In the weeks leading up to the March for Life in Washington, Father Christopher Colavito wondered aloud to another priest what could be done to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision since those in the Diocese would not be traveling to Washington due to the pandemic.

The decision: to hold a Day for Life on the local level, he said.

The Day for Life took place in St. John Neumann Church, Mount Laurel, where Father Colavito serves as parochial vicar. The daylong event, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., began with the celebration of Mass. Throughout the day, the faithful were welcome to visit the church – which remained dark except for the use of candlelight – to pray before the Blessed Sacrament; join in the recitation of the Rosary for Life; pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and attend Vespers and Benediction.

“We had over 100 people for Mass and between 60 and 70 people at each event,” Father Colavito said. “It was a great day for praying and reflection for the protection of innocent life.”

Parishioner Vidya Olivarez said she was pleased with the support the Day for Life received and the participation of the parish’s Altar-Rosary Society members who led in praying the Rosary. She added how meaningful it was to have four seminarians join Father Colavito for Benediction.

“What could be more beautiful than that?” Olivarez said. “We were truly blessed.”