Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011
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Archdiocese of Los Angeles
2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• March 17, 2011
• March 18-20, 2011
Scheduled dates for Congress 2012 are:
• March 22, 2012
• March 23-25, 2012
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
It's not too late to register. Though online
registration is closed, don't mail your registration
-- just bring it with you to Congress. You can
register on site at the Convention Center at the
Registration Booth located in the Prefunction Lobby.
Hours will be on Thursday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, beginning at
See the Guidebook
Listen to a
preview of the Youth Day 2011 Theme song online at
www.RECongress.org/YD. The theme song, "Everyone's
Invited/Son Todos Invitados," is written by Pedro Rubalcava
and made available from our friends at spiritandsong.com.
There are many groups looking for tickets for Youth
Day 2011. If you have extra tickets please email
Mike Norman or call (213) 637-7674 and we might be
able to help you sell your extra tickets. We have a
large waiting list of people that would really like
Go to RECongress.org/YD
Last year we presented the first-ever "live" webcast
from Congress! And we're back this year — with even
more expanded coverage. Know someone who can't make
it to Congress? Invite them to experience the
outpouring of grace and enthusiasm on
www.RECongress.org/LIVE. We begin our live streaming
from the Anaheim Convention Center Arena --
this year on Thursday, March 17, 2011, for Youth
Day, beginning at 8:30 am PST.
See some of our past moments on our YouTube/RECongress
channel. Among the all the videos, you'll find:
Interview with Fr. Tony Ricard
LIVE host Alex Venegas sits down with Fr. Tony
Ricard from KnightTime Ministries and Our Lady Star
of the Sea in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a candid
interview. Fr. Tony discusses his call to the
priesthood, this "big box" called the universal
Catholic Church and how, even in the midst of
Hurricane Katrina, God continued to show Incredible
Abundance to the people of New Orleans.
Interview with Donna Peña & John Angotti
LIVE host Alex Venegas talks with Catholic composers
Donna Pena & John Angotti just after the Opening
Rite & Welcome. Donna wrote the Congress 2010 theme
song: "Incredible Abundance" and John wrote the
Youth Day 2010 theme song: "I'm Just Sayin".
Go to RECongress.org/LIVE
ATTENDEES FROM AROUND
in addition to the over 20,000 registered for
throughout the United States, there are an
additional 497 registered for Congress — all from foreign countries.
As of March 11, we have these numbers registered:
Canada - 377
Australia - 25
England - 20
Ireland - 14
New - Zealand - 5
Pakistan - 5
Northern - Ireland - 4
Singapore - 4
Argentina - 3
France - 2
Philippines - 1
And on our Statistics page you can find our
Top 1% of U.S. cities represented, the
numbers registered by state,
and our interactive map showing the numbers per
state. And be sure to check how many are
coming from your city!
See the Congress Stats page
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
will be released at this year's Congress and
is available through Ave Maria Press (booths 475, 477,
479, 574, 576, 578 in Hall A). The royalties form
the sale of "Grace Abounds" will contribute to the
Religious Education Congress Endowment Fund that
supports the ongoing formation and education of lay
Sr. Edith will be signing her book at the Book
Signing area in Hall A on:
Friday, March 18 at 11:30 am
Saturday, March 19 at 2:30 pm
Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 pm
See the Author Signing Schedule
TECH CENTER SCHEDULE
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Technology Center highlights educational DVD and CD
software, online services and Internet resources
that would be of interest to our Congress attendees.
The Tech Center is located near the center of
Exhibit Hall A, under the “Computer Demonstration”
banner. Join us throughout the weekend to see the
line-up of featured exhibitors' latest online
products and resources. AND SUNDAY ONLY: Drop by to
get your free, personalized Congress souvenir
See the Tech Center schedule
BOOTH AT CONGRESS
Adjacent 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 Thursday morning and continues
throughout the entire weekend. Check our schedule at
Go to www.RECongress.org/LIVE
AN IPAD AT CONGRESS
first 200 people to
visit the Office of Religious Education will receive a free
thumb drive, courtesy of Guadalupe Radio.
Booth visitors will also have an opportunity to win an
iPad, iPod or Nano! These are the first, second, and
third prizes for a drawing at the ORE booth (#430).
Just drop by and register to receive information from our office
(EVEN if you already receive the information). Just
come by the booth in the middle of the exhibit hall.
And don’t just come by for the raffle, please stop to
see us and hang out in our fun and relaxing area. The winner will be contacted
and announced on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed
and in our Congress Emailing!
the Exhibitors Page
Will Call window at the Registration area at
Congress. Ticket Pick-Up is available on site at the
Convention Center at the Registration Booth located
in the Prefunction Lobby. Hours will be on Thursday,
March 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and any day of
Congress beginning at 8 a.m.
Didn't receive your Congress tickets in the mail? We
have had quite a few tickets
returned to us in the mail (wrong address, wrong ZIP
PROGRAM BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE -
Take a "sneak peek" at the Congress Program Book --
the one given away at Congressare available in PDF
as soon as they are available. So there is a week or
two of "Sneak Peeks" of the Program book before
CONVENTION CENTER PARKING
Day parking is available in the Convention Center
parking structures at the rate of $12 per day, with
no in-and-out privileges.
Prime Time Shuttle is offering Congress attendees
special online convention discounts for
transportation to and from Southern California
airport or cruise ship terminals.
UNWIND AT CONGRESS
Hall A Prefuntion Area
Saturday – 10 am - 4:30 pm
– 10 am - 2:30 pm
Renew your spirit and take a break from the bustle
of Congress with a chair massages that relieves
tension and relaxes the mind. The cost is $1 per
Friday through Sunday (lunchtime) – Marriott San
Join with other Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) men and
women to share experiences, strengths and hopes with
mutual support for recovery from alcoholism. (The
meeting room is location in the Marriott’s lower
SPEAKER HANDOUTS ONLINE
Some of the Arena and Hall B speakers have provided
handouts for their workshops. This option is for
speakers assigned to the biggest rooms where the
capacity is too large to provide everyone handouts.
There is a link to the following handouts on our
1-55: Del ministerio al misterio(*) - Rev. Domingo
3-55: ¿Es mi grupo un grupo sano?(*) - Sr. Glenda
5-51: La catequesis con niños pequeños(*) - Luis
6-53: Felicidad del camino(*) - José-Román Flecha
8-01: Gratitude as a Spiritual Pathway - Dr. Wilkie
"SHOW YOUR BADGE" DISCOUNTS
Use your Congress badge for the "Show Your Badge &
Save" program for special promotional
offers and discounts available exclusively for
Congress attendees at participating restaurants,
retailers and attractions. Find online restaurant
listings and dining reservations as well as
discounted Disneyland tickets.
The Anaheim GardenWalk offers additional shopping opportunites,
restaurants, a bowling lounge and movie theaters just
a block away from the Convention Center (321 W. Katella Avenue, phone 714.635.7410).
Jezreel of JustFaith Ministries will be speaking at
the JustFaith Graduate Reception and Dinner will be
held Saturday, March 19 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
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.
Download the Program Book
TIPS TO SURVIVE CONGRESS!
If you're not already familiar with it, the
RECongress is the largest annual 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 few of the dozen handy tips
for surviving the Religious Education Congress.
— Dress for comfort
— Take your entire registration packet
— Bring a pack to carry
— Lose the car
— Shop early
— Plan ahead
— Chill out
Find all the Tips and their descriptions on our web
Read the Tips to Survive
YOUR (OLD) CELL PHONES!
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 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.)
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
St. Teresa of Avila wrote that our soul is like a castle created out of
a precious jewel with many interesting rooms. At
Congress Liam Lawton, Tony Alonso and Chris de Silva
will present the "Contemplative Prayer Experience: Castle
of the Soul" (Session 5-02), and "Exploring Castle of
the Soul" (Session 7-03). Join them after Congress
for Castle of the Soul: an evening of prayer and
St. Brendan Church,
310 S Van Ness Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90020,
Admission is $10.
This evening of prayer and song is an exploration of
contemplative life in a contemporary setting. It
seeks to help us find a quiet place, in the midst of
our busy life, where God can make a home in us.
Read the Tips to Survive
You can find all Congress information and updates online.
We have begun to add our Exhibitors list for Congress
2011 and are constantly updating on our Congress 2011
Updates page. Check our site for updates and announcements.
Find this and past Congress Emailings online at our
Emailings page at
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