RECongress 2017

RECongress Dates
February 23 (Youth Day) &
February 24-26, 2017

2017 Congress Theme
"Embrace Trust"
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2017 Youth Day Theme
"What Are You Waiting For?"

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Sponsoring Exhibitors
Brothers of the Christian Schools
RENEW International

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RECongress is here!
The 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress begins this Thursday with Youth Day! Be ready for RECongress with some of our last-minute reminders.

Registration, self-ticket print and help windows are available in the Registration Area with Program Pick-up located in the Prefunction Lobby at the Anaheim Convention Center between Hall A and Hall B. Hours during the Congress weekend are:
     Thursday, February 23: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
     Friday, February 24: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
     Saturday, February 25: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
     Sunday, February 26: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Remember: Heeding the call of Pope Francis to care for Our Mother Earth, make sure to bring your own reusable drinking container and avoid using the plastic cups placed at the water stations during our Religious Education Congress.

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

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Get the dates on your calendar now! The 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
    • March 15, 2019 (Youth Day) &
    • March 16-18, 2019


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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Register for Congress online by using a credit card or check (ACH processing). If you register by mail, you may do so ONLY until February 3, 2017 enclosing check or money order along with the form found in the Registration Guidebook. (You may order the Guidebook here, or download the form here.) Be sure to provide an email address to receive your registration confirmation by email.

Download the RECongress 2017 App
You can now download the RECongress 2017 app which covers both Youth Day and Congress! Available for both iOS and Android platforms, it is your guide to the Religious Education Congress.  Find it on the App Store (iPhones and iPads) and on the Play Store ( for Android smartphone and tablets). Features include:
     View Sessions by Track or Full Schedule
     Manage personal session schedule
     View Speakers and Exhibitor Listings
     Access hotels maps and an interactive Exhibit Hall map
     Interact using your social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
     Access documents and other event information

The app has links for Attendees, Speakers, Schedule, Maps, Exhibitors, Surveys and a sharable photo Gallery of photos you snap at Congress.
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Sneak a peek at the Program Book
Be ready for Congress: See the online version of the Program Book that attendees receive when they arrive at Congress 2017. Get a little extra time to plan your weekend by downloading the Program Book for workshop and restaurant locations. Available in PDF and iPaper formats.
-- Spotlight on events at Congress
-- Workshop locations and maps
-- Tech Center schedule
-- Speaker Signing schedule
-- Schedule of the Performance Stage in Hall A
-- Exhibitor listing and Categories listing
-- Restaurant guide and map
-- Audio Recording Form
View the Program Book »

Hurry! Disney Offer Ends Wednesday
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:00 PM PST is the last time Religious Education Congress attendees may purchase specially priced Disneyland resort eTickets. There is special pricing for Twilight Convention tickets (after 4 pm), 1-day 1-park, multi-day and park hopper tickets.  and only available online at . The tickets are valid from Thursday, February 17 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 
Read about the Disney Ticket offer »

"Where are my tickets?"
If you haven't received your tickets in the mail: check to see if you received an email confirmation with a barcode, print it out and bring it with you to Congress (or have your registration number with you on your smartphone) and you can print your tickets at the self-serve kiosks in the Registration area at Congress. If you did not receive your tickets by mail and haven't received a confirmation email, just go to the Registration area in the Prefunction Area of the Convention Center.
See the Congress Updates page »

Registration Help at Congress
If you discover you need help on-site at Congress, be on the lookout for our staff decked out in the new red vest. There are several on the registration crew who are there to help you find the right line, and help solve your registration questions, and help you register. You can find them wearing the bright red vest  with the word "Registration" on the back. These people will be walking about in the Registration Area (between Hall B and Hall C).

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RECongress Live! Online
This year, watch our two live streaming channels of Arena (English) and Hall B (Spanish) events live from Congress on the Internet. Find the schedule of our live events from Congress 2017 on Watch beginning with Youth Day on Thursday and running all the way through Sunday's Closing Liturgy ... and even beyond with our posted videos. And don't forget to post comments on our Facebook page ( and follow us on Twitter. (
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Speaker/Artist Book Signing
There are many authors and musical performing artists appearing at Congress who have scheduled times to sign their books, CDs and DVDs at the Signing Area. After each period there are scheduled times for speaker signings. The Signing Area is located in the northwest corner of Hall A. Check the posted schedule for any updates to table number or appearance times.
View the Signing Schedule »

Visit the Technology Center in Hall A ...
Friday through Sunday – Tech Center in Hall A
Don't forget to check the online Tech Center schedule or at the Tech Center for computer demonstrations by Archdiocesan Fingerprinting, Catholic Relief Services, Friendship Ministries, Gradelink, JS Paluch / OneParish, Online Learning (OLALA), St. Camillus Center, and more. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez starts off events at the Tech Center on Friday with an online video chat with students from St. Francis of Assisi School in the Silver Lake neighborhood.
See the Tech Center page »

... and Don't Forget Your Free ePostcard
In addition to the Congress-logoed items, including souvenir shirts, pens, pins and magnets, you can also claim a free souvenir ePostcard. The electronic postcard is only available on Sunday and only at the Technology Center, located in the center of Hall A under the "Computer Demonstration" banner. Take a souvenir picture at Congress 2017 to email home and to your friends!
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Scooter / Wheelchair Rentals
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ability to attend or enjoy RECongress due to handicap access or mobility concerns. RECongress' Mobility Team will be available to help with wheelchair transport, special seating and any access issues within Congress. You can find the Mobility Team located just outside Congress Headquarters (AR-1), in the Arena Lobby area.

NOTE: The Convention Center does not provide wheelchairs. You may contact Alpha Drugs Pharmacy at either of their two locations in Anaheim: 1240 S. Magnolia, (714) 220-0373; or 515 S. Beach Blvd., (714) 821-8959.

OC Medical has scooters and wheelchairs for rent to attendees during the Religious Education Congress. Contact them to reserve equipment at 755 N. Euclid Street in Anaheim, (800) 593-4942 FAX (714) 956-4692. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am-6 pm, Saturday from 10 am-2 pm. Online at .
See the Congress Updates page »

Airport Shuttle Service
The Religious Education Congress has made arrangements for airport transportation with Karmel Shuttle, offering direct service between Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne (SNA), and Long Beach (LGB) airports to and from the Anaheim Resort area. Rates for Los Angeles International (LAX) to/from Anaheim Resort with the discount is $22 for a one-way transfer (reflects a $4 discount). Rates for John Wayne Airport (SNA) to/from the Anaheim Resort is $15 for a one-way transfer (reflects a $4 discount). Reservations are required a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
1) Visit and enter Promo Code: REC17.
2) Call toll free 1-888-995-RIDE (888-995-7433). Mention Promo Code “REC17” at the time of reservation.
3) Click this link -- exclusively for Religious Education Congress attendees.
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Parking at RECongress
The Anaheim Convention Center is still under construction  The expansion project, due to be finished by Congress 2019, will add more meeting space. During construction, you may park in Car Park 4 or Car Park 6 (both accessed from West Street), or the Toy Story Lot (off of Harbor Blvd), or the parking structure at the Anaheim GardenWalk (off of Katella Ave.). You can download a parking map here.

During Congress, the Convention Center will be providing shuttle service to and from both the Disney Toy Story Lot and the Anaheim GardenWalk parking structure. For your convenience, the shuttle runs from 7 am to 10 pm. Parking is $15 – the same rate as at the Convention Center.
Find Congress Updates here »

Audio Recordings at Congress
Most of our Congress workshop sessions are audio recorded with speaker permission. Audio CDs are available at Congress for purchase at the CSC Digital Media booth, located at the east wall in Exhibit Hall A. Downloadable MP3s will be made available after Congress. You can order on site, from the order page in the Program Book or online -- during Congress and after. NOTE: Delegate recording of any workshop or general assembly session is not permitted.
Go to the Congress Recording page »

Congress Entertainment:  Saturday Lunchtime Concert
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 11:45 am - 12:30 pm - Arena

Pedro Rubalcava, Rudy Lopez, Estela Garcia-Lopez, Ivan Diaz & Mario Perez

Sing the Gospel of Joy / Cantemos la Alegría del Evangelio
“The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” Let us join hearts and voices to proclaim the Good News in songs of thanks and praise.
   “La alegría del Evangelio llena el corazón y la vida entera de los que se encuentran con Jesús.” Unamos
    corazones y voces para proclamar la Buena Nueva con cantos de gracias y alabanza.
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Congress Spotlight: Sacred Space
In response to Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Sí (On Care for Our Common Home), this year Sacred Space offers an experience of prayer through a multimedia exhibition in which we are invited to connect our faith with Mother Earth and, at the same time, among ourselves.

To help move people into action to make better choices of how we use our natural resources, the accompanying handout will be available at Sacred Space. Download the Prayer in Action document: "Living Laudato sí In Our Heart, Homes and Parishes." This useful tool will empower you and your ministry to become proactive in the mission that Pope Francis has set before us: “to Care for our Common Home.”
View the Sacred Space page »

Liturgy Spotlight: Celtic Liturgy
Friday, February 24, 2017 • 5:15 pm • Convention Ballrooms
Bishop David O'Connell, presider
Bishop David O'Connell is originally from County Cork, Ireland. He studies at All Hallows College in Dublin and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He has served in several parishes in Los Angeles, many in South Central, and was most recently Pastor of San Frances X. Cabrini in Los Angeles. In August 2015,  O'Connell was elected by Pope Francis to serve as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and was appointed by Archbishop Jose Gomez to be Episcopal Vicar for the Pastoral Region of San Gabriel.
See the Listing of Scheduled Liturgies »

Sign up for the Archdiocesan News
Want to know what's happening in the Archdiocese? Subscribe free to their weekly e-newsletter. The ACC Newsbriefs is a free, weekly newsletter sent to your email address each Friday with information on upcoming workshops and events sponsored by departments of the Archdiocesan Catholic Center, and links to archdiocesan web pages for more information and registration. It also includes information on other events throughout the Archdiocese. Over 1,300 people currently receive the ACC Newsbriefs each week. Please note that we only use your email address to send you the ACC Newsbriefs. We do not share your information with anyone else, not even other ACC departments. Anyone with an e-mail address is welcome to subscribe. To subscribe, click the link and provide your name, your phone number (in case they have any questions), and your email address.
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Some Congress Reminders

Live Streaming in Hall B - click here
As an alternative to dealing with the Arena crowd, you can watch Friday’s Opening Event (8:30-9:30 am) with a live broadcast in Hall B.

Registration & Program Books Online - click here
Our 2017 Registration Guidebook and even our 2017 Congress Program Book — the one given away at Congress — are now available online in PDF (requires the free Adobe Reader) and also the iPaper format (requires no software download).

Hotels - click here
RECongress has contracted with local hotels to offer special rates for attendees. When making hotel reservations, be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate. Check online for our most current listing of hotels.

Show Your Badge & Save Program - click here
Congress attendees can receive promotional offers and discounts during Congress with the "Show Your Badge & Save" program. Discounts are available at participating restaurants, attractions, and much more.

Chair Massage at Congress
On Friday and Saturday (10 am-4:30 pm) and again on Sunday (10 am-2:30 pm) in the Hall A Prefuntion Area you can take a break from the bustle of Congress with a chair massage. The cost is $1 per minute.

A.A. Meetings
Join a lunchtime meeting with other Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) men and women. This is an open meeting for anyone working a 12-Step program, or anyone interested in 12-Step recovery. The meeting room is location on the Marriott’s lower level, in the San Diego room.

Anaheim Protesters
If there are protesters at Congress, please do not engage in conversation with them. Ignoring them is the best way of responding. We have developed a plan with Convention Center staff to handle any potential protests.

Ralphs Rewards Program - click here
Don't forget to sign up at your Southern California Ralphs store for the free Ralphs rewards Card and register the card with the Community Contributions Program.
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Our Web Site –
You can find all Congress information and updates online. Our RECongress Emailings feature some Congress Spotlights and we will be adding speaker and hotel information. Check our site for the latest updates and announcements.

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RECongress Emailing
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