San Alfonso Retreat House Responds to Coronavirus Concerns

ANNOUNCEMENT (updated March 19th)

Programming to be Suspended March 13 through April 13th  (Updated March 19th)

Following the guidelines of the United States Center for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey Health Department, and local public health officials, San Alfonso Retreat House is cancelling all programming at the Center from Friday, March 13 through Monday, April 13, 2020.  We make this decision out of an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of all our retreatants and from our desire to cooperate with recommendations and practices that limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.  

Thankfully, we have had no cases or incidents of the coronavirus to date here at San Alfonso. We take this action of temporarily cancelling our programming, as recommended by medical and public health experts, to ensure the continued safety of our guests when we resume programming.   We will be in touch with all retreatants and program participants impacted by this decision and make it our priority to reschedule another time for your visit to San Alfonso. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 732-222-2731 with any questions or concerns regarding this message.  Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your interest in and support of San Alfonso.

Please join the Redemptorist Community and the San Alfonso Retreat House Staff in praying for the recovery of all those who are affected by this disease and those who care for them, and for the swift containment of this outbreak.  With God’s help, we look forward to resuming our programming and welcoming you, our treasured retreatants, back to San Alfonso very soon.  May you be blessed with peace and good health until we can be back together again.  

During this time of concern regarding the coronavirus, San Alfonso Retreat House is committed to giving timely updates regarding our schedule in accordance with the directives from the CDC and other civic  authorities - please visit our page regularly or consider liking and following our Facebook at 
https://www.facebook.com/alfonsoretreats/ for the most current updates.   

 
 

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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