13 (Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
"Hope: A World Afire" / "Esperanza que Enciende
"Never Alone, Forever Accepted"
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Happy New Year! And that means the 2014
Religious Education Congress is only
two months away — with some deadlines
approaching. For Youth Day, there is
deadline for those
interested being MCs; and
for those who would like to join
the Youth Day Choir or Band. Beginning
January 7, Congress
attendees are able to pre-order online
specially priced Disneyland and Disney
California Adventure tickets. And, remember,
the early (lower) pricing for Youth
Day and Congress registration is schedule
after January 22.
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Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese
of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the
nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
Our last RECongress, held in March, brought together
nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend! We
had registrants from across the country and as far away
as Ireland and Australia.
See 2013 Congress Statistics
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• March 13, 2014
Congress is held annually at the Anaheim Convention
Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim,
Calif. (just south of Disneyland and Disney California
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The registration fee for Youth Day 2014, March 13 is
per person. The adult
days have a separate registration and fee, which is
$70 per person. Fees increase after the late registration
date (postmarked after January 22, 2014). There is a
$30 processing fee for refunds. There are NO REFUNDS
AFTER JANUARY 22, 2014.
You can register for Congress by check (mailing in your
registration) or online by credit card. And with your
to provide your email address. EVERYONE who has provided
a working email will receive confirmation of registration
along with your ticket assignments. Want to switch a
session? Want to change a workshop to attend with a
friend? No problem. Go online and make your changes.
Changes can be made up until the time tickets are printed.
Register for Congress
CONTACT: CHRISTINA LAMAS
the new year, the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education
(ORE) gains a new Associate Director, Christina Lamas.
Christina will be taking over Mike Norman's position
of leading the Youth Ministry Team, working closely
with Katie Zeigler and Heather MacDonald to direct the
Youth Ministry efforts of our archdiocese.
to update your Michael Norman contact information to
Christina Lamas at CLamas@la-archdiocese.org or (213)
See the Congress Updates page
YOUTH DAY DEADLINES
3 - Youth Day Emcees
Jan. 3 is the deadline to apply to be a Youth Day MC
to introduce the speakers and MC other parts of the
day. Youth must be registered for Youth Day to attend
the training, which will be held on January 11, 2014.
For more information,
download the form.
JANUARY 8 - Youth Day Choir & Instrumentalists
Wednesday, Jan. 8 is the deadline for all high school
youth (grades 9-12) who would like to be part of the
Youth Day liturgy by joining the Youth Day Choir or
Band. Participants must also register for Youth Day
through their parish or school. For information, please
download the form.
FEBRUARY 14 - Youth Day Ault Volunteers
February 14 is the deadline for any adults who are NOT
chaperone young people and would like to volunteer to
help with Youth Day crowd control, room directing, bus
unloading, and so much more. For further information,
download the form.
ASAP - Youth Day Group Volunteers
are looking for a parish or school ministry group to
entertain those waiting in line for the Arena, for both
the morning and afternoon sessions. There would be some
meetings required for the coordinator prior to Youth
Day. For more details, please contact Christina Lamas
See the 2014 Youth Day pagee
YOUTH DAY T-SHIRTS
Youth Day T-shirts are available for custom and group
pre-orders. Customize your Youth Day shirt with your
youth group or parish name on the back for only $2.50
additional. Custom orders with payment must be received
by February 17, 2014 for direct shipping.
The special pre-order discount pricing (valid thru February
24, 2014) is :
T-shirts: $12.50 ($15 at Youth Day)
Sweatshirts: $25 ($30, limited quantity at Youth Day)
Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
On Youth Day, merchandise will be available at the Seraph7
booth in the main lobby of the Convention Center Arena.
Pre-order to ensure you get yours at
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Youth Day Schedule
DAY SPEAKER FEATURE: GREG WASINSKI
Wasinski is an inspirational Catholic speaker, author
and former radio talk show host from Cleveland. He has
been a presenter at many parishes, diocesan rallies
and major national youth conferences, as well as keynote
at youth rallies across the country for both middle
school and high school. Wasinski is also a confirmation
retreat leader (for high schools, middle schools and
adults), a Bible study lecturer and a contributor to
national resources for faith formation. He is expecting
completion of his book, “Finding Jesus in the Eucharist,”
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Session X: "Where Faith and Real Life Come Together:
Living Our Faith in the World"
Greg Wasinski as he reminds us, in his genuine and humorous
style, to “be nothing more than God created us to be.”
He will help us find the ways Jesus is present in the
world and how we can share this Good News with our friends,
family, parents and, yes, quite possibly, even complete
strangers. Greg’s own examples of courage and strength
will put our relationship with God on display so that
we may begin to encounter him more deeply. You won’t
want to miss this workshop to learn that we should not
be embarrassed by who we are in faith. Be proud to bring
others into the wonderful experiences we have by living
a life where Christ is No. 1 and the impact it can have
on changing the world.
See the Youth Day Workshopss
SPEAKER FEATURE: DR.
in Austin, Texas, Dr. Joseph White is a clinical child
psychologist and National Catechetical Consultant for
Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum. He has
taught courses in catechetics and pastoral guidance
at the University of Dallas and at the University of
St. Thomas in Houston. Dr. White is a popular workshop
presenter at national and diocesan conferences, a frequent
guest on national Catholic radio shows and maintains
a blog on catechesis.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 am — Session 6-27
"Attention, Please! Using the Divine Pedagogy to Help
Children Focus and Engage in Their Faith"
the midst of our culture of distractions, God is continually
inviting us into a relationship with him. By reflecting
on the divine pedagogy (the way God teaches us), we
can gain insights about how to craft our catechesis
in ways that meet the attentional and spiritual needs
of children today. This workshop, facilitated by child
psychologist and catechetical author Dr. Joseph White,
will provide practical steps for making our catechesis
more attention-grabbing, formative and fun.
March 16, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 am — Session 7-24
"Early Childhood Catechesis: Why It’s Important and
Six Steps for Success" (*)
This workshop, led by
a child psychologist and author of the Allelu Early
Childhood Curriculum, will focus on current research
about how preschoolers and kindergartners learn best.
Participants will be shown specific techniques for actively
engaging the mind of the preschooler in learning the
lessons of our faith.
See the Congress 2014 Speakers
ONLINE REGISTRATION TIPS
our new online registration system,
you know that:
— You should
choose all your workshops BEFORE you begin the online
process, especially to avoid any timeout problems with
— You can
register online using
a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover credit
— If you
register online, you
will immediately see if your workshop is available and
know if you get your "first choice." If you mail in
your registration, you will have to make first and second
— You can
register first and pay later (OR you can even pay first
and choose your workshops later).
— Your email
address is your key to registration. Sign on and review
(or change) your workshops. All info how to do this
comes to your email inbox.
— Even people
who register by mail will receive an email confirmation
of their registration, showing all their workshops.
BE SURE to include your email address with your registration.
— You can
make changes in your workshop selections at any time
(UNTIL tickets are printed).
See Register online
GOMEZ CONGRESS CHAT
us on Friday, March 14, at 10:15-11:00 am live at the
Technology Center in Hall A as Los Angeles Archbishop
José Gomez (pictured with Bishop Edward Clark) conducts
a live, online chat session with students from St. Columbkille
in Los Angeles. This will be the Archbishop's fourth
annual live, online chat from Congress with school students
from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. You can find transcripts
of past Congress Chats from Congress (with Archbishop
Gomez, Cardinal Mahony and Bishop Edward Clark) on our
Go to the Congress Spotlight page
forget to make your travel arrangements now for the
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. We have
secured special rates for Congress attendees at a number
of hotels with pricing to meet everyone's needs. Make
sure when making your reservations you mention the
Religious Education Congress so that you receive
our special rate.
See the RECongress Hotels Page
SPECIAL DISNEY OFFER
next Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Congress
attendees will be able to pre-order specially
priced Disneyland Resort Tickets. Find specials
to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, with
special pricing on evening, single- and multi-day passes
for both Disneyland Resort parks. This online offer
is only available at www.disneyconventionear.com/ZMRC14A.
Tickets are valid March 7-18, 2014. See information
and notes on our Updates page.
See the Congress Updates page
JUST 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. This
is an annual program that must be renewed each year.
The current term runs from September 1, 2013 through
August 31, 2014!
If you were part
of the program last year, we thank you, but everyone
needs to re-enroll each 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.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
instructions and information online.
See the RECongress Ralphs page
You can find all Congress information and updates online.
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with ways to find workshops by topic. Check our site
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