Annual Mass for Labor

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The annual Mass for Labor comes together to celebrate and pray for the working men and women who are the backbone of the economy.  The Mass is usually celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral immediately prior to the Annual Labor Day Parade.  While the COVID-19 pandemic this year forced cancellation of the labor parade, the NYC Central Labor Council requested to the celebration of a live streamed Mass for its members at the traditional time at 9:00 AM on Saturday September 9th .

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York will celebrate a live streamed Mass from the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at 325 E. 33rd Street in Manhattan. 

This year’s Mass for Labor takes on added solemnity in the time of COVID-19.  So many frontline workers risked their lives providing essential services for New Yorkers this past Spring throughout the height of the pandemic.  Many unfortunately became infected with the virus, and tragically some lost their lives carrying out these essential services.  We will remember them and their families at this Mass.

The scripture readings for the Mass express themes of unity and strong foundations.  The Labor movement in the United States exemplifies solidarity across generations and sectors fighting for decent jobs.  This is one of the strong foundations upon which a revitalized economy needs to be built.  The dignity of the human person demands decent work that enables workers to provide for their families and positively contribute to society.  The best tradition of the labor movement has looked beyond the narrow interests of its own members towards contributing toward the common good of society.  This legacy needs to be preserved and enhanced in these chaotic times.   Labor’s values of solidarity and mutual concern are the strong foundation needed for bridging the harmful divisiveness that engulfs us. 


Worship Booklet for the Annual Mass for Labor