February 10, 2020

RECongress 2020 (#20)

RECongress 2020 Is Next Week!

Are you ready for the 2020 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress? Here is some last-minute information about our event. Also, some of our speakers have handouts for their workshops. As part of our plan to reduce printed materials, we no longer print speaker handouts. A PDF of all handouts can be found on the Speakers page. (There you can check to see if any of your speakers has a handout.)


Remember: If you or a friend hasn't registered yet, you can still register online for the Adult Days of RECongress all the way up to and through Friday, March 1.

Pass along this emailing or our link — archive.recongress.org — to share with friends, and encourage them to sign up for the Emailings to receive the latest information about RECongress 2020. If you do not care to receive future updates, you can find removal information at the bottom of this message./p>

"What If I Don't Receive My Tickets?"

If your tickets have not arrived by the time you're heading off to RECongress, they may have been returned by the Post Office or were lost in the mail. Be sure to bring your email confirmation and a form of ID to the Existing Ticket Holders line in the Registration area at Congress and we will reprint your tickets for you. Your key to registration is your ID number (which is also your barcode).


"I did not receive an email confirmation"

When registering, either online or by mail, we use your email address to send payment and registration confirmations. If you haven't received an email confirmation, you might not have provided an email address or it may have been entered incorrectly. You can contact the Congress Registration Desk at (213) 637-7348 to verify your email address or to reissue an email confirmation. 

Find other RECongress 2020 Updates here »

Be Ready With The RECongress Program Book

Preview the online version of the Program Book that attendees receive when they arrive for RECongress 2020. Get a little extra time to plan out your weekend by downloading the Program Book for workshop and restaurant locations. Also available in PDF and iPaper formats.



 — Workshop locations and maps

 — Spotlight on events at RECongress

 — Speaker Signing schedule

 — Technology Center schedule

 — Exhibitor and Categories listings

 — Map of the ACC North building

 — Restaurant guide and map

 — Audio Recording Form

See the RECongress 2020 Program Book here »

RECongress Workshop Recordings & Videos

Have you found that there are two workshops you just can't miss -- but they are at the same time! Try this option: All workshops indicate if they are recorded (denoted by an asterisk or headphones). If one session is recorded and the other is not, use whatever ticket you have to attend the workshop that is not recorded (if there is available seating). Then you can order the recording during RECongress at the Conference Media booth in Hall A as an Audio CD or an MP3 download. Another option to keep in mind is that all workshops in the Arena (English) and Hall B (Spanish) are live streamed and most will be posted on our YouTube Channel after RECongress. Note: All recorded workshops have the speaker's permission. Delegate recording of any workshop or general assembly session is not permitted.

Download the RECognress Recording Form here »

Announcing the RECongress 2020 "Swag Bag"

Every RECongress attendee on our adult days receives a souvenir tote bag — sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries (one side with the RECongress 2020 logo and the other side with the Cemeteries logo) — that includes a RECongress lanyard, a name badge holder and a copy of the 2020 Program Book.

Find other RECongress 2020 Updates here »

Technology Center Schedule Posted

The Tech Center is located in the center of Exhibit Hall A and across the aisle from the Office of Religious Education booth. Its purpose is to highlight educational software, online services and internet resources that is of interest to our Congress attendees.


On Friday, NCEA presents a day of Digital Discipleship. Check the schedule for their events going on all day, including "Testing Your Catholic IQ!"; creating simple and professional looking digital images; setting up a Twitter account and learning the basics; creating simple videos; and creating your own fun, interactive games!


Also, watch for presentations during the rest of the weekend from the Global Sisters Report in the Classroom; Magis Center; National Catholic Sisters Project; Verbum Catholic Study Software; William H. Sadlier, and RECongress speaker Sherry Hayes-Peirce.

Find the Tech Center schedule here »

Car (and Bus) Parking for RECongress

BUS PARKING: Bus parking is available for Youth Day in the Toy Story parking lot for $36 (cash) per bus. If your bus will not be parked at the Convention Center, let your driver know to return to the parking lot by 1:30 pm for staging. Remember: All buses must be licensed with the Public Utilities Commission of California. 


CAR PARKING: Parking for Youth Day and Adult Days is available at Car Park 1 (off Katella Ave. located at ACC North); at Car Park 4 or Car Park 6 (both accessible off West St.); at the Disney Toy Story Lot (off Harbor Blvd.); or in the parking structure at Anaheim GardenWalk (off Katella Ave.). You may download the parking map HERE. Parking in all locations is $18 per day (the standard Convention Center rate).

Learn how to "survive" RECongress »

Performance Stage in Hall A

Friday through Sunday

– Hall A (southeast area)


Several of the performing artists and musicians appearing at RECongress have scheduled time at the Performance Stage in Hall A. The stage showcases 20-minute sets of live music and is located in the southeast area of Exhibit Hall A. Check the on-site schedule for appearance times of Mel Kennedy and several Spirit & Song artists.

See other Spotlights of RECongress here »

Last Days To Order Disney Tickets

RECongress attendees may purchase specially priced Disneyland Resort Theme Park eTickets 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 discounted eTicket offer is only available online at https://www.mydisneygroup.com/ZMRB20A. NOTE: We recommend ordering your discounted eTickets by February 16. Tickets are valid from Saturday, February 15 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020. (This special offer is not available once you arrive at the Disney Resort and is intended only for attendees and guests of RECongress 2020.)

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Tips for "Surviving" RECongress

If you haven't experienced it yet, the RECongress is probably the largest regularly scheduled gathering of Catholics in North America. It is held at the Anaheim Convention Center across the street from Disneyland. Thursday is Youth Day, which attracts up to 15,000 high schoolers, and Friday through Sunday are the adult days, which are attended by anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 teachers, catechists, musicians and other Catholics in ministry from all over the country. There are dozens of conference sessions each day with Masses and other events in the evenings. Here are a dozen handy tips for surviving the Religious Education Congress by long-time attendee Claude Muncy.

Bring your entire registration packet
Bring the whole envelope with you, and get there Thursday between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm or early Friday to avoid lines when picking up your book and nametag holder. Once you have your book, keep track of it as it has most of the information you need, and the text of the Arena liturgies. Stick your tickets behind your nametag holder so you will have them when you need them...
Learn how to 'survive' RECongress »

Do You Need Airport Shuttle Service?

The Religious Education Congress has made arrangements for discounted 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. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.
1) Visit www.karmel.com and enter Promo Code: RECON20.
2) Call toll free 1-888-995-RIDE (888-995-7433) and mention promo

    code “RECON20” at the time of reservation.
3) Click this link — exclusively for Religious Education Congress attendees.
Find additional shuttle information here »

Spotlight: Exposition & Benediction

Friday, February 21, 9:00 pm
– Marriott Marquis

The call to holiness is rooted in the Eucharist: taken, blessed, broken, reverenced and shared. Come to an hour of prayer, song, reflection, silence and stillness before the Blessed Sacrament. This liturgy will begin with a Eucharistic procession. (If you wish to join the procession, gather outside the Convention Center front doors main lobby at the end of Convention Way. The procession will follow an accessible path to the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott.)

See other Spotlights of RECongress here »

Entertainment: Friday Evening Concert

Friday, February 21, 8 pm - Arena


"A Celebration of Women in Music"

Join us for an evening where we will honor the women who inspire us in Scripture, in our traditions and from our lives. Performances by Sarah Hart, ValLimar Jansen, Lorraine Hess, Meredith Augustin .. and friends.
"Women Spirit Rising" © M. Southard C.S.J., www.marysouthardart.org. Used with permission.
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Check for Hotel Discounts

RECongress has contracted with a number of hotels that offer attendees a variety of pricing and room types. Check our online listing and be sure to mention that you are attending the 2020 Religious Education Congress and ask for the REC or Religious Education Congress Block Group Rate.

Find the list of contracted hotels here »

Some Congress Reminders
Friday Live Streaming in Hall B - click here
Don't forget, as an alternative to dealing with the Arena crowd, you can watch Friday’s Opening Event (8:30-9:30 am) with a live stream in Hall B.

Friday Exposition & Benediction - click here
Friday, February 21, 9:00 pm – Marriott Marquis
Come to an hour of prayer, song, reflection, silence and stillness before the Blessed Sacrament. If you wish to join in, this liturgy will begin with a Eucharistic procession.

Saturday Morning Praise & Keynote
- click here
Saturday, February 22, 10:15 am – Performance Stage, Hall A
Please remember time for our Morning Praise & Keynote, which begins on Saturday at 7:50 am. Our English Keynote with Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI is in the Arena, and our Spanish Keynote with Bishop Daniel Flores is in Hall B.

Saturday Front Row with Archbishop Gomez
- click here
Saturday, March 23, 10:15 am – Performance Stage, Hall A
Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez will host a conversation with Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See. Grab a front row seat on site or through Facebook Live.

Sunday FREE RECongress ePostcard - click here
Sunday, February 23, 9 am - 2 pm - Tech Center, Hall A
Don't forget your free electronic postcard. Take a souvenir picture at RECongress 2020 to email home and to your friends! Only available on Sunday and only at the Technology Center, located in the center of Hall A.

Sacred Space - click here
Thursday thru Sunday – ACC North 151 (lower level);
Confessions: ACC North 153 & 156
Sacred Space will feature faith communities that respond with acts born out of compassion. Spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or experience the ancient practice of walking the labyrinth.

Show Your Badge & Save Program - click here
RECongress attendees can receive entertainment and dining discounts during the weekend with the "Show Your Badge & Save" program. Just show your RECongress name badge and receiving dining discounts available at IHOP, Joe's Crab Shack, House of Blues along with Downtown Disney restaurants Naples, Ralph Brennan's and Tortilla Jo's.

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 Prefunction 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.

Ralphs Rewards Program - click here
Don't forget to register for the Community Contributions Program with your free Ralphs rewards Card. It's the easiest way to benefit RECongress all year long.
Find RECongress 2020 Updates here »

RECongress Emailing

Be sure to sign-up for our twice-a-month Emailings about the latest updates and information about the Religious Education Congress. You may opt out from our Congress Emailing at any time from the "Manage Your Subscription" link below.

Find past Emailings at archive.recongress.org/emailing.htm

© 2020  Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

RECongress 2020

RECongress Dates
February 20 (Youth Day) &
February 21-23, 2020

Youth Day Theme
"20/20 Through God's Eyes”

Adult Days Theme
"Live Mercy – Be Holy” / “Vive la misericordia y la santidad” / “Sống Nhân Từ - Hãy Nên Thánh”

2020 Theme Reflection
See what the ORE Director wrote about the 2020 RECongress theme.
ead the Reflection »

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, Calif. 92802
(just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure).
See a Yahoo Map »

Important Deadlines
Jan 3 - Last day to request refunds

Jan 20 - Registration fees increase

Jan 31
- Last day to register by mail (register online or on site)


Feb 12 - Youth Day closes to new registrations
See REC 2020 Updates»

Congress Milestones
1956 - first two-day CCD Institute (500 teachers in attendance)

1967 - first three-day “Southern California Confraternity Congress” (7,000 in attendance)

1970 - CCD Congress moves from Los Angeles to Anaheim Convention Center

1973 - first "Religious Education Congress" as CCD office renamed to Office of Religious Education
See the REC Milestones »

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