RECongress Email Updates #4 Nov 2010 (REC 2011.4)  

Congress 2011

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

2011 Theme
"Hold Firm ... Trust!"

Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"

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 • Online Registration

 • Speakers

 • Hotels

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 Guidebook & Registration Now Online

The Registration Guidebook for Congress 2011 is being mailed out this week! But you don't have to wait to see it. You can view the Guidebook online NOW. In addition, you can now register online by credit card for Youth Day and Congress, or you can order a Guidebook to be mailed out to you. Also, be sure to check the web site for updated hotel properties with special attendee rates and updated speaker information. So start your planning now to attend Congress 2011.

Today on All Saints Day is when we, the Church, honor all saints, famous and obscure, canonized or not.

"All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So let's be saints and so give glory to the Father."
-- Mother Teresa

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The Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics! Our last RECongress, held in March 2010, brought together nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend! We even had 438 foreign registrants -- from Canada (324 of them!), Australia (36), England (30), Mexico (20), Ireland (15), Pakistan (10), and New Zealand (1).

See 2010 Congress Statistics

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 attended RECongress 2010, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. If you need a Guidebook, you can view one or order one online.

See the Guidebook

YOUTH DAY - MARCH 17, 2011
For those who would like to attend Youth Day 2011, there are some opportunities on how young people and adults (who are not scheduled to be chaperones) can be involved in the day. Detailed information and downloadable forms are available on the Youth Day page at

For Youth
   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
   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)

For Adults
   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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The Registration Guidebook is being mailed out this week. If you attended RECongress last year you will automatically be mailed a Guidebook. (We even check for postal address changes -- for the 683 of you who moved since last year!)

The Guidebook is your key to registering for Congress, but you don't have to wait to view it. You can view it online for free in three ways:

PDF: The Guidebook is available online in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). For those with faster Internet connections, you may choose to download the complete Registration Guidebook. For those with slower or dial-up connections, the Registration Guidebook has been broken up into smaller PDF sections.

iPaper: Unlike a PDF, the IPaper Web format requires NO software download. You can now view the Guidebook in the Web-based, Adobe Flash format.

Web pages: The Guidebook is also available to view as a web page for each workshop period (English and Spanish).

View the Guidebook in any of the different formats, or order one to be mailed out to you. You can do all these from our Guidebook page.

Go to the Registration Guidebook Page

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. (NOTE: Those who registered last year will automatically receive their Guidebook.)
• 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

Congress once again offers a wide variety of speakers (182 of them this year) presenting sessions from personal growth to music to dealing with your child. There are workshops available in in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. You can find an updated listing of speakers with photos online.
Number of Speakers: 193
     Number of Workshops: 308
     English Workshops: 219
     Youth Day Workshops: 26
     Spanish Workshops: 54
     Vietnamese Workshops: 8

Also online we have a listing of speakers by topic. Find workshop information sortable by speaker name, topic, session, title or by language.

RECongress Speakers Page

Check online for our updated list of hotels for Congress attendees. RECongress has contracted with 28 local hotels to offer special rates for attendees. Be sure to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible, and remember when making reservations to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate. You can find information about contracted hotels on our web site.

And don't miss our interactive Hotel Properties Map, which pinpoints each hotel on a map and provides rate and contact information.

RECongress Hotels 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 rewards 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

Find step-by-step instructions and information online.

RECongress Ralphs Program

You can find all Congress information and updates online. We will soon be adding Congress Spotlights and are constantly updating speaker and hotel information. Check our site for updates and announcements.

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