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A subdivision of government in most American states. Most of the time, a county is a municipal level below the state government but above a city or township. Counties serve different purposes, depending on the state. In some states, they have courts and a sheriff's office. The chief prosecutor (district attorney) for an area is often employed at the county level. In Oklahoma and many other states, counties have jurisdiction over all land in their boundaries not otherwise incorporated into a city or other municipality. In some states like Maryland, counties have quite broad responsibilities, including the provision of public health services and education. On the other hand, counties have no authority in Rhode Island. In Louisiana, counties are called parishes. In Alaska, they are called boroughs. See also: ABCD Counties.


A political subdivision within a state. It is usually the largest government body within the state.In Louisiana,the equivalent is called a parish.

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In 2000, the study said, 22 percent of parishes had at least one Mass a month in a language other than English; 10 years later, 29 percent did so.
What all of this means is that while under canon law, a parish's assets and liabilities generally belong to the parish and not to the diocese, a civil court may not see things that way when a diocese organized as a corporation sole finds itself in court, despite the bishop's claim that, according to canon law, he does not "own" the parishes.
John the Evangelist said not much has been done yet on combining the parishes, since the announcement was just made and parishioners are being notified.
Clark's focal point is local faith communities, which he describes as "any regularly gathered group of Christians," from parishes and religious orders to even "the pope with the cardinal prefects.
Solving the priest shortage is making the church rethink how parishes are run and prompting a call for prayers from the classroom to the meeting room for men to heed the call.
Parishes were given until March 31 to submit their responses to the DMRT.
Clergy congregation officials "are supporting our procedures to close the parishes and they've said we've done the consultations correctly.
To the question why the group should concentrate on parishes, the answer was: "Because religion is one of the most important contributors to social change.
In light of the many gifts of small parishes, it stands to reason that dioceses should find other ways to meet the challenges of
That sense of humor has endeared him over the years as an associate pastor at parishes in Gardena, La Puente, Pomona and Altadena.
Many parishes have literally thrown Mother out of the house.
Situated along the Y-shape formed by the Mississippi and Red Rivers, parishes such as Pointe Coupee, Iberville, St.