Esker Church is open again for Mass each weekday at 1oam: capacity is 23 people. On Sundays, it is open for Mass at 11am, with capacity at 30 people. The Front Office is open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 to 12noon. The Church is open for visits, from 12 noon to 2pm, Monday to Saturday. It is not open on Sundays after the 11am Mass. Thank you for your understanding.
You can join us daily ON-LINE at this website, for Sunday Mass at 11am, and for Weekday Masses at 10am. Let your friends know that they can easily find us now on www.eskerreds.ie, and can send messages or prayer-requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. For Mass at the times mentioned, click on Webcam button on the right, on the home page.
A Message from Fr. Brendan Callanan C.Ss.R., the Rector in Esker.
REDEMPTORIST CHURCH ESKER: GUIDELINES – COVID-19
We are living in a very unusual time. The pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges to us all. Consequently, we have to take a number of precautions to help diminish the threat of the coronavirus.
We re-opened the church on the 6th of July for the celebration of Mass. I am very grateful to those who have come to church to pray and/or participate in the Eucharist. I am grateful also for your cooperation with the stewards.
Our church is relatively small and, for that reason, we can only accommodate 23 people in the body of the church. Courtesy of our arrangement with Church Services TV, you can join us on-line for our Mass each day by logging on to our website www.redemptoristsesker.ie and clicking on the webcam to follow Mass live at the appropriate time (Monday to Saturday at 10.00am and Sunday at 11.00am)
SOME GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL
I wish to remind you of some guidelines, which we all need to follow, to help make Esker Church a safe place for everyone and to enable us to keep the church open for daily Mass.
On Arrival you are asked to give your name. This is solely for tracing purposes, if that becomes necessary.
Sanitizer: please sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the church. Sanitizer is available in the porch.
The wearing of a mask is now a requirement in closed spaces.
Distancing: it is important to keep the required distance from others. This is why, on arrival in the church, the steward will show you to one of the designated places to sit for Mass, and after Mass will also guide you leaving the church. Physical distancing is important outside the church as well.
Face Covering: we encourage you to use a face covering when you are in the church. This helps us to protect one another.
Communion: to receive communion please remain in your place. The Eucharistic Minister will approach you. When you extend your arm, the sacred host will be placed on the palm of your hand. Communion will not be placed on the tongue.
At end of the Celebration: The steward will guide people, beginning at the back of the church, as they leave the church. If you wish to light a candle, please remain in your place and wait for the steward to guide you to the candelabra.
Novena Petitions/Thanksgivings: It has been strongly recommended not to leave pens or paper on the altar rails. The suggestion, then, is that you write your petition/thanksgiving at home and place it in the petition box when you come to church. I understand that this is an inconvenience but appreciate your cooperation in the matter. Alternatively, you can send your petition/thanksgiving by clicking here on email@example.com, or just click on ‘Pray with Us‘ at the top of this page, and entering your petition/thanksgiving prayer. Continue to send in your prayer requests, all the time. Thanks.
Donations: There is no basket collection during Mass but there is a donation box at the back of the church where you can give your contributions. On our website, www.redemptoristsesker.ie there is also a DONATE button and it is possible for you to make a contribution that way. We are very grateful for any support you can give.
May God bless each and every one of us.
Fr. Brendan Callanan C.Ss.R., August 7th, 2020.
DURING THE NOVENA TO THE MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP (Tuesday Sept 1st to Wednesday Sept. 9th) , THE CHURCH WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR MASSES. WE WOULD NOT WISH TO HURT ANYONE OR ANY FAMILY BY TURNING THEM AWAY, FOR LACK OF SPACE.
YOU CAN FOLLOW MASS ON-LINE ON THIS WEBSITE, BY CLICKING THE WEBCAM BUTTON AT THE TOP.
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST, IN ESKER CHURCH
The Mass Schedule is as follows:
MASS on weekdays, 10am , Monday to Saturday. (On Saturday, Novena Prayers will be included).
MASS on Sundays, at 8am and 11am, in the church.
You are asked to arrive in good time, so that proper protocols may be observed, as required in this time of Covid 19. We appreciate your cooperation in all of this.
There are twenty three (23) spaces in the Church. This is a relatively small number, but we are conscious of the continuing importance of physical distancing , – two metres at present.
PLEASE BRING A MASK: USING A MASK IS A WAY OF PROTECTING YOURSELF AND PROTECTING OTHERS.
IF YOU ARE ILL IN ANY WAY, OR HAVE A TEMPERATURE, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.
LIVE-STREAMING OF MASS DAILY FROM ESKER – Weekdays at 10am, Sundays at 11am.
On opening the Esker website, you will find a button on the top right corner - ‘Webcam’.
Click on the Web-Cam button on the right, to participate in our daily Mass, or, alternatively, find us on churchservices.tv/esker
We would be happy to hear from you by email, to let us know how you find it. You can also send in petitions and intentions for prayer. Thanks.
SUPPORTING ESKER: 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.
ESKER 2020 ANNUAL NOVENA DATES: September 1st to 9th, inclusive. If you can’t come to the Novena, the Novena can come to you! Join us online. We have not forgotten you, and we hope you will join in with us for this great event.
Meantime, ESKER CHURCH is open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 12noon to 2pm, for people to visit and pray. It will be Closed on Sundays, from after the 11am Mass. Social distancing – 2 metres apart – is to be observed. Please use the sanitisers that are available
The SHOP is opened now, Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 until 12noon.
The Monastery and the Walks remain closed until further notice.
The Grounds and the Pitch & Putt Course remain closed until further notice.
REDEMPTORISTINE NUNS in Drumcondra, Dublin: You can find them on www.rednuns.com, and follow Mass from there, daily, if you wish.
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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!