‘Life is Very Good’ to kick off March for Life events

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The diocesan Office of Youth Ministry will sponsor "Life is Very Good," an evening of prayer Jan. 21 and a morning rally and Mass for youths Jan. 22, prior to the annual March for Life in Washington. Both events will take place at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle in Fairfax.

The evening of prayer, 7:30 to 10 p.m., will include music by Matt Maher and Christian rock band Rend Collective, as well as a presentation by author and chastity speaker Chris Stefanick. Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde will lead eucharistic adoration.

"It's beautiful to see 8,500 teens in silence before the Blessed Sacrament," said Kevin Bohli, diocesan director of youth ministry. "We also provide the opportunity for confession because the talks and prayer often spark a desire in young people to change their lives and rid themselves of any baggage that has been holding them down in their relationships with Christ."

The morning rally and Mass will take place 9 a.m. until noon, and will feature Stefanick and music by the Ike Ndolo Band. Bishop Loverde will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. Students from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax and Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries will attend.

Tickets for both events are reserved, and the evening of prayer is already sold out. Tickets still are available for the morning rally and Mass .

The events provide the opportunity to pray for the success of the March for Life. "It's one thing to say that we are 'pro-life' when it comes to abortion," said Bohli, "but there are many other things that we can do which can hurt or tear down ourselves or other people. We want anybody who is going to the March for Life to be praying for an end of abortion, but also to reflect on what it is in our own hearts that keeps us from showing respect and love to all people, born and unborn."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015