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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February 11, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Last week all of the priests of the diocese gathered together for our annual 3-day clergy conference.  It is a time for prayer, fraternity, rest, and continued education as we listen to speakers who reignite and re-energize the fire of the Holy Spirit within.  We had the opportunity to pre-screen a new movie about St. Paul, which was great, and throughout the movie one thing that was very evident was the persecuting of the Christians in Rome.  It was shocking to visually see men and women giving their lives and dying for the things they believe in.  

This got me thinking, on a much, much smaller scale, am I willing on a daily basis to let my own ideas, plans, and desires "die" so that I can follow Christ?  Unfortunately, sometimes the answer is no.  Sometimes I resist to sacrifice in even a small way because I want things to be comfortable and easy.  I'll at times channel my inner Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka: "I want it, and I want it now!"  There are countless men and women thoroughout history who relied on Christ to give them strength to give up everything - because they knew that they would gain everything in return!  Yet I struggle to give up just a bit sometimes.

As we enter into Lent this week, let's pray about how we can set aside our own stuff so that we can embrace Christ and His life-giving cross in a greater way.  Let's arrive to repeat with St. Paul: "It is no longer I who will live, but Christ who lives in me."

Happy Lent, 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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