DISCERNING A NAME FOR OUR PARISH FAMILY
The guideline regarding the naming of a Catholic Church or Parish is found in the liturgical book called the Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar (1989). This document is administered in conjunction with Catholic Canon Laws #1217 and #1218.
The chosen name must be:
• Name of the Trinity or
• Name for Christ, invoked in the liturgy, or a mystery of his life or
• Name of the Holy Spirit or
• Name for Mary, invoked under a title for her used in the liturgy or
• Name of a holy angel or
• Name of a canonized saint, as is appears in the Roman martyrology (or appendix) or
• Name of a blessed provided the Apostolic See has given permission
• The name must be accepted by the Bishop.
Because we are keeping our three Churches open, we want our new parish to have a new name and therefore do not want to use St. Peter, St. Joseph or Sacred Heart as the name for the new parish.