20,000 Teens Expected for Rally for Life and Youth Mass

January 15, 2005

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will be joined by nearly 20,000 teens and other Catholics from around the nation plus dozens of bishops and priests for a Rally for Life and Youth Mass to mark the anniversary of legalized abortion:

Monday, January 24
9:00 a.m.: Rally (prayer, rock and rap music)
10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: Mass
MCI Center
601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

The 9:00 a.m. rally will feature performances by the hip-hop and rap-singing Fr. Stan Fortuna, recording artist and composer Steve Agrisano and the dynamic “Who Do You Say I Am?” band.

At 10:00 a.m., Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate Mass, accompanied by Cardinals William Keeler of Baltimore and Justin Rigali of Philadelphia; Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde; and dozens of other bishops and priests. The homilist will be Rev. Andrew Fisher of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and music will be provided by the Bishop McNamara High School Choir.

After the rally, many of the youth will head to the Washington Monument grounds for the National Rally and March for Life. Cardinal McCarrick also will participate in the annual Vigil Mass for Life, Sunday, January 23, 8:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

The MCI Center’s doors open at 7:00 a.m. for this free event. Bus drop-off is on F Street; Metro stop is Gallery Place/Chinatown. Food is available from concessions and nearby restaurants.

Media requests: Susan Gibbs, 301-853-4516. General information on the rally: 301-853-4555.

Contact:
Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
301-853-4515
[email protected]