REC 2008 #9
RECongress Email Updates • Feb 11, 2008
Congress 2008

Feb. 28, 2008
(Youth Day) &
February 29 -
March 2, 2008

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The 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
     •  February 28, 2008 (Note: Youth Day has closed to new registrations)
     •  February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)

Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure).
Haven't registered yet? You can mail in registrations until February 15. You can register online until February 21.
Here are some approaching deadlines...
Disney Tickets -- February 11: Today is the deadline to advance order specially priced one-day and multi-day Disney Theme Park Tickets. These tickets are especially for Congress attendees and not all are available at the front gates of theme parks.
ONE-DAY/ONE PARK: Admission to either Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park for one day.

PARK HOPPER: Available in 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day and 5-day admissions to visit both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. 

TWILIGHT CONVENTION TICKET: Admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure after 4 p.m. (or 4 hours before park closing, whichever is earlier).
Find the order link on our site's Home Page.
Youth Day Moving Crew -- February 15: We are still looking for adults who can join us on Youth Day for the Adult Moving Crew. These adults helps groups find their way around the Convention Center, keeps an eye out for “lost young people,” energizes slow moving groups, and other fun activities on the day. If you, or an adult you know, is interested in coming to Youth Day – and will not be a chaperone with a parish/school group – you can download the Moving Crew sign-up form from
Mail In Registrations -- February 15: We continue to process all Congress advance registrations, but If your haven't mailed in your Congress registration by Feb. 15, HOLD ON TO IT and register onsite at the Convention Center.
Last Day We Mail Out-of-state Tickets -- February 20: Congress tickets are mailed out in order of registration number. We will continue to mail all Congress tickets until February 20. You can get updated ticket mailing information at
Register Online -- February 21: Our online pre-registration system will end Feb 21 at  midnight PST. If you haven't yet registered, you may still do so onsite any of the three days of Congress.
Last Day We Mail Out Tickets -- February 23: After  Feb. 23, we no longer mail out Congress tickets. If you haven't received your tickets by then, check our online Help Page
For those who have "A Quick Question about Congress," try our online Help Page.
Win a “Congress 2008 Special Edition” iPod Nano. Stop by any MINISTRY MINUTES session at the Technology Innovation Center, located near the center of Exhibit Hall A, for your chance to win one of 24 iPods! The Special Edition Nano is loaded with exclusive Congress-related video and content, compliments of MyCatholicVoice.  

Along with presentations from a variety of Congress exhibitors, this yea the Technology Innovation Center features a complete series of Ministry Minutes sessions, presented by MyCatholicVoice.  Ministry Minutes will give you easy, step-by-step instructions for how YOU can use technology for personal inspiration and community ministry.
Check the Center's schedule for presentation times of these MINISTRY MINUTES (and their sponsors): 
1-1: Registration and Logging on to Online Systems (MyCatholicVoice)
2-1: How to Join an Online Community (MyCatholicVoice)
3-1: What is an MP3 Download? (MyCatholicVoice)

4-2: Como Buscar y Descargar el Rosario (ACTA Publications)
5-2: How to Find and Download a Playlist (GIA/OCP/WLP)
6-2: Easy Access to Legal Music (GIA/OCP/WLP)
7-3: How to Find and Download a Lenten Prayer (USCCB)
8-3: How to Find Homilies and Talks (MyCatholicVoice)
9-3: Using iTunes to Organize Your Stuff (MyCatholicVoice)
10-4: How to Find and Download a Bible Study (ACTA Publications)
11-4: How to Record a Talk (MyCatholicVoice)
12-4: How to Upload a Video (MyCatholicVoice)

13-5: Connecting to the Global Church (Ad Sodalitatem/1Body1Spirit)
14-5: Sharing Prayers & Praying Online (Claretian Pubs/Loyola Press)
15-5: Finding God in Your Daily Life; Ignatian Spirituality (Loyola Press)

16-6: Saving Money/Travelling Less; Online Education (Loyola Univ.)
17-6: Keeping Teens in the Room  (Prince of Peace Church, Olathe, KS)
18-6: Building a Dynamic Parish (St Isidore Church, Bloomingdale, IL)          

19-7: Safe Supplementals for Kids Catechesis (Twenty-Third Publications)
20-7: Construyendo una Parroquia Dinámica (St Isidore, Bloomingdale, IL)
21-7: Catechist Training and Faith Formation (RCL Benziger)
22-8: Creating a Vibrant Online Community (National Catholic Reporter)
23-8: Conectar a la Iglesia Global (Ad Sodalitatem / 1Body1Spirit)
24-8: Ministry Support for Job Seekers (St. Joseph's Career Transition Group)

You can find the Center's schedule and updates online at Don’t miss it! 
We've had some speaker changes announced:
  • John O'Donohue was scheduled to present two workshops at Congress this year:
            4-21: Putting on the Mind of Dawn: Toward a Spirituality of Awakening
            8-17: The Twilight Wisdom of the Heart: The Art of Harvesting Your Inner Light
    David Whyte will present both of these.
  • Msgr. Jose Luis Guerrero will not be present at Congress. His sessions will be presented by Fr. Leandro Horacio Chitarroni, a priest from Argentina.
            3-56: Qué nos dice Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe(*)
            8-53: Qué nos dice Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe con su imagen(*)
You can find these speaker updates and other Congress 2008 updates at
Want to be a Congress "insider"? Want to plan your Congress weekend ahead of time? Download your copy of the Congress Program Book now. The Program Book (the one handed out Congress) includes a daily schedule, all workshop locations, maps to the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, and Anaheim-area restaurants. You can also find Exhibitor listings and categories, and Office of Religious Education staff and program offerings.
Download the Program Book now at and click on the "Complete Program Book" link.
Arena Sessions are the most popular English-language workshops in each period. If you request Arena-only workshops, or you register onsite at Congress, the following will be your assigned sessions. The asterisk (*) indicates a recorded session. NOTE: Any workshop ticket is  good for an Arena or Hall B sessions.
1-12 - Terry Hershey - The Sacred Present: Finding, Loving, Living(*)
2-19 - Sr Anne Bryan Smollin - The Spirituality of Connectedness: Lifting Our Gaze(*)
3-21 - Rev. Ronald Rolheiser - Radical Faith -- The Struggles with Faith and the Dark Night of the Sprit(*)
4-10 - Rev. Richard Fragomeni - Seven Steps to Prayer Better: or, Why Do I Feel That God is Far Away?(*)
5-17 - Fr. Joe Kempf - Forgiveness(*)
6-23 - Rev. Patrick Mullen - The Women in the New Testament(*)
7-01 - John Allen Jr. - The Future of Liberal Catholicism(*)
8-15 - Rev. James Martin - Catholic Laughter(*)
Hall B Sessions are the most popular Spanish-language workshops in each period. If you request Hall B-only workshops, or you register on-site at Congress and ask for Spanish workshops, the following will be your assigned sessions. The asterisk (*) indicates a recorded session.
1-51 - P. Alvaro Ginel Vielva - Transmitir la fe en familia(*)
2-52 - Ricardo Grzona - Señor que vea(*)
3-55 - Rev. Armando Noguez Alcantara - Aprender a ser discípulos y misioneros de Jesucristo(*)
4-54 - Ana García-Mina Freire - ¿Cómo poder reconciliarnos con nosotros mismos?(*)
5-56 - Julia Villa García - ¿Por qué se rompe la relación de pareja?(*)
6-57 - Rev. Luigi Zanotto - Pascua: Las huellas del “paso de Dios” en la comunidad hispana(*)
7-51 - Rev. Ángel de la Parte París - Animar a padres y catequistas en tiempos difíciles(*)
8-54 - Mons. José Luís Guerrero Rosado - Qué nos dice Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe con su imagen(*)
You can find these workshop listings and updates at
"When do we get our tickets?" That's a question we're hearing quite a lot these days. Youth Day and Congress tickets started being mailed out the end of January. There are being mailed out in order of registration number. Our anticipated mailing schedule is: 

If you
registered by ...

Registration #

Your tickets should
be mailed around...

Nov 20, 2007

1 - 1,000

January 29, 2008

Nov 30, 2007

1,001 - 2,000

January 30, 2008

Dec 10, 2007

2,001 - 3,000

January 31, 2008

Dec 13, 2007

3,001 - 4,000

February 1, 2008

Dec 19, 2007

4,001 - 5,000

February 4, 2008

Dec 22, 2007

5,001 - 6,000

February 4, 2008

Dec 27, 2007

6,001 - 7,000

February 5, 2008

Jan 2, 2008

7,001 - 8,000

February 5, 2008

Jan 5, 2008

8,001 - 9,000

February 5, 2008

Jan 6, 2008

9,001 - 10,000

February 6, 2008

Jan 8, 2008

10,001 - 11,000

February 6, 2008

Jan 11, 2008

11,001 - 12,000

February 6, 2008

Jan 12, 2008

12,001 - 13,000

February 7, 2008

Jan 13, 2008

13,001 - 14,000

February 8, 2008

Jan 16, 2008

14,001 - 15,000

February 11, 2008

Jan 21, 2008

15,001 - 16,000

February 11, 2008

Jan 23, 2008

16,001 - 17,000

February 12, 2008

Jan 27, 2008

17,001 - 18,000

February 13, 2008

Jan 30, 2008

18,001 - 18,400

February 14, 2008

Feb 2, 2008

18,401 - 19,000

February 15, 2008

You can find our complete, updated mailing schedule at
Quick Links to RECongress 2008 information:

Some of our last-minute questions answered:
I would like to purchase items from the Exhibit Hall but according to your rules, I cannot visit the exhibitions because I am not registered. Is  there anyway I can get a name badge just to purchase and visit the exhibitions and to attend the Masses?
At this time, we do not offer an Exhibit Hall-only pass. Visiting the Exhibit Hall is a "perk" of your registration fees for Congress, as are the workshops and other events we host. However, our evening liturgies and evening concerts are available to those who are not registered.
I haven't yet looked more closely at the Registration Guidebook, but are there any options for child care (5-year-old girl) at Congress?
We do not offer child care. Congress is intended as an adult/young adult-ONLY religious education event. All workshops are directed to these age groups. Our 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."
I'm a 15-year-old youth from Northern California and my first experience with Youth Day was last year!  It was incredible!  All the music and atmosphere really made it very cool. So, I was wondering because the Congress is in Southern California, can us NorCal-ers still participate in being in the choir?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate people in the choir from Northern California because the choir rehearsals (there are about six of them) are all held down in and around the area of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
See more of what people ask, or leave your own question or comment, on our Congress Comments Page.

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