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

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

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.

June 18, 2017

Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, a day on which we uphold and cherish the gift of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  My hope is that when we take time to reflect upon the love of our Lord, that we realize that Christ is truly with us always in the Eucharist. When we come to pray before the tabernacle or when we have the opportunity to spend time in adoration, as we bring ourselves into the presence of the Eucharist, the Body of Christ, in that moment Jesus Himself is present in our midst just as truly as when we stand in a room with our best friend.  This is a reality that is life changing when we grasp its depth!

Let me share just one place where the reality of Christ's presence in the Eucharist changes everything and is a huge source of strength and hope: I'm sure that all of us have had loved ones pass away and go on to meet the Lord.  Now, while due to our Faith we of course have firm and certain hope that they are at peace and are dwelling with God, at the very same time we of course still miss those who we love and we naturally find ourselves wishing that we could still be with them.  Thankfully we're in luck!  I say this because Jesus' presence in the Eucharist is link between us and them!  Think about it this way - If I'm in a room talking to Fr. Easton, and at the very same time you are also in a room talking with Fr. Easton, what would that mean regarding you and me?  I think the obvious answer is that you and I would be in each other's presence in that room as well!  The fact of the matter is that when we are in the presence of the Eucharist, we are present in the room before Jesus, and at the very same time, all of the angels and saints are at that very same time in the presence of Jesus in heaven.  Now if we are with Jesus and they are with Jesus, guess what?  It means that through the Eucharist, through the presence of Christ, we are present with those who dwell in heaven above.  The Eucharist is a window into heaven and a perfect link between heaven and earth!  So know that spending time in prayer before the tabernacle or in adoration is a great way to peacefully and quietly spend time with our loved ones who have gone on before us.  You can always "see them in the Eucharist!"

God Bless you and have a great week!

Fr. Romke 

P.S. Next Sunday is our Parish picnic and I could not be more excited for! I'm looking forward to lots of fun as well as a great opportunity to talk with all of you and get to know you more! Hope to see you there!

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

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                     Holy Week Events
Sun.- March 25    Palm Sunday
Mon.- March 26  Loaves & Fishes 5 - 6pm
                           LOTW Group 6:30pm

- March 27   The 4th Cup-Eucharistic Spirituality 7pm
                           St. Vincent DePaul Meeting 3pm
                           Adult Choir Practice 6:00pm

March 28  No Religious Ed or RCIA
Holy Thursday-   Parish Office Closed
   March 29         Chrism Mass at Cathedral 11am
Holy Thursday Server Practice 3pm
                           Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7pm

Good Friday
-      Parish Office Closed
    March 30        Good Friday Server Practice 9am
                       Lord’s Passion & Veneration of the Cross 1pm

Holy Saturday
-   RCIA-Easter Vigil Practice
    March 31        Server Practice for Easter Vigil 10am
                            Easter Vigil Mass 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday -   Masses at 8:00 am Adult choir
    April 1             
10:30 am

- April 2 -   Parish Office Closed
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On Palm Sunday, we will be receiving palms to remind us of Christ’s entrance in Jerusalem. What do we do with the palms we took home last year? They are Blessed, and therefore, must not be simply thrown away. To be properly disposed of, they must be burned. Consider making this part of your family’s tradition and prayer during lent.

Lenten Talks 2018

Adult Choir

Fish Fry LogoFriday March 23rd
Serving 5-7pm
St. Patrick's Holloway Center
Choice of Baked or Fried Cod,
Choice of Baked Potato or French Fries,
Grilled cheese sandwiches also available
All Dinners include
vegetable, salad, roll, dessert & beverage

Adult Meals $10, Seniors $9 
Children under 12 $6

Carry out orders are welcomed & available


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 Lenten Communal Penances

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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Stations of the Cross will be held
in the church at 5:15 pm on Friday

evenings during Lent.

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   We have Assistive hearing devices available in a basket on the usher’s table in the narthex.
There are four and there is a sign out sheet. They must be returned at the conclusion of Mass for the next user.
Need help? Just ask an usher.