- Youth Day Registration Closes
- Last day to mail in Congress registrations
- Last day we mail out-of-state tickets
- Online registration ends
- Last day we mail in-state tickets.
Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011
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"Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"
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Youth Day Keynote & Theme Song announced
Justin Fatica of Hard as Nails Ministry
has been announced as the Youth Day
Keynote. And if you're planning on attending
Youth Day, be sure to register soon.
Youth Day is filling quickly, and usually
closes BEFORE its scheduled February
25 registration close.
Our RECongress Emailings highlight some
of the events going on at Congress 2011
— including added events and a spotlight
on some of the speakers and musical
artists coming to Congress. Be sure
to check our Web site for speakers,
hotel and exhibitor updates.
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¡Para información en español,
2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• March 17, 2011
• March 18-20, 2011
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
Fees increase after this weekend. The fee for Youth
per person. The fee for Congress, with separate registration
form and fee, is $60 per person. Rates
are scheduled to increase after February 4, 2011.
You can register for Youth Day and Congress days online
by credit card. For those paying by check, you can use
the forms in the Registration Guidebook. The Guidebook
contains all workshop and speaker descriptions and one
Youth Day form and two individual Congress Registration
Forms per book. If you need a Guidebook, you can view
one or order one online.
See the Guidebook
DAY KEYNOTE ANNOUNCED!
Fatica of Hard as Nails Ministry will be Keynote at
Youth Day 2011.
17, Justin Fatica did not know what he was going to
do with his life, but he believed that God had something
big planned for him. Justin decided to take risks in
pursuit of his mission. He knew that if he made mistakes
he would press forward and try harder until every person
he met knew that he was loved by God and appreciated.
In 1997, Justin graduated from Cathedral Prep High School
for boys, not with the best grades, but with a big heart.
He went to Seton Hall University and graduated with
an Elementary Education and Philosophy degree in 2001.
He received his Masters in Education in 2003.
Justin has spent the last 10 years ministering to young
people as a teacher, high school campus minister, and
co-founder/director of the Nationally Acclaimed "Hard
as Nails Ministries". He has helped develop youth movements
all around the world, and he has become a true innovator
for youth culture. In December of 2007 he was featured
in the HBO documentary "Hard as Nails" and in 2008 released
his book titled "Hard as Nails."
Information can be found online at
Youth Day closes this month. Make sure you register
soon, as we are nearing capacity for the day.
pre-order (non-customized) Youth Day T-shirts. To receive
your shirts by mail, you must order before February
18. Pre-orders after February 18 can be picked up on
Youth Day at the Seraph7 booth in the main Arena Lobby.
March 7 is the deadline for all pre-orders. Go to www.seraph7.com
for more details
Go to RECongress.org/YD
YOUTH DAY THEME SONG ANNOUNCED
"Everyone's Invited/Son Todos Invitados"
to the new Youth Day 2011 Theme song on the Youth Day
www.RECongress.org/YD. The theme song, "Everyone's
Invited/Son Todos Invitados," is written by Pedro Rubalcava
and available from our friends at spiritandsong.com.
Everyone's invited, everyone is welcome
To the heavenly banquet to the Father's Kingdom.
Open up your hearts and minds and pay attention,
God will bless your lives in ways you never imagined...
is a nationally known
clinician and performer with expertise in various musical
styles. He has been directing liturgical music groups
for more than 20 years. For the past 16 years, he has
been working in professional pastoral ministry in various
areas, including liturgy and music, evangelization,
youth and young adult ministry, catechetical ministry
and RCIA. Pedro received national recognition in 1990
when Amanecer, his bilingual music collection, was nominated
for a Grammy award in the Best Mexican/American Performance
category. Currently, Pedro is the director of Hispanic
ministries for OCP. He also serves on the executive
board of the Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia
as the Northwest representative. He lives in Boring,
Oregon, with his wife, Kristin, and their two children.
Correction: The Jacob and Matthew Band is composing
the Congress Theme Song, not the Youth Day theme as
mentioned in the Congress
See the Congress Songs Page
CONFESSIONS IN SACRED
through Sunday – Convention 304
Sacred Space returns once again to its home on the third
level of the Convention Center, with extended hours
on Saturday. In addition to Eucharistic Adoration in
the Chapel, a labyrinth (pictured), art and meditative
music, our Sacred Space offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
times at Congress in Sacred Space are on Friday and
am to 1:00 pm and from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm. Note:
There are no confessions on Sunday.
See the Congress 2011 Schedule
RELEASE AT CONGRESS
Abounds: A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith"
by Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC with a foreword by Cardinal
"Sr. Edith’s stellar and passionate keynotes, gathered
beautifully here, will inspire and educate us for years
Rev. Richard Rohr, OFM, Founding Director
Center for Action and Contemplation
this collection of rallying keynotes from the annual
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Sr. Edith
Prendergast, RSC, Director of the Archdiocese's Office
of Religious Education, issues a clarion call to both
conversion and renewal...
can find more and pre-Congress ordering information
the Updates Page
BOOTH AT CONGRESS
to the Office of Religious Education booth will be our
Broadcast Booth. Get in on the action as we interview
presenters, artists, exhibitors and more, all from the
floor of Exhibit Hall A! LIVE coverage begins on Friday
morning and continues throughout the entire weekend.
Check www.RECongress.org/LIVE in the coming weeks for
a schedule of events.
Go to www.RECongress.org/LIVE
If you invite someone
to Congress, they can register on site any of the three
days. Hours are:
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - noon
Location: Prefunction Lobby
Hall is a perk of registration to Congress and available
ONLY to those registered. Hours at Congress are:
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Convention Hall A
On the second
floor Prefunction area you can find our Multicultural
Exhibits, representing the diverse ethnic communities
in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Table display hours:
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: 2nd Floor Prefunction Lobby
Sacred Space is located on the third level of the Convention
Center, with extended hours on Saturday. Sacred Space
Friday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Convention Center 304, 3rd floor
Jezreel of JustFaith Ministries will be speaking at
the JustFaith Graduate Reception and Dinner will be
held Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
at the Anaheim Convention Center. To learn more about
this event, please visit
www.archdiocese.la/ojp for the registration form
or call the Office of Justice and Peace JustFaith representative
Tony Fadale at 310-542-9696 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our Updates page
AN IPAD AT CONGRESS
Come chat with the
Office of Religious Education staff at our ORE Booth
in Exhibit Hall A. It is a place for the ORE staff to
meet those who serve our archdiocese catechetically.
The booth will provide a comfortable environment to
talk with folks from around the Archdiocese about catechesis.
We want to meet those in the ministry of catechesis
and to find ways to resource people more efficiently.
Our brochure wall with our ministries will help you
find the post-Congress events that you can participate
in! Let us know how we can better serve your communities
in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with our catechetical
events and trainings.
And be sure to sign
up for information at our booth throughout the weekend
AND enter to win an iPad! The winner will be contacted
and announced on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed
and in our Congress Emailing!
the Exhibitors Page
VOLUNTEER MEETING REMINDER
Congress could not
function without the hundreds of volunteers who give
of their time during Congress. Volunteer positions include:
Assistants (ticket takers/greeters), the Chairperson
(coordinator) and Master of Ceremonies (the "MC" who
introduces the speaker and makes announcements).
volunteers are required to attend the Volunteer Meeting
that will be held next week on February 22 at 7 pm at
St. Vincent School Hall, 2333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles,
CA 90007 (between 23rd St. and Adams Blvd.)
See Volunteer Information
Most of the hotels
that have contracted with Congress only guarantee special
rates through this month. Consider staying locally to
enjoy the full experience of Congress. Check our Hotel
listing to find information about rates. And our Interactive
Hotel Map shows hotel locations and rates. Make your
hotel reservations as soon as possible. When making
reservations, be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate.
YOUR OLD CELL PHONE TO CONGRESS
year we witnessed two of the largest natural disasters
in recent memory in Haiti and Pakistan. And through
the generous participation of Congress 2010 attendees
in our Cell Phone Recycling Initiative, we have been
able to donate $1,800 to Catholic Relief Services’ emergency
assistance to Haiti. Again this year we are partnering
with GetGreenToGetGreen.com to collect phones to benefit
Haiti and Pakistan. Bring your old cell phones — working
or not — with you to Congress. More than 130 million
cell phones are thrown away every year. Don’t throw
away electronics that should be recycled. Do your part
to recycle your old cell phone — and help us help Haiti
and Pakistan in the process.
RECongress Spotlight 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 rewardss 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.)
if you were part of this program last year, you will
need to update your account again this year. 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 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 RECongress.
Organization Name:: Archdiocese of
Los Angeles - Religious Education
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor,
Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658
step-by-step instructions and information online.
RECongress Ralphs Program
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