9 Days for Life

From January 21 to 29, the Diocese of Saginaw will celebrate “9 Days for Life.” Faithful will gather at eight designated parishes across the Diocese to pray for and raise awareness of respect for all human life.   

You can participate by praying along with the livestreams, attending liturgies at designated parishes (see schedule below) and by utilizing, reading, watching and discussing the materials on this page. 

The 9 Days for Life will open with the Knights of Columbus Novena for Life on January 21 at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. The Novena for Life will then continue at seven additional designated parishes each day until the final day on January 29 at the Cathedral. The Knights of Columbus Councils from the designated parishes will lead each Novena, which may be followed by an event planned by the parish, such as Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary and more. Each parish will also livestream their events. In addition, videos and formation materials are available below. 

Invitation from Bishop Robert Gruss

Schedule and Locations for Novena and more 

You are invited to attend the events below in-person. Livestreams of the events will also be available. Simply click the Facebook or YouTube pages linked below at the designated times to watch. Learn how to watch livestreams from the Cathedral here. 

Click to download/print a worship aid which can used to pray the Novena along with the live stream.

Friday, Jan. 21 - Novena (bilingual) at 6:30 p.m. followed by Holy Hour at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw. 

*Saturday, Jan. 22 - Novena (bilingual) at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m.at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw. 

*Saturday, Jan. 22 - Mass at 4:30 p.m. and Novena at 6:30 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Shepherd YouTube page Facebook page

Sunday, Jan. 23 - Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by Novena (bilingual) at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish, Midland 
YouTube page

Monday, Jan. 24 - Novena at 6:30 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Bay City 
Facebook page

Tuesday, Jan. 25 - Novena at 6:30 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer at Resurrection of the Lord Parish, Standish 
Facebook page

Wednesday, Jan. 26 - Novena at 6:30 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer at St. Peter Parish, Chesaning 
Facebook page

Thursday, Jan. 27 - Novena at 6:30 p.m. followed by Taize Prayer at Holy Spirit Parish, Shields  
YouTube page

Friday, Jan. 28 Novena at 6:30 p.m. followed Prayer Service at Good Shepherd Parish, Ubly 
Facebook page

Saturday, Jan. 29 - Novena (bilingual) at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. followed by a reception at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw. 

*The Novena will take place at two locations on Jan. 22.

Booklet for Family Prayers and Activities

We invite you and your family to participate in nine days of prayers and activities using a printable booklet (linked below in English/Spanish). Inside you will find daily prayers, family activities and coloring pages.

Family prayer booklet (PDF) 

Locally Produced Videos 

Please note that some of these videos include accompanying links to helpful resources such as reflection questions, scripture, catechism and more.  

Advisory for parents/guardians and educators- The following videos contain mature subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences. We encourage you to review before sharing.

Defining Pro-Life


The Greatest Injustice of Our Generation

Reflection questions and prayer

Suicide and Respecting Life

Reflection questions, scripture and more

Taking care of the Earth and Ourselves

Reflection questions for discussion

Respecting Body and Soul

Living with Suffering

Reflection questions, scripture and more

Respect for the Person Regarding Racism

Common good, social justice, unity and more

War and Peace

Reflection questions, scripture and more

Additional Resources

USCCB National Vigil for Life

USCCB's 9 Days for Life

Supreme Court Dobbs vs. Jackson

Walking with Moms in Need

Audio/video recordings featuring our local priests lay faithful