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An Easy Way to Grow Closer to Christ This Advent!

Advent will be here before you know it!

We hope you will join us for an online, self-paced Advent retreat!

Advent is similar to Lent, and some even call it, the “Little Lent.”

It’s a season when we are called to practice self-examination and to prepare our hearts to receive the Lord at Christmas.

It’s especially a time when we should spend more time in prayer, peacefully anticipating and preparing for Jesus Christ’s coming.

We want to help you do that!

That’s why we’ve been working on a project to strengthen your faith and hope this Advent.

It’s called the Pray More Retreat!

Here’s what you get when you register for the online retreat:

+ We have four speakers
+ There will be 13 video & audio presentations
+ Each of those presentations will come with a transcript and a study guide

The retreat is self-paced which means that you can participate wherever you are and whenever you have the time.

The Pray More Retreat will be just like an in-person retreat that you can experience at home — anywhere, anytime.

You’ll hear from four speakers, each of them giving a few presentations that will help you be more dedicated to prayer in your everyday life this Advent — and onward into the new Liturgical year :)

You’ll also receive a transcript of their talks along with reflective study guides for each.

You can register for the retreat here:

That’s also where you can see who our speakers are and what their talks are about.

All of the materials will be released on the first day of Advent, Sunday, December 3rd, and we hope they will help you to slow down during this Advent season and truly prepare to celebrate Jesus Christ’s coming at Christmas.

God bless you!
Annie & John-Paul Deddens

P.S. Here’s what someone had to say about one of our last Pray More Retreats:

“I loved it. I learned a lot, and I felt closer to the Lord.”

The Next Novena: Who is Your King?

We are very excited to announce the next novena that starts on November 17th!

It is the perfect novena to pray as we end this liturgical year and begin the next one.

This novena will give us an opportunity to re-order our lives, our hearts and our minds to our Lord.

It’s kind of like a novena for new (Liturgical) year’s resolutions!

It’s the Christ the King Novena!

You can sign up to pray with us here:

Christ the King Novena

We’re looking forward to praying with you and for you!

God bless you!
Annie & John-Paul –

A Gift for You, and A Prayer to All Saints & for All Souls

As we celebrate All Saints Day and pray for the faithful departed, John-Paul & I wanted to do something special for you and your family.

This is our gift for you: 

We are having a Mass offered for you on November 1st, All Saints Day, at 12:05 pm (central time) at St. John’s Catholic Chapel in Champaign, IL. This mass will be offered for your intentions, and also so that you may become a saint. 

Then, we are having another Mass offered for your deceased loved ones on November 2nd, All Souls Day, at 12:05 pm in the same chapel.

And lastly, we are having a Mass offered for all the deceased members of Pray More Novenas — those who have prayed with us at any point in the past and have since passed away. This Mass will be on November 3rd at 12:05 pm, again in the same chapel.

Frequently asked question:
“What does it mean to have a Mass “offered” for someone?”

Now please join us in praying these two prayers to celebrate All Saints Day and to remember all the poor souls in purgatory.

Prayer for All Saints Day
Dear God, thank you for the example of the Saints.
I desire to join in their company, worshiping you forever in Heaven.
Please help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus Christ.
Please help me to conform myself to Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the Saints did.
Please help me to devote myself, and all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of my neighbors.

More Resources

Optional: The Litany of the Saints

Prayer for All Souls Day — the Prayer of St. Gertrude
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family.

If Pray More Novenas is a blessing to you, you can make a small donation to support our efforts here:

Answered Prayers from the St. Jude Novena, 2017

St Jude NovenaThank you for joining us in praying for impossible causes!

If any of your prayers have been answered during this novena, please share those with us below, and give the glory to God!

God bless you!

This saint does the impossible!

Our next novena is to a saint who does the impossible.

St Jude NovenaIn fact, that’s what he’s known for… answering impossible prayers!

He’s the patron of hopeless, lost and impossible causes…

He is Saint Jude!

We will start praying the St. Jude Novena on Thursday, October 19th!

You can sign up to join us in prayer here here:

St. Jude Novena

We’re looking forward to praying with you and for you!

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie –