The name is important. I’ve outlined the text here to bullet points:
4. Every church to be dedicated must a have a titular. This may be:
- the Blessed Trinity;
- our Lord Jesus Christ invoked according to a mystery of his life or a title already accepted in the liturgy;
- the Holy Spirit;
- the Blessed Virgin Mary, likewise invoked according to some appellation already accepted in the liturgy;
- one of the angels;
- or, finally, a saint inscribed in the Roman Martyrology or in a duly approved Appendix.
- A blessed may not be the titular without an indult of the Apostolic See.
A church should have one titular only, unless it is a question of saints who are listed together in the Calendar.
Now you know how and why those blessed popes and American saints are popping up associated with new parishes.
The Trinity is interesting: nothing for God the Father; nothing for Jesus Christ alone (Though I know of one parish called “Christchurch.” Perhaps that is more the mystery of Christ as the head of the Church.), but the Holy Spirit is okay–but no mention of titles.
And speaking of the Holy Spirit, what about a title taken from the liturgy? Lumen Cordium Church? (Holy Spirit, Light of All Hearts Parish).
For the Blessed Mother, I suppose one would need an indult for one, say, of the thousands of titles by which she is acclaimed in various litanies but for which there is no liturgical feast. (Seat of Wisdom, or Mystical Rose, for example.) Can you imagine Mary, Refuge of Sinners Parish? One unique Marian title is Our Lady of Nazareth in Roanoke, Virginia.
Obscure saints can be fun. I did a workshop once in a Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish outside of Buffalo. There’s a Saint Munchin in my old diocese in northwest Missouri.
Any thoughts on names?