January 8, 2016

Dear Musician & Friend:

Blessings to you in the dawn of the New Year in which Pope Francis has beckoned us beyond our daily selves. This Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy calls and summons us to stretch beyond the normalcy of the every day to be channels of peace, mercy, love and reconciliation in this world so in need of healing and love.

"Boundless Mercy/Misericordia Inagotable” is the theme of the 2016 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and the very talented Meredith Agustin has written a wonderfully energetic theme song for us!

The Sunday Gospel of the woman at the well reminds us of the infinite love of the grace of God which we cannot earn, nor do we deserve, but that which is complete and total gift to each and every one of us. If only uncertainty and fear could be forever subordinated to love, then perhaps all God’s children might know peace. In the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, this is our mandatum.

In acknowledging your ongoing commitment to music ministry, I am extending an invitation to you to participate in Congress Choir 2016. The combined talents of nearly 300 musicians comprise the group that will provide the music for the final liturgies on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Over 19,000 people attend these liturgies. I hope that in considering this invitation, you'll decide to join us. I promise you, it is an experience to remember.

To participate, RSVP complete the online form at

Attendance at two rehearsals is mandatory. Several "first" rehearsals are conveniently scheduled at a location near you. Choose from one of the following.

*Choose the one geographically closest to and most convenient for you:

*Monday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Area
10866 Manacor Court
San Diego, CA 92124
(Tierrasanta Area)
Contact: Ginger & Bob Infantino
Phone: (858) 256-9351

*Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Area
St Jerome Church
5550 Thornburn St.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(La Tijera exit at the 405 Fwy)
Contact: John Flaherty
Phone: (310) 338-2720

*Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix/Scottsdale Area
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Contact: Norbert Zwickl
Phone: (480) 948-7460

  *Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Northern California Bay Area

Diocese of San Jose Chancery Office
1150 North First Street, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112
Contact: Diana Macalintal
Phone: (408) 983-0136

*Saturday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Inland Empire – Moreno Valley/Riverside

St. Patrick Catholic Church
10915 Pigeon Pass Road
Moreno Valley, CA 92557
Contact: Maria Alvarado
phone (951) 780-6049

*Monday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Inland Empire – Rancho Cucamonga

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
9135 Banyan St.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
Contact: Cyndi Noble
Phone: (951) 742-1334

Ventura/Santa Barbara - TBA

New York, NY - TBA

Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Linus Church
13913 Shoemaker Ave.,
Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Anna Betancourt

Should you have any questions, please contact me at

Again, RSVP by February 12, 2016 to me at

Please take the liberty of forwarding this email to others who might enjoy being a member of Choir 2016!

*Finally, and most importantly - RSVP right away. We must cap the choir at 250.

With great love and care,

John Flaherty
Chair, Congress Liturgy Committee
Congress Music Director
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress