Emigrant Resource Pack 2011

08 Mar 2011

The Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants (IECE) has published an Parish Resource Pack for 2011. The Resource Pack aims to assist parishes and dioceses in raising awareness about the issues affecting emigrants and to ask for the prayers and support of parishioners.

Emigrant Resource Pack 2011

By dedicating prayers and services to this important issue, it is hoped that those affected by emigration will find some comfort and support. The Parish Resource Pack includes suggested prayers for the Prayer of the Faithful, homily notes, an insertion for the parish bulletin, migration statistics, a brief synopsis of the work of the IECE and a poster.

Please find below a link to the Parish Resource Pack and to the poster


Emigrant Resource Pack (pdf)




Message for St Patrick’s Day 2011 from Bishop Séamus Hegarty

An article on contemporary challenges facing Irish emigrants by Fr Alan Hilliard

Prayers of an Irish Mother

Here is a short prayer from the classic collection ‘Prayers of an Irish Mother’. Prayers for emigrants were an integral part of Irish prayer books during the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. Prayers of an Irish Mother is still in print.

For our loved ones far away

St. Colmcille,

who suffered the pain and grief of exile,

watch over the children of Ireland,

scattered throughout the world.

Obtain for them solace and courage,

and keep them true to God

in every trial and temptation.