2009 RECongress Updates
Religious Education Congress
February 26, 2009 (Youth Day)
February 27 - March 1, 2009 (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 2009 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS
- Notable Dates for Congress 2009:
January 5, 2009 - price increase (after January 5th: Youth Day $25 per person; Congress $70 per person)
January 30 - Begin mailing of Youth Day and Congress tickets
February 6 - Youth Day registration deadline extended (from Feb 1).
February 10 - Volunteer meeting
February 13 - Last day to mail out-of-country tickets
February 16 - Last day to mail out-of-state tickets
February 17 - Last day to mail Youth Day tickets
February 19 - Online registration ends
February 20 - Last day to mail tickets to California addresses
- Película Padre Pro: "Tertulia: Una noche con Padre Pro"
FECHA: Febrero 27, 2008
HORA: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
LUGAR: Anaheim Convention Center
Sala 207 Secciones A-D
Presentación exclusiva en el Congreso de Educación Religiosa 2009 la película mexicana: Padre Pro, Patrocinado por William H. Sadlier, Inc.
Con invitados especiales: • Alberto Vargas, SJ, Director • Eric del Castillo, Actor • Anabel Ferreira, Actriz
- January 6: Jim Wallis is announced as Keynote for Congress 2009
Title: "The Opportunity of Crisis"
We stand at a unique historical crossroad — a moment pregnant with expectation for progress, and burdened with the reality of hardship. In the context of our faith we call this “hope.” Jim Wallis defines hope as, “believing in spite of the evidence and watching the evidence change.” It is hope, he says, grounded in faith that can stir our nation into the action needed to produce lasting change.
Wallis sees a “new faith coalition” emerging not bound by the usual denominational, cultural, racial, or even political distinctions, but rather, united in its pursuit of the common good and justice for the “least of these.” Together, these believers can open up a new “two-way street” of dialogue in the public square. Here, we can offer prayerful support of our elected officials as they face their responsibilities, especially when their agenda is consistent with our own. At the same time the faith community must exercise it’s prophetic responsibility to challenge our leaders when necessary, particularly in defense of the poor and vulnerable. At the present crossroad we can choose this street of hope and travel this road to progress.
- In the Hotel Listings in the Registration Guidebook, the number for the Hilton Garden Inn (11777 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove 92840) is listed incorrectly. The CORRECT number is (714) 703-9100.
- Our Congress Volunteer meeting will be held on February 10, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent Church, 621 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007.
- The Registration Guidebook incorrectly lists conflicting information about the locations for Sunday lunchtime entertainment. The listing should be:
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Music (Arena) - Meredith Augustin & John Angotti
Music (Hall B) - Donna Peña, Santiago Fernández & Pedro Rubalcava
- There will be an AA meeting held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during lunchtime at the San Diego room at the Marriott
- The correct title for Abbot Christopher Jamison's Friday workshops should be
2-10: Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life
- An incorrect photo was published in the Registration Guidebook for Joe Paprocki (correct photo here).
- The Anaheim Resort Transit (ART), the area shuttle service from hotels to the Disney Theme Parks and the Anaheim Convention Center, announced updated rates on October 9, 2008: one-day unlimited use adult passes are $4, two-day $8, three-day $10. Children one-day passes are $1, two-day $2. (These update the rates posted in our Registration Guidebook.)
- Session 6-13 – "Don't Sell Your Soul: Being Church in a Consumer Culture" by Edward Hahnenberg – will be recorded. The recording symbol was missed on the description page of the Registration Guidebook.
Announced incorrectly in our November 2008 Emailing, the Outdoor Entertainment with the Vietnamese Youth and Brother Phong is on Saturday not Friday.
- Owen Danaher, friend and committed volunteer to Congress for so many years, has passed away. His Memorial Mass was Tuesday, October 14 at 10 a.m. The Memorial Mass was celebrated at Holy Name of Mary Parish in San Dimas.
"I worked with Owen for over 35 years at Congress. In addition, he was the treasurer of the Pacific Railroad Society (PRS), an organization to which I have belonged for over 35 years. The PRS is a historical and operating railroad organization. We run a museum in the former Santa Fe depot in San Dimas, and own and operate eight private passenger railroad cars, which we house in the City of Commerce. Owen will be sorely missed by both organizations."
-- John Tellez (October 7, 2008)
FIND INFORMATION ON:• Closed Workshops
• Congress Registration
• Congress Tickets
• Youth Day
• Youth Day Tickets
• Arena Workshops
• Hall B Workshops
• Congress Ticket Pick-up
• Taped Sessions
• Congress Liturgies
The registration fee for the Religious Education Congress is $70 ($60 before January 5, 2009). Registration is available online (until February 20) or by Ordering a Registration Guidebook (until February 20). If you haven't mailed in your registration by February 20, 2009, please either register online or just register on site at Congress.
After Monday, February 23, 2009, 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 27, 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 20 at 11 p.m. PST.
OUT OF UNITED STATES: Last day we mail tickets out of U.S.: February 13, 2009
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES: Last day we mail tickets out of state: February 16, 2009
WITHIN CALIFORNIA: Last day we mail tickets: February 20, 2009
This is our planned mail dates for Congress tickets::
If you registered by ... REGISTRATION #
Your tickets should be mailed on...
SENT? Nov 24, 2008 1 - 1,000 January 27, 2009 YES Dec 4, 2008 1,001 - 2,000 January 28, 2009 YES Dec 8, 2008 2,001 - 3,000 January 29, 2009 YES Dec 19, 2008 3,001 - 4,000 January 30, 2009 YES Dec 22, 2008 4,001 - 5,000 January 30, 2009 YES Dec 29, 2008 5,001 - 6,000 January 30, 2009 YES Dec 31, 2008 6,001 - 7,000 February 2, 2009 YES Jan 6, 2009 7,001 - 8,000 February 2, 2009 YES Jan 5, 2009 8,001 - 9,000 February 2, 2009 YES Jan 12, 2009 9,001 - 10,000 February 3, 2009 YES Jan 12, 2009 10,001 - 11,000 February 3, 2009 YES Jan 13, 2009 11,001 - 12,000 February 3, 2009 YES Jan 15, 2009 12,001 - 13,000 February 3, 2009 YES Jan 16, 2009 13,001 - 14,000 February 4, 2009 YES Jan 19, 2009 14,001 - 15,000 February 5, 2009 YES Jan 28, 2009 15,001 - 16,000 February 6, 2009 YES Jan 23, 2009 16,001 - 17,000 February 6, 2009 YES Feb 9, 2009 17,001 - 18,150 February 9, 2009 YES Feb 3, 2009 18,151 - 18,274 February 10, 2009 YES Feb 4, 2009 18,275 - 18,565 February 12, 2009 YES Feb 6, 2009 18,566 - 18,860 February 14, 2009 YES Feb 9, 2009 18,661 - 18,662 February 16, 2009
last day we mail to foreign addresses
YES Feb 11, 2009 18,663 - 18,903 February 17, 2009 YES mailed registration accepted until
18,904 - 19,215 February 18, 2009 online registration ends Feb 19 21,253 - 21,500 February 22, 2009 February 20, 2009
last day we mail to U.S. addresses
21,501 - 21,600 tickets for new registrations available only at Congress February 22, 2009
last day tickets mailed out
Youth Day registration is separate from Congress registration. The fee is $25 ($20 by January 5, 2009). 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. To be part of the team, 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, please visit www.RECongress.org/YDD 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 11, 2009 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, 2XL
(Youth sizes, 3X in sweatshirts are also available in limited supply.)
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
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? Jan 21, 2009 1-150 February 5, 2009 YES Jan 21, 2009 151-300 February 6, 2009 YES Jan 22, 2009 301-350 February 6, 2009 YES Jan 22, 2009 351-400 February 9, 2009 YES Feb 2, 2009 401-623 February 9, 2009 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.
Fr. Richard Rohr
The Emerging Church (*)
Rev. Richard Leonard
"The Dark Knight" and the Dark Night (*)
Dr. Thomas Groome
What Keeps Us Catholic (*)
Rev. Terry Hershey
Sabbath Moments: To See God in All Things (*)
John Allen Jr.
Affirmative Orthodoxy and Benedict XVI (*)
Fr. Tony Ricard
“Don't Be Stupid!” – Simplified Evangelization (*)
Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin
Spirituality of Laughter: Waking Up to the Moment (*)
Rev. James Martin
Laughing with God (*)
HALL E/B WORKSHOPS
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 E
Llamados a ser discípulos en misión permanente (*)
Carlos Carrillo Velásquez
Pautas para comunicarse mejor con adolescentes (*)
Benjamín Bravo Perez
Sacramentos de la Iglesia: ¿Sacramentos de vida? (*)
Cómo educar a los hijos (*)
Fr. Domingo Rodríguez Zambrana
Viviendo un amor que no se acaba, pero que cambia muchísimo (*)
Dionisio Borobio Garcia
Sacramentos de iniciación cristiana y catecumenado: Un reto para la Iglesia actual (*)
Señor, dame ese Espíritu que fortalece matrimonios y familias (*)
Soy Catequista: Dignidad, vocación y misión (*)
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: Jim Wallis GENERAL GA3 Sunday English Address: David Wells GENERAL GA4 Sunday Spanish Address: Rev. Alvaro Ginel Vielva
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 26, 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 27, 2009 — 5:15 p.m.
EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES Character Location Presider Music African American Convention Ballrooms Rev. J-Glenn Murray Richard Cheri / ValLimar Jansen Church on the Way to Unity Marriott Marquis Rev. Robert Spitzer Josh Blakesley / Trevor Thomson Contemplative Hilton Pacific Ballroom Rev. Richard Rohr Chris de Silva Hawaiian Convention Arena Rev. George DeCosta Joe Camacho / David Haas Samoan Convention 303 (3rd floor) Rev. Niko Leota Samoan Community Spanish Convention Hall B Rev. Domingo Rodriguez Anna Betancourt / Pedro Rubalcava PRAYER SERVICES Evening Prayer (5:15 p.m.) Convention 210 (2nd floor) Yolanda Brown Peace Prayer (9:30 p.m.) Convention 210 (2nd floor) Rev. Alexis Salvatierra
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2009 — 5:15 p.m.
EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES Character Location Presider Music Celtic Convention Ballrooms Rev. Martin Delaney Liam Lawton Hope for the World Marriott Marquis Rev. Richard Leonard John Angotti / Meredith Augustin Many Cultures, One Faith Hilton Pacific Ballroom Rev. Dan Groody John Flaherty / Liliana Gutierrez / Multicultural groups Spanish Convention Hall B Bishop Gabino Zavala Tony Alonso / Karla Carrillo Vietnamese Convention 303 (3rd floor) Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc Vietnamese Community Young Adult Convention Arena Msgr. Ray East Jacob & Matthew PRAYER SERVICES Morning Praise (8:00 am) Convention Arena Helena Taylor Jesse Manibusan Evening Prayer (5:15 pm) Convention 210 (2nd floor) Juliette Marsh Williams Mary Janus *NOTE: There is no late-night prayer to allow time to visit Sacred Space
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2009
EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES Character Location Presider Music Morning Liturgy (8:00 am) Convention Arena Bishop Tod Brown Congress Choir 2009 Closing Liturgy (3:30 pm) Convention Arena Cardinal Roger Mahony Congress Choir 2009
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