Novena App from US bishops gathers thousands to pray for life

9 Days for Life Apple | Android
With this free app, you can join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops‘ annual Novena For Life which begins January 21! You and thousands of Catholics across the country will gather (digitally) in prayer to end abortion. The novena–nine consecutive days of special prayers for a particular cause–begins Saturday, January 21 and ends January 29, 2017. ‪#‎Call2Prayer‬

This clean, simple and user-friendly app opens to a calendar which takes you to the day’s prayers, then reflection, then “Act of Reparation”–suggested things you can do in penance for others and to foster a culture of life. The app will open in either English or Spanish, depending on your device’s settings. [La aplicación se abrirá en inglés o español, dependiendo de la preferencia de idioma del teléfono.] 9 Days for Life requires you to register with an email address to proceed. That’s annoying, but you will get the prayers emailed to you daily as your reminder to pray. The app even lets you set the time of day you want to receive your reminder.

Tnine-days-screenshothe significance of the date for this novena?  January 22 is the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence. The annual March for Life takes place in Washington DC each year on or around that anniversary date. Because of the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, the March for Life has been delayed by the National Park Service until Friday, January 27th.

Depending on when you read this post, the 2017 update may not have been released. You can still download the app at any time and then check for the update. Better yet, enable automatic app updates on your device and this will be taken care of.

Additional features of this app:

· Gallery of images. Share your favorites!
· Instagram sharing capability
· Optional social media share text (daily intentions & image gallery)
· Spiritual preparation tools
· Info on other ways participate in “More Info” section
· Active hyperlinks

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Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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3 Comments on “Novena App from US bishops gathers thousands to pray for life”

  1. Dennis Rey Ortojan
    January 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

    Thank you for this Catholic Apptitude:)

    On 9 Jan 2017 10:43 a.m., “Catholic Apptitude | A testament to digital ministry | The Best List of T

  2. Jenny Berryhill
    January 9, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    It’s the 44th anniversary of Roe v Wade. I was born, today, January 9, 1973, just shy of two weeks before the decision came down. My life was protected but the quarter of my generation that was born after me, and the millions since then, were not so lucky. Thank you for forwarding this app..

    • January 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks for the math correction. Happy birthday!!

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