Updates about Congress 2010

Religious Education Congress
March 18, 2010
(Youth Day)
March 19-21, 2010 (Congress days)

Closed Workshops
Congress Registration
Congress Tickets
Youth Day
Youth Day Tickets
Arena Workshops
Hall B Workshops
Congress Ticket Pick-up
Recorded Sessions
Congress Liturgies

Important 2010 Congress Dates
     Feb 5 -
Registration Fees increase
     Feb 10 -
Congress and Youth Day ticket mailing begins
     Feb 14 - Youth Day online registration ends
     Feb 25 - Youth Day Registration Closes
     Mar 4 - Last day to mail in Congress registrations
     Mar 8 - Last day to mail out-of-state tickets
     Mar 11 - Online registration ends 11 p.m. PST
     Mar 12 - Last day to mail in-state tickets

Mar 20: Cardinal Chat with St. John Chrysostom School is posted. See the transcript

Mar 19: RECongress.org/LIVE broadcasts all day Friday and on Sunday. Go to our RECongress.org/LIVE page

Mar 11: The Cardinal has given a dispensation to eat meat on Friday due to the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

Subject: St. Joseph's Day
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010
Friends, as we look forward to the Congress Mass and [dinner events} on Friday, March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, may I remind you of Canon 1251: "Abstinence from eating meat or some other food according to the prescripts of the conference of bishops is to be observed every Friday of the year unless a Friday occurs on a day listed as a solemnity." The Feast of St. Joseph is a Solemnity, therefore, we can have meat on Friday, March 19. 

Mar 8: Total of 90 workshops are now closed.

Feb 23: 40 workshops have reached capacity and are closed.

Feb 18: Youth Day has reached capacity, and registration has closed.

Feb 18: A dismissal Rite for Catechumens will be celebrated at the morning and afternoon Liturgies at Congress, March 21, 2010. The morning Liturgy will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. and in the afternoon Liturgy at 3:15 p.m. See the offer to DREs and RCIA Directors by Sr. Edith Prendergast to have the Elect, catechumens and candidates participate in this Rite.

Feb 17: Youth Day registration is still available. We WILL continue to accept mail-in Youth Day registrations until February 25 OR until we reach capacity.

Feb 17: Youth Day 2010 Theme Song "I'm Just Sayin'" by John Angotti posted

Feb 15: Congress Theme Song "Incredible Abundance" by Donna Peña posted online

Feb 11: Youth Ministry Retreat at Congress is CLOSED. The Youth Ministry Retreat on Friday of Congress with Mike Patin is completely full and we have started a waiting list. We’re very sorry if you didn’t get registered in time to be part of this event, but please know it will probably happen again in the future!

Feb 5: Youth Day and Congress fees increase to $25 and $70, respectively. Online registrations extended through Sunday, Feb. 7 at 11 pm.

Jan 28: Cardinal Mahony's annual online chat has been confirmed. This year, students from St. John Chrysostom School in Inglewood will join the cardinal online. See the chat once it has been posted here.

Jan 25: Bishop Raúl Vera López is added as a panelist in Session 6-04 -- "Gay and Lesbian Catholics: Church Teaching and Pastoral Approaches," moderated by Dr. Tom Beaudoin.

Jan 15: Scheduled Congress emailing. See the Emailing archive.

Jan. 8: Dates for Congress 2011 are announced:

March 17, 2011 (Youth Day) &
March 18-20, 2011 (Congress days)

Jan. 6, 2010: If you intend to either drop off your Congress registration or pick up Registration Guidebooks, please note that there is a fee for parking in the parking structure. We suggest that for very short term, temporary parking, you park in front of the building off of Mariposa St. in the loading zone.  Again, this for short term temporary parking!

Jan 5: Congress emailing sent. See the Emailing archive.

Dec 15: Congress emailing sent. See the Emailing archive.

Dec. 4: Online registration for Youth Day now available.

Dec 1: Congress emailing sent. See the Emailing archive.

Nov. 19: Keynote announced: Mitch Albom

Speaker: Mitch Albom   Keynote: “Have a Little Faith”
Through story and testimony we will delight in God’s incredible and abundant gift of faith. This keynote presentation will relate how the faith of one man was reawakened, and his eyes opened to both the power of belief and the quiet, inspiring lives that men and women of God lead everyday.

MITCH ALBOM is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. Author of "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," his books have collectively sold over 28 million copies worldwide; have been published in 41 territories and in 42 languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed television movies.

Nov 1: Congress emailing sent. See the Emailing archive.

Oct 16: Congress Registration Guidebook posted at www.RECongress.org/2010/guidebook.htm

Oct 1: Congress emailing sent. See the Emailing archive.


The registration fee for the Religious Education Congress is $70 ($60 by February 5, 2010). Registration is available online (until March 11) or by Ordering a Registration Guidebook (until March 12). If you haven't mailed in your registration by March 4, 2010, please either register online (until March 11) or register on site at Congress.

After Monday, March 8, 2010, 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, March 18, 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 March 11 at 11 p.m. PST.


OUT OF UNITED STATES:         Last day we mail tickets out of U.S.: March 1, 2010
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES:   Last day we mail tickets out of state: March 8, 2010
WITHIN CALIFORNIA:                Last day we mail tickets: March 12, 2010

updated 03/13/13

If you registered by ... REGISTRATION #

Your tickets should be mailed on...

Dec 4, 2009 1 - 1,000 February 9, 2010 YES
Dec 15, 2009 1,001 - 2,000 February 10, 2010 YES
Dec 22, 2009 2,001 - 3,000 February 10, 2010 YES
Jan 7, 2010 3,001 - 4,000 February 12, 2010 YES
Jan 12, 2010 4,001 - 5,000 February 16, 2010 YES
Jan 16, 2010 5,001 - 6,000 February 16, 2010 YES
Jan 21, 2010 6,001 - 7,000 February 16, 2010 YES
Jan 22, 2010 7,001 - 8,000 February 17, 2010 YES
Jan 26, 2010 8,001 - 9,000 February 17, 2010 YES
Jan 29, 2010 9,001 - 10,000 February 19, 2010 YES
Jan 30, 2010 10,001 - 11,000 February 23, 2010 YES
Feb 4, 2010 11,001 - 12,000 February 23, 2010 YES
Feb 5, 2010 12,001 - 13,000 February 23, 2010 YES
Feb 10, 2010 13,001 - 14,000 February 24, 2010 YES
Feb 11, 2010 14,001 - 15,000 February 24, 2010 YES
Feb 12, 2010 15,001 - 16,000 February 24, 2010 YES
Feb 14, 2010 16,001 - 17,000 February 24, 2010 YES
Feb 17, 2010 17,001 - 18,000 February 25, 2010 YES
Feb 19, 2010 18,001 - 19,000 February 26, 2010 YES
Feb 21, 2010 19,001 - 19,879 March 1, 2010 YES
Feb 22, 2010 19,880 - 19,935 March 2, 2010 YES
Feb 22, 2010 19,936 - 20,356 March 3, 2010 YES
Feb 22, 2010 20,357 - 20,425 March 5, 2010 YES
Feb 24, 2010 20,426 - 20,700 March 5, 2010
last day we mail to foreign addresses
Feb 26, 2010 20,701 - 20,750 March 8 2010  
mailed registration accepted until
March 4
20,751 - 20,800 March 9, 2010  
online registration ends March 11 20,801 - 20,900 March 10, 2010  
    March 11, 2010
last day we mail to U.S. addresses
    tickets for new registrations available only at Congress  
    March 12, 2010
last day tickets mailed out


Youth Day registration is separate from Congress registration. The fee is $25 ($20 by February 5, 2010). 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/YD or contact Mike Norman at mnorman@la-archdiocese.org 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 26, 2010 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.

Special Discount Pricing for Pre-orders; T-Shirts: $15, Sweatshirts: $37
On site T-Shirts: $18, Sweatshirts $40  --  Available in sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL
(Youth sizes, 3X, and sweatshirts are also available in limited supply.)
Place your order online at www.Seraph7.com


Youth Day packets began being mailed February 10, 2010.

It is important for you to check your Youth Day tickets when they arrive. Please open your packet and make sure your received all the tickets for your parish/school. We have received calls that some people received the wrong tickets. If, for some reason, you are missing tickets or have received the wrong tickets please call (213) 637-7348 and we will be glad to help you.

If you registered by ... REGISTRATION #

Your tickets should be mailed on...

Jan 8, 2010 1-150 February 18, 2010 YES
Jan 25, 2010 151-300 February 19, 2010 YES
Feb 8, 2010 301-500 February 22, 2010 YES
Feb 16, 2010 501-642 February 29, 2010 YES
Feb 24, 2010 643-648 March 1, 2010 YES
Mar 5, 2010 649-678 March 5, 2010 YES


If you do not select workshop choices when you register or you register on-site at Congress, you will be assigned Arena workshop tickets. NOTE: All Arena tickets are good for Arena or Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.




Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

The Abundance of God and Philanthropy of the Heart(*)



Rev. R. Tony Ricard

Why You So Crazy? Developing the Faith of a Fool!(*)



Matthew Kelly

One Dynamic Catholic



Fr. Richard Rohr

WE Are the Second Coming of Christ(*)



John Allen Jr.

The Future Church: Exploring Catholicism in the 21st Century(*)



Jim Wallis

When the Market Became God(*)



John Allen Jr.

All Things Catholic: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Church(*)



Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin

Laughter: The Abundant Gift We Give and Receive(*)


If you register on-site at Congress you have the option of receiving Hall B workshop tickets. NOTE: All Hall B tickets are good for Arena or Hall B sessions. Asterisks (*) indicate recorded workshops.




Rev. Guillermo Campuzano

La abundancia y la escasez del amor en la familia(*)



Maruja Sedano

Yo oro, tu oras, el ora, pero ¿sabemos orar?(*)



Ricardo Grzona

Catequesis, Biblia y espiritualidad: Claves para catequistas(*)



Dr. John Yzaguirre

Como vivir con plenitud en el momento presente(*)



Benjamin Bravo Perez

¿Por qué los católicos abandonan su iglesia?(*)



José-Román Flecha Andrés

Catequesis de la sexualidad(*)



Alejandro Aguilera-Titus

Parejas fuertes, familia fuertes(*)



Rev. James Martin

Convertirse en un Santo (en menos de una hora)(*)


In addition to the taped workshops, the following General Assemblies will be taped by CSC Digital Media. (Find information on ordering Congress recordings.)

GENERAL GA1 Opening Event: Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC
GENERAL GA2 Saturday Keynote: Mitch Albom
GENERAL GA3 Sunday English Address: Barbara Fiand, SND de N
GENERAL GA4 Sunday Spanish Address: Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez


Advance ticket pick-up and RECongress Program Books will be available for pick-up at Congress. Times begin Thursday evening, March 18, 2010, 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.

A dismissal Rite for Catechumens will be celebrated at the morning and afternoon Liturgies at Congress, March 21, 2010. The morning Liturgy will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. and in the afternoon Liturgy at 3:15 p.m.

See the offer by Sr. Edith Prendergast to have Catechumens or Candidates participate in the Rite.

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010 — 5:15 p.m.

Character  Location Presider Music
General Convention Ballroom Cardinal Roger Mahony Jesse Manibusan
Byzantine Divine Liturgy Hilton Pacific Ballroom Bishop Gerald Dino Byzantine Cantors
Contemplative Marriott Grand Ballroom Rev. Gregory Boyle Cyprian Consiglio
Jazz Convention Arena Rev. J-Glenn Murray John Angotti / Meredith Augustin /
W. Clifford Perry
Nigerian Marriott Marquis Rev. Michael Ohanete Nigerian Community
Spanish Convention Hall B Rev. Domingo Rodriguez Estella Garcia / Rudy Lopez / Pedro Rubalcava
Vietnamese Convention 303 Bishop Peter Nguyen Kham Vietnamese Community
Evening Prayer (5:15 p.m.) Convention 210 Sr. Cecilia Magladry, CSJ Laura Gomez
Lamentation (9:30 p.m.) Convention 210 Tricia Hoyt Bob Hurd

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010 5:15 p.m.

Character  Location Presider Music
General Hilton Pacific Ballroom Rev. Tony Ricard Tony Alonso / Donna Peña
African American Marriott Marquis Msgr. Ray East ValLimar Jansen
Celtic Convention Arena Rev. Brendan McGuire Liam Lawton
Indonesian Convention 303 Rev. Ricky Manalo Soeriani Kheng
Spanish Convention Hall B Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas Peter Kolar / Rafael Moreno
Young Adult Convention Ballroom Rev. Richard Leonard Jacob & Matthew
Morning Praise (8:00 am) Convention Arena Michelle Youssef /
Kristen Firestone, reflection
Ed Bolduc / Gary Daigle
Evening Prayer (5:15 pm) Convention 210 Clare Henning Chris de Silva
   *NOTE: There is no late-night prayer to allow time to visit Sacred Space

SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2010

Character  Location Presider Music
Morning Liturgy (8:00 am) Convention Arena Bishop Tod Brown Congress Choir 2010
Closing Liturgy (3:30 pm) Convention Arena Cardinal Roger Mahony Congress Choir 2010


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