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

April 22, 2018

Dearest Brothers and Sisters,

This past week, in one of the Gospels that was proclaimed at daily Mass, Jesus pleaded with us “do not work for food that perishes but for food that lasts to eternal life!”  Of course He was speaking of the incredible nourishment that we receive in the Eucharist, but this can also apply to paying attention to how it is that we nourish our souls.

My guess is that many of you, are like me, if you sense a craving for some kind of food you immediately set out on a quest to get it.  If someone mentions sushi – I’m there!  I absolutely won’t pass up an opportunity for good food.  And yet, at the same time, if a spiritual opportunity is offered, it might pique my interest, but I’ll admit that I don’t follow through on opportunities that arise to receive spiritual nourishment with the same fervor as I do to eat sushi (or whatever kind of food you like!)  Through prayer and conversations with others I have sensed that our parish is ready for more and because of this you are going to be hearing about more and more opportunities to be fed.  My encouragement (dare I even say what I’m begging you for!) is if something intrigues you in any way – follow through on the desire to be filled and satisfied.  If you don’t eat real food . . . you’ll die.  So too if we don’t receive spiritual nourishment . . . the fire in our hearts will die.  So I beg you to dive in and take advantage of the things that will be coming to St. Pats in the future.

Here are a few upcoming opportunities:

Tuesday, April 24th - 7:00 pm:  Holy Hour of prayer for men of the parish.  This time will be an opportunity to pray and spend time with the Lord and to ask Him to give you the strength and the courage to be the man that He is calling you to be.  During this time, we will also be asking God to guide and direct us in our planning for a more regular men’s group in the very near future!

Tuesday, May 1st - 7:00 pm:  “The Miracle of Fatima”.  In preparation for the upcoming feast of our Lady of Fatima, we will have a very special guest speaker, Msgr. Dan Deutsch (the priest formerly known as Fr. Dan!) giving his award winning presentation.  It is an incredible talk that will surely help you to fall deeper in love with our Blessed Mother AND he is also my boss so the more people in attendance the better it looks for me – so please come!!!

Wednesday, May 9th- 7:00 pm:  “Made for More: Visions of the Promised Land”. Christopher West will be giving a special presentation at St. Bridget Church in Loves Park.  This event involves music, video clips, and dynamic speaking and is nothing less than a reflection on the beautiful meaning of life, love, and human destiny.  Tickets are $20 (which is totally worth it) and if you’re interested, I’ve arranged for them to be available right at our parish office!

That’s all for now – more to come soon . . .

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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