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 11, 2018

Dearest Brothers and Sisters,

Congratulations, we’ve officially made it past the half-way point of Lent!  My biggest message for you today is that we don’t get a halftime break!  I’ve always heard it said that when we reach the halfway point of Lent it simply means that we’re warmed up and ready to really dive in!  Don’t let this scare you though – I’m not saying that we have to go crazy and do all kinds of extra penances.  Rather we simply need to do what we set out to do at the beginning but with more fervor, focus, and most importantly with a greater desire to deepen our relationship with God.  Just the other day I was reading a passage from my favorite Saint of all time, St. Catherine of Siena.  She always writes so beautifully in speaking of Our Lord’s Passion.  I want to share with you what she wrote, and I also want to encourage you to pray over this passage for a few minutes every day this week.  And when you do, don’t just read it – meditate on it!  Let your imagination picture each detail that she so vividly describes.  I hope that you will find this exercise as moving as it has been for me.

            “Our King (Christ) behaves like a true knight who perseveres in battle until the enemies are defeated . . . With unarmed hand, nailed fast to the Cross, he defeated the prince of the world, with the wood of the Holy Cross as his mount. This knight of ours came armed with the breastplate of Mary's flesh, flesh that bore the blows to make up for our wickedness. The helmet on his head is the painful crown of thorns, driven right into his brain. The sword at his side is the wound of his side, revealing to us the secret of his heart. It is a sword with a point of light that ought to pierce our inmost heart with the force of love. The staff in his hand is there in mockery. And the gloves on his hands and spurs on his feet are the scarlet wounds in the hands and feet of the gentle loving Word.”

St. Catherine of Siena ~ Pray for us!

God Bless You!

Fr. Romke

All day preschool

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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