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 25, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are just one week away from Easter!  We of course have been preparing our hearts for this great celebration throughout this time of Lent.  At the same time, there have been a group of incredible men and women who have been preparing since September to become Catholic and receive the sacraments for the first time.  In light of these incredible gifts from God, the sacraments, I wanted to share with all of you something that the 8th grade daughter of a friend of mine wrote for class recently:

“Many of my friends have asked me why we need sacraments because they don't believe that they actually do anything good for us.  I always say the same thing: The sacraments are like food.  You never really feel the food getting digested unless you're sick, but you are aware that it is happening.  It is the same for the sacraments, without the sacraments we would not be able to grow or carry on our Catholic lives.  Without food you are just lazy and you don't have any energy to do anything.  Like food, without our sacraments we are spiritually lazy and don't have the energy to help others.  There are also different types of food that do different things.  For example, eggs give you protein which gives you energy, whereas meat gives you unsaturated salts that help your body in a different way. The different sacraments also do different things. Baptism is like baby food it introduces us to the faith.  Reconciliation and anointing of the sick are like medications that help us when we are sick or sending so that we may be healed.  Confirmation is like red meat, it gives us the energy to help others and be good spiritual adults.  Matrimony and holy orders are like vegetarians and meat-eaters, they are both good in their own ways but they have different ideals.  And the Eucharist is at water, it is the most important thing to consume and we could not possibly live without it.  All these put together makes us good Catholics, and help us all in different ways.”

I’ll sum it all us by saying that we need the sacraments even more than we need food because the sacraments keep us alive for eternal life, not just life here on earth.  It is my hope that as our new Catholic brothers and sisters receive these sacraments for the first time, that you might reflect on the depth and importance of your own receiving of these sacraments.

Finally, I would like to invite all of you to join your parish family for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum for the following services:

Thursday, March 29th – 7:00 Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Friday, March 30th – 1:00 Good Friday Passion Service

Saturday, March 31st – 7:00 Easter Vigil

Have a great last week of Lent!

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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