Parish in the Catholic Church
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Most parishes are territorial parishes, which comprise all the Christian faithful living within a defined geographic area.[
Per canon 518, a bishop may also erect non-territorial parishes, or personal parishes, within his
All the Christian faithful who reside in a territorial parish are considered constitutive of that territorial parish, and all members of a community for which a personal parish has been erected are similarly members of that personal parish. Membership should not be confused with registration or worship, however. Catholics are not obliged to worship only at the parish church to which they belong, but may for convenience or taste attend services at any Catholic church. The term church may refer to the parish – the community that meets together – or to the building. In this article it is used to refer to the building.