This image of a Rohingyan Refugee family, modelled on the Holy Family, is a reminder of the many refugee families in our world facing difficulties. It was commissioned for the December 2019 issue of a magazine called Yawp! in India. The issue centred around the themes of displacement and of migrant crises around the world.

According the United Nations Refugee Agency more than 79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are more than 25 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18, and 4.2 million people waiting for a decision on their asylum claims.

Once A Month, For Three Months

While fundraising members of our committee came to appreciate the considerable challenges facing millions of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide.

Conscious that their needs are both material and spiritual we have committed to gathering monthly to pray for them and for all who support them.

These times of prayer will take place before the Blessed Sacrament in St. Michael’s Church, Ballinasloe, and will be accessible via the internet.

Due to Covid 19 public health guidelines only those leading the prayer will be physically present in St. Michael’s but we hope you will join us via the internet (details below).

Time & Dates of Prayer Services

8 – 9 pm, November 9th
8 – 9 pm, December 14th
8 – 9 pm, January 11th.

Internet Access

Please click on this image or on the link that follows at the time of the Prayer Service.


The personal intentions of all who join will also be remembered, and of all impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic.

If you would like an email reminding you of these prayer times on the relevant days please email the words “Refugee Prayer Reminder” to .

Hosting Of Additional Prayer Services

If you would like to host a prayer time for refugees and asylum seekers in your own faith community and would like a copy of the Prayer Resource that will be used by the Prayer Team please email your request to .

We wish to express our thanks to the Elphin Diocese’s Pastoral & Faith Development Services for furnishing us with this resource.

Interfaith Prayer Service

Our group would also welcome an opportunity to pray with persons of other faiths and Christian denominations living in the greater Ballinasloe area. If you would like to assist in the planning of such a Prayer Service please contact us by email @

Thank you.

Return to Syrian Refugee Appeal web page.

Updated: November 1st 2020.