Definition of parish
1a (1) : the ecclesiastical unit of area committed to one pastor (2) : the residents of such an areab British : a subdivision of a county often coinciding with an original ecclesiastical parish and constituting the unit of local government
2 : a local church community composed of the members or constituents of a Protestant church
3 : a civil division of the state of Louisiana corresponding to a county in other states
Examples of parish in a Sentence
The parish will be getting a new priest soon.
The parish has grown significantly in the last three years.
Recent Examples of parish from the Web
The groom’s mother is a parish secretary at St. Anthony of Padua.
New Chicago (Hobart) Assumption BVM Church: 3530 Illinois St. — As part of the Assumption BVM Church Centennial Celebration, an All-Class Reunion will follow the 11 a.m. Mass on July 9 in the parish hall.
Five priests who worked in the parish were convicted of crimes, including one who was found guilty of abusing more than 50 children.
From his humble beginnings as a parish priest, Pell, 76, rose to become the Vatican’s powerful finance czar, tasked by Francis with untangling the convoluted accounting practices of the church’s worldwide empire.
Father Matt, who is 30 and came to the parish four years ago, glanced at some kids swiveling with their hula-hoops on the small lawn near the school parking lot.
Tijuana’s current Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Cathedral, was built in 1909 as a parish church, and designated as a cathedral in 1964.
O’Reilly said the parish is an inclusive community and the congregation isn’t getting worked up about the incident.
Civil rights lawyers are suing the sheriff who oversees the Lafayette Parish jail, a state judge and another court official responsible for setting bail amounts for people arrested in Lafayette, Vermilion and Acadia parishes.
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PARISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parish for English Language Learners
: an area that has its own local church and priest or minister
: the group of people who go to the church in a particular area
: an area in Louisiana that is like a county
PARISH Defined for Kids
Definition of parish for Students
1 : a section of a church district under the care of a priest or minister
2 : the people who attend a particular church
3 : a division in the state of Louisiana that is similar to a county in other states
Legal Definition of parish
: a civil division of the state of Louisiana corresponding to a county in other states
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