Each year, near to the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the migrant communities of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster gathers for a Mass that is full of song, vibrant energy and great joy.
The theme for 2020 is:
‘You are clapping for us, now pray with us’
We value the incredible contribution of migrants to so many services that are now being recognised and honoured as essential.
Many Migrant workers are amongst those on the ‘frontline’ – in the NHS and care homes; working as delivery drivers, cleaners and caterers.
This is a moment to honour them in prayer – especially considering so many are financially vulnerable, working on zero-hours contracts or pay that is below the Real Living Wage.
We also remember of the wonderful Catholic Social Teaching that recognises everyone as “our brothers and sisters”, calls us to tear down borders that divide and exclude any group of people, and has mandated us to pay a Real Living Wage ever since Pope Leo XIII wrote about it in 1891.
The Mass can only be online, of course, as we cannot gather together physically. We also appreciate that not every family can access the Internet as they have no WiFi or hardware. Perhaps if you know a family near to you in that position, you can find a way to help them?
You can follow the Mass more closely by downloading the Order of Service. Available here:
All are welcome!