SHOOT : The annual Mass for Migrants.
Venue : St George’s RC Cathedral, London.
Up to 2,000 Catholic migrants living and working in London attended a special Mass for Migrants at Southwark Catholic Cathedral on Monday, 2 May 2011 (the Feast of St Joseph the Worker) at 11.00am.
The Homily at the Mass for Migrants was given by the Bishop of Brentwood, Thomas McMahon. In his Homily he highlighted the achievements of the campaign for a Living Wage, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. He stressed the importance of ensuring that migrant workers are not exploited and emphasised that Catholic Social teaching calls for dignity and justice for the worker.
This was the sixth Mass for Migrants to have been organised jointly by the Diocese of Westminster, the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Diocese of Brentwood and supported by their Justice and Peace Commissions. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and Bishop Thomas McMahon, the Bishop of Brentwood. Over 50 priests took part in the celebration of the Mass, many from the 47 Catholic ethnic chaplaincies in London.
The Mass reflected the tremendous diversity of London’s Catholic community. Dignitaries attending included Theresa de Vega, Consul General, Embassy of the Philippines; HE Bobby McDonagh, Irish Ambassador; HE João de Vallera, Ambassador of Portugal; HE Mr Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Mayors of London boroughs attending included Cllr Christina Valcarcel, Mayor of Lambeth; Cllr Harbhajan Singh OBE, Mayor of Mrs Kawal Singh, Mayoress of Brent; Cllr David Marlow, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames; Mrs Jane Marlow Mayoress of Richmond upon Thames; Councillor Nirmal Singh Gill, Mayor of Barking and Dagenham; Cllr Sally Mulready, Speaker of Hackney.
About the Feast of St Joseph the Worker
Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St Joseph the Worker in 1955. The Church has constantly emphasised that Jesus was a carpenter, trained by Joseph. Catholic social teaching stresses the dignity of work, and the rights of labour.