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 27, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 Recently I saw the new Steven Spielberg movie Ready Player One and I really enjoyed it. It is set in the future, in a world where most people have it very rough. In the midst of this, some inventor created a virtual world that everyone can escape to called “The Oasis.” In The Oasis you can be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want to do – There are no boundaries. It truly is an escape from reality in the truest sense of the phrase. If you can dream it you can be it in “The Oasis”. My guess is that most people who have seen the movie at some point found themselves thinking about how great it would be if this Oasis actually existed. It’s essentially the same thought process that a lot of us probably had when watching Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Harry Potter. We wished that it could be real. My guess is that all of us at some point in life have looked at something that is the creation of someone’s imagination and wished that it could be true – we wish that we could escape reality because we long for more. I think we all experience at times what C.S. Lewis (the creator of Narnia) expressed perfectly when he said “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

 Let me tell you right now that 100% without a doubt the reason why we dream of living something more, something beyond, something deeper, is because God has placed this desire on our hearts because He wants for us to reach out to Him. How cognizant are we on a daily basis of the presence of the angels and the saints around us? How aware are we that daily at every Catholic Church GOD HIMSELF comes down and becomes present in the form of bread? How aware are we that the Holy Trinity, 3-in-1 watches over us always. If you were to write a plot for a movie involving miracles, people being crucified and rising from the dead, and spiritual beings supporting all of the characters and pitch this story to someone who had never heard it, they’d be so excited and people would rush to see it and wish that it was real . . . IT IS REAL!!! Unfortunately, sometimes we lose sight of the depth of the spiritual realities that surround us. There is more to our existence and experience of life and we don’t have to escape, we simply have to wake up to be more aware of what is already around us. So this week I encourage you to take time to reflect on the depths of existence that surround us and the beauty of the Heavenly world that is waiting in our future.

God Bless,
Fr. Romke

P.S. Please mark your calendars for Bishop Malloy’s visit here to St. Patrick’s on June 26th! He will be here for a special Mass at 5:30 pm during which he will install me as the pastor of the parish. I hope you can make it!

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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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