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

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August 13, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I was recently reminded of how important it is to be filled with gratitude on a day-to-day basis and to take note of the things that we have to be thankful for.  As a result, I have spent a lot of time the past week praying and thanking God for the fact that we have such a beautiful Church, a loving, caring, and supportive parish community, an amazing office staff that is helpful and welcoming, and an incredible school that thrives due to the attentive care of the administration as well as the passion of the teachers.  We truly have so much to be thankful for here at St Patrick's and St Mary's!  If we were to add in all of the other various aspects of our lives that we have to be thankful for, the list would go on and on.  I encourage you to take time this week to pray and ask God to help you see all the things that you have to be grateful for.

The reason why I am specifically pinpointing gratitude as something that we need to call to mind is because being thankful can help us to avoid many of the temptations that can threaten to take away our peace on a daily basis.  You see, anger, jealousy, impatience, and any other slew of attitudes or feelings that can creep in will be unable to sink in and grab a foothold in our hearts so long as we turn our minds to God in thanksgiving for all that he has given us.  However, if we fail to take note of all that we have been given, it can be oh so easy to be filled with self-pity and to feel like others are mistreating us and leaving us without the things we need to be happy.

So think about all that you have been given, give thanks to God, and live each day of your life as a response of gratitude to the God who has given you so much!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

August 6, 2017

Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This past week I was at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford with all of the seminarians of the diocese on their annual seminarian retreat. It was such a joy to witness their faith and their Joy as they follow God's call. So too, each of the talks that were given by The Retreat director were extremely inspiring and helped deepen my own relationship with the Lord. All this being said, the greatest delight was being able to spend time with the retreat director, who was actually my spiritual director for three years while I was in college seminary in Nebraska.  It was my one-on-one conversations with him that were the most powerful moments of the retreat, where I feel God moved the most in my heart. My reason for sharing this with all of you is because I think that we frequently may notice others and be inspired by their faith, we may also hear others teach something about God that impacts us in a certain way, but I think that sometimes we may hesitate to open up our hearts and share how God is working in our own lives in a deep way. How often do you share your faith life with your friends or others around you? Do you have people in your life whom you would consider to be spiritual friends? My encouragement this week is to reach out and connect with someone on a spiritual level. Share your heart and where God has been active in your life. My Hope and expectation is that you will find this encounter and practice to be life-giving and that your friend will feel the same way!

As I'm mentioning spiritual friendship, I think this is a perfect time for me to say that it is not too early to begin thinking about attending our Parish Light of The World Retreat this upcoming February 9-12.  This event is an incredible opportunity to deepen your friendship with the Lord in a life-changing way while at the same time establishing friendships within our Parish Community. I invite you to pray about attending this retreat because it impacted my life and I know it can do the same for you!

God bless you,

Fr. Romke

July 23, 2017

I don't know about you, but at this point of the summer I always begin to look at everything that is on my plate and I start to get freaked out a little bit! Between retreats that I run, weddings, and other Diocesan in Parish business, it can be extremely easy to lose focus on 2 very important things - the first being why it is that I do what I do, and the second being who it is that provides for me and assures me that I am not alone and that I will in fact make it through!  So the first thing I need to keep in mind is the fact that the reason why I do what I do is because God has called me to it and God has an amazing plan for all of us in all that he calls us to do. And the second thing follows from it, which is that if God is calling us to something he is not going to let us fail! 100% of the time he is going to help us to achieve the result that he desires and that he knows will be best, so long as we are putting in our best effort.  Joe Maddon, the manager of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, tells the team all the time to "Never let the pressure exceed the pleasure!"  If we apply this to all that I said above I hope we can understand that God always wants for us to find joy in the fact of knowing that we are doing his work and that he is with us always! So long as we keep our gaze focused on him and so long as we continue to trust in him, he will ensure us that no matter how busy we get or how stressful things get that he will provide for us and that we never need to let the pressure exceed the pleasure!

God Bless you,

Fr. Romke

P.S. Go Cubs!

July 30, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

When I was growing up I used to love seeing "Christmas in July" sale commercials on the television.  The reason why of course was because as a kid it reminded me that we were only 6 months away from the holiday in which I would receive lots and lots of gifts!

As I grew up and matured, I began to learn the true meaning or the true importance of Christmas.  This holiday of course is an opportunity for us to focus on how God came into our world as man so that he could enter deeply into a relationship with us.  He didn't want to love us from afar, he wanted to enter into as close of a union as possible!  I always find Christmas time to be a time of            peace because I am reminded of how much God loves me and that God truly is present in our world.  In light of this deeper understanding of the true meaning of Christmas, I would like to propose that Christmas in July takes on a whole new meaning! Here as we finish up this month, I would like to invite you to contemplate The Mystery of the gift that we are given it Christmas, the gift of the Incarnation in the gift of God humbling himself to come into our midst as a child.  Do you recall that God is present in your midst and watching over you at every moment at some point during each day? If not, I recommend finding a time each day where you can spend a few minutes contemplating the fact that Christ came into our world on Christmas but that he is still just as present today! We don't have to wait 6 more months to delight in this gift! So unwrap the gift of your faith today and make sure to thank God for all that he has given you!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

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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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