February 2019

Dear Companion in Music Ministry:

Happy New Year! I pray that 2019 will bring you much personal happiness and prosperity and a lasting peace to our beautiful and fragile world.

The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress with its more than 40,000 delegates will once again grace the Anaheim Convention Center on March 22-24, 2019. This annual gathering continues to be the largest catechetical and liturgical gathering of its kind in the world.

“Thirsting for Justice/Sed de Justicia/Khát Kaho Công Ly” is the theme of the 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and is based on the Scripture reading from John’s Gospel account where Jesus encounters the woman at the well. We are thrilled to have Jeanne Cotter compose this year’s theme song for us!

I am extending an invitation to you to participate in Congress Choir 2019. The combined talents of nearly 300 musicians comprise the group that will provide the music for the final liturgies, attended by more than 19,000 people, on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Truly, St. Augustine’s words, “The Eucharist is where the Body of Christ comes to meet itself,” reflect the rich diversity of the assembly gathered for these celebrations. 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 by clicking the following link and complete the online form at

Attendance at two rehearsals is mandatory. Several “first rehearsals” are conveniently scheduled at a location close to you. Choose from one (*) of the following.

*Los Angeles Area
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.             
St Jerome Church
5550 Thornburn St.
Los Angeles, CA  90045
(La Tijera exit at the 405 Fwy)
Contact: John Flaherty
Phone: (310) 338-2720

*North L.A. County (Newbury Park)
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.

St. Julie Billiart Church
2475 Borchard Rd.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Contact: Ryan Clouse
Phone: (805) 231-1769

*Bay Area Region
(San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Monterey)
Saturday, March 16, 1:30-4 p.m.
St. Raymond
1100 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Contact: Heidi T. Kelly-Tuason
Phone: 650-323-1755 ext. 106

  *Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ
Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Contact: Norbert Zwickl
Phone: (480) 948-7460
*Inland Empire (Redlands)
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Holy Name of Jesus
115 West Olive Ave.
Redlands, CA 92373
Contacts: Carlo Argoti
Phone: (909) 793-2469 ext. 140
Contacts: Ray Watts
Phone: (909) 289-6811

*Inland Empire (San Bernardino)
Thursday, March 14, 6:15 p.m.
Diocesan Pastoral Center
1201 East Highland Ave
San Bernardino, CA
Contact: Chris Estrella
Phone: (909) 437-0617

*Southwest San Bernardino County (Chino Hills)
ALL (except those out of state or in NorCal) MUST ATTEND THIS FINAL REHEARSAL:
Wednesday, March 20, 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 March 1, 2019 at

Please take the liberty of forwarding to others who might enjoy being a member of Choir 2019!

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

With care in Christ

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