Labor Day is a National Secular Holiday that can Positively Affect Christians
Americans have celebrated Labor Day weekend since 1882. From picnics and parades, to fireworks and barbecues, thousands of people every year take time to relax and recreate. While every working person in the nation knows that Labor Day means a day off from work, most may not know the history behind it and why it is a national holiday. And for Christians, celebrating Labor Day should mean much more than honoring the workers of America. It should be a time set aside to assess our priorities, both in the working arena and in our personal lives.
Labor Day was instituted as a national holiday on June 28, 1894, a day set aside to honor the working men, women and children who were the industrial foundation of America. Through the efforts of the Central Labor Union, and other trade unions throughout the states, the labor movement successfully established regulations that governed the working world, such as eight-hour days, two-day weekends, minimum wage and the abolishment of child labor. This movement eventually introduced an annual ‘day off’ for the working man, a day to pay tribute to those who contributed to the social and economic success of the nation. But the concept of an official day off of work began long before Congress voted it into existence.
A day of rest began at Creation: “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work.” This day of rest was of such importance to God, that He established it as part of His law: “Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD.
God created the heavens and the earth, birds of the air and beasts of the field. Every living thing seen today originally was created by God. This day of rest is meant to be a time of refreshing, of looking over accomplishments and either enjoying the results or seeking ways for improvement.
Labor Day can be a time that we aside to assess where we are with our goals, priorities and the like. Are we on track with our personal walk with God?
Enjoy this weekend and may God Bless all our young people returning to school.
Our Parish Picnic is on September 16th. It has become one of the parish’s biggest community events. If you are attending, you can pick up wristbands for family members in your household for FREE this weekend and next weekend after the Masses. You can also stop by the church office from 9:30-12:30 & 1:30-4:30 M-F to pick up your wristbands.
Pre-registration closes Sunday, September 10th after 12 Noon Mass. Wristbands will be available for purchase at the check in table at the picnic.
If you are attending the picnic, please pre-register…it’s free!
The picnic is a fun event for all. It takes a team to make the picnic such a great event. Please consider volunteering for the picnic…if you have been part of the team in the past or for the first time. We still have positions open such as grillers, waste management and set up and tear down teams. All positions will also allow you to enjoy the picnic with your friends and family.
To be part of the team, please contact Sue Hartmann at 201 652-1899 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Janet Nemec at 201 444-6362 or email@example.com