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

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January 8, 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!
Here we are at the start of the New Year, this great time when so many people make resolutions to better themselves and their lives.  Many people will get gym memberships in an attempt to get in shape, other will give up smoking or some other habit, and still others may resolve to spend less time watching T.V. and to spend more time with family.  The thing that amazes me (and I’m speaking from my own experience here) is how easy it is to get excited about a resolution and the change that it could bring about, but then within days, weeks, or months to have forgotten about the resolution altogether as we slip right back into our routine.
I think that the resolutions that seem to last the longest and that we have the greatest shot of sticking with and making progress in are those in which we have a trainer or a coach, or a partner whom we enter into the quest with.  It is invaluable to have another individual whom we are accountable to and who can help cheer us on.
Even though we’re a handful of days into 2018 already, I’m going to propose that the best way to grow and to improve ourselves is to invite Jesus to be our guide and our trainer.  What I mean by this is that we need to do two things: First we ought to pray and to deeply reflect on our lives, and to ask God what areas of our live He wants for us to grow in.  Often we might be tempted to resolve to do things that don’t really reach to the core of who we are, while at the same time we have some deeper areas that need resolving but we’re hesitant to go there!  If we really want to grow, then we need to be willing to let God point out our deepest areas of growth, and to not be afraid let Him in.  Secondly, we need to pray each day for the strength to stand strong and to keep going in our resolutions.  Again, on our own it can be easy to give up, but if we have someone helping us along, it can do wonders to helping us stick with it.  Jesus, in giving us His grace, is the best coach and trainer that we could ever hope for.  So enter in fully with the Lord, and enjoy the progress that you’re sure to slowly see one day and one step at a time.
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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