The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is the largest event of its kind in the United States.
It has continued its original objective of offering in-service education and spiritual formation to those in catechetical and related ministries. Though the Religious Education Congress continues to serve religious educators, today it is so much more.
The Congress draws in excess of 40,000 participants during this internationally acclaimed four-day event and offers more than 280 workshops covering a vast range of topics from spirituality, music and personal development to biblical studies and catechesis.
Anyone interested in attending can register online at www.RECongress.org. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, the next Congress is scheduled for March 12-15, 2015, with Youth Day slated for Thursday and the Congress workshops from Friday through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center.
This year, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Papaikou will have a delegation of 12 catechists and youths attending the event. They have been planning fundraisers to help defray the cost of the travel.
Oarlene Wingate, religious education coordinator, and Inez Johnson, high school ministry coordinator, attended for the first time in 2012 and were inspired to share what they learned with others in their parish, including the children in the RE program from K-12.
The next year, through fundraising efforts, five catechists from the High School Ministry Program, Callie Villanueva, Kesha Kubo, Reynard Galdones, Jimmy Pratt Jr. and Tasha Haimoto-Leite, attended along with parishioners Herminia Villanueva and Joseph O’Connell.
“This year, the goal is to have students attend and experience this amazing Congress to learn more about their Catholic faith and develop a deeper relationship to Jesus,” Wingate said.
The community is invited to help the delegates raise funds for their trip by stopping by The Snow Factory in Hilo between Aug. 11-14. Coupons are available on fliers from church members and also on the church Facebook page. They will be accepted electronically at the time of purchase.
Anyone who would like to help, can make a purchase at the shop at 391 Kilauea Ave. and 10 percent of your purchase will go to help the delegates to reach their goal.
Make sure you mention the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church fundraiser.