2008 RECongress Spotlight

Religious Education Congress
February 28
, 2008 (Youth Day)
February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)

YOUTH DAY
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Youth Day starts off the RECongress. All high school students are invited from throughout the Archdiocese -- and beyond -- to come together to participate in morning and afternoon workshops, culminating in a Youth Rally. Youth Day is designed for all students from public and Catholic schools, grades 9 through 12. NOTE: Students below the 9th grade are not allowed to participate in this event.

CARDINAL MAHONY ONLINE CHAT
Friday, Exhibit Hall A, 10 am - noon
Click here to Ask the Cardinal a Question

On Friday of Congress, February 28, 2008, Cardinal Roger Mahony will conduct an online chat session. First, a private session with junior high school students, then the Cardinal will switch to a nationwide chat open to all. This will be the 12th annual Congress chat with the Cardinal.

SPECIAL EVENT
Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
BY INVITATION ONLY: Our Soy Catequista event emphasizes the dignity, vocation and mission of catechists. This gathering echoes the extraordinary 2006 event sponsored by William H. Sadlier in collaboration with diocesan and parish leaders and several faculty members of the University of Notre Dame. Several of the speakers of the original Soy Catequista including Dr. Timothy Matovina, Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, Dr. Michael Lee, Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee and Victor Valenzuela will play key roles in our Soy Catequista track at Congress 2008.

YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERS EVENT
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
On Saturday, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) invites all diocesan and national leaders in youth ministry to gather together to network and to consider the challenges and blessings of our shared ministry. This is an opportunity to further our international conversation that began last year. Please come to the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education Staff Booth (#430) for more information and the room location. 

SACRED SPACE
Friday through Sunday, Convention 304, 3rd floor
Returning for its fourth year, Sacred Space will be housed on the third level of the Convention Center. Take a respite from the day’s events and enter a space dedicated to facilitating a sense of peaceful reflection and spiritual rejuvenation. Our Sacred Space will offer Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a labyrinth, and meditative music and inspirational art.

ST. JOHN'S BIBLE PROJECT
Friday through Sunday, Sacred Space,
Convention 304, 3rd floor
The next phase of the St. John Bible Project will be on displace at Sacred Space.

NEW! TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTER
Friday through Sunday, Convention Exhibit Hall A
As part of this year’s makeover of our Congress Tech Center, you won't want to miss the new and improved Congress Technology Innovation Center! Along with presentations from a variety of Congress exhibitors, this year’s highlights include a complete series of Ministry Minutes sessions, presented by MyCatholicVoice. Ministry Minutes will give you easy, step-by-step instructions for how YOU can use technology for personal inspiration and community ministry. Plus, each Ministry Minutes session includes a chance to win a “Congress 2008 Special Edition” iPod Nano, loaded with exclusive Congress-related video and content, compliments of MyCatholicVoice.


Ron Schmidt, SJ
Master of Ceremonies

CATHOLIC FILMMAKERS' SHOWCASE
Friday through Saturday
There is a growing community of Catholic production companies in Hollywood, making everything from short educational films to documentaries and feature films. This year the Religious Education Congress proudly presents shorts and clips from a number of these companies, shown on Friday and Saturday night. This year, films focus on faith, spirituality and social justice. This is a chance to see what’s being done by some of Hollywood’s Catholic faith community. Come celebrate this work with us! This event is coordinated by Ron Schmidt, SJ and John Flaherty. Fr. Schmidt will be the Master of Ceremonies for the two nights of screenings.

ART EXHIBIT
Friday through Sunday, Arena Lobby
Celebrated artist Lalo Garcia has spent 25 years immersed in the world of art as design artist, production designer, stage director and choreographer. See art works on display from the designer whose work appears in numerous Southwest churches, including Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles.

EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES
Friday through Sunday
Congress annually offers a variety of liturgies from which to choose. This year there are 13 Eucharistic Liturgies of different character, from Contemplative to Jazz, from Spanish to Nigerian, in addition to early morning, evening and late-night prayer services.

CONGRESS 2008
“Lift Your Gaze … See Anew” is the theme of the 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The man born blind of John’s Gospel gives inspiration for our theme and to us, the confidence that trust placed in God opens our eyes to new ways of entering God’s grace. Clifford Petty has blessed us by writing our theme song.

The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress continues to grow with each passing year. Last year, 40,000 delegates attended. It remains the largest annual catechetical and liturgical gathering in the world: and it happens every year in Anaheim, Calif.

 

 

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