The parish family of St. John Neumann united in prayer and public worship Oct. 1 during a Rosary Rally and Eucharistic procession that warm fall afternoon. Father Michael G. Dunn, pastor of the Mount Laurel parish, led Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the church, then walked with some 100 faithful the half-mile to the parish’s Rosary Garden as the choir sang hymns.
PHOTO GALLERY: 2023 Rosary Rally in Mount Laurel
Members of the Knights of Columbus led the reciting of the Rosary as the monstrance was placed upon a stone altar near a statue of the Sacred Heart in the garden; benediction followed.
“It was good for the parish to nurture their love and faith of the Eucharist, Christ’s real presence,” Father Dunn concluded. “It’s a beginning; we will do this again for Corpus Christi.”
Michael Miller, Grand Knight of the parish’s Our Lady of Fatima Council 7755, expressed his joy at the size and faith of the crowd, saying, “For those that attended … I believe only one word applies: extraordinary. Father Dunn’s participation brought solemnity and reverence to the event that has not been seen or felt for quite some time.”
Miller charged the Knights with maintaining a sense of spirituality for other parishioners to follow. “I would ask you, as Knights of Columbus, to examine the priorities in your life. We are the warriors in the defense of our faith… We are expected to set the example. That example starts with prayer.”
Father Michael Dunn and altar servers kneel before the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration. Hal Brown photo