Youth Concert and Mass for Life on Monday

January 18, 2011

Overwhelming demand to attend the annual Youth Concert and Mass for Life in Washington has led organizers to add a second arena! This year, more than 27,000 Catholic teens and young adults from around the United States 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 Concert and Mass for Life marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC
7:00 a.m.: Doors open at Verizon Center
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Youth 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

Even adding the D.C. Armory as a second venue accommodating nearly 10,000 more teens, demand remains high. Six Masses will be held at four overflow sites around Washington between 8:30 a.m. and Noon at Immaculate Conception, St. Patrick, St. Stephen, Martyr and St. Mary, Mother of God. The Archdiocese of Washington held its first rally and Mass for Life over 16 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 Steve Angrisano, Ike Ndolo, Madeleine Curtis, Bob Rice and Sarah Hart will perform for the crowds during the morning concerts. Nearly 100 priests at each venue 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. The homilist at the Verizon Center will be Rev. Mark Ivany, parochial vicar at Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, MD. The principal celebrant at the D.C. Armory will be Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. The homilist at the D.C. Armory will be Rev. Patrick Riffle, parochial vicar at St. Peter in Olney, MD. Hundreds of local and visiting cardinals, bishops, rectors and priests will concelebrate the Mass.

The youth concert and Mass will air on CatholicTV and EWTN. CatholicTV will air the Mass live at 10:00 a.m., and show the rally after the Mass. Both events will be rebroadcast at 8:00 p.m. that day. They also will be available online at

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 23, 6:30 p.m. at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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