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

December 3, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I am filled with emotion as I tell you that a new, beautiful statue of St. Peregrine has been donated to our parish by Bob and Gerry Stevens.  For those of you who don’t know, St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those who have cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.  I have been wanting to bring awareness of this incredible saint to our parish because there are so many people among our own family, friends, and parish who are affected by this disease. 

Here is a quick overview of his story: St. Peregrine was a priest member of the Servite order in Italy, who in the 1300’s was diagnosed as having a painful cancerous ulcer in his right leg that would not stop bleeding.  After a doctor came to visit the friary, everyone was in agreement that the only way to save Peregrine was for the leg to be amputated.  The night before the operation was to occur, despite the pain, Peregrine made his way into the chapter room so that he could pray in front of the crucifix that was there.  After a while of intense prayer, he fell asleep, and in a dream he saw Jesus come down from the cross and touch the wound on his leg.  When he awoke he looked down at his leg which was completely healed and when the doctor arrived he declared Peregrine to be cancer free. Word of this miracle quickly spread and following his death in 1345, those who were sick began to ask his intercession, many of which have been cured.  The lesson for all of us is not just that a miracle was granted but that a faithful servant placed himself, unconditionally, in the hands of God.  Peregrine’s trust in God therefore serves as a model for those dealing with sickness.  For this reason Peregrine is the patron Saint of those with Cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

In conjunction with receiving this great gift, I will be blessing the statue during the 10:30 Mass on Dec. 10th.  Then, following the Mass there will be a short service during which anyone who is seriously sick may come forward to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Sometimes people ask who this sacrament is for – the Catechism explains that the Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived."  This beautiful sacrament is a great source of strength and defends against fear that can come in the face of illness.  So if you or anyone you know may be in need of this sacrament, please make sure to come or to invite them to come to the 10:30 Mass and to stay afterwards on Dec. 10th!

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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