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

January 8, 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!
Here we are at the start of the New Year, this great time when so many people make resolutions to better themselves and their lives.  Many people will get gym memberships in an attempt to get in shape, other will give up smoking or some other habit, and still others may resolve to spend less time watching T.V. and to spend more time with family.  The thing that amazes me (and I’m speaking from my own experience here) is how easy it is to get excited about a resolution and the change that it could bring about, but then within days, weeks, or months to have forgotten about the resolution altogether as we slip right back into our routine.
I think that the resolutions that seem to last the longest and that we have the greatest shot of sticking with and making progress in are those in which we have a trainer or a coach, or a partner whom we enter into the quest with.  It is invaluable to have another individual whom we are accountable to and who can help cheer us on.
Even though we’re a handful of days into 2018 already, I’m going to propose that the best way to grow and to improve ourselves is to invite Jesus to be our guide and our trainer.  What I mean by this is that we need to do two things: First we ought to pray and to deeply reflect on our lives, and to ask God what areas of our live He wants for us to grow in.  Often we might be tempted to resolve to do things that don’t really reach to the core of who we are, while at the same time we have some deeper areas that need resolving but we’re hesitant to go there!  If we really want to grow, then we need to be willing to let God point out our deepest areas of growth, and to not be afraid let Him in.  Secondly, we need to pray each day for the strength to stand strong and to keep going in our resolutions.  Again, on our own it can be easy to give up, but if we have someone helping us along, it can do wonders to helping us stick with it.  Jesus, in giving us His grace, is the best coach and trainer that we could ever hope for.  So enter in fully with the Lord, and enjoy the progress that you’re sure to slowly see one day and one step at a time.
God Bless,
Fr. Romke

December 31, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

We are right on the cusp of having another year gone by with another one ready to start.  We have once again reached this point where even those who aren’t seeking to grow closer to God seem to want to grow, to improve themselves, and to become better people.  Hopefully this will go well for them.  But what about those of us who are committed to living for God?  Well, we have two big things going for us.  First, that we aren’t on our own to fulfill whatever we discover needs to be worked on.  We have the help of the Holy Spirit and the aid of God’s Grace in everything that we do so long as we ask for it!  Secondly, if we are doing things right, then we aren’t left wondering what a good resolution might be.  You see, God already knows exactly what He wants for you to work on, because He knows what you are capable of and who He is calling you to be!  If you want for this year to be better than the last, or for this year to be the best year of your life, it all starts with letting God plan it out for you, which requires letting go and letting Him show you what steps to take.  We all need to give God just a little more control (actually a lot more, but we’ll start small so as not to overwhelm anyone!) of our day to day lives so that He can maximize our potential for a great year.  So what are you waiting for?  This new adventure starts tomorrow, so get praying!

God Bless,

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 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

All day preschool

First Communion

to our First Communicants who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on April 14, 2018!
Jessica Ardis
Ariella Ashley
Teague Bray
Kyara Chavez
Charles Connors
Aubrey Devine
Aracely Flores
Jade Grossmann
Miles Grot
Jason Hemmen
Desmond Kelly
Kyle Lahey
Isabella Lanning
Abigail Levan
Alana Lorenzen
Mindy Lorenzen
Braelynn Melsness
Brooks Palmer
Jackson Palmer
Beckham Rock
Mason Schaefer
Lola Schwarz
Trevor Simpson
Brennan Summers
Tatiana Velasco
Ryann Wadsworth
Tyson Williams
Brady Zeller-Rosinski

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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