September Overview

The month of September is dedicated to dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15..

The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time.

The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of September 2021 An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle:

We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally

sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this

Feasts for September

The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of September are:

01. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday

02. Eusebius of Vercelli; Peter Julian Eymard, Opt. Mem.

04. John Vianney, Memorial

05. Dedication of St. Mary Major, Opt. Mem.

06. Feast of the Transfiguration, Feast

07. Sixtus II and companions; Cajetan, Opt. Mem.

08. Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday

09. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Opt. Mem.

10. Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Feast

11. Clare, Memorial

12. Jane Frances de Chantal, Opt. Mem.

13. Pontian and Hippolytus, Opt. Mem.

14. Maximilian Kolbe, Memorial

15. Solemnity of the Assumption, Solemnity

16. Stephen of Hungary, Opt. Mem.

19. John Eudes; St. Bernard Tolomei, Opt. Mem.

20. Bernard, Memorial

21. Pius X, Memorial

22. Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday

23. Rose of Lima, Opt. Mem.

24. Feast of Bartholomew, Apostle, Feast

25. Louis of France; Joseph Calasanz, Opt. Mem.

27. Monica, Memorial

28. Augustine, Memorial

29. Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday

Highlights of the Month

During September, as in all of Ordinary Time (formerly known as Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy does not focus on one particular mystery of Christ, but views the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the Gospels, and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for us to be a follower of Christ. During Ordinary Time we can concentrate more on the saints and imitate their holiness as Christ’s followers.

This month the main liturgical feasts are St. Gregory the Great (September 3), Birth of Mary (September 8), St. Peter Claver (September 9), St. John Chrysostom (September 13), Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14), Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15) Sts.Cornelius and Cyprian (September 16), St. Robert Bellarmine (September 17), St. Andrew Kim and Companions (September 20), St. Matthew (September 21), St. Pio (September 23), St. Vincent de Paul (September 27), Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (September 29) and St. Jerome (September 30).

The feasts of the Holy Name of Mary (September 12), St. Januarius (September 19), and Sts. Cosmas and Damian (September 26), are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.

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