Name: Mary
Date: March 3, 2009
Comments

I just finished taking your online evaluation and found it was not as thorough as the written one. For instance, the section on Congress liturgies allowed only one overall mark rather than a mark for each of the various elements (homily, music, liturgical movement) that the written form allows. (I’ve already sent a separate email message regarding the disastrous Friday night Contemplative Liturgy I marked poor – a first for me.) The online survey also indicated, at the start, that there would be a “Comments” section at the end for expanding on areas marked excellent. However, the only section I found that allowed comments was called “Suggestions for improvement,” which didn’t suggest commenting on what’s already excellent. I reached the end of the survey before I realize that comments on excellent workshops should have been made back in the section marked “Suggestions for improvement.” Very odd. So, below are my comments on my excellent workshops this year:

Thank you, again, for an overall excellent Congress. I’m looking forward to 2010.


Name: Jose Robledo Jr.
Date: March 1, 2009
Comments

I was reading the book for RE Congress we received, and I wanted to congratulate you on a successful and beautiful event. I have never been to RE Congress, but have heard many good things. So I decided to attend this huge spectacular event and it is was very exciting. I will consider coming next year and maybe Volunteering for this event.

Once again, I congratulate you on a successful and blessed event and much continued success.


Name: Carol Sassie
Date: March 4, 2009
Comments

Congress was great. I would like to order tapes from the sessions I attended but cannot find my Guidebook. Please let me know if this is possible and how.

Reply

You can find online versions of the Guidebook (in three different formats) at www.RECongress.org/2009/guidebook.htm. The recording order page is found at www.RECongress.org/tapes.htm

Name: Paula
Date: March 3, 2009
Comments

Hello, I heard the music at the Closing Liturgy was wonderful. Do you know who performed?

Reply

There were a variety of performers: Tony Alonso and ValLimar Jansen were the cantors, there were a number of soloists on songs, John Flaherty was director of the band and Congress Choir, and Josh Blakesley was there to perform this year's Congress Theme Song. The worship aid appears in the Program Book and is downloadable at www.RECongress.org/2009/guidebook.htm.

Name: Laurie
Date: March 3, 2009
Comments

I thought the PowerPoint presentation at Friday's opening event was fantastic. Can it be purchased? Also, the workshops on Social Justice issues, e.g. Jim Wallis and Fr. Bryan Massingale were superb.


Name: hsyg_stjoes
Date: March 2, 2009
Comments

The buses we chartered were charged $20 parking fee, however there is no mention of this fee in the handbook.

Reply

Unfortunately, buses are equated with Youth Day, and we give chaperones that information. We'll include that information in next year's Registration Guidebook.

Name: Jack
Date: March 1, 2009
Comments

What a wonderful experience! Congress is the religious peak experience that helps sustain us throughout the rest of the year. One suggestion: Every year we leave with a plastic name tag holder that could easily be recycled or used again. Please have a place to put them for re-use. Also please have recycling areas for guidebooks and liturgy books. Thank you!

Reply

That's a very good idea. We'll look into a Congress "green" crew. We would invited you to help, but you didn't leave your email address.

Name: Mike
Date: March 1, 2009
Comments

I would like to know where the link for on line evaluation is for the 2009 Congress. Can you help me out?

Reply

The link will be available shortly at www.RECongress.org/survey.

Name: Cathy Montoya
Date: February 26, 2009
Comments

What workshops are in Arena A? Will there be an a list with classroom numbers the speakers will be in, to see if I can sit in if not crowded. I will be registering Friday a.m. Thank you.

Reply

Arena (and Hall B) sessions are listed on our Updates page Speaker session locations can be found in the Program Book, available in online format at www.RECongress.org/2009/guidebook.htm

Name: Carla
Date: March 1, 2009
Comments

I agreed with Keynote speaker Jim Wallis on Saturday, that we need to address this crisis as an opportunity. I believe it is time to stand up, in a much stronger way, to support the rights of the most fragile -- the unborn. To hear the crowd cheer at the election of a presidential pro-abortionist was shocking. We ARE Catholic. We have the responsibility to avoid duplicity. We must teach all of the faithful, especially those who see "benefits" of the offer of an economic recovery, that this "recovery" is limited and misleading, until the rights of the most vulnerable are included in the solution. If we fail to do this, all we have failed to feed and tend to the flock. a.m. Thank you.
 


Name: Mary
Date: February 27, 2009
Comments

Why do you charge to go to the Exhibit Hall A? Why can't anyone go to buy something from the Exhibit Hall if they want to? I thought the Liturgies are free in the afternoon, someone asked me for my badge one time. I couldn't make it to the workshops this year, due to financial circumstances, but I wanted to attend the Hawaiian Mass only in the arena, can I attend? a.m. Thank you.

Reply

Our 5 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgies, evening prayer and evening concerts are open to Congress attendees and their guests. It is the day events -- workshops, lunchtime entertainment, and the Exhibit Hall -- that requires registration for admission. The Exhibit Hall is just one of the many benefits of registration.

Name: Cathy Montoya
Date: February 26, 2009
Comments

What workshops are in Arena A? Will there be an a list with classroom numbers the speakers will be in, to see if I can sit in if not crowded. I will be registering Friday a.m. Thank you.

Reply

Arena (and Hall B) sessions are listed on our Updates page Speaker session locations can be found in the Program Book, available in online format at www.RECongress.org/2009/guidebook.htm

Name: Chris
Date: February 25, 2009
Comments

What became of the specially priced tickets for Disneyland? Your emailing says the link is off the home page. I don't find it.

Reply

It was a limited time offer. Once they closed the page, we removed the link.

Name: Cindy
Date: February 24, 2009
Comments

Hi,
Very excited about this year's Congress event! One quick question: I have a friend who has been curious about what Taizé is all about. She's not registered for the Congress. Since Taizé is the last event of the day, can she purchase and attend only that Taizé section?
Thanks!

Reply

Our afternoon Eucharistic Liturgies, evening concerts and evening prayer (including Taizé) is open to Congress attendees and their guests. It is the day events -- workshops, lunchtime entertainment, and the Exhibit Hall -- that requires registration for admission.

Name: Maureen
Date: February 23, 2009
Comments

My pastor, who often attends Congress, is not able to attend this year as he is now the pastor of a large parish in Corona and is the only priest we have at our parish. He would like to take an hour or so on Saturday, before he has to hear reconciliation for our parish, to browse the books and exhibits as he is a teaching priest and loves to further his knowledge. Is there a way to allow him to come into the Exhibit area without having to pay as for the weekend? I hope the Church will make an allowance and provide this opportunity for him. He's a great priest and we're very lucky to have him at our parish. Thank you.

Reply

Congress registration gets you availability to eight sessions of workshops, three days of lunchtime entertainment, two evening concerts -- and the Exhibit Hall -- all for just $70, which is certainly less than most conferences. The Exhibit Hall is an added benefit to Congress attendees. We don't offer day rates or Exhibit Hall-only admissions.

Name: Susan
Date: February 17, 2009
Comments

I may be able to only attend one day of Congress (Friday). Do you have on-site registration for the day?
Thanks! Susan

Reply

Yes, Congress registration is available Friday, Saturday or Sunday -- all at one-rate: It's $70 whether you are there for just one workshop or stay all three days. Registration gives you access to workshops, all entertainment and the Hall A Exhibit area. The benefit to pre-registration is being able to choose your workshops. With on-site registration you will be given Arena (English) workshops or Hall B (Spanish) workshops.

Name: Bob Naglich
Date: February 9, 2009
Comments

You have a December comment in which "Buster" asks for the 2010 dates. Your response is Youth Day on March 18 with Congress being March 19--21. With that response, you caution that the dates are very tentative. It's two months later now.....are the dates for 2010 firm yet?

Reply

Yes, those dates are confirmed now.


Name: Dorothy Giammona
Date: February 7, 2009
Comments

Several of us registered by mail. One in our party has not gotten his workshop tickets, what happens now??

Reply

You can email the Congress office at and see if the tickets have been returned, or if we have mailed to an incorrect (or incomplete) address.


Name: Barbara
Date: February 7, 2009
Comments

I want to know which Mass (Liturgy) will be held in the Arena on Friday night, Feb. 27, 2009.
Thank you, Barbara

Reply

It will be the Hawaiian Liturgy. You can find the 2009 liturgy schedule on our updates page at www.RECongress.org/2009/updates.htm.


Name: Carrie
Date: February 6, 2009
Comments

Matt Maher's site says he is also doing a Saturday evening concert, but I don't see it listed on Congress schedule. When and where is it going to be held?

Reply

There are a number of concurrent events and gatherings during Congress. However, if it is not Congress-sponsored event, it won't be listed in our Program Book.


Name: Buster
Date: December 10, 2008
Comments

Any tentative date yet for the 2010 Congress?

Reply

Dates are March 18 (Youth Day) & March 19-21.

Paulette Smith, Congress Event Coordinator


Name: Bridget Longoria
Date: November 26, 2008
Comments

I’m curious to know; in the future will we be able to download the workshops on our iPods in addition to buying the recording? Thank you for your time.

Reply

We have been looking into that possibility. It's only recently we've transitioned from cassettes to CDs!


Name: Pati La Belle
Date: November 14, 2008
Comments

Dear RE Congress Coordinators,
I would not recommend doing business with Ramada Limited Suites. I just got off the phone with them and although they have rooms available they would not honor the RE Congress rate. Someone should call them and explain what the guaranteed “rate through 1/26 means.” They tried to tell me that because Congress is after 1/26 the rate is higher. I tried to explain that it means that the rate is good if you make your reservation before 1/26 (if rooms are available) but they just weren’t getting it. They did have rooms available but are charging $104 instead of the $79 rate in the Congress book. If my chance you are able to straighten them out on this please let me know. I don’t have a lot of money and would like to stay there at that rate if possible.

Reply

Hi Pati,
I think I have an answer for you concerning the Ramada Limited Suites. I think it comes down to what the front desk miscommunicated to you. What appears to have happened was that the room block we contracted with the Ramada had already been filled when you called to get rooms. Because the block was already filled our Congress rate no longer applied because they were offering you rooms outside of our block. It has nothing to do with our event being held after January 26th. If you are still interested in the hotel, they informed me that they have 6 rooms remaining in the block. I hope that this helps to describe what I think happened.

Paulette Smith, Congress Event Coordinator


Name: Maria
Date: November 17, 2008
Comments

My husband and I are Sunday school teachers, and we would like to attend the sessions at RECongress this year. We have a 7-year-old daughter, can we take her along with us to the sessions? Or is there any group of kids, activities, or child care available at the Convention? Appreciate your suggestion so both of us can attend the RECongress.

Reply

Sorry, we do not offer child care. Congress is billed as an adult/young adult-ONLY religious education event. All workshops are directed to these age groups. Our only age policy states: "If you must bring your child(ren), they MUST be registered and they must accompany you. We ask that they be your sole responsibility so they do not disturb the other delegates."


Name: Teena Posas
Date: October 20, 2008
Comments

Hello Congress,
In this day and age of people and parishes wanting to save money, you might include under the Disney ticket logo for Congress, that for groups 10 or more, group tickets for the Disney parks is much more economical than through the Convention Center.
Example:
Convention cost - 1 day park hopper = $81
Disney Group Tickets - 1 day park hopper = $65 (special value season)

Link for Disney Group tickets

In God's everlasting light,
Teena Posas
St. Joseph - Youth Ministry Office
Pinole CA


Name: Maria Alvarado
Date: October 19, 2008
Comments

Definitely Ceili Rain should be regulars as should John Angotti and Matt Maher for REGULAR Congress attendees, not just for Youth Day. Although their schedules are busy, Bob Halligan and John Angotti are tried and true excellent presenters. I know personally that John Angotti would be more than willing to be workshop presenter. Music Ministers are definitely catechists also and we need that inspiration. Please consider them as regulars and as workshop presenters. Looking forward to next year and many more years to come.


Name: Catherine Ryan
Date: October 15, 2008
Comments

The LA Religious Ed Congress is the single best source for music/liturgy/religious education in the U.S., maybe in the world. I always come home with usable ideas. Thank you. It also greatly supports us in our ministries.


Name: Kathleen
Date: October 2, 2008
Comments

Just a "heads-up" for repeat Congress attendees: My friends and I re-book our hotel suite the day we check out for the next year! No more wondering/hoping to get a hotel close by!


Name: Thomas Joyce
Date: October 1, 2008
Comments

Keep up the good work and fabulous speakers. This is the best gathering I have ever participated in. Very uplifting and energizing. And I am praying for my sailing companion, Marc Trudeau.


Name: Jazo
Date: September 28, 2008
Comments

Just wondering, how are Youth Day themes chosen? Are they played off of the Adult Congress or do they come from somewhere else?

Reply

The Youth Day theme is taken from the reading of the day (Thursday). In the same way, the Congress theme derives from the Sunday readings.

Mike Norman, Associate Director


Name: Rebecca Vasquez
Date: July 7, 2008
Comments

Sister Edith, I have been attending Congress now for 6 years and can't wait for next year's event. There is a movie named "BELLA" that was co-written, produced and stars an actor named Eduardo Verastegui. He is a VERY spiritual man and proclaims his faith every time he is interviewed. I was wondering if he's been considered as a speaker for the Catholic filmmaker's workshop? I look forward to all the updates on Congress 2009! Thank you for your tireless work.


Name: Meri McCoy-Thompson
Date: July 5, 2008
Comments

Will you be opening any more rooms at the Congress rate in the Hilton? The Marriott is completely sold out already and the Hilton is full at the Congress rate.

Reply

We have negotiated more rooms at the Hilton. The contract addendum was just signed today (July 10, 2008). Hopefully they will be in the system soon.

Paulette Smith, Congress Event Coordinator


Name: Sr. Carmen
Date: July 1, 2008
Comments

Thanks for the Congress Emailing update. Just Love everything you do to help us feel the Love... Hey, maybe that could be the theme for RECongress 2010: "FEEL THE LOVE"! Thanks and GOD BLESS all the RECongress staff.


Name: Cindy McLoughlin
Date: July 1, 2008
Comments

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, bring Ceili Rain back in 2009! Don't wait until 2010 -- Bob Halligan and the boys should be regulars at Congress, not every other year!!!! Thank you for all you do, and God bless you!


Name: Noel
Date: July 1, 2008
Comments

Thank you for emailing the schedule for the 2009 Congress. Looking forward to it! I notice prayer services at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. I hope you bring back Taizé for one of the services. It was badly missed in 2008. I attended the Peace Prayer, which apparently took the place of Taizé, but it lacked the solemnity of Taizé, and, although there was participation by the attendees, the frequency and length of the readings and made it more like a presentation. The excellent Taizé services of previous years inspired a successful Taizé program at our parish in Hawaii, and I hope we are treated to this fine spiritual opportunity at future Congresses.


Name: Sr. Carmen
Date: July 1, 2008
Comments

Dear REC "team",

I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened your email! It's brilliant! Congrats on animating us in anticipation of Youth Day '09 and CONGRESS!!! I've already shared your email with others and it will NOW certainly be foremost on our minds as we sit down (this month) to work on our '08-'09 parish pastoral plan and master calendar. Many thanks for your "update" email and the emailings that will, no doubt, follow in the months ahead. You're certainly a brilliant A+ team!!!

One of your grateful "FANS",
Sister Carmen
Saint Thomas More Parish
Alhambra, California


Name: Loretta Claycomb
Date: July 1, 2008
Comments

Greetings in Christ. I, along with many other RCIA catechists, are wondering why Congress is scheduled to conflict with the Rites of Sending and Election that take place in many dioceses coincident with the Congress weekend. It is usually challenging enough to miss one of the Scrutinies. Congress is a remarkable experience to participate in. In the process of scheduling the annual RECongress, perhaps consideration might be given to RCIA Lenten events which catechists must share with their candidates and catechumens in their home parishes. Those who would otherwise take part in Congress may opt not to because of RCIA Easter Vigil preparations. Sincerely and most respectfully yours in the Lord, Loretta

Reply

We are fully aware of the scheduling. We are also dependant upon an available date for the Convention Center AND adjacent hotels to provide meeting rooms and housing.