Today marks the joint celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker and International Workers' Day.
It is a chance to acknowledge the role of workers in our world and renew our commitment to ensuring there is dignity in work.
In 1955, Pope Pius XII also established the day as the Feast of St Joseph the Worker in order to reflect Joseph's status as a model for and patron of workers. The Church highlights, especially, Joseph's patience, persistence, courage, and hard work.
In the words of St Pope John Paul II: “Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God.”
This year the YCW is also launching a new fundraising campaign to coincide with today’s important commemoration. Throughout the YCW’s history, it has relied on the generosity of it’s members and supporters to keep going. One such initiative was the option to donate a days wage - or perhaps the equivalent of this spread over the year as a regular donation.
If you would like to support the YCW and our mission to uphold the dignity of work - please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/youngchristianworkers or download a standing order form here.
We also ask that you keep workers in your prayers and continue your support of our mission to young workers in particular.