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

May 20, 2018

Dearest Parish Family,

 As you heard at the end of Mass today, there are some changes happening on the diocesan level that are resulting in some trickle-down effects here at St. Patrick Church. After 5 ½ years as Vocation Director, the Bishop has thanked me for my time and service to the diocese and is assigning the position to a different priest. Because of this, I will now be full time at St. Patrick, in addition to being named Pastor. I am excited and overjoyed that I will now be able to put all of my effort into serving you here!

 Unfortunately, from the beginning, when Fr. Easton was assigned here, I was told that the reason why we would have 2 priests was because there would need to be a 2nd priest here for all of the times that I would be gone on the road for my various visits to seminaries and schools in my role as Vocation Director. Since I will now be around full-time, the diocese has a need for Fr. Easton to assist as a priest in a bigger parish that needs 2 priests at all times to minister to their people. For this reason, Fr. Easton will be going to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crystal Lake to continue his priestly ministry. He will be very missed here at St. Patrick’s! We will keep him in our prayers and we know that he will be very successful in light of the amazing gifts that he has shared with all of us over this past year.
The next effect within these changes is that since we’ll be back to having only one priest at the parish we will also be going back to having only one daily Mass. It was amazing to be able to offer two daily Masses, but this of course was only made possible by the presence of a 2nd priest. Also, because of diocesan deanery meetings being on Tuesday evenings, we will be shifting the 5:15pm Mass from Tuesday to Monday evenings. The new daily Mass schedule that will begin starting on Monday, June 4th will be as follows:

Monday – 5:15 pm
Tuesday-Thursday – 8:00 am
Saturday – 8:00 am
Weekend Masses – No change

 One final piece of the puzzle is that we currently have 2 Mass intentions each day, Monday-Friday for pretty much the remainder of the year. Since we will be going down from two Masses a day to one Mass, our plan is to simply offer the one daily Mass each day for both intentions. My hope is that everyone who has requested to have Masses offered for a particular intention will be ok with this arrangement that is a product of the current circumstances. If you would prefer not to have them combined, please don’t hesitate to call the office and we will be happy to reschedule your intention for a different date in the future (most likely in 2019 due to the 2018 Mass book being nearly full). So too, since there will no longer be any Masses on Friday, if you have a Mass scheduled on a Friday, you will be receiving a call soon to reschedule. I deeply apologize in advance for this, it of course is something that we didn’t see coming and now have to arrange for. Thank you for your understanding.

God Bless you all!
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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