13 (Youth Day) & March 14-16, 2014
"Hope: A World Afire" / "Esperanza que Enciende
"Never Alone, Forever Accepted"
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CONGRESS REGISTRATION STATISTICS
are now at capacity (15,000) for Youth Day and
approaching 20,000 registered for Congress. You can find statistics
about registrations — foreign registrations and registrations
by city and state — on our stats page ... including
the top 10 most popular states by registration: California
(18,532), Nevada (364), Arizona (331), Hawaii (237),
Washington state (236), Texas (166), Illinois (139),
Oregon (132), Utah (118), and Colorado (57).
See our Congress Statistics page
2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates
• March 13, 2014
Congress is held annually at the Anaheim Convention
Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim,
Calif. (just south of Disneyland and Disney California
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The registration fee for Congress is $80 per person
($70 by January 22). Youth Day has now closed. Note:
There are NO REFUNDS AFTER JANUARY 22, 2014.
Not registered yet? You can pre-register for Congress
online by credit care or you can register at Congress
on site (by cash, check or credit card). And
to provide your email address when registering. EVERYONE
who has provided a working email will receive confirmation
of registration along with your ticket assignments.
Want to switch a session? Want to change a workshop
to attend with a friend? No problem. Go online and make
your changes. Changes can be made up until the time
tickets are printed.
Register for Congress
Administrative Assistant Joanna Aguilar is showing off
the gift bags that Congress attendees will receive this
year. The bags are sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation
of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We also thank Liturgical
Press for providing the Congress lanyards, and the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for
sponsoring the two portable device charging stations at Congress. We are also grateful to
Loyola Press for sponsoring the Stations of the Cross
this year in Sacred Space.
See the Congress 2014 Updates
PROGRAM BOOK SNEAK PEEK (links
ready for Congress: Now you can see the online version
of the Program Book that people receive when they arrive
at Congress 2014. Get a little extra time to plan out
your weekend by downloading the Program Book. Available
in PDF and iPaper formats.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND (and some you can find online):
Locations of all workshop
Spotlight on events at Congress
Exhibitor listing and
Exhibitor Categories listing
Audio Recording Form
Tech Center schedule
Restaurant guide and contact information
View the Program Book
Robert Vitillo is unable to attend Congress 2014. His
Session 1-22: "HIV/AIDS: A Continuing Challenge
to the Church and the World" (*) will be presented by
Fr. Chris Ponnet.
Session 6-22: "HIV Prevention Based on the Dignity
of the Human Person: Effective and Faithful Responses"
(*) will be presented by Elizabeth Crabb Breen, PhD.
“K”- Dealing With Stress – Jesse Manibusan will replace
Session 1-02: "The New Evangelization" (*) –
Fr. David Loftus will replace Fr. Pat Brennan.
Session 1-54: "La luz de la teología feminista
en la historia" (*) – Olivia Cornejo will replace Sr.
Session 3-05: "Cry Out with Joy: Celebrating
the Liturgy of the Word in Song" – Lori True will
not be co-presenting with David Haas.
Session 3-09: "Do You See What I See? A Catechist’s
Perspective" (*) – Nancy Bird will replace Saundra Kennedy.
Session 5-06: "Communio (*) – Bill Huebsch will
replace Fr. Pat Brennan.
Session 5-53: "¿Actúa Dios en el mundo? El factor
providencia" (*) – Lupita Vital Cruz will replace Sr.
Session 7-14: "Motivator, Model, Minister…Catechist,
Who Do You Say You Are?" (*) – Joe Paprocki will replace
See the 2014 Speakers page
YOUTH DAY 2014 APP
the Youth Day app for iPhone and iPod Touch at
AppStore.com/YouthDay2014! It will automatically
update itself every year when new versions are released.
With this app you can stay up-to-date with all Youth
Day speakers, musicians and performers by following
them on Twitter, viewing their websites and even finding
them on Facebook.
YOUTH DAY IS SOCIAL
invite you to connect with us on Social Media. You can
post, tweet, share, like and/or create videos. We look
forward to connecting with you online!
Click here to find out how.
YOUTH DAY T-SHIRTS
Youth Day T-shirts will be on sale at the Seraph7 booth
in the main lobby of the Convention Center Arena.
Sweatshirts: $30 (in limited quantities)
Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
See the Youth Day page
Remember: There are no tickets for Youth
Day. Your name badge says it all — It indicates which
track you are in (YELLOW for Track 1, and PINK for Track
2), along with which Convention workshop you received
and its speaker and location. NOTE: Youth Day closed
February 26. There is NO Youth Day registration on site
on that day.
See the Youth Day page
CONGRESS HAS GONE MOBILE!
excited to offer a mobile event guide to attendees
featuring speaker information, session schedules and
much more! Best of all, it is accessible from all
devices with an Internet browser — smartphones,
tablets and desktops. Note: Your personal
schedule is stored locally on your personal app and
is not connected to the registration system. Access
the RECongress app through the QR Code or directly
See the Congress 2014 Updates
"Where are my tickets?" is the most
asked question we receive. Let us know if you don't
receive your tickets in the mail. We will check our
returned mail (every year there are returns — wrong
address, wrong ZIP Code, etc.). If we don't have them
we can email you a barcode to print tickets at Congress.
Ticket Pick-Up is available on site at the Convention
Center at the Registration Booth located in the Prefunction
Lobby. Hours will be on Thursday, March 13 from 5:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Friday beginning at 7:00 am,
Saturday beginning at 7:30 am, and Sunday beginning
at 8:00 am.
See the Congress 2014 Updates
CONGRESS LITURGIES: URBAN
Friday, March 14, 2014
5:15 pm — Convention Arena
Msgr. Ray East, presider
Archdiocese of Los Angeles is a mosaic of cultures,
ethnicities and nationalities, in essence a true
"Universal Church." God has blessed us with this
mosaic and has given us the grace to make this an
asset, when it could be a liability, to live and
worship peacefully with one another in our eclectic
urban setting. Friday's Urban Fusion Liturgy
celebrates God's grace and gives thanks for this
great gift of love for one another and our varied
backgrounds and experiences. With this in mind, we
invite the assembly to come dressed in cultural
attire, whatever that may be. Our diversity is the
fabric of our community.
G. East is a priest of the Archdiocese of
Washington, D.C., where he is Pastor of St. Teresa
of Avila Church. He formerly served as Director of
the Office of Black Catholics and Vicar for
Evangelization in the Washington Archdiocese.
See the other Congress Liturgies
CONGRESS CHOIR INVITATION
It takes the
combined talents of nearly 350 musicians and artists
to comprise the group that will provide the music for
the final liturgies on Sunday, March 16. Last year's
choir of 250 included members from eight dioceses. We
extend an invitation to those who are interested in
singing at the Closing Liturgies (Sunday at 8:00 am
and at 3:30 pm). Volunteer musicians are required to
attend two scheduled rehearsals offered in different
regions of the Los Angeles Archdiocese prior to Congress.
Additional rehearsals are planned for the Inland Empire,
San Diego, Northern California areas as well as Reno,
Nev., and Phoenix, Ariz.
Read the Director's Choir Invitation
with our Congress-logoed souvenir pens, pins and
magnets, you can also claim a free souvenir
ePostcard. Take a picture at Congress and email it
home and/or to your friends. The ePostcards are only
available on Sunday and only at the Technology
Center, located at the center of Hall A under the
"Computer Demonstration" banner and adjacent to the
Office of Religious Education's booth.
See last year's ePostcards
SPECIAL CONGRESS TICKET
March 12, 2014
is the last day Religious Education Congress
attendees can purchase specially priced Disneyland resort
tickets. You can buy Twilight (after 4 pm) Convention
tickets, 1-day tickets and multi-day park hoppers.
This online offer is only available at
www.disneyconventionear.com/ZMRC14A. Tickets are
only valid Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
See the Congress Updates page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
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. This is
an annual program that must be renewed each year. The
current term runs from September 1, 2013 through August
Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658
instructions and information online. if you were part of the program last year, we thank you, but everyone needs to re-enroll each 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.
See the RECongress Ralphs page
You can find all Congress information and updates online.
We have posted all the speakers and workshops, along
with ways to find workshops by topic. Check our site
for updates and announcements.
Be sure to sign-up for this twice-a-month Emailing about
Congress updates and events. You may opt out from the
Congress Emailing at any time from the link below. Our
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