Esker Church will be open from Monday May 18th: daily 10am-2pm.

At Esker’s Front Gate – always a welcome.

ESKER CHURCH WILL RE-OPEN ON THIS COMING MONDAY, MAY 18TH  for four hours daily,  from 10am each day to 2pm, for people to visit and pray.  Social distancing – 2 metres apart – is to be observed.  Please use the sanitisers that are available. 

There will be no Public Masses in Esker, for the time being.

The Monastery, Reception and Shop remain closed until further notice.

The Grounds and the Pitch & Putt Course remain closed until further notice.

Greetings to you all, from Esker. Thank God, we are all well, and please God we will continue that way.  Following all the guidelines, we are ‘cocooning’ ourselves, and keeping our physical distances. May the Lord protect you and all your loved ones, and protect all of us here in Esker. We pray for you all here, daily, when we gather (with plenty of spaces between us) for prayer.

LIVE-AT-FIVE:  OUR LADY’S NOVENA ON-LINE:   Each Saturday, at 5pm, on FACEBOOK ESKER REDEMPTORISTS, from now until June 27th, the Feast of the Mother of Perpetual Help, Fr. Séamus Devitt (or another), will celebrate on-line (from an upstairs room)  the Novena  to the Mother of Perpetual Help.  Pass the word. It can be viewed any time after that, if you cannot join us live.

LIVE-AT-FIVE:  SUNDAY MASS FROM ESKER, ON-LINE:  Again on FACEBOOK ‘ESKER REDEMPTORISTS’,  join Fr. Séamus Devitt  for Mass at 5pm, celebrated in an upstairs room in the Monastery. As soon as the Mass is over, the screening will be uploaded also to FB Youth Ministry Esker, and to FB Seamus Devitt (7?) as well. You can tell your friends, and maybe they can join with us in prayer for our Sunday Mass.  Remember –  5pm Saturdays, 5pm Sundays.

DONATING: You can now donate securely to the upkeep of our Church and Monastery using a credit card. Simply click on the Donate Now button on this front page,  and choose the amount you want to donate. You will be guided through the steps.


REDEMPTORISTINE NUNS in Drumcondra, Dublin:  You can find them on, and follow Mass from there, daily, if you wish.



A few images that may lift your hearts:

From the corridor in Esker Monastery











You can  follow Mass daily from the Redemptorist Church, Mount St. Alphonsus, in Limerick: Daily 8am, 10am, and 7.15pm Monday to Friday: and 10am and 7.15pm Saturdays.  SUNDAYS 12 noon and 7.15pm.

Or you can follow Mass from Clonard Monastery:  Monday, Tues, Wednesday, Friday 7am, 9.30am, and 6.15pm. THURSDAY is Novena Day at Clonard (Novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help): 7am, 9.30am, 4pm, 6.15pm, 9pm.  SATURDAY 7am, 9.30pm, 12 noon, and 7.309pm.  Sunday 7,9.30, 11am, 12.30pm.

You can follow Mass from Loughrea Cathedral by clicking on to, or from Knock Shrine by clicking on to

When you cannot receive Holy Communion physically, you can say this prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori, from his Visits to the Blessed Sacrament:

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION:   ‘ My Jesus, I believe that You art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You were already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You; permit not that I should ever be separated from You.    Amen.

God bless and protect us all, at this time. Go bhfóire Dia orainn ! Dia linn, ló ‘gus oiche!

'The Madonna of Ireland' - in a church in Gyor in Hungary since 1652. Linked to the then-Bishop of Clonfert, Walter Lynch. (Photo adapted by S. Devitt C.Ss.R.)
































ST ROCH:  Ever hear of St.Roch, – patron saint of people with infectious diseases?   Found this on Midwest Radio website. Found what follows it on website of parish of St Roch, in Oxford.

March 30th, 2020: On Tuesday’s Mid-morning Show on MidWest Radio, a listener asked if we could share the following prayer on our website. For the times we’re living through, it is very apt.

St Roch was marked with a red cross on his chest at birth. When his parents died he inherited great wealth which he gave to the poor and devoted his life to helping the plague-stricken and sick. His miraculous powers were known to have cured many with the, “Sign of the cross”. He is Patron Saint of invalids. His Feast Day is 16th August.

Prayers to Our Patron For Healing during this current health crisis and  throughout the pandemic , asking our patron to intercede for the whole world. 
O Blessed St Roch, Patron of the sick, have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering. Your power was so great when you were in this world, that by the sign of the Cross, many were healed of their diseases. 
Now that you are in heaven, your power is no less. Offer to God our sighs and tears and obtain for us the physical and spiritual health we seek: 
(Mention your request…)
This we ask through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
St Roch, Pray for us, that we may be relieved from all diseases of body and soul.
(Repeat 3 times)

Lord Jesus, may thy will be done.


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