pa·​rish·​ion·​er | \ pə-ˈri-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce parishioner (audio) \

Definition of parishioner

: a member or inhabitant of a parish

Examples of parishioner in a Sentence

the parishioners of First Baptist Church
Recent Examples on the Web For nearly two hours on Tuesday evening, Rev. Nicholas Martorano of St. Nick's Catholic Church was driven around South Philadelphia on the back of a red pickup truck, blessing parishioners who haven't been able to attend mass in person for months. Alicia Lee, CNN, "A priest rode around in the back of a pickup truck blessing people in Philadelphia," 13 May 2020 The fact that parishioners might hear Pastor Irmler deliver an Easter sermon over a loudspeaker was incidental. Casey Smith, New York Times, "For Those Who Must Enforce Lockdowns, the Decisions Are Wrenching," 11 May 2020 Up to 100 people, for instance, attended Easter services April 19 at leader Anton Chuprov’s church, a parishioner said, with some able to stay more than six feet away from each other and others not. oregonlive, "Russian Old Believers in Oregon confront coronavirus: ‘It’s made its way into our community’," 9 May 2020 Without the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, parishioners can receive Holy Communion by attending any Mass that is celebrated any day of the week. Madeline Mitchell,, "In-person Mass to resume, but this is not going to be 'a return to normal,' Archbishop says," 8 May 2020 For the services held Saturday and Sunday, parishioners were seated one by one, according to social distancing guidelines, with every other pew blocked off. NBC News, "Texas churches feel hope again as reopenings transform in-person services," 7 May 2020 Churches have been urged to switch to virtual services in lieu of in-person sermons, but Wilson's church claimed the Lighthouse Fellowship did not have the capacity to do that and many parishioners didn't have access to the Internet. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "DOJ sides with church suing Virginia Gov. Northam after pastor who held 16-person service faced fine, jail," 3 May 2020 Phil Schmitter, pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church in Flint, Michigan, spends much of his time talking to shut-in and vulnerable parishioners. Beth Burger And Julie Fulton, USA TODAY, "Survey: Many Americans feeling lonely, anxious, depressed during coronavirus pandemic," 1 May 2020 The archdiocese recommended churches assign parishioners to a certain Mass time, either by last name or a sign-up system, to control attendance. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Archdiocese of Milwaukee allows Catholic Masses to resume at 25% capacity beginning May 31," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of parishioner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parishioner

Middle English parisshoner, probably modification of Anglo-French parochien, from paroche

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The first known use of parishioner was in the 15th century

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16 May 2020

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“Parishioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parishioner

: a person who goes to a particular local church : a person who belongs to a parish


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Kids Definition of parishioner

: a member of a particular church

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