HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The New Year
arrives at 12 midnight -- but so does our price increase (5
days later)! Register for Youth Day or Congress by January
5th to get the lower fees.
Congress registration fees increase in 3 days!
A reminder if
you haven't yet registered for Youth Day or Congress: Fees
increase January 5, 2009. Don't miss out on the lower rates.
Start planning now and
Register for RECongress 2009.
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can find removal information at the bottom of this message.
The 2009 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• February 26, 2009
• February 27 - March 1,
2009 (Congress days)
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center,
located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif.
(just across from Disneyland and Disney’s California
The registration fee for Congress 2009 is
($70 after January 5, 2009 deadline.)
Day registration fee is $20 per person ($25 per
person after January 5, 2009). NOTE: That Youth Day
fills by the Youth Day registration deadline, February
A reminder that Youth Day and Congress tickets will be
mailed out beginning January 31 (in order of
need to register for Congress? Are you
delaying your Congress registration because you
haven't chosen your workshops? Pay now ...
choose later (only available online). You can
register NOW at the lower rate and choose your
workshops next week.
Online registration is a two-part process:
Payment first, then make
your workshop selections.
-- Submit your information to make your payment
www.RECongress.org/register.htm. You can go
through the registration process UP TO THE POINT
of confirming payment and receiving your Order
ID (your "V Number"). Keep that V number handy.
When you're ready
to continue your registration and make workshop
selections, please go to www.RECongress.org/ccreg09.asp
and enter your ticket mailing and workshop
To match up your workshop registration with your
payment, be sure to include your "V number" in
the comment field at the bottom of the form. If
you do not wish to choose your workshops, you
may leave them blank and you will automatically
be registered for the most popular session for
each period. However, you will need to at least
complete the form
with a ticket mailing address and the V number
included in the comments field.
NOTE: Workshops are assigned on a first-come,
first-served basis. The longer you wait to
complete your registration, your first choices
may be filled. You must include second choices
at this point.
You can find additional online registration help
Thursday, February 26, 2009 is Youth Day. Registration for Youth Day is separate from the adult
Congress days. It is specifically designed for those in
the 9th-12th grades and has its own theme -- "Step Up
to Life." Registration for Youth Day is $20 per
person ($25 per person after January 5, 2009).
You can find information, download forms and read about
the Youth Day theme at
www.RECongress.org/YD. NOTE: Youth Day registration
closes before the Youth Day registration deadline of
February 1, 2009, and usually reaches capacity in mid-
to late- January,
MC AND CHOIR/BAND DEADLINE
Know a youth who might like to be an MC at Youth Day?
Know someone who loves to sing or play an instrument? We
are looking for Emcees to introduce speakers for Youth
Day and also musicians to sing and play for the Arena
• Deadline for Youth Day Choir/Band is January 5, 2009.
• Deadline for Youth Day MCs is January 9, 2009.
For more information and to download registration forms
go to our Youth Day page at
Have your booked your hotel room? We have contracted
with 34 properties around the Anaheim Convention Center area
for special pricing for Congress attendees. However, some
hotels have already sold out of these Congress blocks. Be
sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate when you book with one of these properties. Note: Once the
block has been sold out, there may still be rooms available,
but at higher rates. Be sure to make your hotel reservations
soon, as some block rates are only guaranteed through
You can find the updated listing of contracted hotels at
you like to volunteer at Congress? Congress
could not function without the hundreds of
volunteers who give of their time. If you have
attended the Religious
Education Congress in the
past and would like to find out more about becoming
a Congress volunteer this year, please consider this
your "personal invitation."
We have a need for volunteers at Youth Day and for
English volunteers at Congress workshops and
as Eucharistic Ministers for the two Closing Arena
Volunteer positions include Assistants (ticket
takers), Chairperson (coordinator) and Master of
Ceremonies "MC" (to introduce the speakers).
Volunteers must be available to work FOUR workshop
sessions. All volunteers must arrive 20 - 30 minutes
prior to their assigned workshop and stay for the
entire length of the session.
For those interested, additional information as well
as contact information can be found at
ADULT EVENTS @ CONGRESS
Congress Saturday is
for Young Adults! On Feburary 28th, Congress
offers three specific events for Young Adults -- those
single and married, ages 18 through 39.
On Saturday, February 28 at 5:15 pm in the Arena, Msgr.
Ray East will preside over the Young Adult Liturgy with
music led by Jacob and Matthew & family! Come and join
in worship with nearly 8,000 other young adults
from around the world at this celebration that
highlights the gifts of young adults.
WELCOME DANCE AND SOCIAL
On Saturday, February 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.,
the annual Young Adult Dance and Social will take place
at the Marriott Hotel. After a full day of Congress
workshops, networking and celebrating liturgy, continue
dancing into the night with new and old friends! The
cost is only $7 per person.
New at Congress this year on Saturday, February 28 from
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is "The Gathering Place – Young Adult
Lounge." As an alternative to the dance, try a lounge
setting experience for conversation, jazz music, hors
d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The Gathering Place is open to
young adults 18 and over. ID is required for entrance.
Space will be limited to 100 young adults; the cost is
$10 per person.
New this year
to Congress 2009:
On Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., come
see the Vietnamese Folk Dance Troupe/LaSallian
Youth perform, under the direction of Bro.
Fortunat Phong. Travel to exotic and festive
Vietnam for lunch at our NEW Outdoor Stage –
located at the northeast side of the Convention
Center. Come, see how teen and young Vietnamese
use the art of graceful dance, colorful costumes
and drum to catechize and celebrate the Catholic
faith in a festive yet spiritual way. You will
have the opportunity to drum and dance too! It’s
an opportunity you won’t easily forget!
On Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., come
reflect and pray with Sr.
Rose Marie Tulacz, SND as she kindles a
flame within us to experience the divine
life within our humanity. Sacred
Illuminations is the mystical choreography
of light and sound, incorporating her
liturgical and fine art photography.
You can find other
Highlights from Congress 2009 online.
The Catholic Filmmakers' Showcase returns
to Congress 2009, but only for one night. On
Friday, February 27 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.,
our 2009 Catholic Filmmakers’ Showcase will
present shorts and clips from a number of
Catholic production companies in Hollywood, from
short educational films to documentaries and
feature films. Producers and directors will be
on hand to meet with audience members after the
special offer for Congress attendees.
can you find a link for specially priced tickets
to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.
There is special ticket pricing on evening
passes and on single- and multi-day passes for
both Disneyland Resort parks.
Look for the
Disney castle logo found toward the bottom of
our home page at
Note: These tickets are only available for sale
until February 25, 2009.