from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An administrative part of a diocese that has its own church in the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and some other churches.
- n. The members of such a parish; a religious community attending one church.
- n. A political subdivision of a British county, usually corresponding in boundaries to an original ecclesiastical parish.
- n. An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that corresponds to a county in other U.S. states.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church or certain civil government entities such as the state of Louisiana, an administrative part of a diocese that has its own church.
- n. The community attending that church; the members of the parish.
- n. A civil subdivision of a British county, often corresponding to an earlier ecclesiastical parish.
- n. An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that is equivalent to a county in other U.S. states.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; ; maintained by the parish.
- n. That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein.
- n. The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction, with its own officers and regulations, as respects the poor, taxes, etc.
- n. An ecclesiastical society, usually not bounded by territorial limits, but composed of those persons who choose to unite under the charge of a particular priest, clergyman, or minister; also, loosely, the territory in which the members of a congregation live.
- n. In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the early Christian ch., a district placed under the superintendence of a bishop; a diocese.
- n. In Great Britain and Ireland, a district or territorial division.
- n. Now, also, a civil division of the country for purposes of local self-government, such as the legal care of the poor, education, the regulation of sanitary matters, etc.: it is in general conterminous with the ecclesiastical parish. At present there are in England and Wales about 13,000 ecclesiastical parishes, and about 15,000 civil parishes, of which not more than 10,000 coincide with the ecclesiastical districts bearing the same name. In Scotland in 1888 there were 934 civil parishes or parishes proper (quoad omnia) and 386 parishes quoad sacra (that is, parishes in respect of things ecclesiastical only). There are several other minor classes of parishes, as the land-tax and Burial Act parishes in England, and the burghal and extra-burghal parishes in Scotland.
- n. In the United States: In colonial times, in some of the southern colonies, a subdivision of the county for purposes of local government.
- n. One of the 58 territorial divisions of Louisiana, corresponding to the county in other States.
- n. A local church or congregation and the geographical limits, generally imperfectly defined, within which its local work is mainly confined.
- n. An ecclesiastical society, not bounded by territorial limits, nor confined in its personnel to communicants, but composed of all those who choose to unite in maintaining Christian work and worship in a particular local church: used in this sense chiefly in New England.
- n. The inhabitants or members of a parish; specifically, in the United Kingdom, those inhabitants of a parish who are entitled to vote in a parish election.
- Of or belonging to a parish; parochial: as, the parish church or minister; parish records; the parish school.
- Maintained by the parish or by public charity: as, parish poor.
- Rustic; provincial.
- n. In the game of curling, the ring in the center of which the tee is placed.
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- n. the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor
- n. a local church community
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It seems to me that perhaps the term “mission territory” has to be added to the term parish so that the priest and Christians who live in a determined place can enter into a dynamic of announcing the Gospel.
-- The English reader must not suppose the term parish school to mean what the same term would mean if used in England.
The Mass celebrated in the ordinary form in the language of the people has created divisions in the universal Church and our parish is a small version of how well intentioned means have led our parish to separate ends.
Getting worked up about the possibility of trailers in her parish is all she's dabbled in.
I have been tied up with my new title parish in the C of E by trying to get my mind and body into the rhythm of Church life and out of full-time academia.
The parish of this Church, if I may use the word parish, is world-wide, and still displaying the vigour Macaulay spoke about.
Seemed to think the murder of one sowar was the only criminal case in all Delhi, and had the nerve to invite me to set every constable in what he termed my parish on the one job.
The overall decrease is partly due to recent economic circumstances, but a more pervasive problem is the reduction in parish size and attendance.
Now what could possibly be the reason for the reduction in parish size and attendance?