2008 RECongress Updates
Religious Education Congress
February 28, 2008 (Youth Day)
February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Office of Religious Education
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland & Disney California Adventure)
UPDATES ABOUT THE 2008 RECongress
- Youth Day has closed (on January 22, 2008).
- Our Congress Volunteer meeting has been changed.
NEW DATE AND LOCATION: Monday, February 11th at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at St. Vincent’s Church, 2333 S. Figueroa St (between 23rd Street and Adams Blvd) in Los Angeles.
- The scheduled Friday 5:15 p.m. Vietnamese Liturgy has been moved to Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
- The presider for the Friday 9:30 p.m. Peace Prayer has changed to Rev. Alexia Salvatierra.
- John O' Donohue, popular poet, dies
O'Donohue was scheduled to present two workshops at Congress this year:
4-21: Putting on the Mind of Dawn: Toward a Spirituality of Awakening
8-17: The Twilight Wisdom of the Heart: The Art of Harvesting Your Inner Light
David Whyte will present both of these.
- Msgr. Jose Luis Guerrero will not be present at Congress. His sessions will be presented by Fr. Leandro Horacio Chitarroni, a priest from Argentina.
3-56: Qué nos dice Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe(*)
8-53: Qué nos dice Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe con su imagen(*)
- David Hayes-Bautista is not able to attend Congress. Alejandro Aguilera-Titus will present the session:
5-54: ¡Dios mío, qué será de California!(*)
- Rev. J-Glenn Murray will not be able to present his Sunday workshop. Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, pastor of Los Angeles' Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, will present the session:7-19: “I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills”: Living a Contemporary Liturgical Spirituality(*)
- Mark Hart is not able to attend Youth Day
- Speaker changes at Congress:
Robert Spitzer could not attend. Sessions presented by:3-25 - Dr. John Bloom5-27 - Fr. Richard BensonMark Hart could not attend. Sessions presented by:1-11 - Fr. Jim Clarke3-12 - Rev. Patrick MullenJohn Shea could not attend. Sessions presented by:1-21 - Rev. J-Glenn Murray3-23 - Bill HuebschEric Reichers could not attend. Sessions presented by:5-23 - Dr. Greer Gordon7-22 - Dr. Megan McKenna
- A correction for what appeared in the 2008 Registration Guidebook for Workshop 4-70 by Sr. Theresa Phan:
- Online registration for Congress will be available until February 21, 2008. After that date, anyone wishing to attend Congress can still register on site in Anaheim, beginning Friday, February 29 at 8:00 a.m.
- There is an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting each day of Congress, Friday through Sunday (February 29 through March 2) from 12 noon to 1:00 pm in the Hilton Avila Room.
Find information on:• Closed Workshops
• Congress Registration
• Congress Tickets
• Youth Day
• Youth Day Tickets
• Arena Workshops
• Hall B Workshops
• Speaker Update
• Congress Ticket Pick-up
• Taped Sessions
• Congress Liturgies
The registration fee for the Religious Education Congress is $70 ($60 before January 5, 2008). Registration is available online (until February 21) or by Ordering a Registration Guidebook (until February 20). If you haven't mailed in your registration by February 17, 2008, please either register online or just register on site at Congress.
After Monday, February 18, 2008, we will continue to process registrations received but will no longer mail them. We will hold them in Will Call at Congress. Tickets pick-up at Congress begins Thursday evening, February 28, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and on each of the days of Congress beginning at 8 a.m.
Online Registration is scheduled to end February 21 at 11 p.m. PST.
OUT OF UNITED STATES: Last day we mail tickets out of U.S.: February 15, 2008
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES: Last day we mail tickets out of state: February 18, 2008
WITHIN CALIFORNIA: Last day we mail tickets: February 22, 2008
This is our planned mail dates for Congress tickets:
If you registered by ... REGISTRATION #
Your tickets should be mailed on...
SENT? Nov 20, 2007 1 - 1,000 January 29, 2008 YES Nov 30, 2007 1,001 - 2,000 January 30, 2008 YES Dec 10, 2007 2,001 - 3,000 January 31, 2008 YES Dec 13, 2007 3,001 - 4,000 February 1, 2008 YES Dec 19, 2007 4,001 - 5,000 February 4, 2008 YES Dec 22, 2007 5,001 - 6,000 February 4, 2008 YES Dec 27, 2007 6,001 - 7,000 February 5, 2008 YES Jan 2, 2008 7,001 - 8,000 February 5, 2008 YES Jan 5, 2008 8,001 - 9,000 February 5, 2008 YES Jan 6, 2008 9,001 - 10,000 February 6, 2008 YES Jan 8, 2008 10,001 - 11,000 February 6, 2008 YES Jan 11, 2008 11,001 - 12,000 February 6, 2008 YES Jan 12, 2008 12,001 - 13,000 February 7, 2008 YES Jan 13, 2008 13,001 - 14,000 February 8, 2008 YES Jan 16, 2008 14,001 - 15,000 February 11, 2008 YES Jan 21, 2008 15,001 - 16,000 February 11, 2008 YES Jan 23, 2008 16,001 - 17,000 February 11, 2008 YES Jan 27, 2008 17,001 - 18,000 February 11, 2008 YES Jan 30, 2008 18,001 - 19,000 February 12, 2008 YES Feb 10, 2008 19,001 - 19,822 February 12, 2008 YES Feb 12, 2008 19,823 - 19,900 February 13, 2008 YES Feb 13, 2008 19,901 - 20,321 February 14, 2008 YES Feb 13, 2008 20,322 - 20,359 February 15, 2008
last day we mail to foreign addresses
YES Feb 18, 2008 20,366 - 20,448 February 19, 2008 YES Feb 19, 2008 20,449 - 20,977 February 19, 2008 YES Feb 20, 2008 20,978 - 21,004 February 20, 2008 YES Feb 20, 2008 21,005 - 21,252 February 21, 2008 mailed registration accepted until
21,253 - 21,500 February 22, 2008 February 20, 2008
last day we mail to U.S. addresses
online registration ends Feb 21 21,501 - 21,600 tickets for new registrations available only at Congress February 22, 2008
last day tickets mailed out
Youth Day registration is separate from Congress registration. The fee is $25 ($20 before January 5, 2008). NOTE: Youth Day has closed to new registrations. Check the Youth Day page for more information.
A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR ADULTS: The Youth Day Coordinating Team would like to offer a special opportunity to any adult who is not chaperoning a group from a parish or school and would like to be part of our day. The Youth Day Moving Crew is a group of youth-friendly adults who join us and help guide groups with information and instructions throughout the day. To be part of the Moving Crew, an adult needs to have been fingerprinted by the Los Angeles Archdiocese and have taken part in a Protecting God’s Children adult training session (upcoming opportunities for these are available). To get more information about joining Youth Day’s Moving Crew, please visit www.RECongress.org/YD or contact Mike Norman at email@example.com or call (213) 637-7674.
ATTENTION GROUP LEADERS: Official Youth Day T-Shirts are available for group pre-orders. Orders with payment must be received by February 15, 2008 and will be available for pick-up starting at 8 a.m. on Youth Day at a booth in the Grand Lobby (south side) of the Convention Center Arena.
T-shirts: $15 Sweatshirts $40 -- Available in sizes: S, M, L, XL -- Special sizes available upon request.
Place your order online at www.Seraph7.com
NOTE: This year, your group can receive their T-shirts in advance of Youth Day! Or if you would like to customize your shirts, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SOMETHING NEW FOR YOUTH DAY: In an effort to enhance the work of the Office of Religious Education in developing youth leaders across the archdiocese and to support the outreach of the Catholic Youth Foundation USA, there will be a collection during liturgies this year at Youth Day. Catholic Youth Foundation USA serves the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry by providing financial resources at the local, diocesan, regional and national levels to promote effective and innovative ministry with adolescents in order to assure a faithful future. We ask that you share this information with young people and adults coming to Youth Day and emphasize how their contribution can continue the formation and education of others. Thank you in advance for your support!
YOUTH DAY TICKETS
Youth Day packets started being mailed on January 28, 2008.
It is important for you to check your Youth Day tickets when they arrive. Please open your packet and make sure your received the tickets for your parish/school. We have gotten calls that some people received the wrong tickets. If, for some reason, you received the wrong tickets please call (213) 637-7348 and we will be glad to help you.
This is the anticipated scheduled mail dates for Youth Day tickets.
If you registered by ... REGISTRATION #
Your tickets should be mailed on...
SENT? Dec 19, 2007 101 - 200 January 28, 2008 YES Jan 2, 2008 201 - 300 January 30, 2008 YES Jan 7, 2008 301 - 350 February 1, 2008 YES Jan 12, 2008 351 - 400 February 4, 2008 YES Jan 24, 2008 400 - 450 February 8, 2008 YES Jan 26, 2008 451 - 500 February 13, 2008 YES Jan 28, 2008 501 - 589 February 13, 2008 YES
If you register and do not select workshop choices or you register on-site at Congress you will be assigned Arena workshop tickets. NOTE: All session tickets are good for Arena session and Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.
LOCATION SESSION SPEAKER WORKSHOP ARENA 1-12 Terry Hershey The Sacred Present: Finding, Loving, Living(*) ARENA 2-19 Sr Anne Bryan Smollin The Spirituality of Connectedness: Lifting Our Gaze(*) ARENA 3-21 Rev. Ronald Rolheiser Radical Faith -- The Struggles with Faith and the Dark Night of the Sprit(*) ARENA 4-10 Rev. Richard Fragomeni Seven Steps to Prayer Better: or, Why Do I Feel That God is Far Away?(*) ARENA 5-17 Fr. Joe Kempf Forgiveness(*) ARENA 6-23 Rev. Patrick Mullen The Women in the New Testament(*) ARENA 7-01 John Allen Jr The Future of Liberal Catholicism(*) ARENA 8-15 Rev. James Martin Catholic Laughter(*)
HALL B WORKSHOPS
If you register for Spanish workshops and do not select session choices, or if you register on-site at Congress and prefer Spanish workshops you will be assigned Hall B workshop tickets. NOTE: All session tickets are good for Arena session and Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.
LUGAR SESION CONFERENCISTA TALLER HALL B 1-51 P. Alvaro Ginel Vielva Transmitir la fe en familia(*) HALL B 2-52 Ricardo Grzona Señor que vea(*) HALL B 3-55 Rev. Armando Noguez Alcantara Aprender a ser discípulos y misioneros de Jesucristo(*) HALL B 4-54 Ana García-Mina Freire ¿Cómo poder reconciliarnos con nosotros mismos?(*) HALL B 5-56 Julia Villa García ¿Por qué se rompe la relación de pareja?(*) HALL B 6-57 Rev. Luigi Zanotto Pascua: Las huellas del “paso de Dios” en la comunidad hispana(*) HALL B 7-51 Rev. Ángel de la Parte París Animar a padres y catequistas en tiempos difíciles(*) HALL B 8-54 Mons. José Luís Guerrero Rosado Qué nos dice Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe con su imagen(*)
TAPED GENERAL ASSEMBLIES
In addition to the taped workshops, the following General Assemblies will be taped by Convention Seminar Cassettes. (Find information on ordering Congress recordings.)
ASSEMBLY SESSION EVENT / SPEAKER GENERAL GA1 Opening Event: Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC GENERAL GA2 Saturday Keynote: Rev. Robert Barron GENERAL GA3 Sunday English Address: Mike Patin GENERAL GA4 Sunday Spanish Address: Rev. José-Román Flecha Andrés
CONGRESS TICKET / PROGRAM PICK-UP
Advance ticket pick-up and RECongress Program Books will be available for pick-up at Congress. Times begin Thursday evening, February 28, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Regular Congress hours begin at 8 a.m. each day of Congress.
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Congress strives to offer experiences that stimulate new ideas and renew excitement about ministry, reinvigorate faith and help restore a spirit of hope. This happens through ritual, prayer, music, dance and Word – not only from workshops, but through the various daily liturgies we offer. We invite you to experience a liturgy from among the many cultures represented.
Friday, February 29, 5:15 p.m.
EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES Character Location Presider General Convention Grand Ballrooms Rev. Richard Fragomeni Contemplative Marriott Marquis Ballroom Rev. Bryan Massingale Jazz Convention Arena Rev. R. Tony Ricard Nigerian Hilton Pacific Ballroom Rev. Ikechukwu Ikeocha Spanish Convention Hall B Bishop Gabino Zavala PRAYER SERVICES Vespers (5:15 p.m.) Convention 303 (3rd floor) Yolanda Brown Peace Prayer (9:30 p.m.) Convention 303 (3rd floor) Rev. Alexis Salvatierra
Saturday, March 1, 5:15 p.m.
EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES Character Location Presider General Hilton Pacific Ballroom Rev.Robert Scholla Black Culture Convention Arena Rev. J- Glenn Murray Celtic Convention Grand Ballrooms Rev. Brendan McGuire
Convention Hall B Bishop Rutilio del Riego Young Adult Marriott Marquis Ballroom Rev. Joe Kempf Vietnamese* Marriott Grand Ballroom Bishop Dominic Luong, presider
Bishop Anton Chuong, homilist
*Note: This is a move from Friday, as printed in the Registration Guidebook PRAYER SERVICES Character Location Presider Morning Praise (8:00 a.m.) Convention Arena Juliette Marsh-Williams Vespers (5:15 p.m.) Convention 303 (3rd floor) Douglas Leal Lamentation (9:30 p.m.) Convention 303 (3rd floor) Rev. Jim Clarke
Sunday, March 2
EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES Character Location Presider Morning Liturgy (8:15 a.m.) Convention Arena Bishop Tod Brown Closing Liturgy (3:30 p.m.) Convention Arena Cardinal Roger Mahony
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