal, state and local health officials, San Alfonso Retreat House continues the suspension of all programming at the center through Saturday, July 11, 2020.  This decision continues to be made out of an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of our retreatants and from our commitment to cooperate with recommendations and practices that limit the potential spread of the coronavirus in the wider community.  

Thankfully, we have had no cases or incidents of the coronavirus to date here at San Alfonso. We continue the temporary cancellation of our programming to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests, our staff, and the San Alfonso Redemptorist Community.  We are also pleased to share that we are currently engaged in the process of making plans and preparations to provide a ‘safe and healthy’ environment here at San Alfonso when we are able to resume programming.  

These days and months of dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic undoubtedly have been difficult, stressful, and painful, - in ways personal and particular to each of us, and in ways common to all of us. The many facets of life in these Covid-19 times have highlighted our shared vulnerability, fragility, and beauty in the community we are as ‘God’s people, holy and beloved.’  It has been hard for us to not have you, our wonderful retreatants, here during these past weeks and now in these beautiful days of summer’s beginning. It is also a challenge for all of us to remain patient and have to “take things a day and a month at a time” in terms of re-opening, given our love of this sacred space and our need to plan!  Yet, as a people of faith we trust that with God’s help the day of our reopening will come soon.  In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and count on your prayers as we all look forward to that day!              

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 732-222-2731, x140 with any questions regarding this message or any other matter of concern and remember to check our website and Facebook page for updates on reopening and programs, etc.   We invite you to join our Redemptorist Community and our Retreat House Staff in continued prayer for the recovery of all those who are affected by this disease and those who care for them, and for ongoing progress in the containment and treatment of it.  

Thank you for your attention to this message and for your ongoing prayers, interest, and support of San Alfonso.  Be assured that you are remembered in our prayers each day that the plentiful love of Jesus free you from all fear and fill you with peace now and always.  Peace and blessings to all.  

 

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San Alfonso Mourns the Passing of Brother Bernie Read more

 

Spiritual Communion During this Time of Pandemic

 

Making an Act of Spiritual Communion has a long history in the Christian Tradition. This practice reflects a deep desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. During this time of an international health crisis, we offer the following Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists, and we pray that we may soon gather again around the table of the Eucharist to receive him sacramentally. 

My Jesus, I believe you are really here in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love you more than anything in the world, and I hunger to feed on your flesh.  But since I cannot receive Communion at this moment, feed my soul at least spiritually.  I unite myself to you now as I do when I actually receive you.  Never let me drift away from you.

 

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