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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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Parishioner Siobhan Butler added: "Everyone is looking forward to the mission.
A parishioner Boniface Tumek said the youngsters got a better feel of the Via Dolorosa, Way of Grief, or the Way of Sorrow or the Painful Way - believed to be the street within the Old Jerusalem which Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion.
One parishioner told NCR that such statistics were greeted by an audible gasp in the church.
Parishioner Sue Edwards said: "Unlike St David's, which was closed in January, St Mary's has no financial or building maintenance problems.
Nancy McGrath, president of the closure protest group Code Purple, was a parishioner there for 20 years prior to the closing.
John's would see the new people and they'd say things like, 'Hey, there's a parishioner from St.
Although it is hard to fault Duffy's painstaking research of what he has coined "traditional religion," Katherine French quite astutely has issued a note of caution, arguing persuasively that he "unduly minimizes conflict in late medieval religion," preferring instead to focus on parishioner agency rather than coercion by the church.
One parishioner told the ECHO: "Every day, the congregation issitting in the pews, looking upat the cross, praying that somethingwill bedone tosort thismess out.
A damage estimate was not available, but parishioner Julie Morin said the latest damage was the worst in a string of vandalism that began about a year ago.
Last night a parishioner told the Sunday Mirror: "The fact that our parish priest drives a BMW, has a time-share in Spain and lives in a house with a gym and a sunbed makes him an easy target for criticism.
However, one parishioner at the Catholic church said the parting shot came as no surprise.