RECongress 2015

RECongress Dates
March 12 (Youth Day) &
March 13-15, 2015

2015 Congress Theme
"See" / "Ver"

2015 Youth Day Theme
"Talk Jesus with Me"

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2015 Theme Reflection
Read Sr. Prendergast's reflection on the 2015 (and prior) Congress themes.

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Did you know?
The Labyrinth has become a landmark feature of Sacred Space. Tucked away on the third level, Sacred Space offers a respite from the daily buzz of Congress, with music, art and a chapel.

Congress registration begins

Registration Guidebooks for the 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress are in the mail. The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress.

Later this month over 20,000 copies of the book will be in the mail. But you don't have to wait for your copy – get a sneak peek of the book NOW and pre-plan your workshop sessions.

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The 2015 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
• March 12, 2015 (Youth Day)
• March 13-15, 2015

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 Adventure).

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Registration begins this month. If you attended RECongress 2014, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. If you need a Guidebook, please order one here. (Guidebooks are being mailed this week.)

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Special Disney Ticket Offer
Religious Education Congress attendees can purchase specially priced Disneyland resort tickets prior to their arrival. There is special pricing for Twilight Convention tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park hopper tickets. This online offer is only available at and not available at the Park. Tickets are valid Tuesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 22, 2015. The online ticket store closes 9:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
Check online for restrictions and bulk ticket orders.
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Youth Day
Watch the new video posted about L.A. Youth Day's different social media platforms on the Los Angeles Youth Day Channel on YouTube!



Official Youth Day 2015 T-shirts – with the theme “Talk Jesus with Me!” –  are now available for pre-order. Customize your Youth Day shirt with your youth group or parish name on the back for only $2 additional. All orders with payment must be received by February 16, 2015 to get the pre-order discount rate:
T-shirts: $13; V-Neck: $16; Sweatshirts: $25
Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
(2XL - 4XL sizes are $2 extra for T-shirts and $5 extra for hoodies.)
Order online at or by email
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Youth Day Speaker Feature: Chris Padgett
Both Tracks at Youth Day are set to see the Youth Day Arena speaker and one additional workshop, including this one and 11 others whose sessions are held in the Convention Center meeting rooms.

Songwriter, musician, speaker and worship leader Chris Padgett travels around the world giving talks, missions and concerts. As a founding member of Scarecrow and Tinmen in 1994, he wrote, recorded and toured with the band for seven years. Since then he has been on his own presenting keynotes and concerts, writing articles and presenting at four World Youth Days, several Steubenville youth conferences and numerous diocesan events. He also has four solo albums. He and his wife, Linda, recently published their first book, “Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex: One Couple’s Return to Chastity.”
Session M - The Happy Catholic
Youth Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015
Jesus is like us in all things except sin. I bet he laughed, really hard! So why are so many Catholics always so serious? If the joy of the Lord is our strength, it would seem that we should find ourselves in the midst of a lot of “happy” Christians. Why does it seem like our Catholic faith isn’t joyful at times? How can we truly find joy in our Catholicism? This workshop looks at the beauty of being Catholic and embracing joy.
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RECongress Spotlight: Art Exhibit
Friday through Sunday, Arena Lobby
This year we feature artist, author and speaker Brother Michael O’Neill McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales. His work and ministry have been featured in USA Today and Catholic newspapers around the country. In the exhibit, through art and text, Bro. Mickey will illustrate beautiful and inspiring sayings of Pope Francis.

See other 2015 RECongress Spotlights »


Congress Liturgy Feature: Spanish Liturgy
Our Congress liturgies and prayer services have been announced. We will be featuring some of our 17 Eucharistic Liturgies and 4 Prayer Services from the Congress weekend here in our Emailings.

Saturday Spanish Liturgy
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 5:15 pm
Archbishop Carlo Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., presider
Music by Pedro Rubalcava / Anna Betancourt / Santiago Fernandez

Italian-born Carlo Viganò, JUD, was  was named to the position of Apostolic Nuncio to the United States in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. He entered the diplomatic service to the Vatican in 1973 and is based in the embassy Row neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

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Speaker Feature: Fr. John Cusick
Over the three days, Congress 2015 will offer over 300 workshops presented by more than 200 speakers. Topics range from personal growth to music to spiritual topics – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Each Emailing we spotlight one of those speakers:

Fr. John Cusick, a priest of the Chicago Archdiocese, was creator, coordinator and Director of their Young Adult Ministry from 1970-2013. He is a part-time adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. In 2012, Fr. Cusick received the Blessed John XXIII Award from the Association of Chicago Priests for excellence in priestly ministry and significant contributions to the life of the Church in Chicago. In 2014, he celebrated 30 years of service at Old St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Chicago.

“Seeing” Our Faith – Right Before Our Eyes  (*)
Session 2-06, Friday, March 13, 2015 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Our Catholic faith, like all religions, is a compilation of doctrines, rules and practices. Yet Catholicism has another two dimensions that are visual reminders of all that we believe: an amazing collection of signs and symbols. All too often we either take them for granted or don’t understand them. This workshop will present a practical appreciation for and an understanding of what we “see” inside our churches and homes.

Let’s Take a Walk Together – Through Catholic Mass (*)
Session 6-08, Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Beginning with the Sign of the Cross and ending with our “Thanks be to God,” our Mass is a great compilation of prayers, readings, gestures and rituals that come from a number of cultures and have been a part of our highest form of worship for centuries. This workshop will explain all these elements and more – from that Sign of the Cross to our common response before we leave, “Thanks be to God!”
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Special Hotel Rates
Don't forget to make your travel arrangements now. We have secured special rates for Congress attendees at a number of hotels with pricing to meet everyone's needs. Make sure when making your reservations you mention the Religious Education Congress so that you receive our special contracted rates.

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Just for Southern Californians
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. This is an annual program that must be renewed each year. The current term just began last month. If you were part of the program last year, we thank you and encourage you to re-enroll again for this year's term.

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: e: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Organization Number: 90658

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