RECongress Email Updates • Jan 2009
DATES TO KNOW!
Feb - Begin to mail Youth Day & Congress tickets
Feb 6 - Youth Day closes Feb. 19 - Online registration ends
After Feb. 20 - Register on-site any of the three days of Congress

In this Emailing
 
Youth Day registration closes to February 2nd.
The Youth Day registration deadline has been extended to February 6, 2009. If you have not registered, you can download the form and mail it by Friday. Register for RECongress 2009.
 
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DATES
 
DATES
The 2009 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
     •  February 26, 2009 (Youth Day)
     •  February 27 - March 1, 2009 (Congress days)

LOCATION
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).
 
FEE
The registration fee for Congress 2009 is $70 ($60 by January 5, 2009 deadline.)
The Youth Day registration fee is $25 per person ($20 per person by January 5, 2009).
 
TICKETS
Tickets for Congress have begun being mailed -- in order of registration number. Youth Day packets will begin being mailed later this week.
 
CONGRESS REGISTRATION
 
Still need to register for Congress?
1) Register by mail and pay by check. Request a Guidebook by mail to register.
2) Register online and pay by credit card. Click here to register.

Group Registration (for groups of 10 or more) is still available online. Click to register.

You can find additional online registration help at www.RECongress.org/reghelp.htm
 
YOUTH DAY REGISTRATION
 
Youth Day registration has been extended. For those who have not registered for Youth Day, you have until Friday to send in your registrations. Youth Day has a separate registration and payment from the adult Congress days. Registration for Youth Day is $25 per person.
 
You can find information, download forms and read about the Youth Day theme at www.RECongress.org/YD. NOTE: Youth Day registration has been extended until February 6, 2009.
 
HOTELS
 
Have you booked your hotel room? We have contracted with 34 properties around the Anaheim Convention Center area for special pricing for Congress attendees. However, some hotels have already sold out of these Congress blocks. Be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate when you book with one of these properties.
 
The Anaheim Marriott has made a new block of rooms available to Congress attendees. You can find the updated listing of contracted hotels at www.RECongress.org/hotels.
 
CONGRESS VOLUNTEERS
 
Would you like to volunteer at Congress? Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. If you have attended the Religious Education Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a Congress volunteer this year, please consider this your "personal invitation."

We have a need for volunteers at Youth Day and for English volunteers at Congress workshops and as Eucharistic Ministers for the two Closing Arena Liturgies.
Volunteer positions include Assistants (ticket takers), Chairperson (coordinator) and Master of Ceremonies "MC" (to introduce the speakers).  Volunteers must be available to work FOUR workshop sessions. All volunteers must arrive 20 - 30 minutes prior to their assigned workshop and stay for the entire length of the session.
 
Our Congress Volunteer meeting will be held on February 10, 2009. For those interested, additional information as well as contact information can be found at http://www.recongress.org/volunteers.htm
 
CONGRESS UPDATES
 
Notable Dates for Congress 2009:
February 6 - Last day to mail in registrations for Youth Day
February 10 - Volunteer meeting
February 16 - Last day we mail out-of-state tickets
February 17 - Last day we mail Youth Day tickets
February 19 - Online registration ends
February 20 - Last day we mail tickets to California addresses
After February 20 - If you haven't mailed your registration form, hold on to it and register on-site any of the three days of Congress.
 
UPDATES
You can find these and other Congress updates at www.RECongress.org/2009/updates.htm
 
MOST POPULAR WORKSHOPS
 
ARENA WORKSHOPS
If you register for Congress and do not select workshop choices -- or if you register on-site at Congress -- you will be assigned Arena workshop tickets. Arena sessions are the most popular session chosen for each period. NOTE: All session tickets are good for Arena session and Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.
LOCATION

SESSION

SPEAKER

WORKSHOP

ARENA

1-21

Fr. Richard Rohr

The Emerging Church (*)

ARENA

2-14

Rev. Richard Leonard

"The Dark Knight" and the Dark Night (*)

ARENA

3-10

Dr. Thomas Groome

What Keeps Us Catholic (*)

ARENA

4-12

Rev. Terry Hershey

Sabbath Moments: To See God in All Things (*)

ARENA

5-01

John Allen Jr.

Affirmative Orthodoxy and Benedict XVI (*)

ARENA

6-22

Fr. Tony Ricard

“Don't Be Stupid!” – Simplified Evangelization (*)

ARENA

7-23

Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin

Spirituality of Laughter: Waking Up to the Moment (*)

ARENA

8-20

Rev. James Martin

Laughing with God (*)

 
HALL E/B WORKSHOPS
If you register on-site at Congress and prefer Spanish workshops you will be assigned Hall B (Hall E first period) workshop tickets. NOTE: All session tickets are good for Arena session and Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.
LUGAR SESION CONFERENCISTA TALLER
HALL E

1-51

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus

Llamados a ser discípulos en misión permanente (*)

HALL B

2-51

Carlos Carrillo Velásquez

Pautas para comunicarse mejor con adolescentes (*)

HALL B

3-52

Benjamín Bravo Perez

Sacramentos de la Iglesia: ¿Sacramentos de vida? (*)

HALL B

4-57

John Yzaguirre

Cómo educar a los hijos (*)

HALL B

5-57

Fr. Domingo Rodríguez Zambrana

Viviendo un amor que no se acaba, pero que cambia muchísimo (*)

HALL B

6-51

Dionisio Borobio Garcia

Sacramentos de iniciación cristiana y catecumenado: Un reto para la Iglesia actual (*)

HALL B

7-51

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus

Señor, dame ese Espíritu que fortalece matrimonios y familias (*)

HALL B

8-56

Victor Valenzuela

Soy Catequista: Dignidad, vocación y misión (*)

 
PROGRAM BOOK
 
Sneak a peek at the Program Book. You won't receive the 2009 RECongress Program Book until you get to Congress. But you can get a sneak peek SOON at www.RECongress.org/2009/guidebook.htm.
Map out your Congress days and your favorite (and new) places to eat, with our updated restaurant listing for the Convention Center area -- including the new Anaheim GardenWalk restaurants: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnny Rocket's, McCormick & Schmick's Grille, P.F. Chang's, and Roy's!
FOR CONGRESS ATTENDEES
 
On our 2009 Congress Home Page at www.RECongress.org there are special links to Orange County information and events, special programs and information about the new Anaheim GardenWalk.
THE OC WELCOMES CONGRESS
• Things to See and Do
• What's Happening in Town
• Attendee Rourseces
• Airports, Parking & Transportaion

"SHOW YOUR BADGE" DISCOUNTS
Promotional offers and discounts exclusively for Congress attendees  Use the "Show Your Badge & Save" program at participating restaurants, retailers and attractions.

GARDENWALK INFORMATION
Growing each week with new store openings, the GardenWalk now has 48 stores -- plus The Movie Experience 14 -- and restaurants, including:
 
Plan ahead... get restaurant recommendations and make reservations before you arrive!
 
ANAHEIM WHITE HOUSE OFFER
 
A Special Offer from The Anaheim White House. Congress attendees are invited to receive a Free Bottle of Champaign for parties of two or more.
And Additional Special Offers…
 -- VIP Priority Reservations
 -- 12 Private Dinning Rooms
 -- Off-Site Catering
 -- Free Meeting Rooms w/Lunch Package
 
Look for the bow tie link found on our home page at  www.RECongress.org.
 
THEME PARK TICKETS
 
A special offer for Congress attendees. Only on www.RECongress.org can you find a link for specially priced tickets to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. There is special ticket pricing on evening passes and on single- and multi-day passes for both Disneyland Resort parks.

Look for the Disney castle logo found toward the bottom of our home page at
www.RECongress.org. Note: These tickets are only available for sale until February 25, 2009.
 
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