Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011
"Hold Firm ... Trust!"
Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"
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The Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress 2011 features 193 speakers
presenting over 300 workshops. You
can find a listing of all the
workshops presented in a variety of
ways online — on our Workshops
& Links page, on the Speakers
page, and also on the Topics page.
Our RECongress Emailings
highlight some of the events
going on at Congress 2011 —
including added events and a spotlight
on some of the speakers and musical artists coming
to Congress. Also, be sure
to check the Web site for hotel properties
with special attendee rates and
updated speaker information. So
start your planning now to attend Congress
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The 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
March 17, 2011
March 18-20, 2011
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
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The fee for Youth Day is $20
per person. The fee for Congress, with separate registration
fee, is $60 per person. Rates
are scheduled to increase after February 4, 2011.
You can register for Youth Day and Congress days
online by credit card. For those paying by check,
you can use the forms in the Registration Guidebook.
The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker
descriptions and one Youth Day form and two
individual Congress Registration Forms per book.
If you need a Guidebook, you can view one or order
See the Guidebook
YOUTH DAY - MARCH 17, 2011
Theme: Godbook: Everyone Invited
We want to remind you of important ways that young
people can be involved in the day. We are looking
for MCs, Singers, Musicians and other interested
youth to be part of the activities in Anaheim. We
would also love to have adults volunteer for our
day. Those interested must be over 21 and NOT
planning to chaperone a parish or school group. You
can download registration forms and get much more
information online at www.RECongress.org/YD.
Youth, Be a Part of Youth Day
Arena Choir -
To find out about becoming a singer or
instrumentalist for the Arena Choir, download the
YD Choir Flyer. (Deadline by January 4, 2011.)
Grand Ballroom Choir -
To find out about being part of the the Grand
sponsored by the Santa Barbara Region,
contact Daryl Hitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Deadline by January 4, 2011.)
YD MCs -
Young people who would like to be MCs for Youth Day, with duties to introduce speakers
and more, can download the
YD MC flyer. (Deadline is February
Adults, Be a Part of Youth Day
- Adults who are
NOT chaperones can find out about volunteer
opportunities by downloading the
YD Volunteer form. The deadline is February 15,
Go to RECongress.org/YD
LITURGIES AT CONGRESS
Here in the Los
Angeles Archdiocese, liturgy is celebrated every
Sunday in no fewer than 50 different languages.
Living in the gift, promise and spirit of the Second
Vatican Council, the L.A. Religious Education
Congress liturgies have grown as they have embraced
this wonderfully diverse church. From Contemplative
to Jazz, from Spanish guitar to Vietnamese drummers,
we’ve worked diligently to inculturate the liturgy
shaped within the universality of the Roman Rite and
the Church of Los Angeles.
This year, in addition to the scheduled prayer
services at Congress, you can experience these
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 5:15 pm
Black Culture - Rev. J-Glenn Murray
Contemplative - Rev. James Martin
From the Islands of: Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga and Guam -
Rev. Niko Leota
General - Msgr. Ray
Spanish - Rev. Richard Vega
Vietnamese - Bishop Vincent Van Ban
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 5:15 pm
Celtic - Rev. David Loftus
General - Rev. Ed Foley
Jazz - Rev. Tony Ricard
Spanish - Bishop Alex Salazar
Young Adult - Rev. Kevin Kostelnik
RECongress 2011 Schedule
CONGRESS HIGHLIGHT: SPEAKER
speakers presenting 308 workshops. Among these
varied workshops you will find topics ranging from
Adult Education to Youth Ministry. This Emailing we
feature just one of the nearly three dozen topic
areas — Junior High Ministry.
Junior High Ministry
Congress 2011 features 193
March 18 – 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Period 3 - Workshop 3-27
"Game On! Creative Catechesis with Young People"
When we gather young people together, are we just
“playing games,” “hoping to survive,” or are
we intentionally “forming disciples”? How can we be
faithful to our catechetical calling to echo the
faith and lead teens down the road of discipleship
while making sure we actively engage their head,
hearts and hands in the process? Let’s have some fun
as we creatively answer these questions together.
Warning: This workshop is very hands on – you will
not leave empty handed or empty headed!
March 19 – 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Period 5 - Workshop 5-22
"Tune In: Use Their Issues, Teach to Their Issues,
Touch Their Hearts!"
How do I get into the mind
of my fast-moving junior-high student? This workshop
will show you that young people’s issues are found
in their culture and expressed in popular music and
media – and so are the solutions to their concerns.
You will learn effective, practical and easy-to-use
strategies to catechize through music they are
already listening to. This approach works! Be
prepared for a great inspiring workshop.
Find the complete listing of
all topics for this year
on our Web site.
Congress 2011 Topics Page
CONGRESS HIGHLIGHT: ENTERTAINMENT
Admission to Congress includes both free lunchtime and evening concerts — ranging from contemporary Christian music to the leading Latino composers and artists.
This Emailing we spotlight some Friday entertainment.
“The Family That Plays Together Prays Together”
Hall B – 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Jaime Cortez & ValLimar Jansen
Enjoy a refreshing, upbeat, musical
lunch break. Jaime Cortez, ValLimar Jansen and their
families provide a fun concert of music, from the
the sacred and sublime. Come play! Come pray!
Jaime Cortez is a talented and popular composer, arranger and performer. Born in New York and raised in El Salvador,
he is fluent in Spanish and has dedicated a portion of his ministry to promoting better Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together for worship. His main instrument is guitar, although he is proficient in piano and other string instruments, such as charango, vihuela and bass guitar. In addition to workshops, Jaime gives concerts with both English and Spanish repertoire, alone or with volunteer groups. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Arizona State University. Jaime is currently music director at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, Kari, and three children.
ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded singer, cantor and recording artist. She is also a college professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States.
Known especially for her work with gospel, contemporary Christian and gospel-jazz styles, she sings a wide range of music, including spirituals and traditional, organ-based choral music. In 2005 ValLimar released her first solo collection,
"You Gotta Move." Other recent projects include her stirring, gospel-style rendition of Jaime Cortez's classic "Rain Down" on the
"Live It!" two-CD compilation.
She has been the cantor for several jazz liturgies and closing liturgies at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, and at many other major events. ValLimar composes all her music with the help of her husband, Frank. They live in California and have three children.
can find the schedule of all our artists on our
Congress Web site.
Congress 2011 Schedule
Registration Guidebooks for Congress
2011 have been mailed! But you don't need one to
register. You can view the Guidebook online NOW and
register online by credit card for Youth Day and
If you haven't already done so, there are two ways
to register for Youth Day and Congress:
with credit card:
• First, choose your sessions
-- You may either
Download the Registration
Guidebook (in sections or the complete Guidebook
in PDF form) or check each period's listings on our
Web site (Congress 2011
Workshops & Links) to see workshop offerings for
those you would like to attend.
• Find your
-- You can also find a listing of speakers/ topics/
titles/ languages on our 2011
• Plan out a first
and second choices
-- Choose a first and a second choice (in case of a
full or canceled workshop) for each period you wish
-- When ready, click the red "Register" button off
our home page or go directly to www.RECongress.org/register.htm
to register by credit card.
• Order your Guidebook
-- If you're new to Congress, either view the
Guidebook online or order your own copy. The
Guidebook provides information about Congress as
well as all workshop descriptions and two
• Choose your sessions
-- Use the daily events pages and workshops
descriptions (online as the
Overview page) to
select a first and second workshop choice (in case
of a full or canceled workshop) for each of the
eight periods you wish to attend.
• Fill out the Registration Form
-- The Registration Form is on the inside back cover
of the Guidebook. Mail it in along with payment ($60
per person before February 4, 2011).
See the Congress Registration
This year we
have contracted with 28 hotels nearby the Anaheim
Convention Center to offer special rates for attendees. Find a hotel
for Congress using our online 2011 Hotel page and our Interactive
Hotel Map! We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible.
When making reservations, be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate.
BRING YOUR OLD CELL PHONE TO CONGRESS
Last year we witnessed two of the largest natural disasters in recent memory in Haiti and Pakistan. And through the generous participation of Congress 2010 attendees in our Cell Phone Recycling Initiative, we have been able to donate $1,800 to Catholic Relief Services’ emergency assistance to Haiti. Again this year we are partnering with GetGreenToGetGreen.com to collect phones to benefit Haiti and Pakistan.
Bring your old cell phones — working or not — with you to Congress. More than 130 million cell phones are thrown away every year. Don’t throw away electronics that should be recycled. Do your part to recycle your old cell phone — and help us help Haiti and Pakistan in the process.
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FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern
California area, supports schools, churches and other
non-profit organizations with annual contributions.
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is a member
of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by
using your Ralphs rewardss Card
a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the
RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must
be renewed each year. The current term is September
1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.)
Even if you were part of this program last year, you will need to
update your account again this year. We encourage all
Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards
Card and register their card with the Community Contributions
Program. It’s easy! Every time you shop for groceries
and scan your card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically
earn up to 5% of all eligible purchases per enrolled
card. Sign up now! It’s never been easier to contribute
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Organization Name:: Archdiocese of Los
Angeles - Religious Education
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor,
Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658
step-by-step instructions and information online.
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