13 (Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
"Hope: A World Afire" / "Esperanza que Enciende
"Never Alone, Forever Accepted"
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RECongress is next month!
Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese
of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the
nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
Already this year we have 472 attendees registered
from around the world, including Canada (374),
Australia (58), the United Kingdom (13), Mexico (7),
the Dominican Republic (5), Ireland (5), Pakistan
(4), Brazil (2), New Zealand (3), and the
Philippines (1). You can find other statistics from this
year's Congress on our web site.
See 2014 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 ($30
before January 22). The adult
days have a separate registration and fee, which is
$80 per person ($70 by January 22). 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
PROGRAM BOOK SNEAK PEEK
Be ready for Congress:
Now you can see the online version of the
Program Book that people receive when they arrive at
Congress 2014. 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 (and some you can find online):
Locations of all workshop
Spotlight on events at Congress
Exhibitor listing and
Exhibitor Categories listing
Audio Recording Form
Tech Center schedule
Restaurant guide and contact information
View the Program Book
Session “K”- Dealing With Stress – Jesse Manibusan
will replace Judy McDonald
Session 1-02: "The New Evangelization" (*) –
Fr. David Loftus will replace Fr. Pat Brennan.
Session 1-54: "La luz de la teología
feminista en la historia" (*) – Olivia Cornejo will
replace Sr. Teresa Forcades.
Session 3-05: "Cry Out with Joy: Celebrating
the Liturgy of the Word in Song" – Lori True
will not be co-presenting with David Haas.
Session 3-09: "Do You See What I See? A
Catechist’s Perspective" (*) – Nancy Bird will
replace Saundra Kennedy.
Session 5-06: "Communio (*) – Bill Huebsch
will replace Fr. Pat Brennan.
Session 5-53: "¿Actúa Dios en el mundo? El
factor providencia" (*) – Lupita Vital Cruz will
replace Sr. Teresa Forcades.
Session 7-14: "Motivator, Model,
Minister…Catechist, Who Do You Say You Are?" (*) –
Joe Paprocki will replace Saundra Kennedy.
See the 2014 Speakers page
YOUTH DAY 2014 APP
the Youth Day app for iPhone and iPod Touch at
AppStore.com/YouthDay2014! It will automatically
update itself every year when new versions are
released. With this app you can stay up-to-date with
all Youth Day speakers, musicians and performers by
following them on Twitter, viewing their websites
and even finding them on Facebook.
YOUTH DAY GETS SOCIAL
first batch of Youth Day packets were mailed this
week. In the meantime, we invite you to connect with
us on Social Media. You can post, tweet, share, like
and/or create videos. We look forward to connecting
with you online!
Click here to find out how.
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 page
YOUTH DAY SPEAKER FEATURE: KEN YASINSKI
in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Ken Yasinski is
one of Canada’s most sought-after Catholic speakers,
speaking full time since 1999. He appears regularly
at countless events, including spiritual development
days for Catholic school districts, retreats, parish
missions, conferences, workshops, seminars, and high
school and youth retreats. In addition, Yasinski is
founder and President of Face to Face Ministries,
songwriter/producer of Catholic worship music, and
author of “The Fullness of Purpose.”
Every person can experience God’s best, but most
decide for living less. Don’t be one of those
people! Gain a deeper understanding of the
incredible plan God has for your life, offered
through his Church. Discover practical life-changing
decisions that will empower you to live out the full
purpose of your life. Don’t settle for living
“good,” when God is calling you to be great.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Session Z: "The Best Life You Can Live"
See the Youth Day Workshops
CARDINAL OSCAR RODRIGUEZ
Oscar Rodriguez, a Salesian priest, is Archbishop of
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and President of Caritas
Internationalis. He was President of the Latin
American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) from 1995-99.
Cardinal Rodríguez was elevated to the cardinalate
in 2001. He was the Vatican’s spokesman with the
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on
issues of Third World debt.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 am — Session 7-21
"Living the Mission of Jesus in Our World Today "
As people of faith, we are sent to participate in
the evangelizing mission of the Church, to proclaim
the Good News, to act justly and love tenderly, and
to witness to our relationship with Jesus Christ.
This session will examine the hopes and challenges
involved in living out this vision and mission in
our world today.
Friday, March 14, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 pm — Session 3-57
"Viviendo la misión de Jesús en nuestro mundo de hoy
Como gente de fe, hemos sido enviados para
participar en la misión evangelizadora de la iglesia,
para proclamar la Buena Nueva, actuar con justicia,
amar con ternura y dar testimonio de nuestra
relación con Jesucristo. Esta sesión examinará las
esperanzas y los retos implicados en la realización
de esta visión y misión en el mundo de hoy.
See the Congress 2014 Speakers
Saturday, March 15, 2014
5:15 pm —
Contemplative Liturgy on Saturday at Congress will be celebrated by Fr. Jack Stoeger of the Los Angeles Archdiocese,
Tony Alonso and
This Liturgy is seen as a still point in the
sometimes overwhelming stimulation of Congress. The
— as a
doorway to contemplation
— is all
about silence and stillness and being present to the
asking for stuff, no fretting and worrying, just
calmly sitting still and breathing in the rhythm of
Fr. Jack Stoeger,
a former spiritual director at St. John’s Seminary
in Camarillo, Calif., is the Director of the
Cardinal Timothy Manning House of Prayer for
Priests. Fr. Stoeger has extensive experience as a
parish priest and seminary formator, and regularly
gives workshops and retreats to priests and
seminarians throughout the United States.
See the other Congress
staying in town for Congress. You can check our list
of RECongress-contracted hotels for special room
rates for Congress attendees. Note: Some hotels'
deadlines are this month. Be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate to receive the
special room rates. You can find the listing of
hotels, and our interactive map of these hotels, on
our Web site.
See the RECongress Hotels Page
SPECIAL CONGRESS TICKET OFFER
Education Congress attendees can purchase specially
priced Disneyland resort tickets prior to their
arrival, including Twilight Convention tickets
(after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park
hoppers tickets. This online offer is only available
www.disneyconventionear.com/ZMRC14A and only
through 9:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Tickets are valid Friday, March 7 through Tuesday,
March 18, 2014.
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.
We have posted all the speakers and workshops, along
with ways to find workshops by topic. Check our site
for updates and announcements.
Be sure to sign-up for this twice-a-month Emailing about
Congress updates and events. You may opt out from the
Congress Emailing at any time from the link below. Our
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