“Throughout the past several months, we have been planning an in-person Youth Rally and Mass for Life at Capital One Arena on January 21, 2022. Tickets for this event opened on October 15. At this point in time, fewer than 6,000 tickets have been requested/sold. ADW parishes and schools have reserved approximately 1,250 tickets. By comparison, in past years, all 19,000 tickets were gone within a few hours of opening registration.
“In order to promote stewardship of diocesan funds and honor safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Life Issues and the Catholic Youth Organization will be moving the 2022 Youth Rally and Mass for Life. We will not host this event from Capital One Arena. Instead, we will host a live event in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, open only to youth participants and chaperones from the Archdiocese of Washington. We hope that this ADW Rally and Mass for Life will be as lively and educational as our past events, while also providing a more personal and engaging experience for our young people. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life will be livestreamed for viewers who are outside of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
“In the coming weeks, we will publish more information about this event and will contact parishes and schools regarding participation. We estimate that we will be able to host about 700-800 young people in the Cathedral, and we will establish a selection process to ensure that each parish and school can send an appropriate number of participants. We will be in touch with you all to share more information. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Life Issues or CYO, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration, prayers, and support of our mission.”
- Official statement released by ADW.org on 16 November 2021