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St Margarete Parish Church in Berndorf, Austria; parish churches have been at the heart of local Christian communities for centuries.

A parish is a church territorial unit constituting a division within a diocese. A parish is under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of a parish priest, who might be assisted by one or more curates, and who operates from a parish church. Historically, a parish often covered the same geographical area as a manor (its association with the parish church remaining paramount).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref>

By extension the term parish refers not only to the territorial unit but to the people of its community or congregation as well as to church property within it. In England this church property was technically in ownership of the parish priest ex-officio, vested in him on his institution to that parish.


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Intro  Etymology and use  Church territorial structure  Roman Catholic Church  Church of England  Church of Scotland  Methodist Church  See also  References  External links  

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St Margarete Parish Church in Berndorf, Austria; parish churches have been at the heart of local Christian communities for centuries.

A parish is a church territorial unit constituting a division within a diocese. A parish is under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of a parish priest, who might be assisted by one or more curates, and who operates from a parish church. Historically, a parish often covered the same geographical area as a manor (its association with the parish church remaining paramount).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref>

By extension the term parish refers not only to the territorial unit but to the people of its community or congregation as well as to church property within it. In England this church property was technically in ownership of the parish priest ex-officio, vested in him on his institution to that parish.


Parish sections
Intro  Etymology and use  Church territorial structure  Roman Catholic Church  Church of England  Church of Scotland  Methodist Church  See also  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Etymology and use
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