The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows - whose memorial is celebrated on September 15. September falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
The Holy Father's Intentions
Protection of the Oceans - That Politicians, Scientists and Economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans.
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Focus of the Liturgy
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)
St. Peter Claver (September 9)
Holy Name of Mary (September 12)
St. John Chrysostom ( September 13)
Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14)
Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian (September 16)
St. Robert Bellarmine (September 17)
St. Januarius (September 19)
St. Andrew Kim and Companions (September 20)
St. Matthew (September 21)
Sts. Cosmas and Damian (September 26)
St. Pio (September 23)
St. Vincent de Paul (September 27), and St. Jerome (September 30).
The feasts of the Birth of Mary (September 8),
Our Lady of Sorrows(September 15),
Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (September 29) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
Food for Thought
Opening Our Doors to Others, Beyond Our Comfort Zone
When you hold a banquet . . . (Luke 14:13)
Doesn’t it seem as if Jesus is giving his fellow dinner guests etiquette lessons here? He’s telling them whom to invite and whom not to invite to their parties. He’s advising them on how to choose a seat at the table. He’s even showing them how to avoid the embarrassment of having the host move them to a lesser place!
But Jesus is doing something more important than teaching good manners. He is challenging his listeners—and us—to move beyond the safe circles we tend to build for ourselves. We are all familiar with the gatherings Jesus describes in this passage: parties filled with “friends . . . brothers . . . relatives . . . wealthy neighbors” (Luke 14:12). They’re cozy. They’re comfortable. And they create a closed loop. There is no room for people who are different from us, especially the poor or anyone who might make us feel uncomfortable (14:13).
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with family meals or neighborhood gatherings. Jesus loves seeing us come together and enjoy each other’s company. He even promised to be with us when “two or three are gathered” in his name (Matthew 18:20)! The problem comes when this is the only kind of interaction we have. He doesn’t want to see us trapped in the same closed loop that ensnared the people in today’s Gospel.
Jesus isn’t expecting you to throw open your doors and host a meal for any and all takers. But he is asking you to stretch out your hand a little more to the “poor” people around you. It could be a family from your parish or neighborhood who is struggling through unemployment. It could even be a wealthy neighbor who, now retired, lives alone and whose family never visits. You don’t even have to share a meal. All Jesus is asking for is your willingness to give without expecting anything in return. It’s what he does for you; now he is asking you to do the same.
“Lord, help me to reach beyond my circle of comfort to touch the lonely and needy around me.”