RECongress Email Updates #6 Dec 2010 (REC 2011.6)  

Congress 2011

Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011

2011 Theme
"Hold Firm ... Trust!"

Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"

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  Speaker & Entertainment Spotlight

The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2011 features 193 speakers presenting over 300 workshops. You can find a listing of all the workshops presented in a variety of ways online — on our Workshops & Links page, on the Speakers page, and also on the Topics page.

Our RECongress Emailings highlight some of the events going on at Congress 2011 — including added events and a spotlight on some of the speakers and musical artists coming to Congress. Also, be sure to check the Web site for hotel properties with special attendee rates and updated speaker information. So start your planning now to attend Congress 2011.

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The 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
March 17, 2011 (Youth Day)
March 18-20, 2011 (adult 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). See a Yahoo Map

The fee for Youth Day is
$20 per person. The fee for Congress, with separate registration form and fee, is $60 per person. Rates are scheduled to increase after February 4, 2011.

You can register for Youth Day and Congress days online by credit card. For those paying by check, you can use the forms in the Registration Guidebook. The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions and one Youth Day form and two individual Congress Registration Forms per book. If you need a Guidebook, you can view one or order one online.

See the Guidebook

YOUTH DAY - MARCH 17, 2011
Theme: Godbook: Everyone Invited
We want to remind you of important ways that young people can be involved in the day. We are looking for MCs, Singers, Musicians and other interested youth to be part of the activities in Anaheim. We would also love to have adults volunteer for our day. Those interested must be over 21 and NOT planning to chaperone a parish or school group. You can download registration forms and get much more information online at

Youth, Be a Part of Youth Day
   Arena Choir - To find out about becoming a singer or instrumentalist for the Arena Choir, download the YD Choir Flyer. (Deadline by January 4, 2011.)
   Grand Ballroom Choir - To find out about being part of the the Grand Ballroom Choir, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Region, contact Daryl Hitt at (Deadline by January 4, 2011.)
   YD MCs - Young people who would like to be MCs for Youth Day, with duties to introduce speakers and more, can download the YD MC flyer. (Deadline is February 4, 2011)

Adults, Be a Part of Youth Day
   Adult Volunteers - Adults who are NOT chaperones can find out about volunteer opportunities by downloading the YD Volunteer form. The deadline is February 15, 2011.

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Here in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, liturgy is celebrated every Sunday in no fewer than 50 different languages. Living in the gift, promise and spirit of the Second Vatican Council, the L.A. Religious Education Congress liturgies have grown as they have embraced this wonderfully diverse church. From Contemplative to Jazz, from Spanish guitar to Vietnamese drummers, we’ve worked diligently to inculturate the liturgy shaped within the universality of the Roman Rite and the Church of Los Angeles.

This year, in addition to the scheduled prayer services at Congress, you can experience these Eucharistic liturgies:
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 5:15 pm
 Black Culture - Rev. J-Glenn Murray
 Contemplative - Rev. James Martin
 From the Islands of: Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga and Guam - Rev. Niko Leota
 General - Msgr. Ray East
 Spanish - Rev. Richard Vega
 Vietnamese - Bishop Vincent Van Ban

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 5:15 pm
 Celtic - Rev. David Loftus
 General - Rev. Ed Foley
 Jazz - Rev. Tony Ricard
 Spanish - Bishop Alex Salazar
 Young Adult - Rev. Kevin Kostelnik

RECongress 2011 Schedule

Junior High Ministry
Congress 2011 features 193
speakers presenting 308 workshops. Among these varied workshops you will find topics ranging from Adult Education to Youth Ministry. This Emailing we feature just one of the nearly three dozen topic areas — Junior High Ministry.

Michael Theisen
March 18 – 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Period 3 - Workshop 3-27
"Game On! Creative Catechesis with Young People" 

When we gather young people together, are we just “playing games,” “hoping to survive,” or are
we intentionally “forming disciples”? How can we be faithful to our catechetical calling to echo the faith and lead teens down the road of discipleship while making sure we actively engage their head, hearts and hands in the process? Let’s have some fun as we creatively answer these questions together. Warning: This workshop is very hands on – you will not leave empty handed or empty headed!

Anna Scally
March 19 – 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Period 5 - Workshop 5-22
"Tune In: Use Their Issues, Teach to Their Issues, Touch Their Hearts!"

How do I get into the mind
of my fast-moving junior-high student? This workshop will show you that young people’s issues are found in their culture and expressed in popular music and media – and so are the solutions to their concerns. You will learn effective, practical and easy-to-use strategies to catechize through music they are already listening to. This approach works! Be prepared for a great inspiring workshop.

Find the complete listing of all topics for this year on our Web site.

Congress 2011 Topics Page

Friday Lunchtime Entertainment
Admission to Congress includes both free lunchtime and evening concerts — ranging from contemporary Christian music to the leading Latino composers and artists. This Emailing we spotlight some Friday entertainment.

“The Family That Plays Together Prays Together”
Hall B – 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Jaime Cortez & ValLimar Jansen
Enjoy a refreshing, upbeat, musical lunch break. Jaime Cortez, ValLimar Jansen and their families provide a fun concert of music, from the secular to
the sacred and sublime. Come play! Come pray!

Jaime Cortez is a talented and popular composer, arranger and performer. Born in New York and raised in El Salvador, he is fluent in Spanish and has dedicated a portion of his ministry to promoting better Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together for worship. His main instrument is guitar, although he is proficient in piano and other string instruments, such as charango, vihuela and bass guitar. In addition to workshops, Jaime gives concerts with both English and Spanish repertoire, alone or with volunteer groups. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Arizona State University. Jaime is currently music director at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, Kari, and three children.

ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded singer, cantor and recording artist. She is also a college professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States. Known especially for her work with gospel, contemporary Christian and gospel-jazz styles, she sings a wide range of music, including spirituals and traditional, organ-based choral music. In 2005 ValLimar released her first solo collection, "You Gotta Move." Other recent projects include her stirring, gospel-style rendition of Jaime Cortez's classic "Rain Down" on the "Live It!" two-CD compilation. She has been the cantor for several jazz liturgies and closing liturgies at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, and at many other major events. ValLimar composes all her music with the help of her husband, Frank. They live in California and have three children.

You can find the schedule of all our artists on our Congress Web site.

Congress 2011 Schedule

Registration Guidebooks for Congress 2011 have been mailed! But you don't need one to register. You can view the Guidebook online NOW and register online by credit card for Youth Day and Congress. If you haven't already done so, there are two ways to register for Youth Day and Congress:

Online with credit card:
• First, choose your sessions
-- You may either Download the Registration Guidebook (in sections or the complete Guidebook in PDF form) or check each period's listings on our Web site (Congress 2011 Workshops & Links) to see workshop offerings for those you would like to attend.
• Find your interests -- You can also find a listing of speakers/ topics/ titles/ languages on our 2011 Topics page.
• Plan out a first and second choices -- Choose a first and a second choice (in case of a full or canceled workshop) for each period you wish to attend.
• Register
-- When ready, click the red "Register" button off our home page or go directly to to register by credit card.

By Mail with check:
• Order your Guidebook -- If you're new to Congress, either view the Guidebook online or order your own copy. The Guidebook provides information about Congress as well as all workshop descriptions and two Registration Forms.
• Choose your sessions -- Use the daily events pages and workshops descriptions (online as the Overview page) to select a first and second workshop choice (in case of a full or canceled workshop) for each of the eight periods you wish to attend.
• Fill out the Registration Form -- The Registration Form is on the inside back cover of the Guidebook. Mail it in along with payment ($60 per person before February 4, 2011).

See the Congress Registration Page

This year we
have contracted with 28 hotels nearby the Anaheim Convention Center to offer special rates for attendees. Find a hotel for Congress using our online 2011 Hotel page and our Interactive Hotel Map! We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible. When making reservations, be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate.

Last year we witnessed two of the largest natural disasters in recent memory in Haiti and Pakistan. And through the generous participation of Congress 2010 attendees in our Cell Phone Recycling Initiative, we have been able to donate $1,800 to Catholic Relief Services’ emergency assistance to Haiti. Again this year we are partnering with to collect phones to benefit Haiti and Pakistan. Bring your old cell phones — working or not — with you to Congress. More than 130 million cell phones are thrown away every year. Don’t throw away electronics that should be recycled. Do your part to recycle your old cell phone — and help us help Haiti and Pakistan in the process.

RECongress Spotlight Page

Ralphs Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area, supports schools, churches and other non-profit organizations with annual contributions. The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is a member of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by using your Ralphs rewardss Card a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must be renewed each year. The current term is September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.)

Even if you were part of this program last year, you will need to update your account again this year. We encourage all Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards Card and register their card with the Community Contributions Program. It’s easy! Every time you shop for groceries and scan your card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically earn up to 5% of all eligible purchases per enrolled card. Sign up now! It’s never been easier to contribute to the RECongress.

Organization Name:: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658

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