RECongress Email Updates • Jan, 26, 2009
Feb - Begin to mail Youth Day & Congress tickets
Feb 1 - Youth Day closes Feb. 19 - Online registration ends
After Feb. 20 - Register on-site any of the three days of Congress

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This is the last week to register for Youth Day.

A reminder if you haven't yet registered for Youth Day or Congress: Youth Day registration ends February 1. Congress online registration ends February 19. If you haven't registered for Congress by February 19, keep your form and register on-site any of the three days of Congress. Register online for RECongress 2009.

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The 2009 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
     •  February 26, 2009 (Youth Day)
     •  February 27 - March 1, 2009 (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).

The registration fee for Congress 2009 is $70 ($60 by January 5, 2009 deadline.)
The Youth Day registration fee is $25 per person ($20 per person by January 5, 2009).
A reminder that Youth Day and Congress tickets will be mailed out beginning next week (in order of registration number).
Still need to register for Congress?
1) Register by mail and pay by check. Request a Guidebook by mail to register.
2) Register online and pay by credit card. Click here to register.

Group Registration (for groups of 10 or more) is still available online. Click to register.

You can find additional online registration help at
This is the LAST week to register for Youth Day. Youth Day has a separate registration and payment from the adult Congress days. Registration for Youth Day is $25 per person.
You can find information, download forms and read about the Youth Day theme at NOTE: Youth Day registration closes February 1, 2009.
Have you booked your hotel room? We have contracted with 34 properties around the Anaheim Convention Center area for special pricing for Congress attendees. However, some hotels have already sold out of these Congress blocks. Be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate when you book with one of these properties. Note: Once the block has been sold out, there may still be rooms available, but at higher rates. Be sure to make your hotel reservations soon.
NOTE: The Anaheim Marriott has opened an additional block of rooms for Congress.

You can find the updated listing of contracted hotels at
Would you like to volunteer at Congress? Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. If you have attended the Religious Education Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a Congress volunteer this year, please consider this your "personal invitation."

We have a need for volunteers at Youth Day and for English volunteers at Congress workshops and as Eucharistic Ministers for the two Closing Arena Liturgies.
Volunteer positions include Assistants (ticket takers), Chairperson (coordinator) and Master of Ceremonies "MC" (to introduce the speakers).  Volunteers must be available to work FOUR workshop sessions. All volunteers must arrive 20 - 30 minutes prior to their assigned workshop and stay for the entire length of the session.
Our Congress Volunteer meeting will be held on February 10, 2009. For those interested, additional information as well as contact information can be found at
Notable Dates for Congress 2009:
February 1 - Youth Day closes to new registrations
February 10 - Volunteer meeting
February 16 - Last day to mail out-of-state tickets
February 17 - Last day to mail Youth Day tickets
February 19 - Online registration ends
February 20 - Last day to mail tickets to California addresses
After February 20 - If you haven't mailed your registration form, hold on to it and register on-site any of the three days of Congress.
Jim Wallis has been announced as Keynote for Congress 2009.
The correct title for Abbot Christopher Jamison's Friday workshops should be
     2-10: Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life
Session 6-13 – "Don't Sell Your Soul: Being Church in a Consumer Culture" by Edward Hahnenberg – will be recorded. The recording symbol was missed on the description page of the Registration Guidebook.
OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT (near the Arena Fountain)
Friday  11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Dan Houze and Alex Venegas (twenty-something composers, arrangers, music director & cantor) have gathered fellow music ministers for reflective AND explosive Catholic praise. Catholic Praise Heralds! bring the message of unity through the singing of English and Spanish songs that will move your spirit and soul.
The Anaheim Resort Transit (ART), the area shuttle service from hotels to the Disney Theme Parks and the Anaheim Convention Center, announced updated rates on October 9, 2008: one-day unlimited use adult passes are $4, two-day $8, three-day $10. Children one-day passes are $1, two-day $2. (These update the rates posted in our Registration Guidebook.)
You can find these and other Congress updates at
A special offer for Congress attendees. Only on can you find a link for specially priced tickets to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. There is special ticket pricing on evening passes and on single- and multi-day passes for both Disneyland Resort parks.

Look for the Disney castle logo found toward the bottom of our home page at Note: These tickets are only available for sale until February 25, 2009.

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