Happy New Year 2016!
Now that 2016 has arrived, our
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
is not far off. Did you receive your
Registration Guidebook? Have you picked
your workshops? Have you registered?
You can get info and do all that online
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day to register for Youth Day and Congress
at the lower registration fees. You
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Youth Day Feature: Theresa Flores
Both Youth Day tracks get
to see the Youth Day Arena keynote
and two chosen workshops, including
this one and others whose sessions
are held in the Convention Center
Session K - "A Bar
Soap Hope ...
Human Trafficking: What It Is and
How to Fight It!"
February 25, 2016 - Convention
Human trafficking is the second
leading crime in the United States.
Believe it or not, you and your
friends could be victims of this
tragedy. Come and find out how vulnerable
someone might be to becoming trafficked,
how they are exploited, and what
the “red flags” are. Help us help
the victims by giving them “hope”
as we label SOAP with the National
Human Trafficking Hotline phone
L. Flores, LSW, MS is a human
trafficking survivor, best-selling
author, licensed social worker and
founder of SOAP (Save Our Adolescents
from Prostitution). In 2009, she
was appointed to the Ohio Attorney
General’s Human Trafficking Commission
and testified before the Ohio House
and Senate in support of human trafficking
legislation. Flores received The
Courage Award from the governor
of Ohio for her efforts and was
honored with the 2013 Christian
Service Award from the University
of Dayton for her work with SOAP.
See the Youth Day page »
RECongress Spotlight: Exhibitors
of the perks of Congress are the
Exhibitors in Hall A, 539 booths
showcasing over 200 companies ranging
from religious art to music, and
from publishing houses to educational
institutions, in addition to our
own represented Archdiocesan ministries.
Hours are on Friday & Saturday from
8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 8 am
to 3 pm.
See the 2016 Exhibitors »
Liturgy Feature: Young Adult Liturgy
FEBRUARY 27, 2016 - 5:15 pm
Music by Meredith
Augustin, Chris Nuno and Lauren
Fr. Joe Espaillat is Pastor at St.
Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx,
N.Y., as well as Director of Hispanic
Charismatic Renewal for the New
York Archdiocese and of the Hispanic
Charismatic Catholic Center in the
Bronx. Before this, he was assigned
by Cardinal Timothy Dolan to open
up an Office for Youth Ministry,
where he became Director and is
now Spiritual Advisor. Fr. Espaillat
is keynote speaker at youth rallies
around the country and has led diocesan
youth conferences along the East
Coast and in Alaska and Texas.
See the Congress Liturgies »
Speaker Feature: Paul Canavese
Over the three days, Congress 2016
will offer 300 workshops presented
by 200 speakers. Topics range from
personal growth to music to spiritual
topics — in English, Spanish and
Vietnamese. Each Emailing we spotlight
one of our presenters:
Canavese with his wife, Ann,
are co-Directors of The Pastoral
Center and the Web site GrowingUpCatholic.com.
Based in Alameda, Calif., their
family operates a mini-urban farm.
Paul focuses his ministry on coaching
parents, daily life discipleship
and evangelization, and helping
parishes implement Pope Francis’
vision. He is a presenter for The
Pastoral Center at parish, deanery
and diocesan events.
Engaging New Parents
Through Baptism and Beyond (*)
Period 4-05, Saturday,
February 27 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
Many families drift away from church
during the stressful early childhood
years. At parishes, we may struggle
with the question of what we can
offer them. We wonder how to communicate
God’s Boundless Mercy to them. This
is when we need to help parents
step into their role as the primary
cultivators of faith for their children.
But we need to start with where
they are. This workshop will explore
how can we use the baptism preparation
process to evangelize and support
new parents, how we can continue
to keep young families engaged,
and what resources are available
to support leaders in this ministry.
How to Coach Parents
to Form Their Own Children in Faith
Period 8-02, Sunday,
February 28 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Catechists cannot substitute for
parents. For faith formation to
last a lifetime, parents must be
involved in the process. Parents
want this, but often feel intimidated
and don’t know where to start. This
challenge is the very heart of evangelization
and precisely the point at which
we can show them the mercy of the
church as we welcome and assist
them. This workshop will present:
1) the role of parents, as taught
by the Church; 2) practical ways
parishes can engage, coach and empower
parents; and 3) suggested resources
to support parish leaders in this
ministry. Special attention will
be placed on sacramental preparation.
Go to the Speakers Page »
Special Hotel Rates
forget to make your travel arrangements
now. 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 contracted rates.
See the Hotels listing »
Discount Disney Tickets
Education Congress attendees
can purchase specially priced
Disneyland resort eTickets,
including Twilight Convention
tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day
1-park, multi-day and park hopper
tickets. The offer is only available
online and is not available
at the Park. Order online at
Note: eTickets are valid from
Thursday, February 18, 2016
to Monday, February 29, 2016.
Read about the Disney Ticket
Just for Southern Californians
Ralphs Grocery Company, a major
supermarket chain in the Southern
California area, supports schools,
churches and other non-profit
organizations with annual contributions.
Here is an easy way to help
the Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress, who 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.
is an annual program that must
be renewed each year.
If you were part of the
program last year, we thank
you, but everyone needs to re-enroll
again for this year's term.
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 -
Find step-by-step instructions
and information online and
Read about the
Ralphs program »
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February 25 (Youth Day)
February 26-28, 2016
2016 Congress Theme
"Boundless Mercy" / "Misericordia
2016 Theme Reflection
See a reflection on the
2016 Congress logo by ORE
Director Fr. Chris Bazyouros.
Read the Reflection »
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, Calif. 92802
(just south of Disneyland
and Disney California Adventure).
See a Yahoo Map
See our listing of contracted
hotels with special rates
for Congress attendees.
See the Hotel page
View the Guidebook
The Guidebook is your key
to registration and contains
all workshop and speaker
and liturgy options, and
all events during Congress.
View the Guidebook »
The key to registration
is the Registration Guidebook.
If you attended RECongress
2015, you will automatically
be mailed a Guidebook (available
in late-October). If you
need one, you may order
Order a Guidebook »
- first two-day CCD Institute
(500 teachers in attendance)
1967 - first three-day
“Southern California Confraternity
Congress ” (7,000 in attendance)
1973 - first "Religious
Education Congress" as CCD
office renamed to Office
of Religious Education
See the REC Milestones »
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