Archbishop to Celebrate Mass of Blessing for Human Labor

Mass to be held Labor Day Weekend

August 26, 2007

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will celebrate a Mass of Blessing for Human Labor this Labor Day weekend:

Saturday, September 1, 2007
5:15 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

The Mass is open to the public and is held to recognize the dignity and value of human work and to join in prayer and gratitude for our nation’s workers.

Dignity of work and the rights of workers is central to Catholic social teaching, which sees work as participation in God’s creation. The Church calls for respect of basic rights, such as the right to fair wages, productive work, private property, economic initiative and the right to organize and join unions, as necessary to protect the dignity of work.

Historical Note: Seventy-five years ago, in 1932, United States President Herbert Hoover dedicated a statue in honor of labor advocate Cardinal James Gibbons, the former Archbishop of Baltimore (at the time, the Archdiocese of Baltimore included Washington, DC). That statue remains standing in a small park at the intersection of 16th Street, NW and Park Road, immediately in front of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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