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 10, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Two weeks ago I was happy to announce the direction that we are going with regarding the flooring project that was begun by Fr. Sehr before Fr. Easton’s and my arrival.  Over the last 6 months many people had asked me what the status of the project was so I was glad to be able to give an update.  For those of you who may have been out of town, or for anyone who wanted a little more clarification, I figured I’d recap things here:  

The current carpet has been in place since 1997 and has all of the wear, tear, spills, stains, and fading that you’d expect to see after 20 years of use in a high traffic area!  So too there is a large hole by one of the doorways.  Because of this Fr. Sehr had begun to get bids to redo the floor.  Since my arrival the finance council as well as the parish pastoral council have had numerous in-depth discussions the direction of this projects, and we have decided to move ahead with it.

The first phase of the project will see a beautiful new marble floor installed into our sanctuary.  The councils and I looks at many different samples and products to see what material would be the best fit, and after factoring in the that the cost of labor is the same regardless of what product we select, we realized that it was not all that significant of a difference to renew our floor with a beautiful marble rather than a different material.  So the plan will be to install a crème colored floor into our sanctuary along with the necessary addition of 2 handrails to assist the cantors, lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers to have safe access the sanctuary during Mass.  The second phase will be to replace our existing carpet with quality carpet squares which will allow us to replace individual pieces should spills, stains or other issues arise in the future.  The ability to easily replace damaged sections of the carpet along with the durability of a marble floor will make these new additions last for generations which of course is a great thing!

We hope to begin phase 1 this spring, with phase 2 getting underway shortly thereafter so long as we have the funds for it.  The entire project is going to cost roughly $58,000.  I would like to ask you to please prayerfully consider giving to this project.  You can do so either by stopping in the office to drop off your donation or by placing it in the collection in an envelope clearly marked “flooring-project.”  Allow me to also say thank you in advance both for your generosity with this plan and also THANK YOU for making St. Patrick’s a special home for us all and a great place to be!

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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