2016 RECongress Spotlights

Religious Education Congress
February 25, 2016
(Youth Day) &
February 26-28, 2016

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VIDEO - YOUTH DAY 2016
Thursday, February 25, 8:00 am - 3:45 pm
  •  Watch the Youth Day 2015 video  •  Go to the Youth Day home page
This day-long event for high school youth is an opportunity for students from throughout the western states – to come together and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and experience the energy of the Closing Rally.

VIDEO - RECongress.org/LIVE
Thursday through Sunday
  •  Go to RECongress Live!  •  View the archives

Since Congress 2010, each year has brought an ever-more expanding broadcast schedule. You can watch RECongress Arena events live on the Internet from wherever you are! All from on our RECongress Channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/RECongress

LIVE STREAMING IN HALL B
Opening Event only, Friday, February 26, 8:30-9:30 am – Hall B
Watch Friday’s Opening Event broadcast live in Hall B. With the growing popularity of our RECongress.org/LIVE streaming, this is another venue to view the morning Arena experience.

ARCHBISHOP GOMEZ VIDEO CHAT
Friday, February 26, 10:15-11:00 am – Tech Center @ Hall A
  •  See past Congress Chats
Join us Friday morning at the Tech Center as Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez conducts a live online chat session with students from St. Mary Magdalen School in Camarillo. This year will be the Archbishop's sixth annual live, online chat from Congress with school students.

FILM SHOWCASE 2016
Friday, February 26, 7:45-9:45 pm  – Convention 213
This year’s Film Showcase, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Religion and Spirituality, presents excerpts from a number of narrative feature films, shorts, documentaries, experimental and animated films, whose thematic elements are grounded in Catholic social teaching, justice, ministry, spirituality and theology. Filmmakers will be present to meet with audience members.

BUSTED HALO LIVE
Friday and Saturday, noon-3 pm – Hall A
Come watch SiriusXM Radio's "The Busted Halo Show" as it broadcasts live from Congress. Join in the fun with host Fr. David Dwyer and his team as they interview speakers and entertainers appearing at Congress 2016. The Busted Halo Show airs Monday through Friday, from 7-10 pm Eastern time on SiriusXM Satellite Radio channel 129. 

SACRED ILLUMINATIONS 2016
Saturday, February 27, 8:30 pm – Convention 213
A perennial feature at Congress is Sacred Illuminations, a mystical choreography of light and sound. Incorporating her newest liturgical and fine art photography and reflections, Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz, SND, will bring us to see and experience deeper the compassionate face of God.

YOUNG ADULT EVENTS @ CONGRESS
LITURGY - Saturday, February 27, 5:15 pm   Marriott Hotel
DANCE - Saturday, February 27,
9-12 midnight Marriott Hotel
   Cost: $7 per person
This annual Congress tradition is a chance to meet new friends and reconnect with old. All young adults 18 to 39 are welcome. ID required for dance admission

FREE SOUVENIR ePOSTCARD
Sunday, February 28 ONLY, 9 am - 2:30 pm @ the Tech Center in Hall A
  • 
See ePostcards from Congress 2015
Get your own free picture souvenir from Congress – an ePostcard with your photo that you can email from Congress to home ... or to friends. Available only on Sunday at the Tech Center.

ART EXHIBIT
Friday through Sunday – Grand Arena Lobby
Each year Congress hosts an exhibit by an artist or organization. This year, Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, shows how local talent has captured the images of God’s Boundless Mercy in and around our local, Southern California community. This exhibit will also provide an opportunity to explore our own understanding of God’s mercy. Come let your heart be touched.

VIDEO - SACRED SPACE
Thursday through Sunday – Convention 304
  •  2016 Video: Sacred Space - A Garden of Dreams
Sacred Space provides a quiet place of creative meditation and worship. Refresh your spirit by taking time to enjoy the quiet, listen to music, reflect on art, journey the labyrinth, renew the spirit in the sacrament of reconciliation, or sit in quiet prayer with our Lord in the chapel.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS in Sacred Space
Thursday through Sunday – Sacred Space – Convention 304
•  Sacred Space map 
We invite you to stand in prayerful solidarity with the victims of human trafficking as you pray the Stations of the Cross. Human trafficking is a painful reality -- a modern-day slavery happening all around us, often undetected. Download and read the prayer reflection, “Garden of Dreams – A Via Crucis on Human Trafficking,” as you prepare to journey with the countless victims of human trafficking.

SPEAKER SIGNINGS
Friday through Sunday – Convention Hall A (New location in northwest corner)
  •  Signing Schedule
Authors and performing artists appearing at Congress have scheduled times to sign their books and CDs at the Signing Area. The tables are located in the southeast corner of Hall A. Check the posted schedule for any updates to table number or appearance times.

LIVE RADIO BROADCASTS
Friday through Sunday – Hall A
Guadalupe Radio (87.7 FM) will be broadcasting from the Congress. El Sembrador Spanish television will rebroadcast the Closing Liturgy and will also record all Spanish workshops in Hall B for a television special to be broadcast later in the year.

CHARGING STATIONS
Friday through Sunday in Hall A
Bring your charger and plug into the Charging Station to recharge your portables. This year, Congress will have two charging stations -- one in the northwest area of Hall A, near the Book Signing tables; and one in the Office of Religious Education Booth, in the center of Hall A.

CONGRESS SOUVENIRS
Friday through Sunday – Arena Lobby & Hall A
Don’t leave Congress without getting one of the Congress logo-ed souvenirs. We have an annual offering of pens, pins and magnets, but every year there is something new -- mugs, pads, letter openers, and more. Stop by and see what's new for this year. And look for the Congress 2016 logowear in Hall A.

CHAIR MASSAGE
Friday through Sunday – Convention Prefunction Area
Take a break from the bustle of Congress and rest and renew your body. Visit the Chair Massage area in the Prefuction Lobby of Hall A. The cost is $1 per minute.

AA MEETING
Friday through Sunday (lunchtime) – Marriott San Diego
Join a lunchtime meeting with other Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) men and women to share experiences, strengths and hopes with mutual support for recovery from alcoholism. This is an open meeting for anyone working a 12-Step program, or anyone interested in 12-Step recovery. The meeting room is location on the Marriott’s lower level, in the San Diego room.

SHOW YOUR BADGE & SAVE PROGRAM
Congress attendees can receive promotional offers and discounts during Congress with the "Show Your Badge & Save" program. Discounts are exclusively available to attendees during the conference for participating attractions and restaurants. Show your event badge and save at participating restaurants, attractions, and much more! Find discount information and coupons online here.

ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION
The Anaheim Convention Center has begun construction. The area of Car Park 1, off of Katella Ave. and adjacent to the Arena, is the site for their latest project. This expansion -- its seventh since opening in 1967 -- will add 200,000 square feet of meeting space and will replace Car Park 1. The construction that began in summer 2015 is expected to open in late-summer 2017. You can find plans and videos of the project online at www.accexpansion.com.

PARKING at the Convention Center
Due to the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center, parking has been affected. With the loss of Car Park 1 off Katella Ave. next to the Arena, you are encouraged to use Car Park 4 or Car Park 6 (both accessed from West Street), or the Disney Toy Story Lot (off of Harbor Blvd.) or the parking structure at the  Anaheim GardenWalk (off of Katella Ave.) You can find suggested parking locations by downloading the parking map here. Note: There is a shuttle from the Toy Story Lot and GardenWalk to the Convention Center that runs from 7 am to 10 pm. Parking is $15, the same as at the Convention Center.


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