Today is the Feast Day of St Joseph the Worker: a special day for the many churches in our Diocese dedicated to the foster-father of Our Lord – and a particular festival for the parishioners and parish priest of St Joseph the Worker at Sherburn-in-Elmet!
Since 1955, 1 May has made Christian the previously entirely secular tradition of honouring workers everywhere which began in the late 19th century as ‘International Workers’ Day’, also known as ‘Labour Day’.
The Catholic Church holds fast to the principles of fair-treatment for all who must work for their living; and under Canon Law, must treat employees in strict accordance with the Civil Law, giving them contracts of employment and upholding all the rights which Justice demands they are due.
Can. 1286 Administrators of goods:
1/ in the employment of workers are to observe meticulously also the civil laws concerning labor and social policy, according to the principles handed on by the Church;
2/ are to pay a just and decent wage to employees so that they are able to provide fittingly for their own needs and those of their dependents.
Today, we remember in prayer all those who like St Joseph labour to provide for their families and contribute to society; all those who cannot find work; and all those who strive for workers’ rights, including Trades Unionists and responsible employers.