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 29, 2018

Dear Parish Family,

We are on the doorstep of May – which has traditionally been celebrated in the Church as the Month of Mary.  What a gift our Blessed Mother is to us!  Unfortunately sometimes other Christians struggle to understand Mary’s role in the life of Catholics (NO we do NOT worship her!)  In order to help people understand why Mary is so important to us and why we honor her I usually like to bring up 2 quick things, both of which pertain to the fact that our road to holiness lays in following Jesus’ example in all things.  The first is that God chose to come to us in this world through Mary – and if we follow His example, it means that we should strive to go to Him through Mary.  Also, Jesus, being perfect, would have obeyed ALL of the 10 commandments that God the Father gave to Moses.  This means that Jesus would have honored His mother and His father.  Again, if we are supposed to follow His example, then is necessarily follows to we are called to honor Mary as well.  I’d like to invite you to make some sort of effort this month to get to know Mary in a deeper way.

In order to aid us in growing in our love and devotion to Mary we are going to be having a special presentation given by Msgr. Deutsch (Fr. Dan) on May 1st at 7:00 about the “Miracle of Fatima.”  Then on Sunday, May 13th, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and also happens to be Mother’s Day this year, at 7:00 we will have a special Holy Hour dedicated to all of the mothers in our parish.  This hour of Eucharistic Adoration will feature music, reflections, and some time spent in silent prayer.  It will be a time of prayer that would be a perfect thing to bring you mom to as a way to spend time thanking God for the gift that she is in your life (and if your mom is with the Lord – this will be a perfect way to spend the evening with her through the fact that when we are with the Lord in Adoration, He is at the very same time with the saints in heaven – meaning that we are with our Loved ones in heaven when we pray before the Eucharist!)  Finally, I want to recommend praying the Rosary (either a full one or at least 1 decade of it) daily.  This is a beautiful way to entrust ourselves more to the loving protection and intercession of our Blessed Mother, while at the same time contemplating the mysteries of the life of Christ.

God Bless you and have a great week!

-          Fr Romke

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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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