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This observance was originally a secular holiday, and basically remains such. The first Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882, in New York City. A second Labor Day was observed on September 5th the following year. By the next year, 1884, the first Monday of September was selected as a holiday for workers in New York. Twenty-three states adopted the holiday by 1894; so on June 28th of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday throughout the nation. Thus a day honoring our workers!
While Labor Day is a secular holiday, it does touch on some basic religious tenets. Referring to Adam and Eve we hear it said: “Be fertile and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). People have both the right and duty to till the earth, to find satisfaction in their work and to receive a just recompense for the work they do.
Besides being a secular holiday with religious overtones, this holiday also marks the end of the summer season, though September can be very warm. The entire weekend is a good opportunity to relax, remembering that we work, so that we and others can live with dignity, peace and security. Work serves the needs of people; people are not servants to work. May all of us enjoy this Labor Day weekend in the beauty of summer. Please join us for Mass at 9:00 a.m. today
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