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

March 4, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
                God has a sense of humor!  I say this because last weekend, shortly after preaching about my experience climbing the mountain and inviting all of you to climb up higher with me on the mountain of prayer and of faith, beyond what is easy and beyond what is comfortable, I decided to go for a run on the bike path.  My plan was to run a 5k and to turn around and come back the way I came when I got to the half-way point.  I began my run and noticed that the entire thing was slightly uphill.  As you might imagine, I was excited when I was about to turn around, because I knew that it would be easier running downhill on the way back.  The funny thing is though, that as I began running back the opposite direction of my previous uphill climb, it still seemed as if I was running uphill.  After a while I was getting really tired, and so I turned round to look behind me and it looked flat behind me.  I won’t be surprised if right now you’re thinking either that I’m crazy or that I need to have my eyes checked!  I honestly can’t explain what happened, except to say that I think God wanted me to double down on the words that I had preached about not giving up and continuing forward, pushing through whatever in life might be difficult.  I can’t count how many times I wanted to slow down – to quit running and slow the pace to a gentle jog – but I kept running.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that I did slow down somewhat, but it wasn’t because I decided to put in less effort.  You see, when it comes to anything that we do, we can’t control the results, but we can always control the effort that we put in.  The important thing when it comes to our faith-journey is that we always put in full effort, even when it’s tough and when we feel like we’re slowing down.  It didn’t feel good at the time, but when I finished my run and achieved the goal distance that I had set out for, it felt great knowing that I had accomplished it.  When it comes to our spiritual lives, the joy from that we receive from remaining faithful to the end is incomparable!  So whenever life feels like it’s uphill both ways, continue to give your all, know that God is on the journey with you, and that He’ll give you all that you need to make it to the finish line.
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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