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Bishop Burbidge invites all teens of the Diocese to join him at RALLY 2021! 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 2019, more than 900 teens and adult leaders from 53 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 24, 2021. 12:00pm-8:00pm   
WHERE: Bishop O'Connell High School, Arlington, VA 
 Young people that want to participate must sign up through their parish point of contact (usually the Director of Youth Ministry). Parish registration will take place online. See below for details.
PROMO VIDEO: Please share the RALLY 2021 Promo Video through social media and e-mail! 

Keynote Speaker

Jackie Francois Angel - Jackie is a speaker, vlogger, author, singer-songwriter who has traveled the world speaking to young people about God's love and leading worship for various events and ministries. She and her husband Bobby currently serve as fellows with the Word on Fire Institute, and have written two books, including “Pray, Decide, And Don't Worry: 5 Steps to Discerning God's Will,” co-authored with Fr. Mike Schmitz. Click here to learn more about Jackie and her ministry.


John Paul Von Arx and Band - John Paul Von Arx seeks to share his faith and love for country music in venues all across America and has been performing professionally for the last nine years. Since the release of his debut solo album in 2018, John Paul has been known for his advocacy work for people with Down Syndrome and their families. Additionally, in 2020 he was hired as Coordinator of Worship at Franciscan University in order to mentor students in leading worship. Click here to learn more about John Paul 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 (available in English or Spanish below) for each to complete. Make sure they have the revised COVID waiver on file (available in English or Spanish below).
  3. Fill out the Parish Participation Survey if you have teens that are willing to serve in these specific ways during program and the Mass. This must be completed by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 18.
  4. Registration will take place online and is now open! For the registration link and step-by-step instructions, click here: RALLY registration.
  5. Online registration will be open through October 19. If you would like to register any additional participants after that date, please contact Clarissa at 703-841-2559. 

Check-In and Billing Information

On Sunday, October 24 (the day of RALLY):

  1. Eat lunch before you arrive at RALLY! Dinner will be served around 5:00pm.
  2. Make sure that all participants have a mask with them. Masks will be required while inside the school building.
  3. 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. You must also have a COVID-19 waiver (the revised version published on 9/20/21) on file for each participant.
  4. When you check in, you will verify your list of participants, pick up pre-printed name tags and sign a statement agreeing to have the OYCYAM bill your parish $25.00 per participants.
  5. Your parish will be sent an invoice following RALLY. Instructions on making your payment will be included.
  6. 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 (English)
Permission Slip (Spanish) 
COVID-19 Waiver (English)
COVID-19 Waiver (Spanish)
Poster (printable, 11x17) 
Poster (printable, 8.5x11)

Future RALLY dates 

2022: Sunday, October 23
2023: Sunday, October 22
RALLY will continue to be held at Bishop O'Connell High School.


RALLY Videos

RALLY 2016 recap video

RALLY 2016 recap video