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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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

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References in classic literature ?
'If I was to let you go instead of handing you over safe to the Parish,' said the Deputy, counting the money with his eyes, 'might it be your own free wish to leave that there behind you?'
'Nor let the Parish touch me, not yet so much as look at me!' with another struggle.
You're not in a state to be let come upon strange parishes 'ceptin as a Casual.'
They will soon be in the parish of Hayslope; the grey church-tower and village roofs lie before them to the left, and farther on, to the right, they can just see the chimneys of the Hall Farm.
It wouldn't take me much trouble to persuade Chad Cranage and half a dozen other bull-headed fellows that they would be doing an acceptable service to the Church by hunting Will Maskery out of the village with rope-ends and pitchforks; and then, when I had furnished them with half a sovereign to get gloriously drunk after their exertions, I should have put the climax to as pretty a farce as any of my brother clergy have set going in their parishes for the last thirty years."
Irwine in a general statement concerning the Church clergy in the surrounding district, whom he described as men given up to the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life; hunting and shooting, and adorning their own houses; asking what shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and wherewithal shall we be clothed?--careless of dispensing the bread of life to their flocks, preaching at best but a carnal and soul-benumbing morality, and trafficking in the souls of men by receiving money for discharging the pastoral office in parishes where they did not so much as look on the faces of the people more than once a-year.
Mga Artists sa Parokya was the centerpiece of the various events held at the Assumption Parish as it celebrated sixty years of existence in Davao City.
Among the churches listed on the recommendation are the Holy Rosary Parish in Angeles City; Nuestra Senora de Gracia (Our Lady of Grace) Parish in Mabalacat City; San Bartolome Apostol Parish in Magalang; San Agustin Parish in Lubao; Santa Lucia Parish in Sasmuan; Immaculada (Immaculate) Concepcion Parish in Guagua; Santiago Apostol Parish in Betis, Guagua; San Jose Labrador Parish in Floridablanca; Santa Catalina de Alexandria Parish in Porac; and Santa Rita de Cascia Parish in Santa Rita.
District 1: Holy Rosary Parish, Angeles City; Nuestra Senora de Gracia Parish, Mabalacat City; San Bartolome Apostol Parish, Magalang.
Joseph Parish. A mass was held, and a breakfast honoring Father Osuji followed at the St.
A parish over a hundred years old in the Sydney suburb of Haberfield, a suburb designed as a 'model' or 'garden suburb' at the time of Australia's Federation--there had to be great potential for a parish historian.
The affected parishes in the north are San Vicente Ferrer Church in Bogo City; Virgen delos Remedios in Odlot, Bogo City; Holy Family Parish in La Paz, Bogo City; Sta.