Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
 RECongress Email Updates #12 Feb 7, 2013  (REC 2013-12)

RECongress 2013

Feb. 21 (Youth Day) & Feb. 22-24, 2013

2013 Theme
"Enter the Mystery" /
"Entra al Misterio"

Important Dates
Jan. 4 - Last day for refunds
Feb. 6 - Last day we mail foreign (out of U.S.) tickets
Feb. 7 - Last day to mail in your Congress registrations
Feb. 8 - Last day we mail out-of-state (outside California) tickets
Feb. 13 - Last day we mail in-state (in California) tickets
Feb. 14 - Online registration ends 11 pm PST
Feb. 22 - Ticket Exchange begins at 11:30 am at Congress

 What is Congress?


 • Ticket Mailing Info

 • Registration

 • Theme Song

 • Arena & Hall B

 • Speaker Feature

 • Liturgy Spotlight

 • New at Congress

 • Disney Tickets

 • Hotels


 • So. Cal-ers Only

 • RECongress.org

 • Emailing

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RECongress 2014
March 13 (Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014


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   Hear the Congress 2013 Theme Song

The 2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is only two weeks away! And we're celebrating with a preview of the Congress Theme Song. In this extra Congress Emaling we have information about the theme song, ticket mailing, registering, and much more. Be sure to join us for our event on site ... or online at archive.recongress.org/LIVE!

And we had to share this review on Yelp.com that just came to our attention:

Some people go to Tibet, Bali, or India for spiritual rejuvenation or enlightenment. Others take to the deserts in the Americas or the mountains in the Andes. I head to Orange County, California. For nearly a decade, I have joined thousands of other Catholics for a weekend of workshops, liturgies (I love hearing my favorite gospel singer!), and camaraderie. I call it visiting the Catholic planet. Don't let the name fool you; you don't have to be a Catholic school teacher or catechist to take part or even a staunch Catholic. In fact, LA Congress has conservative Catholic protesters every year taking issue with the multicultural liturgies and/or the messages of inclusiveness.

I consider this one of the highlights of every year and I've made it a family tradition bringing along my mother and now my daughter.

Note: We have stopped mailing tickets to foreign (out-of-U.S.) addresses. Today is the last day you can MAIL IN your registration. If you're not ready, you have until February 14 to register online. After that you can still register on site in Anaheim.

Pass along this emailing or our link — archive.recongress.org — to share with friends and encourage them to sign up for our Congress Emailing for the latest information and updates. If you do not care to receive future updates, you can find removal information at the bottom of this message.

¡Para información en español, clic aquí!

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! People from across the country have registered for Congress 2013, and we have registrations from Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland Australia, Guam, the Dominican Republic, and more.

See 2013 Congress Statistics

The 2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
February 21, 2013 (Youth Day)
February 22-24, 2013

Future Dates
Next year's Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is scheduled for:
March 13, 2014 (Youth Day)
March 14-16, 2014r

Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just south from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).

The registration fee for Congress is $75 per person ($65 by January 4)

If you don't get your registration in the mail today, HANG ON to it and bring it with you to Congress to register on site. Still want to pre-register and choose your workshops? You can still do that online through February 14.

Register Online for Congress

If you haven't received your Youth Day or Congress tickets yet, you can check our Congress 2013 Updates page for the
expected mailing schedule. Let us know if your tickets don't arrive. For those who have asked to pick up tickets at Congress, our Will Call window is located in the Registration area at the Convention Center in the Prefunction Lobby. Hours will be on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 am, and Sunday beginning at 8:00 am.

See Ticket Mailing Information

If you still haven't registered for Congress
or know someone who might like to attend it's not too late to register! Pre-registrations should be mailed TODAY, but online registration will continue through February 14 at 11 pm. But you don't need to register ahead of time. You can register on-site any of the three days of Congress. Bring your registration card with you, if you have one, and you will receive Arena (for English sessions) or Hall B (for Spanish sessions) tickets, which are the most popular workshops in each period. You can find a list of Arena and Hall B workshops on our Updates page.

See the Congress 2013 Updates page

Get a preview of the 2013 RECongress Theme Song, "Enter the Mystery," by Curtis Stephan. You can find the play button on our Congress home page and also on our Congress Songs page, where you can listen to past Congress Theme Songs.

See the Congress Songs Page

Our last two Congress Emailings announced our Arena and our Hall B speakers. You can find last-minute information about speakers on our Congress 2013 Updates page. And that is also the place where you can download the notes from those Arena/Hall B speakers who have handouts.

Go to the 2013 Updates Page

Julianne Donlon-Stanz is Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. Born in Ireland, she has extensive workshop, retreat and presentation experience both locally and nationally, and is currently working on a doctorate. Donlon-Stanz is a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. She is co-editor of “Come Follow Me” (with Michael O’Rourke) and “A Shepherd Tends His Flock” (with John Girotti).

"Adult Faith Formation: From Information to Transformation, From Program to Process"
Saturday, February 23, 2013
3:00 - 4:30 pm - Session 6-05
What does it mean to be an “adult centered” community of faith? What does it take to move adults from complacency to vibrancy, and intentionally form disciples who are “on fire” for Christ? This workshop explores contemporary issues and creative strategies to reach out to our adults who come from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political and spiritual realities. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the changing landscape of religious diversity among adults and examine national and global trends that are influencing adult faith formation and identify creative strategies in ministering effectively and intentionally.

"Adult Faith Formation for the 21st Century: From Best to Next Practices"
Sunday, February 24, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 am - Session 7-08
A vibrant, future-focused ministry often involves moving from using “best practices” to “next practices.” Best practices are a snapshot of what we know has worked well in the past, while next practices are an attempt to take that prior experience and transform it rather than to merely replicate it. Best practices allow your ministry to focus on what you are currently doing a little better, while next practices increase your ministry’s capability to do things that it could never have done before. Practical strategies including strategic planning, utilizing classic and contemporary marketing strategies and social networking will all be discussed in this Year of Faith.

See all the Congress 2013 Speakers

Hawaiian Liturgy
Friday, February 22, 2013, 5:15 pm
Convention Arena
Rev. Alapaki Kim, presider
A Hawaiian liturgy will take place on Friday evening in the Arena with Fr. Alapaki Kim from Hawaii as our celebrant. Music will be lad by Joe Camacho and Marty Haugen.

Gospel Liturgy
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
Convention Arena
Msgr. Ray East, presider

One of our Saturday evening, the Gospel Mass, will be held in the Convention Arena with Msgr. Ray East as our celebrant. Msgr. East is pastor at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Southeast Washington, D.C. Music for the liturgy will be led by ValLimar & Frank Jansen along with Cliff Petty.

REMEMBER: You can watch both these Arena liturgies online at archive.recongress.org/LIVE!

See the Liturgies at Congress 2013

Jesuit priest Fr. Allan Deck will be presenting the workshop originally scheduled with Cardinal Roger Mahony, Session 4-17: "For I Was a Stranger, and You Welcomed Me!" (*). Fr. Deck holds the Charles Casassa Chair of Social Values at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he is Professor of Catholic and Latino Studies. He served from 2007-2011 as the first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. In addition to research, writing and teaching, Fr. Deck has served in pastoral work as parish administrator, diocesan director of Hispanic ministry, and as Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, Calif.

See other Congress Updates

Advance purchase of specially priced Disneyland resort tickets are available to Religious Education Congress attendees! Special pricing for Twilight tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park & multi-day tickets and park hoppers are available. Click on the graphic or here to order. This offer is only available online through Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Tickets are valid from Wednesday, February 20 to Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Note: These discounted tickets are for use ONLY for RECongress attendees and their companions during their stay. Tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of or with the intent of being resold.

See the RECongress Updates Page

Consider staying in town for Congress. You can check our list of RECongress-contracted hotels for special rates for Congress attendees. Note: Some hotels have early-February deadlines. You can find the listing of hotels, and our interactive map of these hotels, on our Web site. When making reservations, be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate.  

See the RECongress Hotels page

CSC Digital Media is the official recording company for Congress, providing selected sessions on Audio CDs and now, downloadable MP3s. For trying the service, they are offering one FREE MP3 download recording from the 2012 Religious Education Congress audio recordings. Simply visit www.cscrecording.com, select your sessions and redeem your free download using Coupon Code REC2012 when checking out. (Coupon is good for the download of one session per customer and expires February 28, 2013.)

See the RECongress Recording 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, 2012 through August 31, 2013.)

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
Organization Number: 90658

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RECongress Ralphs Program

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