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It's Here! RECongress arrives NEXT week!
... and online
registration ends tonight at 11 p.m. PST!
This is our last Emailing before the 2010 Los
Angeles Religious Education Congress. Pass along
this emailing or our link — www.RECongress.org — to share with friends and encourage them to
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FORGET YOUR CELL
Remember: Bring your old cell phones — working
or not — with you to Congress. This year RECongress
is partnering with GET GREEN TO GET GREEN, an
organization that recycles cell phones. The
proceeds generated from this partnership will
be donated to the Haiti relief efforts through
Catholic Relief Services. CRS has committed
at least $25 million for Haiti relief and recovery.
who can't make it to Congress? Invite them
to experience Congress right here on the
web at our new live page — RECongress.org/LIVE.
This year we are thrilled to invite the
global cyber community to join us in our
first-ever live webcast!
for the fun and excitement HERE beginning
Friday, March 19 at 8:30 am PST as we stream live from the Anaheim Convention Center
Arena, culminating with our Closing Liturgy
on Sunday at 3:30pm PST.
| FRIDAY, MARCH
| 8:00am-9:30am || Event: Opening Rite and Welcome |
| 10:00am-11:30am || Workshop:
Ronald Rolheiser, OMI |
| 11:45am-12:30pm || Concert:
The Jacob & Matthew Band |
| 1:00pm-2:30pm || Workshop:
Rev. R. Tony Ricard |
| 3:00pm-4:30pm || Workshop:
Matthew Kelly |
| 5:15pm-6:45pm || Liturgy:
Jazz Liturgy |
| 6:45pm-7:45pm || REPEAT: Opening Rite
and Welcome |
| 8:00pm-10:00pm || Concert:
"Friday Night LIVE Rock 'n' Praise!" |
| SUNDAY, MARCH 21 |
| 2:00pm-3:00pm || REPEAT:
Highlights of Friday Night Concert |
| 3:30pm-5:00pm || Event: Closing Liturgy |
Go to RECongress.org/LIVE
The 2010 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
• March 18,
2010 (Youth Day)
• March 19-21,
2010 (Congress days)
now have our dates for Congress 2011. Dates
• March 17, 2011 (Youth Day)
• March 18-20, 2011 (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). See a Yahoo Map
The registration fee for Congress is $70 ($60 by February 5,
Waited until now to register? Forgot to
send in your registration? Don't worry!
You can still register on site at Congress.
Bring your Registration Card with you to
Congress — we only need your name and mailing
address. Registration is available Thursday,
March 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and
each day of Congress beginning at 8 a.m.
See our Registration
Feb 5 - Registration fees increased
Feb 23 - Youth Day Registration
Mar 11 - Online registration
ends 11 p.m. PST
Mar 12 - Last day we mail tickets
to California addresses
Mar 18 - Ticket pickup at Congress
- 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Mar 19 - Ticket pickup/Registration
opens at 8am
Mar 20 - Ticket pickup/Registration
opens at 8am
Mar 21 - Ticket pickup/Registration
opens at 8am
updates on our Congress Updates page.
BEING 'SOCIAL' AT CONGRESS
Throughout the weekend, follow Congress news
and happenings on our Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/RECongress)
and on Twitter page (http://twitter.com/@lacongress).
We'll be showcasing videos, asking questions,
and keeping you up-to-date about the weekend's
great opportunities! Plus, please use this opportunity
to upload your own pics and videos with tags
of you and your friends! Share them with all
our fans and fellow tweeters!
Using Twitter to share your experiences of Congress?
Use the tag #REC2010 when sending a tweet, and
keep up with all the other participants who
will be tweeting about their experience. It's
fun to look at what other folks who are attending
Congress are talking about on Twitter.
Again at Congress we will have a Speaker Book
Signing area in the Exhibit Hall — this year in the southeast corner
of Hall A. See
the latest, expanded listing of speakers,
including Keynote Mitch Albom and Sunday address speaker Sr. Barbara Fiand. The
schedule is found online under the Updates page. Note: There may be additional
updates found on the on-site schedule at the Speaker Book Signing area.
DIDN'T GET YOUR TICKETS IN THE MAIL? Need to
pick up your tickets from Will Call? Ticket
pick-up is available at the Registration Will Call
window at Congress on Thursday, March 18, from 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and each day of Congress beginning
at 8 a.m. You can find information about Congress
and Youth Day ticket mailing dates along with
Speaker Updates, Closed Workshops and Arena
and Hall B speakers online at our Congress 2010
Didn't get the tickets you wanted? There is
hope! Ticket Exchange is available beginning
at 12 noon on Friday, March 19 in the Registration
"I selected my workshops, but can I still
change one or two of them at Congress?"
"May I exchange my Congress tickets?"
Yes. For Congress you have the following
- You may use the tickets you receive; or
- You may exchange your tickets (beginning
noon on Friday) at the Ticket Exchange window
located at the Registration Booth; or
- Just use the ticket you were assigned for
the workshop you would like to attend. Once
all properly ticketed attendees are admitted,
then the workshop is opened up to other
ticket holders -- if there is available
DID YOU KNOW? Your ticket is always good
for an Arena (English workshop) or Hall B (Spanish
workshop) seat, which is always the most popular
workshop from each period. You can find listings
of who is appearing in the Arena and Hall B
on our Congress 2010 Updates Page.
RECongress is the largest regularly scheduled
gathering of Catholics in North America. It
is held at the Anaheim Convention Center across
the street from Disneyland. Thursday is Youth
Day, which attracts around 15,000 high schoolers,
and Friday through Sunday is the Congress itself
which is attended by anywhere from 15,000 to
20,000 teachers, catechists, musicians and other
Catholics in ministry from all over the country.
There are dozens of conference sessions each
day with Masses and other events in the evenings.
Here are a dozen handy tips for surviving the
Religious Education Congress by attendee Claude
Muncey, with added comments by Teena Posas.
LOOK WHO'S COMING TO CONGRESS
| YOUTH DAY || |
| Chaperones || 2,910 |
| Youth || 12,727 |
| Total || 15,637 |
| CONGRESS || |
| Mailed-in Registrations || 11,764 |
| Online Registrations || 8,662 |
| Total Pre-registered || 20,426 |
| Contributors to Endowment Fund || 622 |
| Endowment Fund Contributions || $7,750 |
| EXHIBITORS || |
| Representatives || 1,834 |
| Companies || 255 |
| WORKSHOPS || |
| Speakers || 184 |
| Languages || 3 |
| Congress Sessions || 281 |
| Youth Day Sessions || 24 |
| Volunteers || 453 |
| 37,105 |
| || |
| FOREIGN REGISTRATIONS (as of 3/8/2010) |
| CANADA || 324 |
| AUSTRALIA || 36 |
| ENGLAND || 30 |
| MEXICO || 20 |
| IRELAND || 15 |
| PAKISTAN || 10 |
| EQUATORIAL GUINEA || 2 |
| NEW ZEALAND || 1 |
Find how many pre-registrations there are
by state, and see how many others are coming
from YOUR city! You can find details on the number of registrations by city and state
and in a graphic map on our Statistics page.
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film
Showcase was established in 2007 to highlight
cinematic work rooted in Catholic social teaching,
justice, ministry and spirituality. The fourth
annual Showcase honors and exhibits excerpts
from films, shorts, documentaries, experimental
films and animation, with an international audience
of educators, ministers, artists and fellow
filmmakers from both the Hollywood and independent
communities. The Showcase has announced this
year's featured films and honored guests. Sponsors
will be listed at the end of the week.
HAVE A QUESTION you'd like to ask Cardinal Roger Mahony?
You may do just that for his 14th annual online
chat session from the Religious Education Congress. On Friday, March 19 @ 11:30
a.m. PST sign on from our home page at www.RECongress.org
to join in the live chat session from the main hall at the
Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California.
Check back after the chat for transcripts from
this session and the preceding chat session with
students from St. John Chrysostom School in Inglewood.
Cardinal, what is the meaning of Lent?
Cardinal, who will be your successor?
Cardinal, how can we encourage more new priests?
These questions and more will be submitted for the chat. Can't make the chat?
Ask your questions NOW to
be submitted for the chat. Just click the Ask the Cardinal link on our Chat page.
PROGRAM BOOK SNEAK PEEK
Be ready for Congress: See the online version
of the Program Book that people receive when they arrive at
Congress 2010. Get a little extra time to plan
out your weekend by downloading the Program
Book. Available in PDF and iPaper formats.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND:Tech Center schedule
Exhibitor listing and Exhibitor Categories listing
Restaurant guide and contact information
Audio Recording Form
- Spotlight on events at Congress
It's just not possible to
attend every Congress workshop. Most of our
Congress sessions are being recorded by CSC
Digital Media and offered on audio CDs.
Catch a workshop you're not able to attend by ordering a CD at the CSC duplication area located
on the east wall in Exhibit Hall A, or by mailing
or faxing the Recording Form found in the Program
Book, or by ordering online.
CARDINAL BOOK SIGNING
Mahony will be autographing his latest book,
"Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels — Under
Construction," on Friday, March 19 at noon at
Booth 351-353 in Exhibit Hall A. This 232-page
coffee table book is a photo journal of the construction
of the Cathedral as photographed and written
by the Cardinal himself. If you miss the opportunity
to have him personally sign your book, limited
pre-signed copies will be available at the booth
throughout the weekend.
EVENING WITH DAVID WHYTE
Poet and author David Whyte will lead an
evening journey through the poetic tradition, looking at the thresholds human beings
have always had to cross to live a larger, richer, more courageous and more
generous life, no matter the outward circumstances.
"An Evening of Poetry with
David Whyte" will be held
Friday at 8 pm at the Anaheim Convention Center in Room 207. The fee is $20 at the door,
to registered Congress participants.
Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith Ministries, will be speaking at the JustFaith Gathering Dinner on Saturday, March 20
at the Anaheim Convention Center. This year, the dinner is open to all who are interested. The JustFaith Reception and Dinner will be held from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. To learn more about this event, please visit the Office of Justice and Peace web site for the registration form or call them at (213) 637-7550.
ODDS AND ENDS
WHAT'S THE WEATHER going to be like? Youth Day
is expected to be sunny and 69° — according
to the Weather Channel's 10-Day forecast for
PARKING at the Anaheim Convention Center
is $10 per day. There is no in-and-out privileges,
and there is no overnight parking.
JOHN ANGOTTI has written the 2010 Youth Day
theme song, entitled “I'm Just Sayin'. "
Download a FREE MP3 of the song off our Youth
Day page at www.RECongress.org/YD.
DID YOU BOOK YOUR HOTEL? Find the listing
of hotels near to the Anaheim Convention Center
THE TIDINGS has some pre-event Congress coverage.
Find the listing of RECongress stories appearing
in The Tidings, newspaper of the Los Angeles
Archdiocese, at www.RECongress.org/reviews.htm.
DISCOUNT TICKETS for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are available online ONLY until 9 pm PST March 15, 2010. The link is
found off the RECongress home page at www.RECongress.org, under the "Congress" tab.
SOUVENIRS — Don't leave
Congress without getting your souvenir
items. This year we have pins, note pads, magnets
and eco-friendly pens. Find them at the
Information/Souvenir booth in the center of
REMEMBER: Attendees are welcome to invite their non-registered friends to
attend the evening concerts and liturgies at Congress. The Exhibit Hall,
however, is available only to registered Congress attendees.
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
Ralphs Grocery Company, a major supermarket
chain in the Southern California area, supports
schools, churches and other non-profit organizations
with annual contributions. The Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress is a member
of Ralphs Community Contributions Program.
Simply by using your Ralphs rewards Card a portion of
eligible purchases are contributed to the
RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program
that must be renewed each year. The current
term is through August 31, 2010.
We encourage all Ralphs shoppers to sign
up for the free Ralphs rewards Card and register their card with the Community
Contributions Program. It’s easy! Every
time you shop for groceries and swipe your
card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically
earn up to 5% of all eligible purchases
per enrolled card. Sign up now! It’s never
been easier to contribute to the RECongress.
Organization Name: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658
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