Monday, June 30, 2014

Come help us out!

We painted these wooden boards white we need some artist to write quotes! We plan on hanging them up or possibly even sell them! Come join us at the MKC! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Teen Service Week

Down in our Kaupas Cafe the students painted this on one of our walls! Way to go guys it looks great!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Impressive week of making a difference, Teens4Unity!

Our Inaugural Rock'N'Bowl Fundraiser

We can't thank you all enough for showing the Maria Kaupas Center support and being with us last night at our first Rock 'n' Bowl fundraiser! It was a huge success! So many smiles, laughter, clapping and cheering  there was no time to frown. We had so many awesome raffle prizes to choose from, delicious pizza from Home Run Inn, and of course great vibes from everyone! Congrats to all the lucky raffle winners, all the top bowlers, and of course Sister Regina with the lowest score- even she got a prize! We had so much fun we already have next year's date ready, June 19, 2015 so mark your calendar's and get ready to have some fun all while supporting our cause. We can't do it without you all so thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Life's not about what's better than

Always remember to see the great in everything, what can you do now? Move forward, stay positive and don't look back. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Check out the pictures of today's Peace March!

After an amazing send off from various speakers about peace, light, love and relationship, the MKC and Catalyst Maria started the march around Marquette Park!! So incredibly cool!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Peace Quote of the Day


We have the power to promote peace everyday by what we say, always speak true words, it's as simple as asking someone, "How can I help you?". 
We can help bring peace to someone who is having a bad day, so before we speak out of anger, spitefulness, lets remember to be mindful of our words. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Peace Quote of the Day

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Remember, Always more, Always better, Always with love

Come join us this June 20!!!!

Your presence is a must! Come join our cause Friday, June 20! Invite friends and family, pick your teams and let's have some fun! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Peace day by day...

This week here at the MKC, the students prepare for the peace march on Friday. Each day during reflection we will be sharing some inspiring peace quotes....

For today: "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist" - Mahatma Gandhi
                 "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

Ten Rules For Changing the world:

1. Change yourself.
2. You are in control.
3. Forgive and let it go.
4. Without action you aren’t going anywhere.
5. Take care of this moment.
6. Everyone is human.
7. Persist.
8. See the good in people and help them.
9. Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.
10. Continue to grow and evolve.

How will you change the world?

Photo: Let's remember to always have peace in our hearts.

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist"
"You must be the change you want to see in the world"
-Mahatma Gandhi

What do these quotes mean to you?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Come check out what's happening here @ the MKC this summer!

Maria Kaupas Center                        
Where spirituality, community, and leadership merge

Plan for summer now!  Please take the opportunity to read all that the Maria Kaupas Center will be offering this summer!  YAY!!!

Vacation Bible School Details:

Session I:         Kindergarten – 3rd grade: two teachers, (MKC Program Director Amy Eckhouse and MKC Director of Media Outreach Josefina Magana) and two-four college student aides (TBD)
Enrollment:      20 children
Theme:                        Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

When:             Monday – Friday (July 7 – 11); 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Daily Focus:

Monday 7/7
Introduction to “being God’s handiwork” and Bible ABCs
Tuesday 7/8
The story of Creation/We are God’s veggies and fruits; we are here to help the world grow up big and strong!
Wednesday 7/9
No one is perfect; that’s OK! God loves us anyway!/The Giving Tree
Thursday 7/10
Learning to pray EVERYDAY!
Friday 7/11
“All I Really Need toKnow I Learned in Kindergarten”/The Lord’s Prayer

Session II:        4th – 6th grades: two teachers, (MKC Program Director/Spiritual Director Amy Eckhouse and MKC Director of Media Outreach Josephina Magana) and two to four college school student aides (TBD)           
Enrollment:      20 children
Theme:                        Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right and.”
When:             Monday – Friday (July 14 – 18); 9:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Daily Focus:
Monday 7/14
God is Love
Tuesday 7/15
No one is perfect; that’s OK! God loves us anyway!
Wednesday 7/16
God has a Plan/Trust in God
Thursday 7/17
Veggie Tales: Where’s God when I’m S-s-scared?
Friday 7/18
Trust, Hope, Love



Tweens Talk Details (Summer Program)

                        Who:                7 – 9th graders
                        When:              July 28 – August 1 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                        Instructor:        MKC Program and Spiritual Director Amy Eckhouse
                        Theme:                        Finding God in Others (but I have to find Him in me, first)
Description:     This retreat-like, conversation-based class for 12, 13, and 14-year olds will slowly get participants to open up to the presence of God in their lives. Through talk, role-play, group sharing, journaling, and personal reflection, kids will come to understand and articulate what God looks like in their lives.

Daily Focus:

Monday 7/28
If the shutters are closed, the sunlight will not get in.
Tuesday 7/29
“I am only as happy as my relationships are happy.” (John Powell)  Speaking one’s mind vs. speaking one’s truth (Role Play)
Wednesday 7/30
If I want peace in my life, I have to BE peace. 
If only I had changed myself first, then by example, I would have changed my family/friend/mom/dad.
How we are in our relationships affects how we hear God.
God is not like a raisin in a piece of bread; God is like a wave in the ocean.
Thursday 7/31
I am the only body God has.

Friday  8/1
Prayer:  an invitation FROM us TO God
·         learning
o   how to speak with conviction
o   move your feet in the direction of prayer
o   how to be persistent
·         understanding
o   that God does His part 100% of the time; do I?
o   that when I pray with an expectation, I may miss the answer
o   that God is always doing something before we know it.
o   that the purpose of prayer is not to accomplish what I think needs accomplishing
o   that becoming AWARE of what God is doing enables me to respond and participate

**COST:  These Vacation Bible School sessions are grant funded, therefore your cost is only $10.00 for the whole week!  ;)  Yay!!  Call Amy Eckhouse at 773.925.8686 x 5001 or email to reserve your seat! 

Ages 11 and UP.  Ms. Melanie Lyke is committed to having a lot of fun with you.  Check it out!!!  These sessions meet from Noon-2:00.  To cover the expenses within the programs, each session will be $20.00.  To reserve your spot call Amy Eckhouse at 773.925.8686 x 5001 or email

July 8th & 10th: Make: Summer Jewelry
Two 2 hour classes dedicated to making trendy statement jewelry pieces from bungee cord, embroidery floss, beads, and brass hardware. These fun, colorful pieces are perfect for the summer and easy enough for a novice jewelry-maker to complete. One 2 hour class will be dedicated to making bracelets and the second class will be dedicated to making necklaces. Students will learn basic jewelry-making skills essential for repairing jewelry.  Fee $20.00

July 15th & 17th- Make: Healthy Food
Hands-on 2 hour classes demonstrating healthy eathing recipes that are both delicious and nutritious. These classes are for beginner chefs who are still learning their way around the kitchen. Classes will include learning about spices, herbs, natural fats, and natural sweetners as an alternative for salt, artificial fats, and sugar. We will also discuss healthy cooking methods that eliminate fried foods from our diet and how to carefully read food labels. Fee $20.00

July 22nd & 24th- Make: Me Beautiful
These 2-hour classes are dedicated to teaching young girls how to use beauty products to to enhance their natural beauty. The first class will teach girls about grooming, how to properly apply age-appropriate make-up as well as skin care routines that will keep their skin healthy after make-up is removed. The second class will show students how to make their own scented body scrubs that are sure to keep skin properly exfoliated through the summer and winter months.  Fee $20.00

July 29th & 31st- Make: Summer Candles
Hands-on 2 hour classes demonstrating the art of candle-making  using traditional tools and methods. Students will be able to create their own scented candles using soy wax and a combination of scented oils that suit their fancy. Both 2 hour classes will be dedicated to candle-making.  Fee $20.00

ART with Ms. Suzy Etsch – Multicultural Arts… Learn about the art from different countries.  See how styles and forms of art differ from place to place!  This group is for those who are between the ages of 8 and 11 years old.  Each class will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 11:00 AM.  To cover the cost of materials, the fee for these sessions is $30.00.  To reserve your seat in the class, please call Amy Eckhouse at 773.925.8686 x5001 or email

July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30th