Sunday, August 6, 2017

What is a Catholic parish?

So I live in, am a member of and assigned as a Permanent Deacon to the parish of St. Jane de Chantal in Abita Springs LA.  My family joined this parish in 1996 when it held 3 masses every weekend as well as 1 mass at it's mission church named for St. Michael the Archangel.  Geographically, this is one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans surviving all or part of communities named Abita Springs, Mandeville, Covington, Waldheim, Talisheek, Bush, Sun and so many rural areas surrounding these towns.  The mission church is designed to primarily serve Bush, Talisheek and Sun.

Since we moved here the parish has grown incredibly and we now have 5 masses on the weekend as well as the mass at St. Michael's!  We are now served by Archdiocesan Priests after many years of service from the monks at St. Joseph Abbey.  I was assigned as a Permanent Deacon here in 2008 thru January 2011 when I was moved to another parish named Most Holy Trinity.  I remained there until July of 2015 and was reassigned to St. Jane at that time.

Our neighboring parishes have the names of St. Peter, St. Benedict, Most Holy Trinity and further south Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Queen of Peace.

So what is a parish?

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