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1. a subdivision of a diocese, having its own church and a clergyman
2. the churchgoers of such a subdivision
3. (in England and, formerly, Wales) the smallest unit of local government in rural areas
4. (in Louisiana) a unit of local government corresponding to a county in other states of the US
5. the people living in a parish
6. on the parish History receiving parochial relief



the smallest administrative district in the Christian church, the center of which is a church.

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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.
org/ that will make it even easier for donor parishes and their parishioners to connect with their Parish Partners or to sign up.
Parishes are less administrative units of a diocese than communities of members of the Body of Christ created for the support and encouragement of the members' apostolic life.
Contrary to the assertions of some historians that relief shifted from the old to the young over the century, the number of elderly relief recipients increased in the parishes of Terling and Puddleton.
However, a new elitism has crept into the Church--and in some parishes it's being exercised with a vengeance, for it's often wielded against our faithful clergy.
James Parishes have been valued clients of PLATO Learning for many years," said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning President and CEO.
In a letter read at the parishes over the weekend, Bishop Robert J.
In Illinois a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln represented a couple of parishes trying to maintain their ownership.
New parishes are proposed for Castaic, Palmdale, Lancaster, Stevenson Ranch and in the planned 25,000-home Centennial community near Gorman, said Deacon Richard Medina of the San Fernando Pastoral Region of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
The synod of the diocese of British Columbia will decide this month whether to accept recommendations made by a diocesan task force to close five parishes, amalgamate 10 others into four new congregations, create seven new congregations on-Vancouver Island, and to reorder the diocese into six new regions with more autonomy.
While it said it supports the principles and procedures behind the Boston archdiocesan plan to reduce the number of parishes, the Vatican has questioned the disposition of assets of seven of the 15 closed parishes that filed appeals to the Congregation for Clergy.