13 (Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
"Hope: A World Afire" / "Esperanza que Enciende
"Never Alone, Forever Accepted"
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On this All Saints Day, we
as the Church honor all the saints,
famous and obscure, canonized or
not. As Mother Teresa challenged, "All
of us must be saints in this world.
Holiness is a duty for you and me.
So let's be saints and so give glory
to the Father."
The Registration Guidebook for the
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress is now available! Over
20,000 copies of the book are in the
mail — but you don't have to wait
for your copy. Get a sneak peek of
the book NOW and pre-plan your
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Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese
of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the
nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics!
Our last RECongress, held in March, brought together
nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend! We
had registrants from across the country and as far away
as Ireland and Australia.
See 2013 Congress Statistics
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• March 13, 2014
Congress is held annually at the Anaheim Convention
Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim,
Calif. (just south of Disneyland and Disney California
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The registration fee for Youth Day 2014, March 13 is
per person. The adult
days have a separate registration and fee, which is
$70 per person. Fees increase after the late registration
date (postmarked after January 22, 2014). The late fee
for Youth Day is $35; the late fee for RECongress is
$80. There is a $30 processing fee for refunds. There
are NO REFUNDS AFTER JANUARY 22, 2014. The replacement
ticket cost for Youth Day is $50 per group; for RECongress
it is $30 per person.
The key to registration is the Registration Guidebook,
which contains all workshop and speaker descriptions,
entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during
Congress. If you attended RECongress 2013, you will
automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook.
Guidebooks are now in the mail! If
you need a Guidebook, please order one here.
Order a Guidebook
GUIDEBOOK NOW AVAILABLE
Registration Guidebook is your key to registering for
Congress 2014. If you attended Congress 2013, you will
automatically receive your book in the mail. BUT you don't have to wait for the mail! You can
view the Guidebook now — in three different formats:
Guidebook is available online in the Adobe Portable
Document Format (PDF). It is available as a complete
download, or for convenience, you may download individual sections. Note:
You need the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer
to view PDF documents.
Guidebook is also available in iPaper format, which
requires NO software download.
All the Congress workshop periods (English and
Spanish) are viewable as their own Web pages. Go to our
2014 Navigation page.
Have you moved since last year, or need an extra
copy for a friend? You can still
order a paper version of the Guidebook online.
Go to the Congress
YOUTH DAY VOLUNTEERS
Day MC Training Day
Day is looking for young people to introduce speakers
and help with rallies!
• Are you in high school? (grade 9 - 12)
• Are you registered for Youth Day 2014 with a school or parish?
• Do you like performing in front of large crowds?
• Can you arrive at Youth Day in Anaheim by 8:30 a.m.?
• Can you attend a REQUIRED training day or other rehearsals if needed?
• Would you like a Youth Day 2014 T-Shirt for free?
• Do you like to help others have a good time?
If you answered YES to all of these, then come be an
MC at Youth Day! To be an MC for the day, all interested
youth must attend the required MC TRAINING DAY on
Saturday, January 11, 2014
9 am-noon at Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena (Parish
Hall, 1520 Fremont Ave.).
Download the form and return it by Friday, January
adults who are interested in being volunteers for Youth
Day, AND ARE NOT chaperoning a group, can do so by filling
out the volunteer form. We can definitely use youth-friendly
adults who want to help our day run smoothly. Please
pass on this information to adults in your parish that
might want to be part of an exciting day for over 15,000
high school students!
Download the form and return it by Friday, February
See the 2014 Youth Day page
YOUTH DAY T-SHIRTS
Official Youth Day T-shirts are available for custom and
group pre-orders. Customize your Youth Day shirt with your
youth group or parish name on the back for only $2.50
additional. Custom orders with payment must be received by
February 17, 2014 for direct shipping.
The special pre-order discount pricing (valid thru February 24,
2014) is :
T-shirts: $12.50 ($15 at Youth Day)
Sweatshirts: $25 ($30, limited quantity at Youth Day)
Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
On Youth Day, merchandise will be available at the Seraph7
booth in the main lobby of the Convention Center Arena.
Pre-order to ensure you get yours at
www.seraph7.com or email
See the Youth Day Schedule
YOUTH DAY SPEAKER FEATURE: MIKE PATIN
Patin has worked in youth ministry since 1984,
spending six years as a high school teacher and
coach before working for the Catholic Youth
Organization/Youth Ministry Office for the New
Orleans Archdiocese. He was also on the adjunct
faculty at Notre Dame School of Theology Seminary in
New Orleans. Since 2003, the “faith horticulturist”
has been speaking full time on the issues of
Catholic faith, positive attitude and living life
fully. Among his many book titles is “A Standing
Ice cream! So many different flavors. School,
family, church – all are filled with so many
different flavors of people and sometimes it is hard
to understand, get along or even appreciate others.
How do we deal with people who are different than
ourselves and aren’t a “flavor” we like? What does
Jesus ask of us?
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Session P: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream
See the Youth Day Workshops
SPEAKER FEATURE: FR. MIKE WHITE
& TOM CORCORAN
a priest of the Baltimore Archdiocese, where he served
as an archdiocesan Vice-Chancellor; as Priest-Secretary
to (then-Archbishop) Cardinal William Keeler and, during
that time, as director of Pope John Paul II’s visit
to Baltimore. Fr. White is presently Pastor at the Church
of the Nativity in Timonium, Md., which has seen the
congregation nearly triple in weekend attendance and
a significant increase of giving and service in ministry.
Fr. White is also co-author of “Rebuilt,” which narrates
the story of Nativity Church’s rebirth.
has served the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md.,
in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective
on parish ministry and leadership. Beginning as a youth
minister, he later held positions as coordinator of
children’s ministry and director of small groups. Corcoran
currently serves as Associate to the Pastor and is responsible
for weekend message development, strategic planning
and staff development. Corcoran is also co-author with
Fr. Michael White of “Rebuilt.”
March 14, 2014Growing
a Healthy Parish"
10:00 - 11:30 am — Session 1-25
parishes today are struggling to retain members. Others
see congregations aging in place with little success
in attracting newcomers. God is the agent of growth
in our communities. But, we are responsible for removing
growth-restricting barriers. In this session, we will
look at specific strategies to make it happen — anywhere!
March 15, 2014
created the Church to be a movement of his people and
not simply the preservation of a building. In this session,
we will share why it is vital we see the Church as a
movement. We will also share strategies for getting
your church moving – especially if it has been static.
10:00 - 11:30 am — Session 4-27
The Church as a Movement "
See the Congress 2014 Speakers
March 15, 8:00 pm – Convention 213
Returning again to Congress on Saturday is Sacred Illuminations,
a mystical choreography of light and sound. This evening
event incorporates the newest liturgical and fine art
photography by Sister Rose Marie Tulacz, SND, along
with her reflections. Light a candle. Receive God's
Word. Reflect and pray. Be still. Deepen hope. Be loved.
See other Congress 2014 highlights
RECONGRESS ON YOUTUBE
you know that RECongress has a channel on Youtube?
What began with a single video about Youth Day 2009
has turned into promos, interviews and hours and
hours of workshops and liturgies from the Anaheim
Convention Center Arena during Congress. And
attendees have created their own videos, too. Check
video submitted by Eric and Jonathan Donkers"
(who gave us permission to share).
Go to the RECongress Channel on Youtube
SPECIAL DISNEY OFFER
attendees are able to get specially priced Disneyland
Resort Tickets. Find specials on tickets to Disneyland
and Disney California Adventure, with special pricing
on evening passes and on single- and multi-day passes
for both Disneyland Resort parks. Tickets are
good from March 7-18, 2014 and
January. Watch for updates.
See updates from RECongress
forget to make your travel arrangements now for the
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. We have
secured special rates for Congress attendees at a number
of hotels with pricing to meet everyone's needs. Make
sure when making your reservations you mention the
Religious Education Congress so that you receive
our special rate.
See the RECongress Hotels Page
RECONGRESS & SOCIAL
Did you know the 2014 Los Angeles Religious
Education Congress is very social?!
Look for us online and friend us,
add us, follow us on
these social networks ... and
see what's new!
Our web site at
Photos on Flickr:
And find us
PHotos on Flickr:
Go to our RECongress Channel
JUST FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
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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 rewards Card a portion of eligible
purchases are contributed to the RECongress. This
is an annual program that must be renewed each year.
The current term runs from September 1, 2013 through
August 31, 2014!
If you were part of the program last year, we thank
you, but everyone needs to re-enroll each 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
to the RECongress.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
- Religious Education
Find step-by-step instructions and information online.
See the RECongress Ralphs page
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online. We have posted all the speakers and
workshops and are updating hotel information.
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