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Editor: Diane Anderson - villavoicenewsletter@yahoo.com April/May/June 2012 Love the Villa?-make a comment in our guest book on the web @ www.villadesiderata.com Prayer Corner Please pray for Gene and Pat Seaver, Al Kirkpatrick, Joan Nordgren, Ken Rago, Rich Budzynski, Bob Powers, Loretta Rossini, Dottie Becker, John Lynk, and Tom Florek. Thank you for all of your continued prayers.

The Passing of a Friend Eileen C. Smith, a Round Lake Beach resident since 1972, passed away on January 26, 2012. She was born on October 12, 1937 in Ontario, Canada to James and Mary (nee Colette) O’Neill. She was involved with the Round Lake Park District Senior Center and a member Happy Seniors. She was a former member and volunteer at The Villa Desiderata in McHenry. Eileen had a contagious warm smile. It is bitter-sweet, for she will be sorely missed but she is no longer struggling to breathe and is at peace.

For He is risen.

Retreat Schedule April 13-15 12 step Married Couples call Chris H. 847-772-4927 20-22 AA Women call Cathy R. 708-288-5796 27-29 AA/Alanon Men & Women call Bob 847-800-3137 May 4-6 AA Men call Bob 847-800-3137 11-13 AA Men call Bill K 708-503-0259 21-23 AA Men call Eric 847-899-3944 25-27 Main house available June 1-3 AA Women call Amy G 708-306-0016 8-10 AA Men call Jim 630-660-2656 15-17 Mixed AA 4th Dem call Frank 708-275-5886 22-24 ACOA workshop call Audry 815-245-0914 24 Villa picnic - all are welcome Call Toby 815-675-9234


Hope Outreach Fundraiser

The Easter Egg

The Hope Outreach Foundation Mission is striving to make available opportunities for individuals to become free of addictive behavior-patterns in a safe, anonymous environment. Opportunities include scholarships to attend 12 step spiritual retreats.

The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.

Celebrating it’s 5th Year Anniversary at: St. Isidore Parish 427 W ArmyTrailRd Bloomingdale, IL. Saturday, April 28th 2012 6:00 P.M.~Social Hour 6:30 - 7:30 P.M.~Dinner 8:00 - 10:00 P.M.~Dancing Tickets $30.00 per person All are welcome to attend to have great food fun and fellowship. DJ and Dancing 50/50 Raffles Door Prizes Silent Auction Flat Screen TV Raffle

In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized His resurrection from the dead. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Vigil (which is equivalent to Holy Saturday), and distributed to the faithful. Each household also brings an Easter basket to church, filled not only with Easter eggs but also with other Paschal foods such as Easter breads and other foods which are blessed by the priest as well.

‘Footloose’ Fashion Show Tickets: Contact Dan Rogers (630) 742-4586, Tom Cleff (708) 528-5204 or Jim Murphy (630) 660-2656 Donations: Mail to the Hope Outreach, P.O. Box 6114, Aurora, IL 60598 For more information, questions or to volunteer for this event, please contact Dan, Tom or Jim. The “Eye” over the Villa. As posted on Facebook by Lorretta Rossini.

Ladies, you are cordially invited to participate in The Creative ‘Footloose’ Fashion Show, featuring “you” modeling your own design or favorite style. May 10th at 6:30 pm (The Thursday before Mother’s Day) The Red Carpet Room, The Villa Desiderata We will have raffles, door prizes, and lots of fun. Please bring a wrapped White Elephant item(s). Pot luck buffet. Question? Call Marie at 815-344-2552


Dates to Remember Friday, April 6th Good Friday Sunday, April 8th Easter Thursday, May 10th 6:30 Villa Tea Sunday, May 13th Mother’s Day Wednesday, May 30th Memorial Day Sunday, June 17th Fathers Day Wednesday, June 20th First Day of Spring Sunday, June 24th Fr. Lutz Memorial Picnic

Villa Clean-Up Many volunteer’s are needed to help clean up the Villa grounds in preparation of the picnic fundraiser. Much needs to be done after this winter, including raking, weeding, sweeping and general sprucing up. If you have some spare time between now and June 25th, please come and do whatever you can. All are welcome - young, old, or young at heart. Please bring a pair of work gloves and the willingness to help make our beautiful Villa, beautiful.

14th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser In Memory of Fr Lutz Picnic Sunday June 25th The main purpose of our annual scholarship fund raiser is to provide for "needy" students. Fr. Lutz encouraged education in the community and helped the needy. Names of candidates may be submitted to the Villa Board of Directors by anyone in the community. Then the candidate completes an application for consideration. The Scholarship Fund exists because of the generosity of so many people. Any donation is greatly appreciated, in the interest of continuing education. We thank you for your support. The Villa Desiderata 3015 N Bayview Ln, McHenry, IL The last Sunday in June - the 25th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Music/entertainment will be provided BYOF - bring your own food Suggested donation - $8.00

Oprah’s O Magazine CONGRATULATIONS!! Dottie and Irv Becker will be married 62 years on May 20th!! We congratulate them and wish them well.

Open Mic Night Fantastic entertainment is provided by Dominick the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Come, have fun and share an appetizer. A $5 donation is appreciated. Don’t forget April 18th, May 16th, June 20th Save it on your calendar.

Dear Villa Desiderata Retreat House: We are writing to express our thanks for being a part of Retreat Finder and for your listing. It’s because of the strength of the spiritual and healing retreats offered by centers like yours that Retreat Finder gained the attention of Oprah's O Magazine. We were mentioned in this month's issue. Thank you for all the work you do to create these wonderful spiritual and healing retreats which enrich the lives of so many. We are proud to be able to support your work!


Dear Lord Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends in the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for an improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening sureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I might be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint--some of them are so hard to live with--but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, find talents in unexpected people, and give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen Timely no matter what century, although it seems contemporary from Emmanuel Episcopal Church Rector, Chuck Mullaly found in January 2012 The Emmanuel Way Chris and Art Houtsinger Jesus take the wheel.

My Favorite Animal My teacher asked what my favorite animal was and I said, "Fried chicken." She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right because everyone else laughed. My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. I do too...especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office. I told him what happened and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again. The next day in class, my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken. She sent me back to the principal's office. He laughed, told me not to do it again. I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am. Today my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admire most. I told her, "Colonel Sanders." Guess where I am now. Father John Hergenrother

Villa Voice Submissions If you have anything you’d like to share in the next issue of the Villa Voice, (July/Aug/Sept) (anniversaries, birthday’s, weddings or special events) please email it to villavoicenewsletter@yahoo.com by June 15th. Thank you, Diane Anderson Editor

Villa Voice April May June 2012  

Included in this issue of the Villa Voice: Hope Outreach Fundraiser: dinner, dancing, social hour Incredible "Eye" picture taken over the V...

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