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 23, 2017

I don't know about you, but at this point of the summer I always begin to look at everything that is on my plate and I start to get freaked out a little bit! Between retreats that I run, weddings, and other Diocesan in Parish business, it can be extremely easy to lose focus on 2 very important things - the first being why it is that I do what I do, and the second being who it is that provides for me and assures me that I am not alone and that I will in fact make it through!  So the first thing I need to keep in mind is the fact that the reason why I do what I do is because God has called me to it and God has an amazing plan for all of us in all that he calls us to do. And the second thing follows from it, which is that if God is calling us to something he is not going to let us fail! 100% of the time he is going to help us to achieve the result that he desires and that he knows will be best, so long as we are putting in our best effort.  Joe Maddon, the manager of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, tells the team all the time to "Never let the pressure exceed the pleasure!"  If we apply this to all that I said above I hope we can understand that God always wants for us to find joy in the fact of knowing that we are doing his work and that he is with us always! So long as we keep our gaze focused on him and so long as we continue to trust in him, he will ensure us that no matter how busy we get or how stressful things get that he will provide for us and that we never need to let the pressure exceed the pleasure!

God Bless you,

Fr. Romke

P.S. Go Cubs!

July 16, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Among the countless great treasures of our Catholic Faith are the prayers that have been handed on to us through the centuries.  One such prayer is the Memorare, which encourages us to ask for the intercession of Our Lady.  Allow me to remind everyone here that as Catholics we don't "pray" to Mary, nor do we think that she on her own has power to grant any petitions or make anything happen – but rather we believe that if we speak to her through prayer, that she will then present our petitions to her Son Jesus, who CAN make things happen!

Here is the Memorare:  

"Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen."

I'm mentioning this beautiful prayer because I think it would be awesome to pray as a community before any Masses in which we don't have music (Weekday Masses and the 6:00p.m. Sunday Mass) rather than the priest, deacon, and servers processing in in silence.  My hope is that asking Mary's intercession will help us to emulate her throughout the Mass, so that we can receive whatever graces God has in store for us just like Mary willingly and openly received Jesus into her heart and into her life.  Let us be willing to repeat with Mary every day: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Word!"

Have a Blessed week!

God Bless,

Fr. Romkeā€‹

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.

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

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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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