20,000 Young Catholics to Fill Verizon Center for Youth Concert and Mass for Life

January 14, 2008

More than 20,000 Catholic teens and young adults from around the United States will pack the Verizon Center for a Youth Concert and Mass for Life on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

(media enter on F Street; check-in at TV platform/audio mult on floor of arena)

7:00 a.m.: Doors Open
8:00 a.m.: Confessions
8:45 a.m.: Youth Concert with three bands
10:00 a.m.: Mass celebrated by bishops from around the U.S.

Christian recording artists and composers Steve Angrisano, Matt Maher and ValLimar Jansen will get the crowd onto its feet during the concert while nearly 100 priests will hear confessions in the Acela Club Restaurant.

Following the concert, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will be joined by cardinals, bishops and hundreds of priests from around the United States as they lead the crowd in Mass. The homilist will be Reverend Scott Woods from Assumption Catholic Church in Southeast Washington, DC.

Following the Mass, many of the bishops and the youth will participate in the National Rally and March for Life, which starts at noon on the National Mall.

Archbishop Wuerl also will participate Monday, January 21, 7:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

The Verizon 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: 301-853-4516
Participant information: 301-853-4555

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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