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


January 14, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

                As you read this I am currently in Rome, visiting and checking in on the Diocese of Rockford’s Seminarians who are studying here, as a part of my job as Vocation Director.  In this role, I of course am involved in vocation promotion, but I than also interview and work with candidates who are interested in becoming seminarians, and then once the men get into the program and begin studying at the seminary, I have to check in with them as well as have meetings with the faculty that are in charge of their formation.  So that’s why I’m away this weekend – I always miss my parish when I’m away and I can guarantee that by the end of the trip I’ll be anxiously desiring to get back to see you all!

                One of the most incredible things about being in Rome, as you might imagine, is the Churches.  They of course are huge and ornate, and are extraordinarily beautiful, but in my opinion all of those details and characteristics are just a bonus.  The real reason why I find these churches to be so incredible is because of the history of the Catholic Church that these buildings have played a part in.  Many of the saints whom we admire and whose intercession we ask went to Mass, received the Eucharist, and even went to confession in these very churches.  So too, many of these saints are still in these churches today, because their tombs are held within the altars.  My favorite Saint, St. Catherine of Siena, is buried in a beautiful church not far from the Pantheon – Church history down the road from Ancient History!  Then of course we have the amazing story of St. Peter’s Basilica (the world’s largest church) which is built upon the grave of St. Peter.  History has always said that after being crucified upside-down and then buried in 64 a.d. in a necropolis in a region called the Vatican Hill, that in 312 when Constantine legalized Christianity, he built this huge church so that the altar would sit right on top of the tomb of Peter.  Fast forward to the 150’s and they renovated the place the make it what it is today.  Then after doing extensive excavating, in 1968 they discovered the bones of a man who would have been in his 60s or 70s when he died (check) they were able to determine that his profession would have been that of a laborer – Peter was a fisherman (check) there were traces of purple dye on the bones – purple was reserved for royalty – thus the belief is that Constantine must have had the bones wrapped in this rare and prestigious purple cloth since Peter was so important to the Church (check).  And finally, there were no bones from the feet – which made perfect sense because when Peter was killed, in order to get his body down from the cross quickly, so that they too would not be captured, it was always believed that they would have run in quickly, chopped him down, leaving the feet on the cross, and hence there would be no bones from the feet – and there weren’t (Checkmate!)

I think that sometimes, in the midst of all that happens in our lives, it can be easy to forget about the fact that for 2000 years Christians have been gathering together throughout the world to celebrate the Mass.  What we do each Sunday is not something new!  We are a part of a family whose tree goes back 2000 years.  Take some time today to think about how incredible our Catholic Faith is, and thank God for letting all of us be a part of it!  I look forward to seeing you all soon!

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

From the Desk of Father Romke

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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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