Day of Prayer & Penance for Life and Novena (Jan. 21–29)

    On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States in its companion decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Since that time, millions of children have lost their lives and millions of women and families have been wounded by abortion. The Church designates January 22 as a “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or almsgiving.

    The USCCB sponsors a nationwide novena called “9 Days for Life,” which surrounds the liturgical observance of the Day of Prayer. In 2020, the novena will take place January 21 – 29, 2020. Join thousands of Catholics nationwide praying the annual novena, January 21-29. Sign up today at


"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”  (Jeremiah 1:5)


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