REC 2008 #8
RECongress Email Updates • Feb 2008
We invite you to  Congress 2008.

Feb. 28, 2008
(Youth Day) &
February 29 -
March 2, 2008

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Congress 2008 is only a month away!
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The 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
     •  February 28, 2008 (Note: Youth Day has closed to new registrations)
     •  February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)

Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure).
You won’t want to miss the new and improved Congress Technology Innovation Center, co-sponsored by MyCatholicVoice, located in Exhibit Hall A!

Along with presentations from a variety of Congress exhibitors, this year’s highlights include a complete series of Ministry Minutes sessions, presented by MyCatholicVoice.  Ministry Minutes will give you easy, step-by-step instructions for how YOU can use technology for personal inspiration and community ministry.

Plus, each Ministry Minutes session includes a chance to win a “Congress 2008 Special Edition” iPod Nano, loaded with exclusive Congress-related video and content, compliments of MyCatholicVoice.

Check out schedule updates at
Don’t miss it! 
On Friday morning, February 29, 2008, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony will conduct two online chat sessions from the main Exhibit Hall at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, Calif. The first, a private chat session, will be with students from Sacred Heart School in Covina. He will then follow up in a nationwide chat, which will be the Cardinal's 12th annual online appearance live from Congress!
 • Join us at the Technology Innovation Center on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
 • Go online Friday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. and join in the chat session.
 • Ask the Cardinal a question! After a private online chat session with school students, the Cardinal will conduct a nationwide chat -- and YOU can take part. Have a question for the Cardinal? Ask your question now and watch it be submitted during the chat session.
Take a break at Congress and have a night (or two) at the movies. Our returning Catholic Filmmakers' Showcase features inspiring, challenging, heartfelt and faith-filled films. It is scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Hilton Hotel's Pacific Ballroom.
On Friday night the feature-length documentary "Champions of Faith" will be shown. In the film, baseball stars Mike Piazza, David Eckstein and others reveal how their faith guides and sustains their spectacular careers.
Film clips screened include: "Fr. G and the Homeboys," the story of Jesuit Fr. Greg Boyle's work with Los Angeles gang members; "The Invisible Chapel," a story of faith and perseverance pitted against fear and the heated immigration debate; and "Dorothy Day: Don't Call Me a Saint." Other films are provided by Maryknoll Productions, Paulist Productions, Family Theater, Hope Media Productions, the San Damiano Foundation, Mud Puddle Films,  and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Arena Sessions are the most popular English-language workshops in each period. If you request Arena-only workshops, or you register on-site at Congress, the following will be your assigned sessions. The asterisk (*) indicates a recorded session. NOTE: Any workshop ticket is  good for Arena session or Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.
1-12 - Terry Hershey - The Sacred Present: Finding, Loving, Living(*)
2-19 - Sr Anne Bryan Smollin - The Spirituality of Connectedness: Lifting Our Gaze(*)
3-21 - Rev. Ronald Rolheiser - Radical Faith -- The Struggles with Faith and the Dark Night of the Sprit(*)
4-10 - Rev. Richard Fragomeni - Seven Steps to Prayer Better: or, Why Do I Feel That God is Far Away?(*)
5-17 - Fr. Joe Kempf - Forgiveness(*)
6-23 - Rev. Patrick Mullen - The Women in the New Testament(*)
7-01 - John Allen Jr. - The Future of Liberal Catholicism(*)
8-15 - Rev. James Martin - Catholic Laughter(*)
Hall B Sessions are the most popular Spanish-language workshops in each period. If you request Hall B-only workshops, or you register on-site at Congress and ask for Spanish workshops, the following will be your assigned sessions. The asterisk (*) indicates a recorded session.
1-51 - P. Alvaro Ginel Vielva - Transmitir la fe en familia(*)
2-52 - Ricardo Grzona - Señor que vea(*)
3-55 - Rev. Armando Noguez Alcantara - Aprender a ser discípulos y misioneros de Jesucristo(*)
4-54 - Ana García-Mina Freire - ¿Cómo poder reconciliarnos con nosotros mismos?(*)
5-56 - Julia Villa García - ¿Por qué se rompe la relación de pareja?(*)
6-57 - Rev. Luigi Zanotto - Pascua: Las huellas del “paso de Dios” en la comunidad hispana(*)
7-51 - Rev. Ángel de la Parte París - Animar a padres y catequistas en tiempos difíciles(*)
8-54 - Mons. José Luís Guerrero Rosado - Qué nos dice Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe con su imagen(*)
You can find these workshop listings, updates and other "Quick Questions about Congress" online at
"When do we get our tickets?" That's a question we're hearing at least once every day. Congress and Youth Day tickets will start being mailed at the end of January. We mail in order of registration.

If you
registered by ...

Your tickets should
be mailed on...

Nov. 20, 2007

Jan. 24, 2008

Nov. 30, 2007

Jan. 30, 2008

Dec. 7, 2007

Feb. 1, 3008

Dec. 13, 2007

Feb. 5, 2008

Dec. 21, 2007

Feb. 7,  2008

You can find our complete expected mailing schedule at
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Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers
who generously give of their time. If you have attended Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for Congress 2008, please consider this your "personal" invitation. We have a need for Workshop Volunteers (both English and Spanish), Eucharist Ministers for Arena events (Opening Event and the two Closing Liturgies), and musicians for the Congress Choir.
You can find specifics about volunteering for Congress 2008 online at

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