Don't forget to register for Congress 2009 -- or
THAT would be scary!
Guidebook has been mailed!
Guidebooks for Congress 2009 have just been mailed. Please
allow 10 days for delivery. Remember – if you can't wait! –
you can take a look at the book online! The first 5,000
Congress registrants are "guaranteed" their first choices.
Start planning now and
Register for RECongress 2009.
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www.RECongress.org -- to share with friends and
encourage them to sign up for our Congress Emailing for
updates. If you do not care to receive future updates, you
can find removal information at the bottom of this message.
The Registration Guidebooks
have been mailed (please allow 10 days for delivery). The
Guidebook is your key to all events and to choosing
workshops for Congress. It provides a daily schedule of
entertainment and events.
There are two ways to get a Guidebook -- read it online or
have one mailed to you. (Note: Those who attended Congress
2008 will automatically receive their Guidebook by mail.)
The complete Registration Guidebook is available online --
and in THREE formats:
PDF -- You can download the complete Guidebook or smaller
(more managable) sections at our
Registration Guidebook page. (You need the free Adobe
Reader to view a PDF.)
iPAPER -- You can view the Guidebook online -- without
downloading anything -- using our new iPaper version. You
can also find the link (toward the bottom of the page) on
our Registration Guidebook page.
WEB PAGE -- You can find a page for every Period (Spanish
and English) with descriptions of all
Workshops & Links page. That page also provides links to
other Congress events, includding Youth Day,
Schedules, Speakers, Topics, Recordings, Photos as well as
links to the
Congress Theme, the Cardinal Online Chats, and your Congress
You can have a copy of the Guidebook mailed to you. (Remember,
those who attended Congress 2008 will automatically receive
a Guidebook by mail.) Order your copy online on our
Guidebook Order Form page.
The 2009 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• February 26, 2009 (Youth Day)
• February 27 - March 1, 2009 (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
The registration fee for Congress is $60. ($70 after
January 5, 2009 deadline.)
2 WAYS TO REGISTER FOR CONGRESS
• First, pick your sessions:
• Find your interests:
• Order your
Registration Guidebook (NOTE: Those who registered
last year will
automatically receive their Guidebook in early
• Choose your sessions (first and second workshop
• Mail in the Registration Form with payment ($60 by
January 5, 2009).
All tickets will be mailed after February 5, 2009.
NOTE TO PARISHES: We also have blank registration
cards for parishes sending multiple catechist
registrations. Additional Registration Guidebooks
and cards can be requested at
DAY THEME ANNOUNCED!
The theme for Youth Day 2009 has been announced: "Step
Up to Life." You can read about how the Youth Day
Coordinating Team arrived at the theme on the Youth Day
Our Youth Day, held Thursday, February 26, 2009, is
geared specifically for those in the 9th-12th grades.
The registration fee for Youth Day 2009 is $20 per
person ($25 per person after January 5, 2009).
Youth Day Section from the Registration Guidebook
(PDF: 8 pgs, 2.6 Mb)
Remember: Be sure to get your Youth Day registration
in early! Youth Day fills up fast!
Know a youth who might like to be an MC at Youth Day?
Know someone who loves to sing or play an instrument? We
are looking for Emcees to introduce speakers for Youth
Day and also musicians to sing and play for the Arena
To be MC or musician at Youth Day 2009 you must:
• Be a high school youth (grade 9-12)
• Be willing to make all required rehearsals
• Be willing to take full part in Youth Day 2009
• Be registered with your parish or school for Youth
For more information and to download the registration
forms go to our
Youth Day page.
Most of our Congress delegates stay in the surrounding area
hotels. We have contracted with 33 hotels that will offer
special rates for Congress attendees. We suggest making
hotel reservations as soon as possible. A few hotels have
already sold out of their Congress rates (though they might
have rooms available at higher rates). When making
reservations, you must ask for the Religious Education
You can find the updated listing of contracted hotels at
This year the Los Angeles Religious Education
-- 282 Congress Workshops
-- 220 English Workshops
-- 52 Spanish Workshops
-- 8 Vietnamese Workshops
-- 2 Korean Workshops (only on Friday)
Day Workshops (only on Thursday)
On Sunday, David Wells will present the English
Address -- "Smoke Signals of Hope in Burnt-out
People" -- and Fr. Antonio Ginel Viela will present
the Spanish Address -- "Te mostraré una tierra y
seré tucompañero, tu futuro."
You can find a complete and updated listing of
speakers for RECongress 2009 online at
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information on the Ralphs rewards Card and how to
register your card online at
Check out some of the new events for Congress
SPOTLIGHT -- See our online
RECongress Spotlight of events planned for
this year, ranging from Thursday's Youth Day to
Friday's Catholic Filmmakers' Showcase, from
Sacred Space to Sacred Illuminations.
WORKSHOP PLANNER -- Help plan your
Congress workshops with our new
Workshop Planner (PDF: 2 pgs., 115k). It
will help you sort your first, second and third
choices, and print it out for a record or your
OUTDOOR STAGE -- In addition to the main
stages of the Arena and Hall B, there will be an
new Outdoor Stage, located on the northeast side
of the Convention Center. The first of the
schedule entertainment has been announced:
Friday, February 27 -- 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
You can find updated information on our web site
and specific updates about this year's Congress
Congress 2009 Updates page.
Vietnamese Folk Dance Troupe/Lasallian Youth
with Bro. Fortunat Phong
Special Theme Park Pricing
Special ticket pricing on Disneyland and
Disney California Adventure off our
Special group pricing on Disneyland and
Disney California Adventure on our
Youth Day page.
Anaheim/Orange County Welcomes the Religious
Things to See and Do
Looking for ways to spend your time in
Orange County? Find attractions,
restaurants, shopping, and nightlife
What's Happening in Town
Including nightlife hot spots and advance
Visitor Tools include maps, transportation
and Visitor Information.
Airports, Parking & Transportation
Information on the 4 airports and local
transportation service, Anaheim Convention
Center Parking, and local maps and driving
Show Your Badge & Save Program
Promotional offers and discounts are
exclusively available to your group during
your event in Anaheim. Show Your Event Badge
and Save at participating restaurants,
attractions, and much more.
Within walking distance to the Convention
Center is the new GardenWalk, an open-air
district featuring 50 stores and restaurants
-- all surrounded by lush landscaping and