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Editor: Diane Anderson April/May/June 2011 Visit us on the web: http://www.villadesiderata.com Prayer Corner Dick Hess' passed away on February 28th. He was a 30+ years member of AA and a dear friend of Fr Lutz. He attended many retreats during his sobriety and helped many people along the way. He was definitely a Villa Desiderata supporter. He will be missed by many. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 77.

Retreat Schedule APRIL 1- 3 Mixed 12-Step Bob 847-800-31347 8-10 Rented 15-17 12 Step Couples Chris 847-772-4927 22-24 EASTER Weekend 29-5/1 AA Women Colleen 708-408-8839 MAY 6-8 AA Men Bill K 708-503-0259 13-15 AA Men Pat G 847-809-3814 20-22 Mixed 12 Step Dick 847-612-4454 27-29 MAIN HOUSE AVAILABLE JUNE 3- 5 AA Women Tammy M 815-919-8175 10-12 AA Men Dan 630-963-8075 17-19 Mixed AA 4th Dem. Frank 708-275-5886 24-26 ACOA Workshop Audry 815-245-0914 (LutzHaus) 28 VILLA PICNIC - all are welcome Toby 815-675-9234 BYOF (bring your own food)

The power of prayer is enormous. Please pray for each and every person on our prayer list: Rich Budzynski, Bob Powers, Kathryn Peters, Claude Martinez, Jerry Esposito, facilitator Loretta Rossini, former webmaster Sherrie Borg, Dottie Becker, John Halloran, John Lynk, and Betty Cichon. Thank you for all of your prayers.

ACA Meeting We are still looking for a volunteer to facilitate our ACOA meeting in the Lutz Haus on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. If you would be interested, please contact Brother Pat at 815385-2264 or email villa.desiderata@yahoo.com.


Come Home To Your Heart Retreat A picture from the Come Home to your Heart spiritual retreat in Feburary.

The Lord contd. recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know." Submitted by Fr. John

Mother’s Day Tea Party

Handbook 2011 of Life Maybe this list, or part of it, is something we might add to our Lenten promises. 1. Do the right thing! 2.Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 3. GOD heals everything. 4. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.. 5. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 6. The best is yet to come.. 7. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.

The Lord is My Shepherd A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to

The next tea party will be the Thursday before Mother's Day, May 5th, 2011 at 6:30 pm. Our theme is “Aloha”. Luau menu, tropical attire, raffles, and door prizes. Please bring a wrapped White Elephant and a dish to pass, come to enjoy our community of ladies and have a good time. Any questions call Marie at 815-344-2552.

Open Mic Night Please come to our Villa’s Open Mic night fundraiser. Come for fun with sing along’s or just take in all the beautiful music. It’s always the 3rd Wednesday of the month which is April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th. A five dollar donation is suggested, for the Villa.

New Great Uncle Announcing the birth of Summer Rose Isabel Flowers. Born at 1:56 on Jan 23rd at 6 pounds-something, 20-some inches, chubby cheeks. Fr. John Herganrother


Alcoholism affects the family This was written by a daughter of an alcoholic who just couldn't get sober and stay sober. She wrote it on an airplane en route to prepare for her father's wake: "I knew this day was coming for quite some time. In fact, my children have outgrown multiple outfits that have been reserved "in case something happens to Papa". My father was affected with a disease that can bring devastation and loneliness. Alcoholism is a disease that affects not only the person who drinks, but everyone else in their world. They call it a "family disease" and certainly its effects will be felt for generations. Alcoholism leaves unspeakable wreckage and profound pain in its wake. It robbed me of a typical father-daughter relationship and stole a grandfather from my children. I implore those of you today with this disease to reach out for the hand that is extended toward you. You know who you are. I know that when this disease has hold of you nothing else and no one else matters. I have seen how deeply you suffer and I pray that you have a "moment of clarity". That you may see the pain you cause and that the road you are traveling only leads to where we are today. I pray that today is your moment of lasting clarity. Surrender. Ask for help. You can do it - one day at a time. Some people say that my father's life was a wasted one. I tell you it was not. He loved being a police officer and many felt safe because of him. He was a natural leader. He was a hard worker and taught me what it was to have a good work ethic. He was a friend to many and befriended many who shared in his darkness. I find comfort in knowing we were the brightest parts of his life. We were always there even if he couldn't see us through his darkness. He was not alone. I look forward to

Alcoholism contd. the future and go forward in peace. I know we did all we could to help him fight this horrible battle. May he find the peace and serenity that he could not find on this earth. If you are struggling take the hand that is reaching to you. Stop the cycle of pain. Start living!" Dawn (M) S. . Submitted by Art Houtsinger with the permission of Dr. Dawn McNeela.

Christians By: Maya Angelou When I say...'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm Clean Livin'' I'm whispering 'I was Lost, Now I'm Found and Forgiven.' When I say...'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride. I'm Confessing that I Stumble and Need Christ to be my Guide. When I say...'I am a Christian' I'm Not bragging of success. I'm Admitting I have Failed and Need GOD to Clean my Mess. When I say...'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect, my flaws are far too visible but, GOD Believes I am Worth It. When I say...'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain..I have my Share of Heartaches, so I Call upon HIS Name. When I say...'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a Simple Sinner Who Received GOD's Good Grace, Somehow! People will Forget WHAT you Said, People Will Forget WHAT You Did, BUT People will NEVER Forget HOW You Made Them FEEL.' -Maya Angelou Submitted by Sandy Nuneman


13th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser In Memory of Fr Lutz Picnic - Sunday June 26th

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The main purpose and focus of our annual scholarship fund raiser is to provide a greater focus on the Villa community and in particular "needy" students. The giving process is aligned with the way Father Lutz operated - encourage education in the community and help the needy!

God determines who walks into your life.....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go. When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Submitted by Marilee Smith

While most of the awards have been in $1,000 increments, there have been smaller amounts given in response to address smaller, critical needs. Names of candidates may be submitted to the Villa Board of Directors by anyone in the community. This will usually require the completion of an application by the candidate to secure consideration. This is normally done in the Spring of the year, but there may be exceptions based on timing and circumstances. The Scholarship Fund exists because of the generosity of so many people in our extended community. Any donation is greatly appreciated, so please continue to give, in the interest of continuing education. We thank you.

Dates to Remember You are cordially invited to attend: th

April 17 - Palm Sunday April 22nd - Good Friday April 24th - Easter Sunday May 8th - Mother’s Day May 30th - Memorial Day June 19th - Father’s Day June 21st - First day of Summer June 26th - SAVE THE DATE! Fr Lutz Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser Picnic If you would like to donate some time and elbow grease, between now and the Villa fundraiser picnic, to help spring clean the Villa and it’s grounds, it would be greatly appreciated. It needs some TLC inside and outside. See Brother Pat for a list of things to be done. Thanks in advance.

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13th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Picnic - In Memory of Fr Lutz 3015 N Bayview Ln, McHenry, IL The last Sunday in June - the 26th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Music/entertainment will be provided BYOF - bring your own food Suggested donation - $8.00

Submissions for the next issue of the Villa Voice should be sent to villavoicenewsletter@yahoo.com by June 15th. Thanks to those who contribute. Diane Anderson Editor


Villa Voice 2011