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 26, 2017

Dear Parish Family,
There's been a whole lot going on lately and there's a whole lot coming up for our Parish so I figured I would take this space to recap and refresh everyone on all that is going on:
- Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and will be our Parish liturgical New Year celebration weekend!  Please invite lots of your family and friends to come to Mass - Especially those who may have been away for a while!
- The traveling vocation chalice program for families is in full swing! If you are interested in bringing the chalice and prayer book home for a week please stop in the office to sign up!
- The MyParish app has been working wonderfully and is a great way to have access to the bulletin, to know what's going on in the parish, and also a great way for me to keep in contact with all of you! If you don't have it yet you can text "APP" to 88202 and then follow the instructions.
- Confession is one of the most powerful  and freeing sacraments, so we have two great upcoming opportunities to receive God's Mercy! The first is Wednesday, Oct. 6th at a joint Advent Penance service for both Dixon parishes held at St Ann's at 6:30 p.m.  The second is something new that we will be doing this year which is an Advent version of the "Be Reconciled day" that we typically do in Lent.  So on Wednesday, December 20th the confessional at st. Patrick's will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.  I hope that everyone takes advantage of these great opportunities!
- Finally, I know that many of you had been waiting to hear an update on what would be happening with the sanctuary floor in the church.  It was exciting for me to be able to unveil the plan this weekend and I can't wait to see how it is going to look when the floor and the railings are completed.   I ask again that you prayerfully consider donating to the project and helping our church to continue to look beautiful for years to come!
Thanks for being an amazing Parish and for making your priests proud!
God Bless,
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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