February 17, 2020

RECongress 2020 (#21)

RECongress 2020 Is Finally Here!

Our 2020 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is here. We are expecting some good weather for our event. And in the midst of concerns about the coronavirus, we encourage participants to take precaution in this matter by bringing a face mask, if necessary, as well as their own hand sanitizer. The Convention Center also has strategically placed hand sanitizer stations. Here are some other last-minute updates and reminders for Anaheim.


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Future RECongress Dates
Put these dates on your calendar now! Dates for the 2021 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress are:
  • February 18, 2021 (Youth Day)
  • February 19-21, 2021 (Adult Days)


More than half of the last 54 RECongress events have been held in February. RECongress has been held in these months (and the number of times): January (3), February (31), March (18) and April (2 - in 1967 and 1990).
Find the RECongress Themes and Dates here »

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Sacred Space in ACC North

Sacred Space will highlight faith communities that respond with acts born out of compassion, reigniting the hope the world is aching for! In the quiet of this space, God’s invitation awaits to reveal your way to live mercy and be holy. Spend some time in a quiet place, in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or experience the ancient practice of walking the labyrinth. Sacred Space is located on the lower level in ACC North. Our Chapel and the Labyrinth are located in North 151; the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in North 153 & 156.

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Registration Hours at RECongress

Our Registration area has moved back to its more traditional location in front of Hall B (it was in front of Hall A last year). Hours during the RECongress weekend are:
Thursday, February 20: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, February 21: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 22: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
Sunday, February 23: 8:00 am to 11:00 am

See the RECongress Help page here »

Registration Help at RECongress

http://archive.recongress.org/2017/images/Email-4b.jpgIf you discover you need help with registration on site at RECongress, be on the lookout for our staff wearing a red vest. There are several on the Registration crew who are there to help you find the right line, help solve your registration questions, and help you register. Look for the bright red vest with the word "Registration" on the back. These people will be walking about in the Registration Area (in the Prefunction Lobby of Hall B).

See the RECongress Help page here »

"Help! I Haven't Received My Tickets" 

First, don't panic! Your tickets might have been returned to us for some reason and may be in Will Call. Remember, the Registration area in the Prefunction Lobby of Hall B.
Before RECongress: After January 20, barcode confirmations were sent by email. Please bring that email with you to the Scan and Print area at Registration. If you registered and did not receive an emailed barcode confirmation, please contact the RECongress Registration Desk at (213) 637-7348 or email recongress@aol.com.

On site: If you didn't receive your tickets in the mail, please come to the Existing Ticket Questions windows in the Registration Area on site. Use this window if you have found any problem with your tickets, including you have a ticket for a wrong workshop, your address is wrong, etc. We can help solve your problem. See the RECongress Help page here »
See the RECongress Help page here »

"Help! I Still Need To Register" 

You can still register for RECongress 2020 all the way through Sunday, February 23 either online or on site in Anaheim.

Before you arrive in Anaheim: Register online by credit card at RECongress.org/register. Note: After January 31, online payments by check were no longer accepted.


On site in Anaheim: First, grab a Registration Guidebook and use the fill-in counters off to the side of the Registration area to select your workshops. You will want to fill out your Registration Card with your complete address and a first-, second- and third-choice for each period you wish to attend. Then bring your card to the Registration Assistance window and we will help you register. You may pay by cash, check, credit card or money order.

On Site Self-Registration: Have you filled out your Registration Card with your workshops? If you are paying by credit card, you can use the self-registration terminals to register. It will show you immediately if your workshop choice is still available and all the available options.
See the RECongress Help page here »

"I Don't Have Tickets, But I Have a Barcode"

That's all you need to print your tickets on site at RECongress. Bring your barcode confirmation email to the Barcode and Scan area in Registration to print your tickets. This is the fastest way to receive your tickets. No waiting for the mail. And the confirmation email arrives quickly. your workshop choice is still available and all the available options. (Note: Your barcode is the same as your ID numbers, in case you did not receive a barcode).
Go to  the RECongress Help page here »

Will Call at Youth Day 2020

Youth Day packets have been mailed. Youth Day packets contain track and day information along with the Chaperone and youth badges. If you did not receive your packet for Youth Day in the mail, please come to the Registration area in the Prefunction Lobby after 7 am. Note: There is NO new registration for Youth Day and no on-site registration for the day.
Go to the Youth Day page here »

Youth Day: Directions and Parking

Youth Day attendees should arrive before 8:00 am (doors open as early as 7:30 am). Note that drop-offs are not be allowed in front or behind the Convention Center. Bus parking and bus drop-off is available in the Toy Story parking Lot for $36 per bus. Car parking is available in any Convention Center lot ($18 per car). We recommend that you park in the lot in ACC North (off Katella Ave.). Young people should not transport themselves; Chaperones who are driving must be 25 years of age.


Once parked, participants will be asked to walk down Convention Way to the Convention Center. Participants from Track 1 should move directly to the Arena for the General Session. Participants from Track 2 should head to ACC North for their selected workshop. 
Find Youth Day information here »

Saving Seats at RECongress

It is permissible to save seats up to 10 minutes before a scheduled workshop, liturgy or concert begins. After that time, we ask that, in Christian love, you release these seats for others. If any RECongress volunteer requests that you release seats that you are saving, please comply with the direction given.


Our “5-minute rule” allows attendees to take any available seat in a workshop — even those they are not ticketed for — 5 minutes prior to the session start time. There is usually a line near the door for people with tickets to another workshop.
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Last Exhibitor Update

One of the most popular perks of registration for RECongress is our Exhbit Hall. This year we showcase nearly 2,000 representatives from over 250 companies – ranging from religious art to music, and from publishing houses to educational institutions, in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan ministries. (Download the map of Hall A.)
Find our updated 2020 Exhibitor listing here »

Watch RECongress/Live Online

Know someone who can't make it to RECongress this year? Invite them to experience what goes on in Anaheim anywhere in the world through RECongress.org/live. During the RECongress weekend you can watch Youth Day Arena events and on the Adult Days you can watch Arena (English) events and Hall B (Spanish) events. And even after RECongress, you can find the complete Arena archive (going back to RECongress 2010) on our RECongress Channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/RECongress.
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Some RECongress 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, February 22, 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 Congress 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 under the "Computer Demonstration" banner.


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


Wheelchair and Scooter Rentals - click here

The Convention Center does not provide wheelchairs. Please contact Scootaround for rentals of mobility scooters, manual wheelchairs, powerchairs and the ultra-portable Personal Electric Vehicle (PEV). For more information, see www.scootaround.com online or call (888) 441-7575.


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.


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 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

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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 7 - Last day to register for Youth Day (this is no on-site registration)
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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