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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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 4, 2017

Dear St. Patrick’s Family,

                I cannot tell you how big of a smile I had on my face just 5 seconds ago when I wrote “Dear St. Patrick’s Family” because I am so thrilled to be able to call you MY family!  A parish is such a special thing to a priest, and I look forward to getting to know all of you and to grow closer to Christ together.  I know that you will have much to teach me and I hope and pray that I can help you as well. 

                I guess this would be a good time to tell you a little about myself!  I grew up in Elgin, about an hour and fifteen minutes away from Dixon.  I graduated from Larkin High School in 2003, and I headed straight into seminary after that – although I hadn’t really considered priesthood all that much until that summer immediately before entering. I attended St. Gregory the Great seminary (Fr. Sehr and I overlapped there for 3 years!) and after graduating from there in 2007 I was assigned to study Theology in Rome. Finally I was ordained in 2011 and after 6 years of priesthood I’m now excited to be here with all of you as your new administrator.  I should also mention that for the past 4 years I have been the Vocation Director for the Diocese, which means that I’m in charge of vocation promotion (let me know if any of your middle school or high school aged kids are interested in our summer vocation camps!) as well as being in charge of the formation of our wonderful seminarians (like Max Oswalt!)  Because I am still going to be the Vocation Director, which will require me to be in my office in Rockford once a week in addition to various trips that I have to take throughout the year to visit the seminaries, the diocese is sending us another priest! I am thrilled to be able to tell you that Fr. Colin Easton, who was ordained just 3 weeks ago, is an incredible man with a huge heart.  I’m very excited to be able to team up with him to be able to do all we can to keep all of the hearts of this parish burning brightly!

                I simply want you all to know that my whole goal of my time here is simply to journey with you, side by side so that we can all fall deeper in love with Christ each and every day.  So let me begin my time here by simply saying thank you in advance for your prayers and thank you for the adventures that we will take together.

God Bless you,

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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