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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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Catholic population growth and the closing or consolidation of many parishes, especially smaller ones.
The Parish Partnership Program provides a unique opportunity for parishes to connect with mission parishes that urgently need their help," said Father Wall.
When parishes are merged, their assets and debts must follow their members.
In my pastoral concern for these two parishes, I did not want to merge
Today, as the economic fallout of the sexual abuse crisis continues, some bankrupt dioceses now claim that they don't really own local parishes so that parish assets can be exempt from any diocesan bankruptcy settlement.
The mother parishes would have to take on the fundraising and the diocese would help.
There have been emotional reactions to the recommendations, particularly those which called for the disestablishment and amalgamation of parishes, some of them among the oldest in the region.
10 by The Pilot, the archdiocesan newspaper, said that the appeals are still under review but the Vatican has indicated a different interpretation of an aspect of canon law regarding use of the assets from the seven closed parishes.
The group, he writes, is determined to advance a homosexual agenda that has already become deeply rooted in many dioceses, parishes, religious education programs, schools, seminaries, colleges, and Church-related social or pastoral outreach programs.
Like all seminarians, the future bishops as a rule attended the seminaries closest to their fathers' parishes.
Non-profit organizations in the following markets and parishes may apply: Shreveport (Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto parishes), Monroe (Claiborne, East Carroll, West Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita and Webster parishes), Alexandria (Avoyelles and Rapides parishes), Lake Charles (Allen, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and Cameron parishes), Lafayette (Iberia, Lafayette, St.
And I question if closing small parishes is really the best solution to challenges like the clergy shortage or financial constraints.