San Alfonso Retreat House Responds to Coronavirus Concerns

ANNOUNCEMENT (May 14th)

 

Latest Coronavirus Update as of May 14, 2020

Programming Continues to be Suspended through June 25

PLEASE NOTE:  In addition, the Summer Clergy Institute July 5 - 10, has been cancelled

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 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 Thursday, June 25, 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 desire 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 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, x140 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 ongoing progress in the containment and treatment of it.  With God’s help, we look forward to resuming our programming and welcoming you, our treasured retreatants, back to San Alfonso as soon as possible.  As we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in this Easter season, may the Spirit of the Risen Christ bring us peace and hope during these challenging times.  Peace and blessings to all!

 

 
 

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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