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 28, 2018

Dearest Brothers and Sisters,

                When I was away last week, many of you probably received my message that I sent out on the “MyParish” App.  (If you don’t already have the app on your smartphone, you can get it by going to the App store, downloading the app, and then selecting to register for our parish to receive important messages and reflections!)  The main gist of what I was experiencing when I was in Rome was how tangible the Faith was no matter where you were.  The Churches are huge, there are nuns and priests everywhere in the streets, and the religious goods stores are plentiful.  Even people who don’t believe in God will make a point of visiting St. Peter’s Basilica because of its grandiose nature and the beauty of all of the art inside.  You can’t help but have God and His Church on the forefront of your mind when you are there.

                In the midst of all of this, I began to realize that these same things unfortunately cannot be said of our day to day lives in the United States.  We, in fact, have to work a little harder to make the Faith come alive and to be able to experience it in a deep way each day.  But we shouldn’t let the fact that we have to work a little harder hold us back from experiencing God and His love for us on a deeper level!  What I want to invite all of us to do is to set ourselves up for success in making the Faith come alive more in our surroundings!  Perhaps we can do this by putting our favorite image of Jesus or Mary or one of the saints as the screensaver on our phone or computer at work or at home.  Maybe we put a statue of Jesus on our desk at work, keep a rosary in our car, and a crucifix above our bed.  Any small thing that we do to place a physical and tangible reminder of God’s presence in our lives will certainly help remind us to pray and to reach out to Him in moments of need or even simply to help us to be grateful when things are going well.

                So too, another way to keep Christ in the center of our lives and in the forefront of our minds is by availing ourselves of the many opportunities that we have to learn more about our Faith!  One perfect opportunity is the upcoming “Light of the World Retreat” which I wholeheartedly desire every single parishioner to experience within the next couple of years (so if this year’s dates of Feb. 9th-12th don’t work for you – then you’d better get ready for next year!)  This is a truly life-changing experience that is right here in your own backyard!  If you’re on the fence about going or not – let this letter be your sign that the Holy Spirit wants you to go!  Call the office to sign up today!

                The final thing that I’ll mention is that the Catholic Church doesn’t only consist of beautiful buildings, statues, music, and art – the Church consists of the people who gather each week to worship – and so while my journey to Rome allowed me to experience the beauty, richness, and depth of the Faith there was one part that was missing that I personally greatly missed – and that was all of you!  I’m glad to be home and to be able to worship God together with all of you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a living example of God’s love in the world.

God Bless You,

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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