Diocese of Metuchen to hold Labor Day Mass in New Brunswick
Delegation to the Philippines to be sent forth with blessing
20 Aug 2014
NEW BRUNSWICK – Rev. Msgr. Joseph J. Kerrigan, director of the diocese’s Catholic Charities Solidarity Team (CCST) and pastor of Holy Family Parish, will be the principal celebrant at the diocese’s third annual Labor Day Mass to be held 10 a.m. Sept. 1 at Holy Family Parish’s Sacred Heart worship site, 56 Throop Ave. All are welcome.
“In almost any direction, you can pick a theme in the Labor Day Mass when it comes to work, such as working families and income inequality,” said Msgr. Kerrigan, who also serves as the diocesan director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Established two years ago, this year’s Labor Day Mass will be offered for Filipino Catholics in the diocese who serve in the health care industry and in honor of the support provided by the diocese in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Msgr. Kerrigan added.
In his message to participants of the 2014 International Labour Conference, Pope Francis said, “At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it. Human labor is part of that creation and continues God’s creative work. This truth leads us to consider work as both a gift and a duty. Indeed, labor is not a mere commodity but has its own inherent dignity and worth.”
In response to Pope Francis’ call to continue God’s creation through human labor, the Diocese of Metuchen will send its first delegation to the Philippines to aid in Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. During the Mass, the four-person team of representatives from CCST traveling to the region affected by Typhoon Haiyan, will receive a blessing and sending forth before embarking on their journey later that day.
In addition to Msgr. Kerrigan, the delegation team includes Rev. Gerardo Paderon, parochial vicar for the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Metuchen; Ernest C. Revoir, diocesan service area director for the Office of Social Justice, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen; and Corabeth P. Reyes, also known as Chinky, a registered nurse who is a member of Queenship of Mary Parish, Plainsboro.
A collection at the Mass will benefit the diocese’s long-term recovery efforts in the Philippines for issues such as permanent housing and livelihood restoration.
In March, the diocese was recognized by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an organization which helps to carry out the commitment of the U.S. Catholic Bishops to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas, for its significant contribution to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
Altogether, the faithful of the Metuchen diocese donated about $600,000 to the emergency fund initiated by CRS – one of the largest amounts collected for this effort among the Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S., according to CRS officials.
For information about the Mass or to learn more about CCST Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts, visit www.ccsolidarity.org/haiyan-response.
Catholic Charities Solidarity Team is a program of the Office of Social Justice, an integrated office with the Social Justice Service Area of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.