St Luke and Ss Peter & Paul Parishes, Salford Feedback on Considering a Parish Name
Having had several weeks to submit names and reasons for choosing them, and with the children in school also invited to submit suggestions, a complete list of 27 options was presented to parishioners to vote on at Masses over the weekend of 24/25 November. The invitation was to vote for a 1st choice and a 2nd choice. The idea behind that was two-fold:
It would give an indication of how many overall were in favour of (or happy with) a particular name (i.e. if their first choice wasn’t the one)
If there was a close result in the first preferences, the second preferences might help to guide us.
262 votes were received (although only 236 of these expressed a 2nd choice).
Only four of the names gained more than 20 first preference votes and so those were the ones shortlisted to assist the bishop in making his decision.
Our Lady of Salford got a total of 51 first votes (29 from St Luke’s and 22 from Ss Peter & Paul). Second votes were also fairly evenly balanced (18 from St Luke’s and 15 from Ss Peter & Paul). So those figures made this the front runner with a combined total of 84 votes.
Our Lady of Hope got a total of 40 first votes but this was not as balanced between the two communities (with 10 from St Luke’s and 30 from Ss Peter & Paul). Second votes were of a similar proportion (8 from St Luke’s and 21 from Ss Peter & Paul). Nevertheless, this emerged as the second favourite, with a combined total of 69 votes.
Saints Peter, Paul and Luke got a total of 25 first votes but this was even more imbalanced (with only 2 from St Luke’s and 23 from Ss Peter & Paul). Second votes were similar (only 4 from St Luke’s and 17 from Ss Peter & Paul). A combined total of 46 votes.
Holy Apostles got a total of 22 first votes but again not balanced between the communities (with only 4 from St Luke’s and 18 from Ss Peter & Paul). Second votes were more imbalanced (only 1 from St Luke’s and 7 from Ss Peter & Paul). A combined total of 30 votes.
Other names receiving 10 or more first preference votes were:
St Luke with St Peter and Paul (18)
St Oscar Romero (15)
St Teresa of Calcutta (12)
All Souls (10)
At John Paul II (10)
Only one name (St Christopher) received no first preference votes but it did receive 4 second choice votes.
It would seem then that parishioners would like the parish to be dedicated to Our Lady, whether under the title of Our Lady of Salford or Our Lady of Hope. The matter is now in the hands of the bishop.