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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.

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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Hooper walked onward, at a slow and quiet pace, stooping somewhat, and looking on the ground, as is customary with abstracted men, yet nodding kindly to those of his parishioners who still waited on the meeting-house steps.
Yet, though so well acquainted with this amiable weakness, no individual among his parishioners chose to make the black veil a subject of friendly remonstrance.
Nearly all his parishioners, who were of mature age when he was settled, had been borne away by many a funeral: he had one congregation in the church, and a more crowded one in the churchyard; and having wrought so late into the evening, and done his work so well, it was now good Father Hooper's turn to rest.
The clergyman's horse, stumbling with a dull blunt sound among the graves, was cropping the grass; at once deriving orthodox consolation from the dead parishioners, and enforcing last Sunday's text that this was what all flesh came to; a lean ass who had sought to expound it also, without being qualified and ordained, was pricking his ears in an empty pound hard by, and looking with hungry eyes upon his priestly neighbour.
By combining the abilities to respond directly to parishioner requests and to provide them with a highly interactive, customized experience, parishes have a greater ability to establish, nurture and sustain long-term parishioner relationships than ever before.
Or the bishop may grant one-time use of the church building for the funeral Mass of a former parishioner.
Dickens in his 1986 pronouncement that "[a]nti-clericalism has become an unduly capacious word," current historiography now defends a more dynamic and inspirational view of the late medieval parishioner.
At times, an angry parishioner might seek out a rival in church precisely because he knew his rival would be attending services.
One parishioner told the ECHO: "Every day, the congregation issitting in the pews, looking upat the cross, praying that somethingwill bedone tosort thismess out.
Bill Slattery, a parishioner and owner of Slattery Construction, is doing the repairs.
However, one parishioner at the Catholic church said the parting shot came as no surprise.