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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March 18, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

                I have to say that some of the most powerful and impactful events in my life that I can look back to as life-changing moments have been some of the retreats that I’ve had the opportunity to attend.  I know for a fact that those who recently attended our Light of the World Retreat would be able to say the same thing! (If you weren’t able to attend this year, make sure to mark your calendars for March 1-4, 2019!)  That being said I know that there are so many people out there who would love to make a spiritual retreat but simply don’t have the time to do so.  Well, if this is where you find yourself, then I’m extremely excited for the opportunity that is being offered to you this week!  You see, this week’s parish mission is essentially like a mini-retreat!  Fr. Gary Caster, a priest from the Peoria Diocese who currently serves as the Chaplain to Williams College in Massachusetts will be here For sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 7:00.  By now you’ve heard me talk about him and he’s preaching all of the Masses on Sunday, so I hope that you’ve made the decision to mark down these three evenings on your calendar!  If not, I hope that this column will be the final push that you need to make it happen.  I cannot stress enough how we are influenced and fed everyday by the world around us and that in order to keep our hearts on fire with the love of God, we need to make every effort that we can be ensure that we are being fed spiritually.  If you’re hungry – then it’s time to eat!  And it just so happens that you can come eat an incredible dinner in the Holloway Center starting at 5:00 on the 19th – the Feast of St. Joseph – and then head upstairs for the mission at 7:00.  We are a full-service parish!  So please give God the chance to feed you and commit to coming to the mission this week!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

March 11, 2018

Dearest Brothers and Sisters,

Congratulations, we’ve officially made it past the half-way point of Lent!  My biggest message for you today is that we don’t get a halftime break!  I’ve always heard it said that when we reach the halfway point of Lent it simply means that we’re warmed up and ready to really dive in!  Don’t let this scare you though – I’m not saying that we have to go crazy and do all kinds of extra penances.  Rather we simply need to do what we set out to do at the beginning but with more fervor, focus, and most importantly with a greater desire to deepen our relationship with God.  Just the other day I was reading a passage from my favorite Saint of all time, St. Catherine of Siena.  She always writes so beautifully in speaking of Our Lord’s Passion.  I want to share with you what she wrote, and I also want to encourage you to pray over this passage for a few minutes every day this week.  And when you do, don’t just read it – meditate on it!  Let your imagination picture each detail that she so vividly describes.  I hope that you will find this exercise as moving as it has been for me.

            “Our King (Christ) behaves like a true knight who perseveres in battle until the enemies are defeated . . . With unarmed hand, nailed fast to the Cross, he defeated the prince of the world, with the wood of the Holy Cross as his mount. This knight of ours came armed with the breastplate of Mary's flesh, flesh that bore the blows to make up for our wickedness. The helmet on his head is the painful crown of thorns, driven right into his brain. The sword at his side is the wound of his side, revealing to us the secret of his heart. It is a sword with a point of light that ought to pierce our inmost heart with the force of love. The staff in his hand is there in mockery. And the gloves on his hands and spurs on his feet are the scarlet wounds in the hands and feet of the gentle loving Word.”

St. Catherine of Siena ~ Pray for us!

God Bless You!

Fr. Romke

February 25, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Gospel reading that we’re given of the transfiguration helps us to see that there is always more beneath the surface and more than meets the eye.  Of course in the case of Jesus, as the 3 apostles saw, there is so much more glory present in Him than we will even be able to handle or understand!  The very same thing is true for each of us.  My guess is that we sometimes forget that we have the Holy Spirit alive within us to such a huge degree.  Unfortunately in our case, we also have stuff hidden within that we would LOVE to have stay hidden and unknown.  Perhaps we cringe to ponder what others would think of us if they really knew some of our faults and failings.  Now, my guess is that over time we become pretty good and hiding these things and putting on a mask that tells the world that we have it all together.  But even if we do this, we ourselves still know that there is junk in the closet of our heart.

Thankfully God offers us an opportunity (free of charge!) to clean this stuff out, without anyone else noticing, so that it can all truly be GONE and so that we no longer have to hide!  This of course happens in the sacrament of confession!  I so desperately want to you to be renewed and set free from whatever might be hidden, and so this upcoming Tuesday the 27
th, at 6:30p.m. we will be having a penance service in which we will bring in multiple priests from throughout the deanery, so that you can get everything out, let Jesus take it away, and glow with the glory of God.  I know for a fact that God wants for you to shine and to be who you are – to not have to hide and pretend like you’ve got it all together.  The beautiful thing is that even if we aren’t perfect (I know I’m not!) that when we invite Jesus in fully, He perfects us and lets us shine with His glory.  So I hope that you take God up on His offer and I hope to see you there!
 
Also, on Monday night at 7:00 I’ll be giving a talk on discernment that includes a holy hour with live praise and worship music.  Then, on Wednesday night I’ll be giving a talk titled: “Why Me? Finding and Answer in the Face of Suffering.”
God Bless,
Fr. Romke

March 4, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
                God has a sense of humor!  I say this because last weekend, shortly after preaching about my experience climbing the mountain and inviting all of you to climb up higher with me on the mountain of prayer and of faith, beyond what is easy and beyond what is comfortable, I decided to go for a run on the bike path.  My plan was to run a 5k and to turn around and come back the way I came when I got to the half-way point.  I began my run and noticed that the entire thing was slightly uphill.  As you might imagine, I was excited when I was about to turn around, because I knew that it would be easier running downhill on the way back.  The funny thing is though, that as I began running back the opposite direction of my previous uphill climb, it still seemed as if I was running uphill.  After a while I was getting really tired, and so I turned round to look behind me and it looked flat behind me.  I won’t be surprised if right now you’re thinking either that I’m crazy or that I need to have my eyes checked!  I honestly can’t explain what happened, except to say that I think God wanted me to double down on the words that I had preached about not giving up and continuing forward, pushing through whatever in life might be difficult.  I can’t count how many times I wanted to slow down – to quit running and slow the pace to a gentle jog – but I kept running.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that I did slow down somewhat, but it wasn’t because I decided to put in less effort.  You see, when it comes to anything that we do, we can’t control the results, but we can always control the effort that we put in.  The important thing when it comes to our faith-journey is that we always put in full effort, even when it’s tough and when we feel like we’re slowing down.  It didn’t feel good at the time, but when I finished my run and achieved the goal distance that I had set out for, it felt great knowing that I had accomplished it.  When it comes to our spiritual lives, the joy from that we receive from remaining faithful to the end is incomparable!  So whenever life feels like it’s uphill both ways, continue to give your all, know that God is on the journey with you, and that He’ll give you all that you need to make it to the finish line.
God Bless,
Fr. Romke

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First Communion

Congratulations
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

                                                                  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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