Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011
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"Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"
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Scheduled dates for Congress 2012 are:
• March 22, 2012
• March 23-25, 2012
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Did you miss some of Congress? This year there were
8 periods of some 35 workshops totaling 281 possible
sessions by 193 speakers. You just can't possibly hear
them all! Fortunately, many of the Congress sessions
were recorded (with speaker permission). CSC Digital
Media offers selected sessions from current and past
Religious Education Congresses available on Audio CDs
(since 2006) and Cassettes (only through 2008). Find
10 years of your favorite Congress speakers on our "Recorded
at Congress" link page.
Listen to some of what's been going on at
Congress — and about Congress — on our Audio
the Congress Audio page
Norman, Coordinator of Youth Day, reports that almost
$15,500 was collected at Youth Day for CRS’ work in
about $1 per participant! In addition, some 2,000-plus
interfaith prayers and messages of solidarity were
written on Youth Day on a huge roll of paper (both sides)
in just a few hours' time to
show that the young church is in solidarity with Caritas
Japan and those they serve.
day may be over, Youth Day still lives on! Watch
Youth Day videos online or replay the Youth Day
Theme Song at
www.RECongress.org/YD. The theme song, "Everyone's
Invited/Son Todos Invitados," was written by Pedro
Rubalcava and made available from our friends at
Go to RECongress.org/YD
Last year we
presented the first-ever "live" webcast from
Congress! This year there was even more expanded coverage,
with live streaming from the Anaheim Convention Center
Arena beginning on Youth Day, Thursday, March 17 at
8:30 am PDT and continuing through the Closing Liturgy
on Sunday afternoon. Here are some stats from the weekend:
viewers on RECongress.org/LIVE: 10,530
Thursday - 2,019
- 1,904 viewers
addition to the United States, there were viewers from
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany,
Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New
Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia,
South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom,
Uruguay and Vietnam.
RECONGRESS CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE
our RECongress channel you can find video interviews
with Congress speakers Fr. Robert Barron and Char Wenc,
with musicians John Angotti and the Jacob & Matthew
Band, who wrote the 2011 Congress Theme song, and many
more. You can find videos
of some of our Congress events from the past two years
online on YouTube.com/RECongress, including:
Go to RECongress.org/LIVE
RELEASE AT CONGRESS
Abounds: A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith"
by Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC with a foreword by Cardinal
Sr. Edith Prendergast's new book
collection of her Congress keynotes over the years
this year at Congress and is available through Ave Maria
Press. The royalties from the sale of "Grace Abounds"
will contribute to the Religious Education Congress
Endowment Fund, which supports the ongoing formation
and education of lay ministers.
the Updates page for ordering info
ARCHBISHOP CHAT ONLINE
Angeles Archbishop José Gomez continued the tradition
of an annual online chat session live from Congress,
begun in 1996 with Cardinal Roger Mahony. This year
the Archbishop conducted a private chat with students
from St. Thomas the Apostle School in Los Angeles. You
can read the transcript of that session on the Congress
See the 2011 Chat Transcript
on Sunday of Congress could you drop by the Technology
Center for your free ePostcard souvenir of Congress.
Over 200 photos were taken for ePostcards and emailed
from the Exhibit Hall. See the photos of those who dropped
by the Tech Center for their personalized souvenirs.
See who sent an ePostcard
WINNERS AT CONGRESS
first 200 people who
visited the Office of Religious Education booth in the
Exhibit Hall received a free thumb drive, courtesy of
Guadalupe Radio. But the big prize winners were announced
our Twitter (hashtag #rec2011) and Facebook (Facebook.com/RECongress)
pages on Sunday, March 20 at the 1:30
First prize: iPad 2 goes to Margie Wood.
Second prize: iPod touch goes to Moises Gutierrez.
Third prize: iPod nano goes to Maria Almada from Colton.
Fourth prize: iPod nano goes to Catherine Knipper.
all our winners!
the Congress Updates page
LOST AND FOUND
Every year after our RECongress event there are a great
many unclaimed items
that end up in our
Lost and Found. We have several pairs of eye
glasses, a collection of umbrellas, a number of articles
of clothing, and more!
Please contact us by phoning us at 213-637-7352 or by
Jan at the Congress Office with what you are missing,
and we'll see if it's among our Lost and Found items.
the Lost & Found Page
RECONGRESS IN THE NEWS
See some of what's been said
about Congress 2011. You can find links to reviews —
especially by The Tidings, newspaper of the Los Angeles
Archdiocese — postings, photos and videos about the
Religious Education Congress on our Congress Reviews
page. You can also find Items about the Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress found on the Internet,
including videos from Congress, past press releases,
and links to Congress history. (And let us know about
any we've missed!)
our Reviews page
PHONES SEND AID!
year Congress attendees turned in old phones, which
generated $1,800 to Catholic Relief Services’ emergency
assistance to Haiti. Again this year RECongress partnered
with GetGreenToGetGreen.com to collect old cell phones
to benefit Haiti and Pakistan. We'll have numbers soon
of what contributions at Congress 2011 have generated.
Watch our Updates page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
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 September
1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.)
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 scan 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
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