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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July 16, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Among the countless great treasures of our Catholic Faith are the prayers that have been handed on to us through the centuries.  One such prayer is the Memorare, which encourages us to ask for the intercession of Our Lady.  Allow me to remind everyone here that as Catholics we don't "pray" to Mary, nor do we think that she on her own has power to grant any petitions or make anything happen – but rather we believe that if we speak to her through prayer, that she will then present our petitions to her Son Jesus, who CAN make things happen!

Here is the Memorare:  

"Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen."

I'm mentioning this beautiful prayer because I think it would be awesome to pray as a community before any Masses in which we don't have music (Weekday Masses and the 6:00p.m. Sunday Mass) rather than the priest, deacon, and servers processing in in silence.  My hope is that asking Mary's intercession will help us to emulate her throughout the Mass, so that we can receive whatever graces God has in store for us just like Mary willingly and openly received Jesus into her heart and into her life.  Let us be willing to repeat with Mary every day: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Word!"

Have a Blessed week!

God Bless,

Fr. Romkeā€‹

July 9, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Chances are that by the time you are reading this column, you will have already went to Mass and heard a homily preached on today's Gospel. That being said, I feel compelled to write on this passage because it is one of my absolute favorites in all of scripture! My guess is that most of us sometimes feel like we have a whole lot on our plate and that sometimes we get stressed out and feel like we don't know where to turn. When this happens I know from experience that the first thing that comes to mind to do in order to get all the work done is to double down and work harder for a longer amount of time.  Sometimes this can work, but a lot of times all it does is exhaust us and make us feel burnt out. It's as if we're in the middle of mile number 2 of a marathon and because we see that we have so much farther to go, we decide to start running as fast as we can! It's not going to work! This is why Jesus tells us to come to Him when we labor and are heavy burdened and that He will give us rest! I can tell you from experience that when I take time to pray, even though that means spending a few minutes when I am not directly working on the things that need to get done, that that time is well worth it, and the results always prove this fact!  So this week if you feel overwhelmed or get stressed or don't know what to do next, let me encourage you to make prayer the next step! Hand it over to the Lord, and know that one way or another He will help you to get the job done!

God Bless you,

Fr. Romke

June 25, 2017

Dearest People of St Patrick’s,
I want to begin by saying how inspired and I honored I was to be a part of the Corpus Christi Procession last Sunday.  I am so grateful that so many people helped to make the event beautiful for our Lord.  Thank you to all who participated and especially for those who made the procession possible!  God Bless you all!
I also want to say that after 4 weeks of being your priest, I’m getting more excited each day to journey together closer towards our Lord.  Of course the number one way that a priest can provide for his people is to provide the sacraments!  Fr. Easton and I have been talking and trying to figure out the best ways for us to fulfill our mission to lead and guide the parish, and the answer that keeps coming up is: “Give them Jesus!”  For this reason (made possible by having 2 priests now) we have decided that beginning in July, we are going to offer 2 daily Masses Monday through Friday, along with adding a Saturday morning Mass, and adding in 2 new time slots for confession.  We thought long and hard about what time to schedule in these Masses, and in the end we made our decision based on trying to make attending Mass possible for as many people as we can.  The schedule will look like this:
Monday – 7:00 a.m. and 8:05 a.m.
Tuesday – 8:05 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday – 7:00 a.m. and 8:05 a.m.
Thursday – 7:00 a.m. and 8:05 a.m.
Friday – 7:00 a.m. and 8:05 a.m.
Saturday – 8:05 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday – 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.
We are excited to be able to offer a 7:00 Mass most mornings so that those who go to work early can still attend Mass, and the 8:05 time slot is going to be perfect to enable the kids from the school to each attend Mass twice a week instead of just once (Wednesday will still be an All-School Mass, with 2 or 3 classes at a time coming on the remaining weekdays!)
As for confessions, we will still be distributing God’s Mercy on Saturdays from 3-4 p.m., and in addition we’ll be absolving sins on Wednesday from 7:30-7:45 and on Sunday from 9:00-9:30.
I hope that you will all be excited about these new opportunities! Let me conclude by saying that Fr. Easton and I are so happy to be here and we could not be more appreciative of your amazing welcome to both of us.  I keep thanking God everyday for the blessing of being here with all of you.

God Bless,
Fr. Romke

July 2, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I'm finding it hard to express just how much I love St. Patrick's Church as well as the city of Dixon.  Last week's picnic was absolutely amazing (The people, the food, and the music!)  I want to thank specifically all who organized the event, those who brought dishes to pass, and Oliver's Corner Market for providing us with such delicious meat!  As I walked around and meet you all I just kept thanking God for the gift of being assigned to St. Patrick's!

I'm also really looking forward to the legendary Petunia Festival and especially the parade.  I hear that my front lawn is the place to be!  

Finally, as we celebrate our nation's freedom on Tuesday I want to thank all of our service men and women, especially those from our parish who are serving our country.  Let me also invite everyone to say an extra prayer of thanksgiving to God on Tuesday for the freedom that He offers us through the sacrifice of Jesus.  Everyone is welcome to come to Mass at 9:00 a.m. on the 4th!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

P.S. - After years of faithful service, Molly Smith is going to be moving and we are sad to see her go!  In light of her move, we have an opening for a full-time parish secretary position.  To apply for this position, please submit a resume to the parish office by July 12th.  Please contact the parish office for more information.

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From the Desk of Father Romke

                                                                  Welcome!RomkeKeith
 
 
 
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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