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a New Parish Name

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Thank you for your many suggestions!

As part of becoming one parish, the St. Luke Church and St. Vincent de Paul Church will continue with their names as dedicated parish churches – under the responsibility of the new parish.  

We have received your input, and appreciate the multitude of suggestions and ideas. The committee working on the transition to one parish is reviewing all the suggestions and making a recommendation to Father Hammond.  The goal is to share the new parish name in early May. 

General Guidelines for Parish Names

* In the document De Patronis constituendis (Sacra Congregatio Pro Culto Divino, 19 March 1973, n. 3) parishes are identified as places for which a heavenly patron can be chosen. The following are identified as possible patrons: the Blessed Virgin Mary, under some title already accepted into the sacred liturgy, the Angels, and the Saints.

* There should be only one principal patron. However, when two or more saints are inscribed in the Roman Calendar together, they may together be chosen as the principal patrons (e.g. Saints Basil and Gregory or Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus of Bethany) (cf. ibid., n. 5).

*As a reminder, the process of merging parishes or creating a new parish does not change the title of already existing churches.


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