Catholic things to do in Rome in September 2017


There are so many things to do in Rome in September.

It’s a great time to visit! The summer heat is beginning to fade – no matter how hot it is on August 31st, September 1st is always cool and breezy. Restaurants that were closed in August are open once again. The city is coming back to life!

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Here are some usual actives that occur around Rome in September.

Catholic Feast Days

This is not a comprehensive list, but some feasts and celebrations you’ll find around Rome.

September 3
Pope Saint Gregory the Great – His tomb is at Saint Peter’s Basilica. All day they have his altar decorated. Following the 5 PM Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Altar of the Chair, there is a procession that you can join over to his tomb.

September 8
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 13
Saint John Crysostom – For hundreds of years, his tomb was in the Choir Chapel, also known as the wedding chapel, of Saint Peter’s Basilica. This is one of the few times of the year you can visit this beautiful chapel to see his tomb. However, his remains were transferred to Istanbul in 2004.

September 14
Exaltation of the Holy Cross – What better place to celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross than at the church containing the relics of the Cross, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.

September 15
Our Lady of Sorrows

September 16
Memorial of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian – Saint Cornelius is buried under the main altar of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

September 17
Saint Robert Bellarmine – His tomb is at the church of Sant’Ignazio.

September 21
Saint Matthew the Evangelist and Apostle – While his tomb is in Salerno, Italy, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major also has some of his relics beneath the main altar.

September 23
Saint Padre Pio – You can venerate his relics at the church of San Salvatore in Lauro. This church celebrates the Feast of Saint Padre Pio all week, often with Cardinals and Bishops celebrating the Masses. This church also has relics of Saint John Paul II, and the arm of Saint Jude.

September 26
Saints Cosmas and Damian – These two medical doctors and martyrs are buried at the Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano near the Colosseum / Roman Forum.

September 27
Saint Vincent de Paul

September 29
Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the archangels

September 30
Saint Jerome – His tomb is hidden somewhere in Saint Mary Major.


Several churches around Rome offer Mass in English.

The Pope

The Holy Father is traveling to Colombia from September 6th – 11th. He has his usual schedule in Rome other than that. Click here for the current Papal Calendar.


Vatican Museums are open on Friday nights.

I often have a pilgrimage group or two in September, but I always try to make room for my day tours as well. Check out my most popular day tours of Catholic Rome and let me know if I can show you around.


September temps average between 70°F – 82°F.

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