Particular Churches and Patronal Feasts
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university.
Q: In the norms for the liturgical year, there is mention of a number of proper feasts and solemnities that change depending upon the place, including the “Solemnity of the title of a particular church.” Does the term “particular church” refer to a diocese (or its equivalent, as used in canon law) or to the parish church? That is, can a parish celebrate its patronal feast or memorial as a solemnity? — S.I., Dallas, Texas
A: In canon law, the term particular