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n. 1) a geographic area served by a church (particularly Catholic) originally measured by whether people living in the area could walk to the church. 2) in Louisiana, the governmental equivalent of a county.

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PARISH. A district of country of different extents. In the ecclesiastical law it signified the territory committed to the charge of a parson, vicar, or other minister. Ayl. Parerg. 404; 2 Bl. Com. 112. In Louisiana, the state is divided into parishes.

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Joseph Parish in Benton would become the "Mother Church" of the three parishes. The goal and hope isthat the parishioners of all three parishes will come together to form one stronger parish with two chapels.
"We have partnered with several parishes in order to bring the Pope's presence to more Filipinos using modern communications technologies," announced PLDT spokesperson Ramon Isberto.
The Metro Cebu parishes will help the northern parishes affected by Yolanda.
parishes celebrate four or more Masses each weekend, the study found, while 28 percent celebrate five or more.
Newly established parishes have been reconfigured as a result of church closings and mergers.
I was also put into parishes during vacancies, and I know that these parishes were asked for their feelings about it.
"The goal is to see us as one parish in a worldwide family of parishes, giving to parishes and projects throughout the world."
In Caradon there are bi-monthly meetings of a parish plans action group, comprising representatives from partner groups such as Cornwall County Council, voluntary service councils, and co-ordinators or clerks from parishes with completed plans.
Our pastors often suffer an occupational hazard in our parishes. They can see spiritual leadership as a function of power and control.
Primary sources--eighteenth century correspondence, memoirs, wills, diaries, parish and administrative relief records--reveal socially constructed meanings of old age and document care for the dependent elderly in the parishes of Terling, Essex; Puddleton, Dorset; and the township of Ovenden, Halifax parish, West Yorkshire.
A row has erupted over plans to give two Middlesbrough parishes resident-led community councils for the first time.