Sometimes We Need a Reminder!

Have you ever started praying a novena only to forget to pray it after a few days?

This used to happen to me all the time!

I started this website to help me and you to remember to pray all 9 days of the novena prayers. I do this by sending you email reminders with the novena prayers right in the body of the email.

Now, if you’re like me, you check your email every day. So, when you’re checking your email, you will be reminded to get praying!

It turns out that I’m not the only one who needs reminding… So far, several thousand people have joined in praying novenas with the help of these little reminders!

You can get your own reminder and pray together with thousands of others by signing up here:

About Us

John-Paul and Annie Deddens

Hi there, our names are John-Paul and Annie Deddens. We’re just a regular Catholic couple.

I (John-Paul) started this site because I wanted to pray more novenas, but I would constantly forget to do it on the right days.

It got to the point where I would not pray novenas because I didn’t think it was worth starting and not finishing. I realized that this was a problem when…

A while back, my girlfriend (now she’s my wife!) asked me to pray the Immaculate Conception Novena with her. I declined because I knew I would forget to pray everyday.

As I thought about my response, I realized that it really wasn’t good enough and I set out to create something to help me to remember to pray.

And PrayMoreNovenas.com was born!

At the time, I worked full-time in the pro-life movement as the director of a non-profit I started, Students for Life. So, by day I would save lives, by night I would remind you to pray! Annie was a local news producer.

It has grown so much in just a few short years that now my wife Annie and I are now working full-time on this ministry!

A lot of prayers have been answered and God has blessed this community. I hope you will join us!


What People are Saying…

“This is really great, John-Paul! Thank you so much for doing this :)”
– Grace K.

“Thank you so much for providing this invaluable service! I LOVE it that the prayers come right to my inbox – NO excuses, and NO more forgetting! God bless you!”
– I.S.

“Just a word of thanks and gratitude to you for helping me and LOTS of people pray. I really appreciate all the time, effort, and work that is involved in such a work of God. God bless you, thank you!”
– Connie M.

“THANK YOU so much for sending us this novena each day.”
– Liz

“I wanted to tell you that I have felt a wonderful sense of unity by being a part of this prayerful endeavor… Thank you!”
– Patty

Join us in prayer here:


Other Things We Do

Annie writes a blog called Catholic Wife, Catholic Life.
John-Paul is still involved with Students for Life of Illinois.
We also run Pope Quotes.

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  1. Everyone has their own requests for St. Jude and I have my own. But one request that we all should have is for Pope Francis and the Catholic church here in America and around the world. We need to be united in our faith and the hope it brings to all Catholics and to the world. I pray that all Catholics pray for this man,Francis our Pope.

  2. Thank you both so much for this ministry. I love novenas and am so encouraged by you! My prayers are for you also – think about the expotential prayers and graces! It equates to love. God bless.

  3. I just want to let everyone know that one of my prayers to Saint Jude were answered, I was praying to pass my NCE back in October and I just received my scores I passed, I know it was a miracle, Saint Jude’s intercession was the only reason, because I did not have enough time to finish this test and I passed.

  4. This is beautiful.it will help us pray more.i thank the Holy Spirit who gave you this inspiration.Thank you for the good work of Faith.

  5. Tanx for doing this. I pray dat God deliver me from spiritual attacks,divine healing, fruits of d womb,employment thru this novena prayer in Jesus name Amen

  6. Please I am on bended knee asking for Devine intervention and cleansing as I search for life soulmate and partner. 3 very since my heartbreak 3 years ago it has been hard dating and weird for me to even try. I haven’t been coming across upright spiritual Catholic gentlemen with good human personalit which has made it even harder. I seeking penance and cleansing to ban away any evil that could be blocking my blessings. I am 27 and ready to settle down and share my life with someone. Support and be their for someone.

  7. Please pray for my son. He is an addict and has no motivation to get better. He suffers from depression and low self esteem. My husband and I are desperate. We feel we are losing him to his addictions. Please pray for us.

  8. Hello,
    Last Novena i was not able to pray reasons i cant tell,its either my net is down,i forgot. This coming one tomorrow i want to have the continues 9 days without fail. I have a lot of things i need to accomplish in 2015.
    1. Stop drinking 2.Get a new job 3.Looking for a partner to settle with 4.Go back to school and complete my undergraduate.5Praying for my friend to get a new job6.Praying for my grand mum.

  9. Thanks …looking forward to the first novena prayer,i feel things are just not working out right,i need a better job,my husband business hasnt been doing well,so i feel financially drained…i just need that peace of mind all shall be well in God’s perfect timing…lets pray for one another…
    be blessed.

  10. My daughter graduates this Friday and needs a job. She also is weak in her faith. I beg our Lord to guide her to a good job and aide me in helping her to come back to the Catholic Church. I offer all my works and sufferings.

  11. Our 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer again the day after Thanksgiving. She was four when she first had cancer. It’s called Ewing’s Sarcoma. We have seven children and are a good practicing Catholic family. I am not only asking for prayers, but also donations. We are in dire need of gas money. We calculated the cost out, and for a years worth of treatment it will cost us $10,4K. We don’t have that kind of money and are only asking for help on gas. This does not include the price of groceries or miscellaneous items. Right now we have one electronic fundraising site it is attached to my facebook page under Penny Nicholson Spiker. The site is called You caring.com,
    My daughter’s name is Cassandra E Spiker. If you can share or spread the link I would so much appreciate it. I love your novenas and try to pray each one. They lift my spirits, Thanks again. Please contact me via email as soon as possible. Thanks! God Bless Penny Spiker

  12. I would like to pray for my husband of over 32 years, now. That he find a great job, wherever it be the most beneficial to our family. I know that I am sick and we hink it best to be here; but should we be wrong ,. please, show us Your Will for family.
    Above all else, Lord, Thine will be done. I love you!

  13. I was diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. Go today to find out the results of cat scan after 34 radiation treatments I pray it will go well, will start chemo next week. I am not asking for everyone’s help to get me through this.

  14. Peace be with you all,
    I am looking to get in Spanish the “Pray More Novenas” reminder on my e-mail.
    Please let me know if it is available.
    I do appreciate your blessed work.
    In Union Of Prayer,

  15. St. Catherine I humbley pray that you interceed and send me a man whom will love & cherish me and propose marriage and love my son like his own, as his father has passed away 6 years prior and I am still single. Also please allow me to recognize this man as the one whom you have sent. Thank you amen

  16. Thanks so much for a great job.I was told by a friend about this site so I decided to visit cos I love praying novenas and what I saw here was great and I thank God and our blessed virgin mary for d wisdom granted u n I look forward to pray more novenas with friends all over the world cos I believe so much in community prayer.may God bless us all n our lady intercede for us.please pray for me for my admission and for Gods direction in choosing a life partner.

  17. I would like to say how much I’m greatful and Thank My Lord Father,Son and Holy Spirit for finding your website.I’ve been lost most of my 53yrs until today at 3:am heard a voice call me telling me to wake up and pray,I picked up my Spiritual Warfare Prayer book I had been putting to aside this morning I did. I’ve been struggling with so much adversity sin,neglected judged .I let all the bad that I’ve and have been done me I believed God had never Loved me.I’m tired I just wanna to ask for forgiveness and show how to walk his path, to be obedient it won’t be easy for me but it’s not impossible.Guidance for this.Thank. You,may God Bless You.
    Patricia Villages

  18. I am so grateful for being led to this site. I have been praying the novena of the sacred heart of Jesus for many years now – but off and on. An Irish friend told me years ago it changed his life and taught me to pray the novena. I am under great stress right now, trusting to the sacred heart of mercy and grace. My work is spiritually strenuous. The few relatives I have left in this world are broken from one another and from me. And now the love of my life – under the great stress of being unable to find work at age 58 – believes we have grown apart and suddenly left without ever saying he was unhappy, never coming to me to work on our partnership. I don’t believe we have grown apart. But the stress of our lives have weighed heavily on us both. I do not know the outcome – only God does. But I pray for reconciliation between us, and in my family if it be God’s will by the sacred heart of Jesus.

  19. Please pray for me I’m studying and it difficult for me to do my units its like I can’t find the words to write and I don’t want to give up .I wanted to finish so I can get a good job.please pray for me..

  20. Please pray for our small family business, to get the many orders that are needed to keep the doors open. We now face going on unemployment. With the help of Prayer, I know in my heart we can be working once again. Thank You. Amen

  21. I am going through chemotherapy and need as many prayers as possible that this treatment is working and that it will kill all the cancer cells in my body, and that i will make a complete and full recovery. If this doesn’t work they will need to find some type of experiment. This treatment needs to work. Thank You and God Bless you all!!

  22. PLEASE.. pray for my son Ponky. I desperately need a miracle to happen for my child. It hurts me to see him struggling for the right decision to make. He don’t have any motivation at all to do anything for the sake of his future. Please help me pray for him. He is my only child.

  23. Good morning you you both

    I was reading your message and for some unknown reason the notice that I had bee unsubscribed from your site, therefore I am joining again.
    I love your site and I pray novenas and appreciate your reminders.
    One of my prayers that I prayed to St Jude was that my little grand daughter to start walking. And on the 28th she did. She is almost 2.
    Our whole family is Thankful to St Jude. Thank you.

  24. I understand that Friday there will be a mass for departed loved ones, I have lost my mother 7 years ago and would like to know what do we do for this mass? Do we give her name or do we join in mass online? I am new to this sorry.

  25. Thank you for all you do to further the kingdom of God. It’s so awesome to see other on-fire, vibrant, young Catholics. Grace-filled you are! Great apostolate!

  26. Thank you, St. Jude and Terese…
    Already 2 of my prayer requests have been answered since I began my novenas with you yesterday. I’m in awe and thankful. PLease continue my prayers that I reconcile with someone very important to me (DB) and we become romantic partners in life, a great new job to open up for me that will bring happiness and fulfillment and for my son to come home to stay with me at Christmas! God Bless and thank you for your intercedence in these prayer requests….

  27. Help! For some reason, the daily reminders stopped being delivered each day to my mailbox right in the middle of the St.Jude Novena – this was the only way I could find to get in touch with you.

  28. Please pray for my son Sean. He’s addicted to liquid codiene. He is getting worse by the day and I don’t have all the money for interventionist. He will not go to treatment on his own.

  29. Thank you for what you do. I wanted you to know that your reminders work great for me. I look forward to my Novena prayer each day.

  30. Greetings. I just learned of this website from a parish member and I am asking each of you to please pray for employment, guidance and wisdom for myself. I know God has all our plans yet I find myself losing hope when I fear I can’t meet my financial obligations. I give thanks to Him for all he continues to do for me and my family and use the time and talents He blessed me with to help others. Thanks to all of you.

  31. Dear Paul and Annie, God bless you for this beautiful work that you are doing. But I have not been getting regular prayer messages from you. Especially the last two Novenas and even this one. Please is there anything I need to do to continue receiving your mails especially Novenas? Thank you.

  32. I’m not sure where to write prayers, but here should suffice. My prayers during the St. Jude Novena will be for my brothers every day. I pray that their hearts are softened and opened to God’s existence and love. I pray that they are shown from every angle that God exists, God loves them (no matter what – we’re all sinners), and God has wonderful mercy on us all. Thank you!

  33. pray for me for my PR in Australia and a good life .struggling hard in my job and financially . i dont have a home to live in ,i live in a terrible place always scared and no proper sleep i know god protects me and i give thanks for every thing but jesus i am now tired please show mercy ,also to get into a good married life as soon as possible as i am now 35.

  34. I found this sight just when I was about to give up. Please pray for my marriage of 27 years we are going thru some infidelity issues on both sides. We have such anger and hurt for each other in this difficult time. I do not want to give up. I pray his anger and hate be filled with love that I know deep down inside is still there.. Heal my marriage and my family.

    • Hi Brenda there is a good book that I think may also help you through this time. If John-Paul could suggest some way of getting it to you. It is a story of a woman also wanting to save her marriage. It has helped me and I’m sure it will help you as well. It’ll double up your prayer time, but i’m sure you wont mind that.

  35. Thank You so much for this amazing ministry you both provide to all of us! It is a true blessing to have such a young, talented, devoted, & beautiful Catholic couple truly doing Gods will and work. This has been a blessing in my life and I know it will be in the very many that I will continue sharing with all around the world.

    May God Bless You Both, Janeen

  36. I would like to print out the Novena for: Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena. It is calling to me but when I go to the page with each day printed I cannot find a way to print this. Any assistance you can give me will be appreciated.
    I love all the Novenas and pray them with you. I also have made gift donations.
    God Bless You and these Novenas

  37. The novena event got her origin, when at the waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles together wiht Mary, prayed for nine days in the Cenacle. cf Acts 1: 9 – 14
    It’s thus for us a gift. And praying a novena today, gives us an oppurtunity to live an apostolic moment with Mary mother of God, whom at the foot of the cross became mother of the disple whom Christ love . Pray without ceasing 1Th. 5:17

  38. Thank. You. Please. Pray. for me. I Am losing. My house. Please pray that. I could. Find a. Way to. Pay. My. Rent. And. For. Healing. I am in almost pain.

  39. Hi,

    I am co-host of a radio show, Catholic Women Now, heard on IowaCatholicRadio.com. We are interested in featuring your work with Pray More Novenas on our show. Would you be interested and being our guest?
    We are both fans of this website and pray along with you!

    Thank you,

    In Christ,
    Julie Nelson
    Chris Magruder
    Hosts of Catholic Women Now

  40. Thank you for the novenas. I find myself rushing to my laptop to do the daily prayer which I know is there for me even if things get a bit frantic or a bit overwhelming. It is nice to know that I am joining in with other people especially as I am on my own.
    I am praying at the moment that my mother gets the right care package so that when she comes out of hospital she can be at home and not be in a nursing home. There are some difficult energies around at the moment that could hinder this. I ask St Therese’s intercession for my mother who is very vulnerable as she has a broken leg and isn’t well at all and is very deaf. I don’t feel that she would do at all well in a care home. I think that she would lose heart. I am not strong enough physically to look after her as I have had severe back injuries, but I can be around in other ways. My sister is an undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who is here for a visit from France and her offer of help for my mother could jeopardize my mother’s well being as she is seemingly lucid and plausible. My sister needs help, I pray also that she accepts the suggestions to her that this might be beneficial. My heart is around my mother who has been so good to all of us……and for help for my sister who may be financially sustained in France. Thank you to St Therese for her intercession for these and other private concerns. L Mc G.

  41. Hello brother John Paul,
    I am really touched and inspired by your story of how you used to struggle to complete a Novena,it’s like you are talking to me as i am still a victim of the same.
    I pray that the holy spirit that delivered you deliver you too.

    God bless you all.

    Peter O

    • Please pray with me that the house will become uncluttered with junk . That my grandchildren will be focused in their schoolwork and my daughter gets divine help in all her decision making.Thank you

    • Please pray with me that the house will become uncluttered from junk . That my grandchildren will be focused in their schoolwork and my daughter gets divine help in all her decision making.Thank you

  42. For a dear friend who has been diagnosed with cancer and is having major surgery this week to have it removed. He is 25 and the father of 3 with #4 on the way. That his surgery will be successful and that he will experience lasting healing. For his wife and young family in this challenging time. That they will recieve God’s peace.

  43. St. Therese, pls pray for my cares and interests thru this novena: For A & S to be blessed w/a normal, healthy baby daughter in this their 3rd baby. For the success of my cataract procedure & that I may have a quick and perfect healing from the surgery. For the success of the wedding plans of J & M and the lasting marriage of A&S, J&M, F&C & all the marriages in our families. For healing, good health, spiritual growth, love and harmony reign in our homes, academic & professional success for all family members. For job security & prosperity that we may have the means to fulfill our financial obligations and have the means to be of help to those who are in need. For the family to be God fearing and God loving and always & forever thankful for all of God’s blessings.

  44. Please pray for my daughters, samantha and annie, that they will realize that they need God in their lives. They are both experiencing hard times. Please also pray for my grandchildren, that they will be protected from the poor decisions their mom is making. The 2 yr old is showing alot of aggression. The other one is only 7 months. Thank you

  45. For my family, for my friend who has breast cancer, a friend in constant pain, and for the conversion of the souls of anyone who participated or watched the black mass held in Oklahoma City last night.

  46. Can we pray the Novena to Our Lady of Knotts I have only made it to day four. I forget and then keep stating over. Looking forward to praying with everyone.

  47. Dear Annie and John Paul, thanks for making a novena so convenient to pray! I have enjoyed making novenas with others and having a daily reminder and prayers at the click of my iPad. Usually the first thing I do in the morning. I definitely want to pray the novena to our beloved St. Therese.

    Would you remember in your prayers our poor unfortunate nephew, Lawrence. He is 51 years old and has lived a really tough life for the last thirty years. He used to be able to hold a job and scrape by in substandard housing and food stamps. He is mentally handicapped, so my younger sister has been helping him for about thirty years. She’s kind of worn out and angry with him. He was in a scuffle with a neighbor and his landlord a couple of weeks ago, at which point the landlord had him thrown in jail for a week and then his boss at work got fed up with his latest drama and fired him. As of right know my husband and I are housing him in a motel and have helped him rent a storage unit for what few belongings he has. We are very concerned about him, as his behavior seems to be getting more and more antisocial. We will be able to house him only a little bit longer, as the financial burden is mounting. I’m not even sure what to ask you to pray for. Our biggest concern is that he will now be homeless. Perhaps you can pray with us that we will know what the next right step for us should be. We pray that some kind of door will open for him. At 51, I’m concerned his behavior is fully ingrained in him and not sure even mental health services can be of much help at this point.

    Anyway, we will be praying in union with all the others joining us in this novena. Thanks so much for the promise to pray personally on Lawrence’s behalf. S

  48. Hello,
    I was just told I have a small lymphoma under my arm.
    I went for my regular mammogram and got the news. I have had now, a biopsy, a bone marrow biopsy and yesterday a Pet scan. I have a followup visit with my Doctor next week for the results. I am afraid but I know God is with me. My Mother passed recently in March, and I am alone. I have friends and coworkers praying for me. I am strong in the Lord, and I am ready to fight this devil called cancer. I am 62, I do not feel sick at all and know there are
    people who are really suffering. Lord please protect us…Amen

  49. Dear John Paul & Annie,

    May I suggest that you prepare a novena to Saint Pio of Petrelcina (Padre Pio)? His feast is September 23 I think. It might be too late for this year, but perhaps for next year. Thank you for considering this proposal.

    – Robert.

  50. Hello John-Paul and Annie,
    God richly bless you for creating this site.I love it and say big thanks to you.
    I thank God that after the Novena of the holy mother’s nativity,my sexually abusive apartment mate who also spoilt me to my boss has now stopped harrassing me.The goodnews is also that my boss still trusts and loves me.And her distrust for him rather grows.
    God through Mary’s intercessions have made my Naman to be hanged on the gallows he set up for my hanging.I thank God profoundly and pray job security, favour and love before my boss.

  51. Two of my aunts (sisters) had strokes 7 days apart. One aunt is in critical care in a coma. The other aunt is making recovering in a rehabilitation facility.

    Please join me in prayer. Their name’s are Betty and Shirley. God bless and peace.

  52. Dear John- Paul & Anne

    Peace be with you

    May God bless you abundantly, this site has changed lot of lives and has taught more people about praying constantly. Im grateful to be part of this prayerful family.

    God bless you, Amen

  53. Thank God and u for creating dis site may d Lord bless and increase u more in Jesus name. Pray for me that God will climax my relationship with Victor Jang to marriage making all to believe that I serve d Living God who only him know when to bless me. Also praying dat God fasting d process of Visa and let His will and not my will be done. Praying for protection for all my family,friends and colleagues. Praying for healing for Victor jang’s Mum, Peter Mffo’s Mum and all sick people. Praying for peace in our country Nigeria.

  54. Thank God and u for creating dis site may d Lord bless and increase u more in Jesus name.

  55. Please keep a dear friend/sister of mine in your prayers as they say goodbye to her Dad today. As he is welcomed into heaven, please pray for healing in their hearts as this is very unexpected. Thank you.

  56. Okay- so, my family has been praying almost every novena with you for over a year. I know that God answers every prayer we send His way, but over the long year with no visible answers – in other words, I wasn’t getting the answers I wanted – my dh and I began to laugh that we were novena proof! No novenas would “work” for us.

    This, of course, is faulty thinking – our prayers are not coins in a vending machine with the expectation that the snack or soda we want comes out.

    Rather our prayers, even novenas with specific intentions or requests, are to be offered as gifts of love as a thank you to God for ALL He has already given us from the gift of His son and His death and resurrection, to our treasure of faith and on and on. Our prayers are a ‘Thank You’ note to our loving Father for all He has and will do for us.

    So, we began the novena to St. Monica with the intention of finding employment for my older daughters who recently found themselves unemployed….you know what is going to happen don’t you?? :-)

    I didn’t even finish it when one daughter got an offer for a lovely job with a small Catholic company and today – the feast of Monica’s son, St. Augustine – my other daughter got an offer for a job with a Christian organization!

    I am laughing and shaking my head at God’s timing and love – He is truly good!

    Thanks for your ministry!

  57. Hi, I’m now at a different church from being a Catholic for the last 2 years. Is it wrong to be praying the Novenas’.

  58. First, I’d like to thank you for this ministry. I join in on all the Novenas. Just finished the Saint Monica novena.
    I sent a donation on 8/13. My card statement shows a charge of $84.00. I don’t think I submitted that amount. Could you please check your records and see why you have this amount charged?
    Thank you for your assistance.

  59. Would you be so kind enough as to resend the Day 6-the St. Monica Novena. It looks like that some of my emails are being directed to SPAM. I found today in SPAM the Day 9. Thank you and God bless you.

  60. Dear Prayer Warriors,

    Tomorrow morning we are beginning a Power Novena for a young women named Rachel Woell. She is supposed to be starting her senior year of high school, but instead she has just been told that there are few options left to treat her brain tumor. Tomorrow morning (8/23) at 6:00 am (CDT) we will begin to pray the rosary every hour, on the hour, for 24 hours. If anyone would like to participate, the support would be greatly appreciated.

    God is amazing! Blessings to you all!

  61. Hi

    This is my first time I ever participated in a novena…so I am new to all this…I have been drawn to this almost like a calling…I have been a single mom for 24 years and loved every minute of it, but I have to admit I’ve been thru hell and back and I have dragged my two kids along, now adults…my son is mentally challenged and has a nerve disorder called neurofybromitosis…I know he hurts he just doesn’t tell me…the thing is I just don’t want his illness to progress to worse, then my daughter oh my daughter she is the youngest of the two and she suffers from severe depression,PTSD and anxiety attacks….I fear she is wasting away her beautiful heart and potential, for her I ask the same that her illness doesn’t progress into something worse…I too suffer from severe depression and social anxiety…we are constantly struggling to put food on the table oh st. Jude please help our broken family….

  62. Hullo john-paul and Annie, my name is mukisa yvonne sikada residing in uganda, East Africa, i was introduced to these novenas by sister Diva,i would like to take this opportunity to than kyou both for the regular novenas and the reminders.they have been so helpful for most things i pray for really come to reality like when i prayed for a shop for my clothing business which is doing quite well.your doing a great job and may the lord bless you for that. thank you very much.

  63. Hi, I am requesting prayer during this novena for the ability to conceive. I have been diagnosed with polycistic ovarian syndrome, borderline diabetes, hormonal imbalance, irregular menstrual cycle and weakened ovulation. I asking to keep myself and my partner in your thoughts and prayers. I will not claim what doctors have diagnosed for all things are possible through Christ. Thanks in advance

  64. Hi John-Paul and Annie,
    I received day 1, day 2 and day 3 of St. Monica Novena, but didn’t receive day 4 today.
    Would you please send to me?
    Thank you.

  65. These novenas are very powerful and reach so many people. Would you be able to make a novena to stop the black mass set to take place on Sept. 21st in Oklahoma City? We need every prayer.

    St. Michael, defend us!

    • I just re-signed up myself, because the e-mails stopped – right in the middle of the St. Therese Novena. They are not in the spam folder. What happened?

  66. Dear John Paul and Annie,
    I want to thank you both for these novena reminders. My sister first sent it to me back in May 2014. She had joined to pray novenas, as she finds community from it, and I do too. I know you are in Our Dear Lord’s heart. I just wanted you to know what a blessing this had been to me. I pray more, and my heart is full of hope and love for all who need our collective prayers. What a compassionate loving couple God has given us in you both and I know he will bless you for your advocacy.
    Sincerely, Francine

  67. praise Jesus! I have just bumped into your website and I am so happy that I can now join a family of prayer.May our good God bless for the great job