BASH 2017


BASH is our largest gathering of Catholic middle school students (6th-8th graders) every year! This event is a celebration of our Catholic faith and love of the Lord. We are planning for hundreds of middle school students to gather for an evening of faith, fellowship, and fun!

This event includes music, games, inspirational speakers, confessions, and Sunday Vigil Mass. BASH is designed to be open to any Middle School aged youth that want to attend, so please welcome and invite them to participate in the life of the Catholic Church!

In 2018, over 1000 teens and adult leaders from 40 parishes and missions attended BASH. Our goal is to have all 70 parishes and 5 missions participating in this event. If you have a child in middle 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: Saturday, May 11, 2019. 3:30pm-9:00pm  
WHERE: Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA      
COST: $10.00 per participant (youth and adults) 
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).


Jackie Francois Angel - Jackie is a full-time traveling speaker, singer/songwriter, and worship leader from Orange County, CA. In 2006, she became an artist with OCP/ with whom she has released two albums. She has been involved in youth ministry since she graduated high school, and she now travels the globe speaking to young people about God’s love and leading worship for various events and ministries. In 2013, she married the love of her life, Bobby Angel, and they now reside in Anaheim with their three young children. To learn more about Jackie, visit her website.


Paul J. Kim – Paul is an international youth speaker, vocalist, and beatboxer. He utilizes his many talents to communicate the Gospel message of Christ to people in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and altogether life-changing. He has released two music albums, his videos on YouTube have accumulated over 1.2 million views, and he presents to an average of 40,000 people a year at events throughout the world. His background includes a BA in Philosophy (Franciscan University of Steubenville), an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (Hope International University), religious formation with the Community of the Franciscans Friars of the Renewal (NYC), and life experiences working as a therapist, missionary, and youth minister. He currently resides in Southern California with his beautiful wife and three children. To learn more about Paul, visit his website.

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 $10.00 per participant (youth and adults), which includes entertainment, dinner, snacks, and a t-shirt.

Instructions for Directors of Youth Ministry to sign up your youth: 

  1. Get your youth excited about BASH by putting the poster up around the parish, sharing the promo video, and having some of your older, "veteran" youth talk about the event at a youth meeting or in their CCD class or the classes at the parish's school.
  2. Get a headcount of how many will be participating, and download the BASH Permission Slip/Forma de Permiso for each to complete.
  3. You will register your group online: BASH 2019 Online Registration. Detailed step-by-step instructions can be found below, under downloads.
  4. Online registration will be open from Monday, April 1 at 8:30 a.m. through Monday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to register any additional participants after that date, please contact Clarissa in the Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries at (703) 841-2559.

Check-In Procedures

  1. Come to BASH on Saturday, May 11 (check-in begins at 3:15 p.m.). Be sure to bring a SIGNED ORIGINAL permission slip for each participant and keep it with you at all times.
  2. 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 $10.00 per attendee.
  3. Your parish will be sent an invoice following BASH. Instructions on making your payment will be included.
  4. BASH begins at 3:30 p.m. & concludes at 9:00 p.m.

Address and Directions

Bishop O’Connell High School
6600 Little Falls Rd
Arlington, VA 22213

Take Rt. 66 East to Exit 69 (Lee Highway/Washington Blvd.). Go to traffic light at end of ramp and turn left onto Lee Highway. Go two blocks and turn left onto Underwood Street. Continue on Underwood for about three blocks. Bishop O'Connell High School is located on the right.

Promo Video

BASH 2019 promo video


Event Information    
Online Registration Instructions
Poster (printable, 17x11 pdf)
Poster (printable, 17x11 jpg)
Permission Slip (English)
Permission Slip (Spanish)

BASH Videos

BASH 2018 Promo

BASH 2018 Promo

BASH 2017 Promo

BASH 2017 Promo

BASH 2016 Photobooth Fun!

BASH 2016 Photobooth Fun!