Our annual Esker Novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help begins here on Tuesday June 4th, the day after the June Bank Holiday. Esker Novena is a home for everyone.
‘God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, God is in this person’s life. You have to trust God.‘ (Pope Francis).
Dates: Tuesday June 4th to Wednesday June 12th, incl.
Times: Weekdays: 8am, 10am, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Times: Sunday: 8am, 10am, 12noon, 4.30pm, 6pm, 8pm.
Confessions will be heard before and after each session of the Novena in Esker, with the exception of Sunday.
Special Events: Saturday June 8th, Mass and Anointing of the Sick at 12noon.
Sunday June 9th: Blessing of Babies and Small Children, at all sessions.
Our Preachers: Fr. Brendan Callanan C.Ss.R. (the new Superior in the Esker Community, as of May 15th): Brendan is a proud Cork man! He has spent a total of 33 years in S. America, between Brazil and Suriname. He was provincial of the Dublin province of the Redemptorists for six years, 1993-9. He returned from Brazil four years ago and has ministered in St. Joseph’s parish in Dundalk since then.
Fr. Gerry Moloney C.Ss.R.: a native of Doon, Co. Limerick. Ordained in 1988. He spent 20 years as Editor of Reality magazine and director of Redemptorist Communications. He is a big supporter of Limerick hurling, Munster rugby, and Liverpool. This is his third time preaching at the Esker Novena.
Clare Gilmore is from Co. Down. She is a graduate of Milltown Institute in Dublin (2000): She has worked in youth ministry, hospital chaplaincy, adult faith development. She preaches parish missions and Novenas. She is currently working in Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne.
Fr Denis Luddy C.Ss.R.: another proud Cork man. Ordained in 1991, he has spent most of his priestly ministry in Ireland, giving parish missions, novenas and retreats. Denis is a highly regarded preacher.