Tens of Thousands of Teens to Attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life

January 18, 2012

For the second year in a row, the annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life will be held at two arenas in Washington due to the overwhelming demand to attend. More than 28,000 Catholic teens and young adults from around the world will pack the Verizon Center and the D.C. Armory for this moving and inspirational event. Media are welcome at the Verizon Center. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC
(Media entrance on 6th Street, NW)
7:00 a.m.: Doors open at Verizon Center
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Youth Rally and Concert
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Confessions
9:30 a.m.: Rosary
10:00 a.m.: Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl and bishops from around the United States

More than 40,000 requests were made for tickets for this year’s event. Groups from 97 dioceses around the country, and as far away as the Virgin Islands and Australia will be represented at the two sites this year. Currently, nearly 4,000 people are on the waiting list for tickets to the Verizon Center and the D.C. Armory. For those who have not received tickets, eight Masses will be held between 8:30 a.m. and Noon at five overflow sites around Washington: Immaculate Conception, St. Patrick, St. Stephen, Martyr, Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian and St. Mary, Mother of God Churches The Archdiocese of Washington held its first rally and Mass for Life 17 years ago, and began adding locations around the city as demand grew. In 2004, the event was moved to the Verizon Center.

Catholic recording artists Apex Ministries, Jacob and Matthew Band, Joia Farmer, Jackie Francois and Ike Ndolo will perform for the crowds during the morning rallies. Nearly 200 priests between the two venues will hear confessions.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be joined by cardinals, bishops and hundreds of priests from around the United States in celebrating Mass at the Verizon Center. Monsignor Charles Pope, pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in Washington, D.C, will deliver the homily. At the D.C. Armory, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, will celebrate the Mass and the homily will be given by Rev. Greg Shaffer, chaplain at George Washington University. For the first time this year, there will be a satellite link between the two arenas so the two rallies will be interactive.

The youth concert and Mass will air on CatholicTV. Check your local listings for more details. The events will also air online at www.CatholicTV.com.

Following the Mass, many of the bishops, priests and the youth will participate in the National March for Life to the United States Supreme Court, which starts at noon on the National Mall.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl also will participate in the annual Vigil Mass for Life on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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