St. Patrick's ChurchSt. Patrick Church

 A Parish in the Diocese of Rockford 

612 Highland Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021

815-284-7719 phone
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October 15, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to be a part of the High School Teacher Institute at Newman High School.  The keynote speaker was Fr. Tom McCarthy and he spoke about the need to truly witness to the Gospel message of Christ.  He said that there are 4 main words that we can focus on if we want to be good witnesses who can help others by the way we live.  I found his talk to be very helpful, so I’m going to share his 4 words here:

1.      JOY

Do we let our joy shine through or do others sense vinegar when they are around us?  Do we live in fear in our day to day lives – because fear is a thief that steals our joy.

2.      GIFT

Are we aware of all that we have been given?  Do we see Faith as a gift that we are to use?  Rejoice at what you have been given and delight to share it with others!


Do we continue to turn to the Lord even when things are difficult?  How far are we willng to go in service of God.  How do we profess our faith as we go about our day to day lives and when people encounter us, do they see our fidelity?

4.      LOVE

Do I follow God out of a sense of duty or out of Love?  Love is a deeper and lasting motivatior.  Can people tell that I am in love with God?

All of these considerations boil down to the following: “People need to know that we care before they care what we know!”

Let’s strive to be good witnesses to Christ this week!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

October 8, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I want to begin by acknowledging the fact that there have been a lot of natural disasters lately, and with that the Church in the United States has stepped up to Christ’s challenge that we serve and help provide for those in need.  Here at St. Patrick we have taken up several collections to aid these beloved sons and daughters of God, and I personally am so grateful for your generosity and for knowing that we have helped them in a major way – THANK YOU!

At the same time, the flip side of the coin when we have these hurricanes and earthquakes is that we might wonder why God would allow these things!  The bottom line is that suffering surrounds all of us in our own ways all the time, and it is never easy to deal with.  In light of this, I’d like to propose that we all spend some time this week listening to a talk on Formed.Org titled “Making Sense of Suffering” by Dr. Scott Hahn.  As I’ve said before, it is so important that we strive to learn more and more about our faith so that we can love it more!  We hear all kinds of devastating news when we turn on the television, so why don’t we try to counteract that and bring joy to our hearts by studying our Faith!

Now, I’ll admit right now that it might not seem all that exciting at first, kind of like a kid going back for the first day of school at the end of the summer – but if you give it time, you will grow to love and appreciate your Faith on a deeper level and if you really give it a shot, IT WILL impact your life! 

Also, as I mentioned last week, there is SO much stuff available at Formed.Org (as a reminder the Parish Code is: d0c7cc) so feel free to check out all kinds of other talks and videos as well! Happy studying!

God Bless,
Fr. Romke

P.S.  I would like to express my profound thanks to Penny Mallo for her years of service as the Parish Respect Life Coordinator!  Her leadership and passionate heart for the Pro-Life cause is truly inspiring!  At this time we are looking for a new Coordinator for our Pro-Life group, so I’d like to invite you to pray about it and see if God may be asking you to join or even lead this wonderful group of dedicated individuals.  If so please contact the office! 

September 24, 2017

Dear St. Patrick Family,

          As I wrote that opening line, calling you all “Family,” I couldn’t help but have a big smile come across my face.  I say this because all of us want to belong to something, and it is important for us all to know that we are a part of something.  Think about what it must have been like for Adam when he was in the garden, before God created Eve.  God Himself said “It is not good for man to be alone” and immediately after that, God put Adam into a deep sleep, and when he awoke, Eve was by his side – if only all great relationships could be formed simply by taking a nap!

          I know for a fact that God’s words – that it is not good for us to be alone – still stand true today.  This is why I delight in being able to call all of you my parish family.  My hope is that you feel this same way about out great parish, that it is a supportive and loving family, a place where you come to belong and know that you are welcomed and loved.  I think that this aspect of parish life and being a part of the Church is something that can be so beneficial to consider!  You see, in today’s world there is more communication than ever before, and we can easily connect with others via skype, facebook, or any other sort of social media app that comes along.  Because of this many people feel more connected than ever before, yet at the same time many people report feeling lonelier than ever before in their lives.  The reason why this is the case is because we all need real, true, and life-giving human interaction.  Just checking in from afar doesn’t fill the need that we have for real-human interaction.  This is precisely why Jesus came from heaven to earth, took on flesh, and walked this earth as a Divine person with both a Divine and a human nature.  Jesus wanted to be as close to us as possible so that He could teach us about Our Heavenly Father, and in doing so He could bring us into His family.  It is because of our relationship and union with Christ that each of us share a Heavenly Father – which in turn make each of us brothers and sisters in Christ.  There is a reason why Jesus established the Church!  He wants for us to journey deeper in Faith together and to not be lone-rangers on our quest for God!

          Often, I think that when we hear ourselves referred to as brothers and sisters in Christ, that we let this notion go in one ear and out the other.  It can be so easy to miss the significance of these names, but it is SO important that we don’t do so!  You see, our relationship with God as Our Father is the greatest relationship that we could ever have, it provides us with our dignity and worth, and nothing can ever take this away!  On the day to day level, this means that as we are gathered together in Church, that we truly are family and that we should delight to be together to Worship the Lord.  The next time that you are in Church, take a look around, notice the people in front of you, behind you, and to the side of you.  Understand how amazing it is that all of these people are children of God, and that we are all part of something beautiful that is bigger than ourselves.  Know that you belong, that you are a part of something wonderful, and let this idea put a smile on your face.  Know that if you are ever feeling lonely, that God is with you every step of the way, and that you have a loving and supportive family here at St. Patrick Church!

God Bless You!

Fr. Keith Romke 

October 1, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

About a month ago, I wrote about how important it is for us to continue learning our Faith because it’s really hard to love what you don’t know!

Well, in order to help all of us (myself included!), as a parish,  we are going to be taking advantage of an incredible program produced by the Augustine Institute, called FORMED.  The Augustine Institute is one of the top few organizations that are on the cutting edge of Evangelization today.  The FORMED program makes available to parishes - audio talks, video series, Catholic books that you can download on your Kindle or other devices, and even full length movies on the lives of the saints and other topics!  There is plenty for adults and even material that is made just for kids!  It is truly a limitless resource for us to tap into to deepen your faith!

My hope is that you take advantage of this awesome opportunity to grow in knowledge and love of the God who loves you limitlessly! 

I hope to frequently offer recommendations of things to watch or listen to in my weekly column here in the bulletin, but feel 100% free to cruise around the site: FORMED.ORG by yourself too!

To access the content, go to FORMED.ORG and click on the lower right-hand side where it says “Register” the parish code that you’ll be asked to enter is: d0c7cc (the second digit is a zero).  It is completely free to register and the value that it offers to your soul is priceless!!!!!!

This week I recommend typing “Confession” into the search box on the formed website so that we can all refresh our appreciation and understanding of this great sacrament of Mercy!  Just a reminder, confessions are heard Every Wednesday from 7:30-7:45am, Saturdays from 3:00-4:00pm, and Sundays from 9:00-9:30am, and then on 1st Fridays from 6:00-7:00pm.  Fr. Easton and I hope to see you (or not see you if you confess behind the screen!) in the confessional soon!

God Bless you and enjoy the adventure of deepening your Faith!

-          Fr. Romke

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It is truly a joy to be the administrator of St. Patrick parish here in Dixon!  From the time that I joined the diocese as a seminarian in 2003, as an 18 year-old who had just graduated from High school in Elgin, up until the day before I arrived here and began calling St. Patrick’s my home, I heard people speak about how loving, caring, and vibrant this parish is.  As I made my way through 4 years of Philosophical Studies at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Nebraska, followed by 4 years of studying Theology in Rome, I wondered with great anticipation what parishes I would serve as an associate priest after my ordination in 2011, and ultimately what my first parish as administrator would be.  I served as an associate at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia and St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park along with being the Diocesan Director of Vocations since 2013.  When the time came that the bishop entrusted me with shepherding my own parish, and I was told I’d be coming to St. Patrick Parish in Dixon, I was thrilled and humbled to be asked to minister to the people of such a great community and parish.  Know that I am ready and willing to help everyone and anyone however I can so that we can all continue to grow in our love and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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