Sunday, April 21, 2024

Join in the Nationwide Novena to Pray for the Protection of Life

Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life, beginning January 19, to pray for an end to abortion.

A novena is a period of prayer and action over the course of nine successive days. The 9 Days for Life novena is an opportunity to pray, reflect and help build a culture of life in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Recent figures from the National Right to Life Committee indicate that nearly 63.5 million babies have been killed by abortion since Roe v. Wade.

The nationwide 9 Days for Life novena, January 19-27, will pray for an end to abortion. The novena is an effort of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Daily intentions highlight a different topic – such as an end to the practice of abortion, healing for those who have had an abortion, support for expectant mothers, and the protection of human life at every stage. The intentions are accompanied by a reflection, educational information, and suggested daily actions.

The novena encompasses the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22.

Lend your prayers and voices to the pro-life movement by joining in the 9 Days for Life novena at You can download the entire novena, or sign up to receive the daily intentions, reflections and suggested actions to promote a culture of life. Participants are encouraged to share their pro-life witness on social media with the hashtag #9DaysforLife.

Connect with the Diocese throughout the novena with its daily social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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