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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October 22, 2017

Dearest Brothers and Sisters,

The greatest thing about being a part of a family is that when one member wins, we all win!  The reason why I’m mentioning this is because our boys and girls from St. Mary’s Grade School who run Cross Country as a part of the Sauk Valley Saints (an awesome team comprised of students from the Catholic schools in the area) had a phenomenal season.  In fact 4 of our boys from St. Mary’s (Landen Summers, Connor Simpson, Kaden Welty, and Lucas Simpson), running as a team, qualified for state and placed 12th!  I could not be prouder of their efforts and the hard work that they put in to achieve this goal! Our volleyball teams did great too!
 
I mention all of this again, because as a Church we are a part of an incredible Catholic Family of Faith!  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and St. Paul tells us that we are to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.”  It is my hope that we all can rejoice with each other for all of our successes at a parish family and to support and pull together when any of us are struggling (i.e. through our amazing St. Vincent De Paul Society, Loaves and Fishes, and so many other great groups!)
 
As I mentioned above, we currently ought to rejoice at the great efforts of our “State Athletes!”  So too, I am proud of our school for so much more than athletics.  We are blessed with a phenomenal principal, a team of teachers and staff who are kind, compassionate, and who love building up and growing both minds and hearts.  I am amazed every time I visit the school – which is almost every day – at everything that is going on, including the way both teachers and parents alike are constantly coming up with ways to teach our kids to help out and to give back to our community.  I have to say that in the couple of months that school has been in session, I have been impressed and that I am glad to be able to be a part of such a great family!
 
So thank you everyone for your support of the school, and most of all I ask that we continue to pray for all of the kids there as well as all of our amazing kids who attend other schools.  Pray for all of our kids at St. Patrick’s so that they can grow in their love of the Lord!
God Bless You,
Fr. Romke

October 15, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to be a part of the High School Teacher Institute at Newman High School.  The keynote speaker was Fr. Tom McCarthy and he spoke about the need to truly witness to the Gospel message of Christ.  He said that there are 4 main words that we can focus on if we want to be good witnesses who can help others by the way we live.  I found his talk to be very helpful, so I’m going to share his 4 words here:

1.      JOY

Do we let our joy shine through or do others sense vinegar when they are around us?  Do we live in fear in our day to day lives – because fear is a thief that steals our joy.

2.      GIFT

Are we aware of all that we have been given?  Do we see Faith as a gift that we are to use?  Rejoice at what you have been given and delight to share it with others!

3.      FAITHFULNESS

Do we continue to turn to the Lord even when things are difficult?  How far are we willng to go in service of God.  How do we profess our faith as we go about our day to day lives and when people encounter us, do they see our fidelity?

4.      LOVE

Do I follow God out of a sense of duty or out of Love?  Love is a deeper and lasting motivatior.  Can people tell that I am in love with God?

All of these considerations boil down to the following: “People need to know that we care before they care what we know!”

Let’s strive to be good witnesses to Christ this week!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

October 1, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

About a month ago, I wrote about how important it is for us to continue learning our Faith because it’s really hard to love what you don’t know!

Well, in order to help all of us (myself included!), as a parish,  we are going to be taking advantage of an incredible program produced by the Augustine Institute, called FORMED.  The Augustine Institute is one of the top few organizations that are on the cutting edge of Evangelization today.  The FORMED program makes available to parishes - audio talks, video series, Catholic books that you can download on your Kindle or other devices, and even full length movies on the lives of the saints and other topics!  There is plenty for adults and even material that is made just for kids!  It is truly a limitless resource for us to tap into to deepen your faith!

My hope is that you take advantage of this awesome opportunity to grow in knowledge and love of the God who loves you limitlessly! 

I hope to frequently offer recommendations of things to watch or listen to in my weekly column here in the bulletin, but feel 100% free to cruise around the site: FORMED.ORG by yourself too!

To access the content, go to FORMED.ORG and click on the lower right-hand side where it says “Register” the parish code that you’ll be asked to enter is: d0c7cc (the second digit is a zero).  It is completely free to register and the value that it offers to your soul is priceless!!!!!!

This week I recommend typing “Confession” into the search box on the formed website so that we can all refresh our appreciation and understanding of this great sacrament of Mercy!  Just a reminder, confessions are heard Every Wednesday from 7:30-7:45am, Saturdays from 3:00-4:00pm, and Sundays from 9:00-9:30am, and then on 1st Fridays from 6:00-7:00pm.  Fr. Easton and I hope to see you (or not see you if you confess behind the screen!) in the confessional soon!

God Bless you and enjoy the adventure of deepening your Faith!

-          Fr. Romke

October 8, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I want to begin by acknowledging the fact that there have been a lot of natural disasters lately, and with that the Church in the United States has stepped up to Christ’s challenge that we serve and help provide for those in need.  Here at St. Patrick we have taken up several collections to aid these beloved sons and daughters of God, and I personally am so grateful for your generosity and for knowing that we have helped them in a major way – THANK YOU!

At the same time, the flip side of the coin when we have these hurricanes and earthquakes is that we might wonder why God would allow these things!  The bottom line is that suffering surrounds all of us in our own ways all the time, and it is never easy to deal with.  In light of this, I’d like to propose that we all spend some time this week listening to a talk on Formed.Org titled “Making Sense of Suffering” by Dr. Scott Hahn.  As I’ve said before, it is so important that we strive to learn more and more about our faith so that we can love it more!  We hear all kinds of devastating news when we turn on the television, so why don’t we try to counteract that and bring joy to our hearts by studying our Faith!

Now, I’ll admit right now that it might not seem all that exciting at first, kind of like a kid going back for the first day of school at the end of the summer – but if you give it time, you will grow to love and appreciate your Faith on a deeper level and if you really give it a shot, IT WILL impact your life! 

Also, as I mentioned last week, there is SO much stuff available at Formed.Org (as a reminder the Parish Code is: d0c7cc) so feel free to check out all kinds of other talks and videos as well! Happy studying!

God Bless,
Fr. Romke

P.S.  I would like to express my profound thanks to Penny Mallo for her years of service as the Parish Respect Life Coordinator!  Her leadership and passionate heart for the Pro-Life cause is truly inspiring!  At this time we are looking for a new Coordinator for our Pro-Life group, so I’d like to invite you to pray about it and see if God may be asking you to join or even lead this wonderful group of dedicated individuals.  If so please contact the office! 

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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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