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20 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger faith Faith Briefs Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route 6, Mokena) Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Evening Worship 6 p.m. Sundays. Weekday Worship 7 p.m. Wednesdays. St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100 Second St., Mokena) An Evening of Music 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. This free concert will be held in the sanctuary. The concert will feature chamber music played by professional musicians during the first half and a short rock conert during the second half. Chamber music selections will include music from Handel, Faure, Mozart and John Williams. The rock music will feature the music of Michael Grant Baron, a Nashville singer/ songwriter who is originally from Western Springs. A free-will offering will be collected and will be used to provide scholarships to the youth of St. John’s to attend summer music camps. There is plenty of parking at the church and it is within walking distance of the downtown Metra station. Traditional Service 8 a.m. traditional mass, 9:45 a.m. contemporary & traditional music in a service of praise and reverence. Supervised childcare available. For more information, call (708) 479-5123. Garden Club 8 a.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call (708) 479- 5123. Cards for a Cause 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Bring your tape, scissors and colored pencils — if you have them — and plan for a creative evening with lots of fun. Bundles of Love 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. Enjoy fun and fellowship while making baby quilts for infants baptized at St. John’s and lap quilts for shut-ins. Mokena United Methodist Church (10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena) Service and Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Church service and children’s Sunday School will be held. For more information, call (708) 479-1110. Bible Study 7 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call (708) 479-1110. Community Prayer Gathering 2:30 p.m. every fourth Sunday. Breakfast 9 a.m. every third Saturday of the month. Choir Practice 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Newcomers welcome. Weight Watchers Wednesday Weigh-ins take place at 6:30 p.m., while the meeting is at 7 p.m. Marley Community Church (12625 W. 187th St., Mokena) Senior High Youth Group 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, email marleycommunitychurch@ Junior High Youth Group 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, email marleycommunitychurch@ Church Service 10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare is provided. Sunday School 9-10 a.m. Sundays. Men’s Group 6 p.m. Sunday nights in the church basement. All men are welcome. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena) Contemporary Worship 5 p.m. Saturdays. Worship 9 a.m. Sundays. God’s Kids Club 10:15 a.m. Sundays. This club is open to those between the ages of 4-17. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th St., Mokena) Sunday Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call (312) 350-2279. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena Baptist offers Sunday School classes for all ages. For more information, call (312) 350-2279. St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th Ave., Mokena) School Open House Noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, St. Mary Catholic School, 11409 195th St., Mokena. Visit St. Mary Catholic School to experience the vibrant, warm and welcoming environment. Feel the sense of community, meet faculty, teachers, families and students in preschool through 8th grade. For more information, visit Church Service 5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6: p.m. Sundays Adoration Wednesdays following 8:00 a.m. Mass in the Chapel until 6:45 p.m. Holy Rosary 7:30 a.m. daily; 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings. Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker Road, Mokena) Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Arrive early to enjoy a hot, complimentary cup of coffee. Following the Christian Education Hour all beverages can be found outside the sanctuary. Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte Road, Mokena) Spanish Church 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Worship Service 10 a.m. Sundays. Women’s Bible Study 8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays. Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Amanda Stoll at a.stoll@22ndcentury or call (708) 326- 9170 ext. 34. Deadline is noon Thursday one week prior to publication. In Memoriam John J. Kerins John J. Kerins, 66, of Mokena, died Jan. 12. He was preceded in death by his parents Jeremiah and Josephine Kerins; survived by beloved wife Rita Kerins (Hernon); devoted father of Josie (Sean), Angela (David), Rita (Rich), Sheila (Mark), Tina (Mike) and Eileen (Daniel); cherished grandfather to Declan, Aileen, Adelyn, Claire, Keenan, Logan, Michael and Ivy; dear brother of the late Eileen (Peter) Tangney, the late Sheila (Pat) Kissane, the late Tema Kerins, the late Tom (Joanne) Kerins, Joan (David) Browne, Liam (Ingrid) Kerins and Jeremiah Kerins; and fond uncle and close friend to many. Dolores H. Dauphinais-Kobit Dolores H. (May) Dauphinais-Kobit, 97, of Mokena, died Jan. 11. She was the beloved wife of Benjamin Kobit, the late William E. Dauphinais and the late John J. Mays; loving mother of Robert (Therese) Dauphinais, Jacqueline (Thomas) McInerney and Madelaine (Joseph) D’Angelo; Cherished step-mother of seven; proud grandmother of eight and great grandmother of 14; caring sister of Joseph (Barbara) May; and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Allan J. Stoll Allan J. Stoll, 80, of Mokena, died Jan. 10. He was the beloved husband of Judith (Kolenko) for 56 years; loving father of Kathleen Stoll, Sue (late John) Robinson and James (Susan) Stoll; proud grandfather of Elizabeth and Celia; caring brother of Noel (late Roy) Spaargaren and Thomas (Geri) Stoll; dear brother-inlaw of Stephen (Barbara) Kolenko, John (Carol) Kolenko, Tony Kolenko and Patrick (late Susan) Tatar; Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; and dear friend to many. Catherine Plunkett Catherine (O’Donnell) Plunkett, 59, of Mokena, died Jan. 9. She was the beloved wife of Oliver; devoted mother of Maureen (Chris) Mackintosh, Thomas (fiancée Elly) Plunkett and Oliver Plunkett; loving daughter of Catherine and the late John O’Donnell; dear sister of Joan (John) Starcevich, Maureen (Jim) Sault, Rita (Jim) Curtin, Ann O’Donnell, Sheila (Pat) Roberto, Colleen (Denny) Gaffney, Timothy O’Donnell, John (Kelly) O’Donnell and Mary (M.J.) Napoli; cherished daughterin-law of Kathleen Plunkett; caring sister-in-law of Eileen (Bob) Coverick, Maryanne (Martin) Heneghan, Bernie Plunkett, Colette (Jim) Curtin and Colleen Plunkett; kind aunt to many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to the family are appreciated. Gloria S. Anderson Gloria S. (Swanson) Anderson, 89, of Mokena, died Jan. 9. She was the beloved wife of the late Don Igle and the late Carl E. Anderson; she is survived by her children David (Barbara) Anderson, Carol (Bruce) Kolman and Ralph (Diana) Anderson; grandmother of Kevin, Shelley (Jay), Susan (Jon), Jeffrey (Lauren), Scott (Sarah), Eric (Marisa), Lisa (Jonathan), Michelle (Mark) and Anthony Carl; great-grandmother of 13; sister to the late Kenneth Swanson; and aunt to Terry and Karen. She was preceeded in death by per parents Oscar and Selma (Olovsson) Anderson. Do you have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Editor T.J. Kremer III at tj@ with information about a loved one who was a part of the Mokena community. life & arts the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 21 New St. Jude principal aims to strengthen schools’ arts, writing Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter It may be her first year on the job at Saint Jude Catholic School in New Lenox, but Kathy Winters is no stranger to catholic school or teaching. The Mokena resident, who is midway through her first year as principal of St. Jude, attended St. Richard’s Elementary School and Lourdes High School when she was a child. Later, she attended Loyola University Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago, earning a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences. But after spending 15 years working in clinical laboratories for hospitals, Winters was ready to move in a different direction. “I always enjoyed teaching, and there’s a lot of a teaching involved in [clinical laboratories],” Winters said. “You’re teaching new lab techs and patients. “I always have had that desire to be a teacher, and I had taught preschool [religious education] classes before I went back to school to get my teaching certificate.” Winters went back to school in 1997 to get her education degree. From the beginning, she knew she wanted to go into the catholic school realm. “It was never even a question,” she said. “I’m a product of the catholic school education — all my schooling except for two years of lab tech school. That whole aspect of it is very important to me — the idea of teaching the whole student, not just academically and emotionally but also spiritually. That’s always appealed to me. It’s such a calling to be involved in the bringing up of students in that aspect also — that you are a part of raising them to be good people and have that faith.” While attending school, Winters worked as a firstgrade teacher’s aide at St. Mary’s in Mokena. In 2003, when she completed her degree, Winters became a first-grade teacher there. After the school expanded, she became a junior high teacher, teaching science and other subjects for 10 years or so. She said it wasn’t difficult transitioning from teaching younger students to junior high students. “Kids are kids — they’re just taller and bigger,” she said. Along the way, Winters developed an interest in curriculum planning. She decided to go back to school to earn a degree in administration. Then, last March, the principal position at St. Jude opened up. She applied and was hired. Her first day was June 1, 2017. “Being a principal in a catholic school, you’re kind of wearing more hats than you do in a public school, because you’re the one responsible for a lot more of those things,” Winters said. “Whereas, in a public school, they have a curriculum director and assistant principals. This position [at St. Jude] kind of encompasses it all. It’s really nice.” In her role, Winters said she interacts with the students, parents and teachers. She said her first year has gone really well. “I have a wonderful staff, and the kids are phenomenal,” she said. Among some of her highlights in the first year, she said she was able to get the St. Jude principal Kathy Winters has spent her entire career in education working for Catholic schools, and grew up as a student through the Catholic school system. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media seventh-graders to participate in the science fair again after a brief hiatus. She also is working with the junior high teachers to create a more rigorous writing curriculum. Winters said she also wants to strengthen St. Jude’s fine arts curriculum. “Right now, kids just have music and art once a week,” Winters said. “I’d like to see them have it more often.” She also noted how the smaller class sizes at St. Jude allow teachers to dedicate more individualized focus on the students. “Each individual student is not just a number on a class roster,” Winters said. “We do take a more individual approach to each individual student. Even though we don’t have all the resources, we do tailor instruction to each student and their (Left to right) St. Jude students Bobby Kernwein and Olivia Fitzgibbon, both of New Lenox, pose for a picture with Kathy Winters, of Mokena. specific needs. We’re huge struck by since I’ve come proponents of differentiated here to St. Jude is the support learning.” of the other people in the She also mentioned the parish,” she said. “We have sense of camaraderie and cooperation between the differ- involved in the school and a wonderful pastor, who is ent facets of the parish. very supportive of the students and the staff. We “One thing that I’ve been have a wonderful parish staff. Everybody works together.” For more information on St. Jude School, the school, located at 241 W. Second Ave. in New Lenox, will host an open house at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.