2011 RECongress Spotlight
Religious Education Congress
March 17, 2011 (Youth Day)
March 18-20, 2011 (Congress days)
NEW BOOK RELEASED AT CONGRESS!
"Grace Abounds: A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith"
by Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC with a foreword by Cardinal Roger Mahony.
"Sr. Edith’s stellar and passionate keynotes, gathered beautifully here, will inspire and educate us for years to come!"
Rev. Richard Rohr, OFM, Founding Director, Center for Action and Contemplation
In this collection of rallying keynotes from the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Sr. Edith Prendergast issues a clarion call to both conversion and renewal, inviting readers to enter more deeply into the mind and heart of Christ and to live as his messengers in the Church and the world.
Find out more on our Updates Page or Download the order form
YOUTH DAY 2011
Thursday, March 17, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
See the Youth Day 2011 page
This day-long event for high school youth is an opportunity for students – from throughout the western states – to come together and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and experience the energy of the Closing Rally.
ARCHBISHOP GOMEZ ONLINE CHAT
Friday March 18, 10-11 am – Tech Center @ Hall A
See the transcript form the Chat
Join us Friday morning at the Tech Center or online as new Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez conducts a live online chat session with students from St. Thomas the Apostle School in Los Angeles. This event will be the Archbishop's first online chat.
FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Friday, March 18, 8-9:30 pm – Convention Arena
We’re having a worldwide party – and you’re invited! Join us Friday night as the Arena explodes in dance and song. Talented artists will share the unique heritage of their communities as they celebrate life through music. Come experience the color, sounds, movement, and energy of this not-to-be missed
event, and join in the celebration yourself!
FILM SHOWCASE 2011
Friday, March 18, 8-10 pm – Convention 201
This year’s Film Showcase, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University, presents excerpts from a number of narrative feature films, shorts, documentaries, experimental and animated films, whose thematic elements are grounded in Catholic social teaching, justice, ministry, spirituality and theology. Filmmakers will be present to meet with audience members.
KEYNOTE: JACK JEZREEL
Saturday, March 19, 8:30 am – Convention Arena
“Gathered and Sent: Saints, Prophets and Martyrs on a Mission”
The Gospels, the legacy of holy witnesses, and Vatican II speak of a Church that, at its best, gathers and sends. While this fundamental dimension of our faith tradition has struggled to see full expression in the local parish, the future of American Catholicism holds some exciting and promising prospects if we are willing to renew the possibilities of parish purpose and structure.
YOUNG ADULT EVENTS @ CONGRESS
LITURGY - Saturday, 5:15 pm – Convention Arena, with Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, presider, and music by
Jacob & Matthew
DANCE - Saturday 9-12 midnight – Marriott Marquis Ballroom
LOUNGE - Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 pm – Marriott Elite Ballroom, co-sponsored by Boston College's School
Sábado, 7:45 pm – Convention Hall B
Una tarde interdinámica de invitados especiales, cantos, videos y reflexiones sobre asuntos de inmigración y nuestra fe. Nos ayudará a ser más conscientes de nuestra realidad social y del compromiso que tengo en Cristo de responder concretamente hoy. Uno de los invitados especiales es la Hermana Glenda quien nos acompañará con su música y talento, ¡no te lo pierdas!
Saturday, March 19, 8-9 pm – Convention 213
Returning to Congress 2011 is Sacred Illuminations, a mystical choreography of light and sound. Incorporating her newest liturgical and fine art photography and reflections, Sister Rose Marie Tulacz,SND will bring us deeper in surrender to the care, to the heart, of God. Come reflect and pray.
FREE SOUVENIR ePOSTCARD
Sunday only @ the Tech Center in Hall A
Get a free picture souvenir from Congress – an ePostcard with your photo you can email to home from Congress ... or to friends. Available Sunday only at the Tech Center.
Friday through Sunday – Arena Grand Lobby
Bereft of her husband and two sons in a foreign country, Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, returns to Bethlehem in a time of famine. This illumination of the women’s inward leaning posture suggests feelings of mutual love and support as they look into the distance together.
Congress 2011 features The Saint John’s Bible -- the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press. This project of 1,150 calfskin pages was commissioned in 1998 by St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Donald Jackson, the former longtime scribe to Queen Elizabeth’s Crown office at the House of Lords in London, and a team of 14 calligraphers and artists have completed six of seven volumes that make up The Saint John’s Bible. The last volume, Letters and Revelation will be completed in 2012. Stop by to see framed fine art reproductions from the first six volumes: Gospels and Acts, Psalms, Pentateuch, Prophets, Wisdom Books and the newest volume released in fall 2010, Historical Books.
Friday through Sunday – ORE Booth in Hall A
Our Broadcast Booth is located at the Office of Religious Education booth. Get in on the action as we interview presenters, artists, exhibitors and more, all from the floor of Exhibit Hall A for a live web cast on www.RECongress.org/LIVE. Among interviewees scheduled are Archbishop José Gomez, Fr. Robert Barron, Fr. Richard Leonard, Pedro Rubalcava, ValLimar Jansen, Victor Valenzuela and Char Wenc.
LIVE RADIO BROADCASTS
Friday through Sunday – Broadcast Area in Hall A
In addition to the RECongress.org/LIVE web casts, Guadalupe Radio (87.7 FM) and Sirius/XM Radio's "Busted Halo" Catholic program will be broadcasting from the Congress. El Sembrador Spanish television will rebroadcast the Closing Liturgy and will also record all Spanish workshops in Hall B for a television special to be broadcast later in the year.
WIN AN iPAD
Friday through Sunday – ORE booth in Hall A
Drop by the Office of Religious Education’s booth for information on how to win. The ORE booth is located near the center of the Exhibit Hall and will be will be giving away an IPad, IPod and Nano! These are the first, second and third prizes for a drawing we will be running in our booth (#430).
Friday through Sunday
Last year saw the first-ever "live" webcast from Congress! And it's back this year – with even more expanded coverage. Know someone who can't make it to Congress? Invite them to experience the outpouring of grace and enthusiasm on www.RECongress.org/LIVE. We begin our live streaming from the Anaheim Convention Center Arena on Youth Day, Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 8:30 am PST.
Friday through Sunday – Convention 304
Sacred Space returns once again to its home on the third level of the Convention Center, with extended hours on Saturday. Take a respite from the day’s events and enter a space dedicated to facilitating a sense of spiritual rejuvenation. Our Sacred Space will offer Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a labyrinth (pictured), art and meditative music.
THE STATIONS @ SACRED SPACE
Friday through Sunday – Convention 304
“The Stations of the Cross: A Contemporary Meditation on the Passion of Christ”
This unique work contains 15 original acrylic paintings, each with an accompanying Scripture passage, verse of poetry and a prayer, portraying the 14 traditional Stations of the Cross plus the Resurrection. A collaborative effort between a Protestant, Chris Hull (the artist), and a Catholic, John Hull (the writer), this ecumenically sensitive presentation explores the application of each “station” to the contemporary spiritual struggles of today’s men and women. In addition, artist Chris Hull has combined the use of shape, color and light to create each individual portrayal of Christ, which offers rich and varied possibilities for meditation.
YOUR OLD CELL CAN SEND AID
Friday through Sunday – several locations
Bring your old cell phones – working or not – with you to Congress. Again this year we are partnering with GetGreenToGetGreen.com, an organization that recycles cell phones. Get Green To Get Green is committed to keep our planet green by reusing or recycling unused cell phones. The proceeds generated from this partnership will be donated to the Pakistan and Haiti relief efforts through Catholic Relief Services (CRS). 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 Pakistan and Haiti in the process.
Friday through Sunday – Arena Lobby & Hall A
Don’t leave Congress without getting your Congress logo-ed souvenirs. This year, in addition to our annual offering of pens, pins and magnets, there will be a keychain with light and a letter opener enclosed with neon Post-It flags. In addition, every Congress attendee receives a free Congress bag courtesy of Liturgical Press, who is also sponsoring the Art Exhibit at Congress 2011.
Friday through Sunday (Check Times) – Marriott San Diego
Join with other Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) men and women to share experiences, strengths and hopes with mutual support for recovery from alcoholism. (Located in the Marriott’s lower level meeting room.)
Friday through Sunday – Convention Prefunction Area
Take a break from the bustle of Congress and rest and renew your body. Visit the Chair Massage area in the Prefuction Lobby of Hall A. The cost is $1 per minute.
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