Letter from Father Jim, 3/24/20

The Catholic Church encourages the faithful to make frequent, even daily, Communion. Today, the normal opportunity to receive the Eucharist comes at daily Mass. When we cannot make it to daily Mass, however, we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we express our faith in Christ and in His Presence in the Eucharist, and we ask Him to unite Himself with us. The basic elements of an Act of Spiritual Communion are an Act of Faith, an Act of Love, a desire to receive Christ, and an invitation to Him to come into your heart.  The following is a translation of an Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

 Amen.

This is indeed a difficult time. I have to follow the directive of ourBishop and not have any public gathering on church property. Also giving Eucharist would violate personal contact. Let us keep praying and offering spiritual communion and find in the promise of Jesus to be with us always. Trust that God has us in His embrace. Stay strong and I will continue to let you know if anything changes.

Peace & Blessings,

Rev. James Antiporek, Pastor

 

 

 

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