Download the Emigrant Parish Resource Pack which includes prayers of the faithful and various prayers for Emigrants.  Produced by the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants.

Emigrant Parish Resource Pack

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Introduction

A Phobal Dé,

As a consequence of the serious downturn in the economy, increasing numbers of Irish men and woman are again leaving our shores in the hope of making a new life for themselves and their families. Their departure leaves a void in our lives – as families and parish communities. It is important that we as Church come together to remember and pray for our emigrant population.

We hope this Resource Pack will assist you in raising awareness of the issues affecting Irish emigrants and to ask for the prayers and support of parishioners. It is also an opportunity for the Church to inform the laity of the good work being done and show solidarity with those who have ‗lost‘ loved ones to emigration.

I encourage you to make use of the resources contained in this pack in reaching out to the people of your parish on the issue of emigration and the various challenges it brings with it.

If the Council for Emigrants can be of any assistance to you in your ministry, please contact our office in Maynooth. I also encourage you to visit our website www.catholicbishops.ie/migrants.

With every good wish

Yours sincerely,

Séamus Hegarty

Bishop of Derry

Chair of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants

Prayers of the Faithful

Introduction (by the Presider)

Let us bring our petitions before God, confident that our prayers are always heard.

Intercessions (announced by the deacon, cantor or another person)

  1. We pray that the leaders of the Church will be guided by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
    Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray that young people, inspired by the example of Patrick, may courageously take up the missionary challenges of our age as joyful witnesses of the gospel. We pray that Ireland and its people may always treasure their Christian heritage.
    Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray that those who have travelled from other lands to make Ireland their home may be warmly welcomed into our communities and may they enrich us with their presence and their gifts.
    Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for Irish people all over the world, that they may enjoy God‘s favour. We remember especially those who are lonely and those who cannot return home.
    Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for families, who are without a loved one through emigration.
    Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray that those who have died receive the crown of righteousness that is reserved for them. We remember in a special way all our Irish brothers and sisters who have died far from their homeland.
    Lord, hear us.

Conclusion (by the Presider)

Heavenly Father, we thank you for our faith and the life and example of St Patrick. Hear the prayers we now make, in the name of Jesus, your Son, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for Emigrants

Lord,
Bless all those who have left our country and now live in other lands.
Give them a strong faith so that they will always put their trust in you and make you known
by the example of their lives.
Console those who are lonely because they are separated from those they love.
Help all missionaries who are working far from home to make your love known.
Bless our people overseas who are sick or in prison.
We pray for foreigners living in our country that they may experience our hospitality.
Grant your eternal welcome to our emigrants who have died and to all the dead.

Leckpatrick Parish, Derry Diocese