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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.
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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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A Musical Program was held in the evening to entertain parish members and church organizations who actively join the parish in its various tasks.
The remaining churches are the San Pedro Apostol Parish in Apalit; San Andres Parish in Candaba; San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Macabebe; San Miguel Arkanghel Parish in Masantol; Santa Monica Parish in Minalin; San Luis Gonzaga Parish in San Luis; Nuestra Senora del Pilar Parish in San Simon; and the Santo Tomas Apostol Parish in Santo Tomas.
District 4: San Pedro Apostol Parish, Apalit; San Andres Parish, Candaba; San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish, Macabebe; San Miguel Arkanghel Parish, Masantol; Sta.
Joseph Parish in Benton would become the "Mother Church" of the three parishes.
His structure is largely chronological, based around the terms of office of parish priests.
The Metro Cebu parishes will help the northern parishes affected by Yolanda.
Joseph Parish in Barre to special ministry; the Rev.
Only 39 percent of survey respondents say that they attend the parish closest to, their home, suggesting that most people are willing to travel to find the parish that is the best for them.
In just the past 10 years the average number of registered parishioners per parish has grown 45 percent, from 2,260 in 2000 to 3,277 in 2010, said the study, titled "The Changing Face of U.S.
Helen Wordsworth, Chair of the Steering Committee of Parish Nursing Ministries, UK, continues to support the development of parish nursing in other locations in Europe.
The news comes as councillors begin assembling a parish review team to explore the new powers following complaints about some of Kirklees' five parish councils.
A spokesman for the archdiocese said: "The applications are being made in response to demands from parish centre members and in accordance with the recent legislation."