Church to celebrate mass with workers, laity on Labor Day

Catholic Bishops, instituting a new tradition, will celebrate Holy Mass with workers, farmers and fisherfolks on Labor Day at the historic Church of Quiapo, whose regular churchgoers are composed mainly of toiling masses.

Dubbed the Concelebrated Mass for the Working People at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the Holy Eucharist will be concelebrated by the clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila, and will be led by Bishop Jesse E.  Mercado, D.D., the National Director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines(CBCP) Commission on the Laity.

“We certainly believe that these heroes, the farmers, fisher folks and laborers can be saints in their own ways as Catholic Laity through tirelessly struggling for a just and humane society according to the Gospel,” according to Rev. Fr. Erik Adoviso, minister of the Archdiocesan Ministry for Labor Concerns (AMLC) of the Archdiocese of Manila.

“Workers are human persons, who are created in the image and likeness of God. They deserve decent wages for decent living. They are called to live life to its fullness according to St. John,” added Fr. Adoviso.

“These working people are centuries-old heroes of our economy. They are the ones who till the land and explore the seas to bring food to our tables. They are the ones who run the industries to provide our needs. But their heroism was never rewarded by our society. After centuries of hard work, generation after generation, these people still suffer from poverty and injustices.” Fr. Adoviso added.

“That is why, until this day of our modern world, the supposed celebration of the Labor Day is an occasion of suffering and grievances,” said the priest from the Holy Trinity Parish.

The concelebrated mass for the working people is in line with the celebration of the (2014) Year of Laity (ordinary catholics) with the theme: “Filipino Catholic Laity: Called to be Saints…Sent Forth as Heroes,” to emphasize the role played by the Catholic faithful in the “sanctification and transformation of the world”.

“Saint John Paul II taught us that man is more important than things, and labor is more important than capital because labor is from a human person”,Adovisoadded.

The mass will start at 12:00 noon and will be followed by a brief catechetical formation on the lives of workers, farmers and fisherfolksat 1:00 PM.

By 11:45 am, members of the Church led by the Manila clergy will welcome workers, farmers and fisherfolks in a symbolic “Salubong” that gives light and new meaning to the term “Church of the Poor”.

Fr. Erik Adoviso is one of the convenors of the Church Labor Conference (CLC) andJubillee Coordinator of the Farmers, Fisher folks and Laborers of the Year of the Laity.

The member organizations / mass attendees are as follows.

Aniban ng ManggagawasaAgrikultura (AMA)
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
Federation of Free Workers (FFW)
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)
Manggagawa ng KomunikasyonsaPilipinas (MKP)
Manggagawa para saKalayaan ng Bayan (MAKABAYAN)
National Confederation of Labor (NCL)
PartidoLakas ng Masa (PLM)
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA)
ProgresibongAlyansa ng Mangingisda (PANGISDA)
Urban Missionaries (UM-AMRSP)
Archdiocesan Ministry for Labor Concerns-Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM-AMLC)


Contact:        Fr. Erik Adoviso / Ryan Carlo Roan 0908-203-8297

Julius Cainglet, 0917.8553279  |


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