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

February 25, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Gospel reading that we’re given of the transfiguration helps us to see that there is always more beneath the surface and more than meets the eye.  Of course in the case of Jesus, as the 3 apostles saw, there is so much more glory present in Him than we will even be able to handle or understand!  The very same thing is true for each of us.  My guess is that we sometimes forget that we have the Holy Spirit alive within us to such a huge degree.  Unfortunately in our case, we also have stuff hidden within that we would LOVE to have stay hidden and unknown.  Perhaps we cringe to ponder what others would think of us if they really knew some of our faults and failings.  Now, my guess is that over time we become pretty good and hiding these things and putting on a mask that tells the world that we have it all together.  But even if we do this, we ourselves still know that there is junk in the closet of our heart.

Thankfully God offers us an opportunity (free of charge!) to clean this stuff out, without anyone else noticing, so that it can all truly be GONE and so that we no longer have to hide!  This of course happens in the sacrament of confession!  I so desperately want to you to be renewed and set free from whatever might be hidden, and so this upcoming Tuesday the 27
th, at 6:30p.m. we will be having a penance service in which we will bring in multiple priests from throughout the deanery, so that you can get everything out, let Jesus take it away, and glow with the glory of God.  I know for a fact that God wants for you to shine and to be who you are – to not have to hide and pretend like you’ve got it all together.  The beautiful thing is that even if we aren’t perfect (I know I’m not!) that when we invite Jesus in fully, He perfects us and lets us shine with His glory.  So I hope that you take God up on His offer and I hope to see you there!
Also, on Monday night at 7:00 I’ll be giving a talk on discernment that includes a holy hour with live praise and worship music.  Then, on Wednesday night I’ll be giving a talk titled: “Why Me? Finding and Answer in the Face of Suffering.”
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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