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Bishop Burbidge invites all teens of the Diocese to join him at RALLY 2019! 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 2018, over 800 teens and adult leaders from 50 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 20, 2019. 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 2019 Promo.

Keynote Speaker

Kris Frank  Kris and his family live as missionaries serving the poor and inner-city youth with Vagabond Missions. He served in parish youth ministry for more than ten years and has also been privileged to travel around the country, sharing the Gospel with teens and young adults at various churches, camps, and conferences. Click here to learn more about Kris Frank and his ministry. 


Sarah Kroger Band Sarah is a singer/songwriter and worship leader, who will be joined by her band which includes fellow recording artist Ricky Vazquez . She's been leading worship at a range of events nationally and internationally for the past seven years and is currently working on her third studio album. Click here to learn more about Sarah and her ministry.

Breakout Sessions

During RALLY we offer breakout sessions for the teen participants to attend to learn about subject matters they are interested in. These sessions are meant to cover topics that are specific to young Catholics, that will educate and encourage them in their relationship with Christ. If you have speaking experience and are interested in being considered to be a presenter, please fill out the Breakout Session Presenter Application on or by September 23.

Parish Participation

We are asking each parish to consider how their teen participants may take on roles in the liturgy and programming of the day, and would like the Director of Youth Ministry or group leader to fill out the Parish Participation Survey by 12:00pm on October 7.

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 2019 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 20 (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 participants, pick up pre-printed name tags and sign a statement agreeing to have the OYCYAM bill your parish $25.00 per participants.
  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, 11x17) 
Poster (printable, 8.5x11)

Future RALLY dates 

2020: Sunday, October 25
2021: Sunday, October 24
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