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

November 19, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I don't know if your experience is the same as mine, but it seems as if this is the time of the year that everything goes into hyperdrive! Whenever Thanksgiving approaches and the Advent season and Christmas are not far over the horizon, things get extremely busy.  When life gets overwhelming, frequently, the first thing to go is prayer! However, it's especially in these situations that we need to be setting aside time to pray so that we can remember that God is in control and that we will succeed if we place everything into his hands!

This whole idea reminds me of a story that I once heard concerning St. Mother Teresa and a priest.  Mother Teresa asked him how his prayer life was going, and he explained to her that he had frequently found it to be extremely difficult to find time to pray in the midst of all of his other ministerial duties.  Seeking sympathy, he explained to her that he woke up at 5 every morning so that he could exercise and get his thoughts together for his homily for morning Mass. After that he had meetings throughout the morning and would take a small break around noon for lunch. As soon as he would finish eating he would head over to the hospital or visit anyone who is homebound who needed a visit.  After that when he would get back to the parish he'd respond to any emails or phone calls that had come in and before long it would be time for dinner followed by evening appointments. Typically after these appointments were finished he would still have other correspondence to catch up with him by the time everything was finished it was 10 or 11 at night and he was exhausted and ready for bed.  The last words out of his mouth were "So as you can see, I simply don't have time for prayer!"  Mother Teresa looked at him and asked "You say you get up at 5?" and when he said "Yes" she very matter-of-factly said "Then get up at 4, pray, and trust that God will provide!"  This holy and inspiring saint of our Church was making it abundantly clear that there is no excuse not to pray and that even if prayer cuts into our sleep time, that we need to trust that God will provide us with the energy we need to get through the day! So keep this in mind and make sure to schedule a time with God each day even as things get busier and busier!

God Bless You,

Fr. Romke

All day preschool

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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