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2017 USCCB Labor Day Statement with Pastoral Resources

The 2017 Labor Day Statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which was released on Wednesday, August 30. In his 2017 Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, calls for action based on a vision of work that supports the flourishing of the family, a clearer understanding on the nature of poverty, and solidarity with those on the margins of society.  Read the full statement here.  The USCCB has also created a pastoral resource to help Catholics reflect on the dignity of work and workers. 

All are invited to say the following Prayer for Labor Day, provided by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving Father, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living. 

We thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and the glory of your name. 

We lift up to you all who long for just employment and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere. 

May those of us who are now retired always remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity. 

May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

St. Joseph, Patron of Workers, pray for us.

USCCB provided Pastoral Aid for the 22nd  Sunday in Ordinary Time which falls within Labor Day Weekend



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