The name is important. I’ve outlined the text here to bullet points:
7. A day should be chosen for the dedication of the new church when the people can be present in large numbers, especially a Sunday. Since the theme of the dedication pervades this entire rite, the dedication of a new church may not take place on days on which it is altogether improper to disregard the mystery then being commemorated: the Easter Triduum, Christmas, Epiphany, Ascension, Pentecost, Ash Wednesday, the weekdays of Holy Week, and All Souls.
A reader has provided me with a copy of the 2003 draft of the RDCA, a document which was intended to upgrade this 1977 edition, buyt has yet to see official approval. As we move through the first (and so far, only) post-conciliar RDCA, I’ll comment where it seems the 2003 offers significant insights.
Today’s section is fairly routine and gives expected advice on when to celebrate. Remember that a dedication anniversary is to be celebrated in subsequent years, so if possible, keep this in mind when assigning a day or Sunday of the year.