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Bishop Burbidge invites all teens of the Diocese to join him at RALLY 2018! This annual event is an opportunity for the young Church in the Diocese of Arlington to gather each year to pray, learn, and celebrate the Catholic faith. RALLY includes Mass with Bishop Burbidge, Eucharistic Adoration, inspirational speakers and entertainers, breakout sessions, inflatable games, music, and more!  

RALLY is designed to be open to any high school aged youth wanting to attend, at any stage in their faith journey.  

In 2017, over 800 teens and adult leaders from 49 parishes and missions attended RALLY. Our goal is to have all 70 parishes and 5 missions participating in this event. If you have a child in high school, we encourage you to call your parish to see if they will be participating. Perhaps if they are not already planning to participate, this will change if they hear that there are interested families! 


WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2018. 12:00pm-8:00pm   
WHERE: Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA 
COST: $25.00 per participant (youth and adults), which includes all of the great entertainment above, dinner, and snacks.   
HOW TO SIGN UP: Young people that want to participate must sign up through their parish point of contact (usually the Director of Youth Ministry). Registration instructions can be found below.
PROMO VIDEO: A short video that can be used to help get the word out about RALLY can be found here: RALLY 2018 Promo.

Keynote Speaker

Katie Hartfiel Katie is an author and speaker dedicated to sharing the intense love of the Lord. She served as a director of youth ministry for seven years in Houston, where she now resides with her husband and children. Katie has been blessed to watch hearts come alive with the realization that our faithful God hungers to exceed our deepest desires. Click here to learn more about Katie Hartfiel and her ministry. 


ALOB Andrew Laubacher, known as ALOB, is a worship leader and singer/songwriter from Ventura, CA with a mission to bring the healing power of Jesus Christ to a broken world through music and speaking. He travels across the country leading worship at many youth conferences, rallies, and retreats. He released his first full length album, No Match for Love, in summer 2017.  Being inspired by artists such as Rich Mullins and Matt Maher, he has developed a real heart for service through music. Click here to learn more about ALOB and his ministry.

Registration Procedures

Young people that want to participate must sign up through their parish point of contact (usually the Director of Youth Ministry). The cost is $25.00 per participant (youth and adults), which includes all of the great entertainment above, dinner, and snacks. Procedure for Directors of Youth Ministry to sign up your youth:

  1. Get your youth excited about RALLY by putting the poster up around the parish, having some of your older, "veteran" youth talk about the event at a youth grouping or in their Religious Education class.
  2. Get a headcount of how many will be participating, and download the RALLY Permission Slip/Forma de Permiso for each to complete.
  3. Registration is now open. For the registration link and instructions please click here: RALLY 2018 Registration.
  4. Online registration will be open through October 15. If you would like to register any additional participants after that date, please contact April at 703-841-2559. 

Check-In and Billing Information

On Sunday, October 21 (the day of RALLY):

  1. Eat lunch before you arrive at RALLY! Dinner will be served around 5:00pm.
  2. Arrive at RALLY starting at 11:30am (when check-in opens) Be sure to bring a SIGNED ORIGINAL permission slip for each participant and keep it with you at all times.
  3. When you check in, you will verify your list of attendees, pick up pre-printed name tags and sign a statement agreeing to have the OYCYAM bill your parish $25.00 per attendee.
  4. Your parish will be sent an invoice following RALLY. Instructions on making your payment will be included.
  5. T-shirts will be distributed according to certain criteria, including distance of parish and how early the parish registered their group. We make every effort for as many people to go home with their RALLY shirt on the day of the event, but this is contingent on people registering early enough for us to order the appropriate sizes. 


Information for Directors of Youth Ministry 
Permission Slip 
Nota de Permiso
Poster (printable, 17x11) 


RALLY Videos

RALLY 2016 recap video

RALLY 2016 recap video