St. Patrick's ChurchSt. Patrick Church

 A Parish in the Diocese of Rockford 

612 Highland Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021

815-284-7719 phone
815-284-4758 fax

St. Patrick Church email

December 24, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

          Merry Christmas!  Unto us a child is born!  Christmas is such a magical time, when all is calm, and we envision what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph to gaze upon the Christ Child as He lay sleeping in the manger.  For me to some “Silent Night” sums up the beauty and the profoundness of the gift that was given to humanity on Christmas.  It is my hope and prayer that we all understand and recognize that Jesus is the greatest gift that we receive at Christmas and each and every day of our lives for that matter!

          Being able to worship our loving God here at St. Patrick’s with all of you is going to make this Christmas extra special, I thank God always for the gift that you all are to me.  I love how the celebration of Christmas Mass brings everyone together to enjoy the peace and joy that God comes to bring and I can't wait to experience this with all of you.

          I’m also excited to let you know that some parishioners have generously donated copies of Matthew Kelly’s new book: “Perfectly Yourself” for each family, and these will be handed out as a Christmas gift from the parish as you walk in to Mass on Christmas.  The subtitle of the book is “Discovering God’s Dream For You” which is perfect for Christmas because as Baby Jesus slept, He dreamt of saving each of us from sin and death, and we know that as He grew older, He completed His end of the bargain, but in order to complete the story and enable God’s dream for us to end happily ever after, we need to do our part! So please take and enjoy the book and continue to become more perfectly yourself, because God made you, and He did a great job!

          Merry Christmas and God Bless you,

          Fr. Romke

December 17, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

As part of the mission of our Church, we are called to educate our children in our beautiful Catholic faith.  To do this, it takes all of us; those who have small children, grown children, grandchildren and those who don’t have any children.  We are all responsible for their Catholic Education.  

We know giving a child a Catholic Education at a Catholic School is a sacrifice for families and our church communities.  Now there is a new and exciting opportunity we have here in the State of Illinois.

Earlier this fall, the State of Illinois passed the Invest in Kids Act.  This legislation outlined the state’s program to fund public schools, but it also created the tax scholarship program.  The tax scholarship program is designed to give all families, regardless of income, access to choices in education…including Catholic Schools. 

The new law has allowed for private, non-profit organizations to accept donations and give out private school scholarships to students in grades K-12 based on income.  Our Diocese has chosen to partner with Empower Illinois and all correspondences will go through them.

Scholarships of 50, 75 or 100% of tuition and necessary fees based on income will be available to students.    A chart with qualifying incomes is available in today’s bulletin.  If you or someone you know would qualify, please encourage them to apply!

However, for the scholarships to be available to needy students, we also need your help.  This is not a state funded program.  The program will be funded completely by donations.  Donations can be made on the corporate level or as an individual.  No amount is too small! 

As an incentive, the State has agreed to give a 75% tax credit for the amount of the donation up to $1 million dollars.  For example:  A person donates $1000 to the program.  In return they receive a $750 tax credit on their State income taxes.  So their $1000 donation really cost them $250. 

Individuals can direct their donation to a specific school or subset of school.  If you decided to donate, we ask that you specify St. Mary Elementary and Jr. High.  This way we can help the families right here in our community give their children the blessing of a Catholic Education in a Catholic School.

DONATIONS:  In order to donate there are some steps that have to be taken ahead of time, so please review this information at the Empower Illinois website,

The applications for students are expected to begin January 24, 2018. 

Now obviously this is the simple explanation of the new tax scholarship program.  If you would like to know more information or have specific questions, please contact Beth Heitkamp at the Rockford Diocese 815.399.4300, Jean Spohn at St. Mary’s 815.284.6986 or Caroline Toppert, Business Manager/St. Mary’s 815.284.7719

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Keith Romke

December 3, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I am filled with emotion as I tell you that a new, beautiful statue of St. Peregrine has been donated to our parish by Bob and Gerry Stevens.  For those of you who don’t know, St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those who have cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.  I have been wanting to bring awareness of this incredible saint to our parish because there are so many people among our own family, friends, and parish who are affected by this disease. 

Here is a quick overview of his story: St. Peregrine was a priest member of the Servite order in Italy, who in the 1300’s was diagnosed as having a painful cancerous ulcer in his right leg that would not stop bleeding.  After a doctor came to visit the friary, everyone was in agreement that the only way to save Peregrine was for the leg to be amputated.  The night before the operation was to occur, despite the pain, Peregrine made his way into the chapter room so that he could pray in front of the crucifix that was there.  After a while of intense prayer, he fell asleep, and in a dream he saw Jesus come down from the cross and touch the wound on his leg.  When he awoke he looked down at his leg which was completely healed and when the doctor arrived he declared Peregrine to be cancer free. Word of this miracle quickly spread and following his death in 1345, those who were sick began to ask his intercession, many of which have been cured.  The lesson for all of us is not just that a miracle was granted but that a faithful servant placed himself, unconditionally, in the hands of God.  Peregrine’s trust in God therefore serves as a model for those dealing with sickness.  For this reason Peregrine is the patron Saint of those with Cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

In conjunction with receiving this great gift, I will be blessing the statue during the 10:30 Mass on Dec. 10th.  Then, following the Mass there will be a short service during which anyone who is seriously sick may come forward to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Sometimes people ask who this sacrament is for – the Catechism explains that the Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived."  This beautiful sacrament is a great source of strength and defends against fear that can come in the face of illness.  So if you or anyone you know may be in need of this sacrament, please make sure to come or to invite them to come to the 10:30 Mass and to stay afterwards on Dec. 10th!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

December 10, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Two weeks ago I was happy to announce the direction that we are going with regarding the flooring project that was begun by Fr. Sehr before Fr. Easton’s and my arrival.  Over the last 6 months many people had asked me what the status of the project was so I was glad to be able to give an update.  For those of you who may have been out of town, or for anyone who wanted a little more clarification, I figured I’d recap things here:  

The current carpet has been in place since 1997 and has all of the wear, tear, spills, stains, and fading that you’d expect to see after 20 years of use in a high traffic area!  So too there is a large hole by one of the doorways.  Because of this Fr. Sehr had begun to get bids to redo the floor.  Since my arrival the finance council as well as the parish pastoral council have had numerous in-depth discussions the direction of this projects, and we have decided to move ahead with it.

The first phase of the project will see a beautiful new marble floor installed into our sanctuary.  The councils and I looks at many different samples and products to see what material would be the best fit, and after factoring in the that the cost of labor is the same regardless of what product we select, we realized that it was not all that significant of a difference to renew our floor with a beautiful marble rather than a different material.  So the plan will be to install a crème colored floor into our sanctuary along with the necessary addition of 2 handrails to assist the cantors, lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers to have safe access the sanctuary during Mass.  The second phase will be to replace our existing carpet with quality carpet squares which will allow us to replace individual pieces should spills, stains or other issues arise in the future.  The ability to easily replace damaged sections of the carpet along with the durability of a marble floor will make these new additions last for generations which of course is a great thing!

We hope to begin phase 1 this spring, with phase 2 getting underway shortly thereafter so long as we have the funds for it.  The entire project is going to cost roughly $58,000.  I would like to ask you to please prayerfully consider giving to this project.  You can do so either by stopping in the office to drop off your donation or by placing it in the collection in an envelope clearly marked “flooring-project.”  Allow me to also say thank you in advance both for your generosity with this plan and also THANK YOU for making St. Patrick’s a special home for us all and a great place to be!

God Bless You,

Fr. Romke

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The Parish Office summer hours will begin Friday, June 1st.

We will be open regular hours 8-12 & 12:30-3:30pm Monday - Thursday.

We will be closed each Friday starting June 1st.

Bulletin information is needed by 10:00 am on Mondays.

From the Desk of Father Romke

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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