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Monsignor Kevin Celebrates NYC Labor Day Parade with Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral

labor day banners outside St. Patrick's cathedral

by John-Mark de Palma

Thousands of working women and men, representing over 150 unions and labor groups marched in the annual New York City Labor Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on September 7th. The parade kicked off after the conclusion of a special Mass celebrated at St. Patrick's Cathedral by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. 

In his homily, Monsignor Sullivan reminded the faithful that their leaders, both in the secular and non-secular worlds, are there to serve and help those who are the backbone of society and not vice versa. He said, "Jesus responded to his questioners who were critical of his and his disciples violating the Sabbath by reminding them of the right priority: 'The Son of Man is Lord of Sabbath.' This should be a reminder to us in both the Church and the labor movement.  The Church and its leaders exist to serve God, not the other way around.  The labor movement and its leaders exist to serve working man and women, not the other way around.”

monsignor kevin sullivan distribues Eucharist at st. patrick's cathedral

Leading the parade as its Grand Marshal was Elizabeth Schuler, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), alongside Parade Chair Ernest Logan, president of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA).

In a statement to the Brooklyn Paper, Ms. Schuler said, "This is such an exciting time for working people all across the country who are joining together and mobilizing on a scale that I’ve never seen,” says Shuler. “From teachers and hotel works, to video game developers, and grocery store workers, the power of the working people is rising. It will be such an honor to be in New York City with workers who lead this charge, and make lives better for all working families every day.”

The two photos that appears here were originally featured in the article, Faithful Workers, by Chris Sheridan, Catholic New York.