NEW BRUNSWICK – Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will be the principal celebrant at the diocese’s second annual Labor Day Mass to be held 10 a.m. Sept. 2 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 56 Throop Avenue. All are welcome.
“It is important that we make the time to recognize the dignity of all workers and the right to work and a fair wage which is at the heart of Catholic social teaching,” noted Bootkoski.
Established last year, the Mass is being offered for workers, especially the working poor, said Msgr. Joseph Kerrigan, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, who will deliver the homily at the Mass.
Themed, “Lifting Up the Dignity of Workers,” the liturgy will celebrate the sanctity of work in every form and the importance of Catholic social teaching in the daily toil of laborers.
Following the Mass, a light reception and informational program will be held in Sacred Heart Parish Hall. At the event, table displays will highlight the working heritage of New Brunswick.
In addition, representatives from the parish’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be available for consultation, along with representatives from New Labor, which advocates for safety and equal rights for workers, and The Intersect Fund, a small-business support and assistance organization that provides training and micro-loans to local entrepreneurs.
First celebrated in New York in 1882, today Labor Day, is a federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. According to the United States Department of Labor’s website, “it is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
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