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. Bishop Burbidge will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the 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!


WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018. 3:30pm-9:00pm 
WHERE: Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA      
COST: $10.00 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).
PROMO VIDEO: A short video that can be used to help get the word out about BASH can be found here: BASH 2018 Promo.


Katie Prejean McGrady - Katie is an international speaker, educator, & author. Since 2007, Katie has been traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada sharing a unique blend of humor & storytelling, coupled with teaching theological truth to engage audiences of all ages. To learn more about Katie, visit her website.

Danny Ray – Danny is a highly sought after illusionist and speaker for youth and family events.  For over 16 years now, as his full-time occupation, Danny Ray has been traveling the world sharing God's transforming message through captivating illusions. To learn more about Danny, 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.

Procedure 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 on the registration site: BASH 2018 online registration. Instructions for online registration can be found here
  4. Online registration will be open from Monday, March 12 through Monday, April 16 at 11:59p.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, April 21 (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 include
  4. BASH begins at 3:30 P.M. & concludes around 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.


Event Information
Online Registration Instructions
Poster (printable, 11x17)
Poster (printable, 8.5x11)
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!