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 18, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

                I have to say that some of the most powerful and impactful events in my life that I can look back to as life-changing moments have been some of the retreats that I’ve had the opportunity to attend.  I know for a fact that those who recently attended our Light of the World Retreat would be able to say the same thing! (If you weren’t able to attend this year, make sure to mark your calendars for March 1-4, 2019!)  That being said I know that there are so many people out there who would love to make a spiritual retreat but simply don’t have the time to do so.  Well, if this is where you find yourself, then I’m extremely excited for the opportunity that is being offered to you this week!  You see, this week’s parish mission is essentially like a mini-retreat!  Fr. Gary Caster, a priest from the Peoria Diocese who currently serves as the Chaplain to Williams College in Massachusetts will be here For sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 7:00.  By now you’ve heard me talk about him and he’s preaching all of the Masses on Sunday, so I hope that you’ve made the decision to mark down these three evenings on your calendar!  If not, I hope that this column will be the final push that you need to make it happen.  I cannot stress enough how we are influenced and fed everyday by the world around us and that in order to keep our hearts on fire with the love of God, we need to make every effort that we can be ensure that we are being fed spiritually.  If you’re hungry – then it’s time to eat!  And it just so happens that you can come eat an incredible dinner in the Holloway Center starting at 5:00 on the 19th – the Feast of St. Joseph – and then head upstairs for the mission at 7:00.  We are a full-service parish!  So please give God the chance to feed you and commit to coming to the mission this week!

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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