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What’s In a Name?

August 19th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

The Irondequoit transition team, hand-picked once again by Fr. Norm Tanck, recently sifted through over 400 possible names for the new town parish. The team whittled the number of entries down to six, which they have submitted to the bishop. Fulfilling the recent DoR trend of not naming parishes after saints, the names sent to Bishop Clark are some real doozies.

Here are the possible names for the newly merged Irondequoit parish:

1. Stella Maris (Interesting choice given that they wish to close the two churches closest to Lake Ontario)
2. American Martyrs (meh…)
3. Blessed John XXIII (not Pius XII because we wouldn’t want to offend anyone)
4. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (no way this gets chosen, can’t even spell it)
5. Good Samaritan (yuck!)
6. Incarnate Word/Incarnation (is this a Lutheran church?)

“Peace of Christ”, “Light of Christ”, and possibly “Good Samaritan.” These names just scream Roman Catholic parish, don’t they?

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13 Responses to “What’s In a Name?”

  1. Mike says:

    Too bad St. Doubting Thomas wasn’t a possibility.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually, saints’ name are allowed. There is a list of names that cannot be used because they already are being used. The individual churches retain their names but the parish which consists of several churches must use a different name

  3. Pope John Paul the Great Parish would have had them screaming at the pastoral center.

  4. Ludwig says:

    Is there a patron saint for finding another parish? That might work …

  5. Ludwig says:

    Or perhaps – more generically – a patron saint of falling attendance?

  6. Gen says:

    St. Matthew 😉

  7. Anonymous says:

    How about St. Barnyards

  8. jetscubs86 says:

    This particular post is a joke right? Tell me these aren’t the names being considered!

  9. Ink says:

    I’m going to take this slightly seriously and say that if ANYTHING I would say Kateri Tekakwitha because she is from this region. And pretty darned cool, if you look her up.

    (Also the church closest to Lake Ontario is Holy Cross. As far as I know… because I walked there from Charlotte Pier.)

  10. Dr. K says:

    Is there a patron saint for finding another parish? That might work …

    Our Lady of Victory is already taken.

  11. Jim R says:

    Spiritus Christi would be good 🙂

    Ok, 3 Our Fathers and 3 Hail Marys for me!

  12. Jim R says:

    Oh Oh Oh Oh I’ve got it!!!

    Ready: St Joan!!!!!

  13. Dave says:

    She’s only a pope, not yet a saint. A spin on some names already used:

    Crying Angels.
    St Thomas noMore.
    Church of the Destruction.
    Our Parish of Sorrows.
    Of course these are in Bishop Clark’s Disease of Rochester.
    I of course am not making light of the pain of those suffering through this but if we can manage a smile now and then in the next 700 or less days…

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