RECongress Email Updates • Nov 2008

Don't forget to register for Congress 2009 -- or THAT would be scary!

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Guidebook Info
The Registration Guidebook has been mailed!
Our Registration Guidebooks for Congress 2009 have just been mailed. Please allow 10 days for delivery. Remember – if you can't wait! – you can take a look at the book online! The first 5,000 Congress registrants are "guaranteed" their first choices. Start planning now and Register for RECongress 2009.
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The Registration Guidebooks have been mailed (please allow 10 days for delivery). The Guidebook is your key to all events and to choosing workshops for Congress. It provides a daily schedule of entertainment and events.
There are two ways to get a Guidebook -- read it online or have one mailed to you. (Note: Those who attended Congress 2008 will automatically receive their Guidebook by mail.)
The complete Registration Guidebook is available online -- and in THREE formats:
  • PDF -- You can download the complete Guidebook or smaller (more managable) sections at our Registration Guidebook page. (You need the free Adobe Reader to view a PDF.)
  • iPAPER -- You can view the Guidebook online -- without downloading anything -- using our new iPaper version. You can also find the link (toward the bottom of the page) on our Registration Guidebook page.
  • WEB PAGE -- You can find a page for every Period (Spanish and English) with descriptions of all the workshops from our Workshops & Links page. That page also provides links to other Congress events, includding Youth Day, Schedules, Speakers, Topics, Recordings, Photos as well as links to the Congress Theme, the Cardinal Online Chats, and your Congress Comments,
You can have a copy of the Guidebook mailed to you. (Remember, those who attended Congress 2008 will automatically receive a Guidebook by mail.) Order your copy online on our Guidebook Order Form page.
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 is $60. ($70 after January 5, 2009 deadline.)



  • First, pick your sessions:
       Download the Registration Guidebook or
       Check each period's listings at Congress 2009 Workshops & Links
  • Find your interests:
       Find a listing of speakers/topics/titles/languages on our 2009 Topics page.
  • Plan out a first and second choice
  • Register -- You can register online by credit card at

  • Order your Registration Guidebook (NOTE: Those who registered last year will
    automatically receive their Guidebook in early November.)
  • Choose your sessions (first and second workshop choices).
  • Mail in the Registration Form with payment ($60 by January 5, 2009).

All tickets will be mailed after February 5, 2009.
NOTE TO PARISHES: We also have blank registration cards for parishes sending multiple catechist registrations. Additional Registration Guidebooks and cards can be requested at

The theme for Youth Day 2009 has been announced: "Step Up to Life." You can read about how the Youth Day Coordinating Team arrived at the theme on the Youth Day page at
Our Youth Day, held Thursday, February 26, 2009, is geared specifically for those in the 9th-12th grades. The registration fee for Youth Day 2009 is $20 per person ($25 per person after January 5, 2009).
 • Download the Youth Day Section from the Registration Guidebook (PDF: 8 pgs, 2.6 Mb)
 • Download the Youth Day Registration Form (PDF: 1 pg, 42 k)
Remember: Be sure to get your Youth Day registration in early!  Youth Day fills up fast!

Know a youth who might like to be an MC at Youth Day? Know someone who loves to sing or play an instrument? We are looking for Emcees to introduce speakers for Youth Day and also musicians to sing and play for the Arena Liturgy.
To be MC or musician at Youth Day 2009 you must:
  • Be a high school youth (grade 9-12)
  • Be willing to make all required rehearsals
  • Be willing to take full part in Youth Day 2009
  • Be registered with your parish or school for Youth Day!
For more information and to download the registration forms go to our Youth Day page.
Most of our Congress delegates stay in the surrounding area hotels. We have contracted with 33 hotels that will offer special rates for Congress attendees. We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible. A few hotels have already sold out of their Congress rates (though they might have rooms available at higher rates). When making reservations, you must ask for the Religious Education Congress rate.

You can find the updated listing of contracted hotels at
This year the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress offers:
  -- 282 Congress Workshops
  -- 220 English Workshops
  -- 52 Spanish Workshops
  -- 8 Vietnamese Workshops
  -- 2 Korean Workshops (only on Friday)
  -- 24 Youth Day Workshops (only on Thursday)
On Sunday, David Wells will present the English Address -- "Smoke Signals of Hope in Burnt-out People" -- and Fr. Antonio Ginel Viela will present the Spanish Address -- "Te mostraré una tierra y seré tucompañero, tu futuro."

You can find a complete and updated listing of speakers for RECongress 2009 online at
Attention Ralphs shoppers! Simply by using your Ralphs rewards Card you can help to support RECongress. Don't have a card? They're free at your local Ralphs. Haven't linked your card yet? You can find information on the Ralphs rewards Card and how to register your card online at
Check out some of the new events for Congress 2009:
SPOTLIGHT -- See our online RECongress Spotlight of events planned for this year, ranging from Thursday's Youth Day to Friday's Catholic Filmmakers' Showcase, from Sacred Space to Sacred Illuminations.
WORKSHOP PLANNER -- Help plan your Congress workshops with our new Workshop Planner (PDF: 2 pgs., 115k). It will help you sort your first, second and third choices, and print it out for a record or your choices.
OUTDOOR STAGE -- In addition to the main stages of the Arena and Hall B, there will be an new Outdoor Stage, located on the northeast side of the Convention Center. The first of the schedule entertainment has been announced:
Friday, February 27 -- 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Vietnamese Folk Dance Troupe/Lasallian Youth with Bro. Fortunat Phong
You can find updated information on our web site -- --  and specific updates about this year's Congress on our Congress 2009 Updates page.
ONLY on can you find these special links:
Special Theme Park Pricing
  • Special ticket pricing on Disneyland and Disney California Adventure off our Home Page.
  • Special group pricing on Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on our Youth Day page.
Anaheim/Orange County Welcomes the Religious Education Congress!
  • Things to See and Do
    Looking for ways to spend your time in Orange County? Find attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife information.
  • What's Happening in Town
    Including nightlife hot spots and advance restaurant reservations.
  • Attendee Resources
     Visitor Tools include maps, transportation and Visitor Information.
  • Airports, Parking & Transportation
    Information on the 4 airports and local transportation service, Anaheim Convention Center Parking, and local maps and driving directions
Show Your Badge & Save Program
  • Promotional offers and discounts are exclusively available to your group during your event in Anaheim. Show Your Event Badge and Save at participating restaurants, attractions, and much more.
Anaheim GardenWalk
  • Within walking distance to the Convention Center is the new GardenWalk, an open-air district featuring 50 stores and restaurants -- all surrounded by lush landscaping and warterfalls.



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