With app, you can easily join the national novena to end abortion

Despite the government shutdown, the annual March for Life will take place in Washington, DC on January 18.  An app created just for this important event makes it easy for you to join in the national prayer Novena surrounding the march.

9 Days for Life  Apple| Android  With this free app developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,  you and thousands of Catholics across the country will gather (digitally) in prayer to end abortion during the Novena For Life which begins January 14!  The novena–nine consecutive days of special prayers for a particular cause–ends January 22, 2019. ‪#‎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. These concrete actions on your part help enrich the prayer with your sacrifices–which means you add skin to the game.

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.

The significance of the date for this novena?  January 22 is the 46th 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 60 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 near that anniversary date. This year it takes place on Friday, January 18.

Want to have the novena daily texted to you? Text 9DAYS to 55000 for text messages with prayer intentions for life and access to reflections, suggested actions, and more! ¡Texto 9DIAS a 55000 para mensajes de texto con intenciones de oración por la vida y acceso a reflexiones, sugerencias para acciones y más!

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If you can’t join the March for Life, you can join the national novena prayer initiative, 9 Days for Life. Just download the free app provided by the USCCB.

Categories: Blog for Catholic Apptitude

Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother and avid Catholic app user who worked for many years in marketing/communications holding degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. She authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status in 2016 for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York from which stemmed the history book of the basilica, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of this book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website, CatholicApptitude.org, a blog cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices. What began as an e-mail service to priests and seminarians looking for quality Catholic apps for mobile devices has grown into this world-wide community of Catholic app enthusiasts looking for and recommending great Catholic apps.

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