Unions Kicked Off Labor Day Parade at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

(R-L) Msgr. Kevin Sullivan; Mayor deBlasio; Vincent Alvarez, President AFL-CIO NYC Central Labor Council; Mario Cilento, President NY State AFL-CIO; George Gresham, President 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers


More than 500 labor leaders and union members kicked off New York City’s huge Labor Day Parade this past Saturday, September 12 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the annual Labor Mass celebrated by Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities.
Car wash workers, many of whom are recent immigrants, brought up the gifts of bread and wine during the offertory procession.  Some of them will also be represented next week when Pope Francis meets and blesses immigrants and refugees assisted by Catholic Charities during his visit to New York.  
Also attending were workers from a broad cross section of New York’s organized labor.  They included construction, hospital, car wash, and theatre workers as well as teachers, teamsters and municipal employees. 
The mass reinforces the dignity of workers and the right to decent jobs, longstanding Catholic values and commitments.  Cardinal Dolan, who could not be present this year because of a commitment out of town, conveyed his message of support and solidarity to those at the Mass. 
George Horton, director of Catholic Charities Department of Social and Community Development, and his staff organized the Mass and coordinated participation. Msgr. Robert Ritchie, Rector of the Cathedral of St. Patrick’s, led the viewing of the annual labor parade from the Cathedral’s steps.  

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