- Sep 18, 2020
The New York Archdiocese’s “Mass for Labor” this year was offered Sept. 12 from the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Manhattan with just a few faithful in the pews during the morning liturgy, and many union members watching via livestream.
The celebration of Labor Day this weekend reminds us of the blessing of being able to work, as well as to receive the benefits of the work of others.
he 2020 edition of the annual “Gaudium et Spes Labor Report” issued by the Catholic Labor Network has found more than 600 Catholic institutions with unionized workforces.
Given the “somber” realities imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, for companies to put profits over safety is “unjust,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement.
The 1919 “Bishops’ Program for Social Reconstruction” was showcased in this year’s Labor Day statement to demonstrate how so many of the issues the bishops touched upon a century ago in the wake of World War I’s end still resonate in improving the conditions of workers today.
In the bishops’ annual Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said the recent economic news may not “give an entirely accurate account of the daily lives and struggles of working people, those who are still without work, or the underemployed struggling with low wages.”