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Post-Abortion Healing

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  • If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available:
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How Can I Participate in 9 Days for Life?


The 2016 9 Days for Life novena has ended, but the U.S. bishops invite you to continue praying for life year-round!

Sign up to receive monthly emails or text messages with new prayer intentions for life, reflections, actions and more!*

Check back to this page in the months to come for 2017 updates.

*By signing up for the monthly messages, you'll automatically receive the 2017 novena in January.

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Then it's as easy as 1-2-3!

1. PRAY the novena from Saturday, January 21 - Sunday, January 29, 2017.

2. GATHER together in prayer and action with others.

3. SHARE your experience online!                                                             

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While the overarching intention of the novena is the end to abortion, it also addresses topics spanning across the range of life issues.

Each day's one-page prayer guide focuses on a different intention and is comprised of five short sections:

  1. Intercession
  2. Prayers
  3. Reflection
  4. Acts of Reparation
  5. One Step Further

Access the novena any of the following ways!

  1. Free mobile app (Available for both iOS and Android; loads in either English or Spanish to match phone's language settings.)

  2. Email / en español

  3. Text messages with a link to each day's one-page prayer guide

  4. Webpage version / en español - Check back for 2017 updates!

  5. Printable version / en español - Check back for 2017 updates!
    (black-and-white: English, en español)

  6. Facebook event / en español  - Check back for 2017 updates!

  7. Follow us on social media: Twitter / en español -- Facebook / en español -- Instagram

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A Latino family prepares a meal together. Blend Images photo for illustrative purposes only.

Local Diocesan or Parish Events

To find out what events may be occurring near you, you can contact your local parish or diocese.

Our diocesan locator can help you determine the diocese in which you live, as well as your diocesan website. Many diocesan websites provide listings of parishes.

Private Gatherings

You can also plan a gathering of your own! It could be as fancy or as simple as you want.


  1. Gather family and friends for a potluck. Coffee and Conversation: Respect Life Program Discussion Guide
    Then pray, reflect, and discuss the
    first day of the novena after the meal.

    (Suggestion: Use Coffee & Conversation  (en español) to guide discussion on the article "10 Ways to Support Her When She's Unexpectedly Expecting."

  2. Invite some co-workers to pray and discuss the novena together over lunch.

  3. Choose one of the acts of reparation to do together as a family, and invite another family to join. (Example: Write notes to people who are lonely or needing encouragement.)

  4. Pray a Rosary with a family member or friend using pro-life prayer intentions (en español).

  5. Host a movie night to watch a pro-life movie or other age-appropriate films or documentaries on life issues. 

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There are many ways to share your experience online. Pick from below, or come up with some of your own!


Post online how you participated in 9 Days for Life that day, why you are participating, or what being pro-life means to you.

Example A: Being pro-life means bringing meals to my neighbors who have a new baby.

Example B: "I joined 9 Days for Life because my son, who was born with Down syndrome, defies 'easy categorization.' Every life is a good and perfect gift."

  • Step 1: Record a 5-15 second video, or print the custom sign (en español) fill it in, and take a selfie of you holding it. (Black-and-white available here.)
  • Step 2: Post your video or selfie on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #9DaysForLife, and tag @USCCB. We'll pick from the best to share!


  1. Download today!
    You can use a special cover photo and/or profile picture for your social media accounts from January 21-29 (or for as long as you want!).


Use the social media kit to share the novena's daily intentions and other respect life images. (Pre-written posts for each image are available, so most of the work is already done for you!)

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