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parish
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
a local church community

or in Louisiana:  a jurisdiction of government like a county
  • The Vestry members had been wise to lock the parish house.
    p. 251.2
  • And although Captain John Smith's beloved Pocahontas ended her unhappy life on British soil in the parish churchyard of the original Gravesend, the spiritually armless Watahantowet was never buried in our Gravesend.
    p. 13.4
  • ...father of Gravesend—even after she managed to make all that acceptable to her mother and sister, and to the town (not to mention to the Congregational Church, where she continued to sing in the choir and was often a participant in various parish-house functions) .... even after she'd carried off my illegitimate birth (to everyone's satisfaction, or so it appeared), she still took the train to Boston every Wednesday, she still spent every Wednesday night in the dreaded city in order to...
    p. 17.8
  • I don't remember Sunday school in the Congregational Church at all—although my mother claimed that this was always an occasion whereat I ate a lot, both in Sunday school and at various parish-house functions.
    p. 25.4
  • All the Wiggins played in touch-football games, which they organized, every Sunday afternoon, on the parish-house lawn.
    p. 118.5
  • I've been a parish officer so many times, for so many years, I shouldn't complain; perhaps my fellow parishioners thought they were being kind to me—to give me a year off.
    p. 146.7
  • And one year I was chairman of sidesmen; I've also been parish council chairman.
    p. 147.2
  • I shouldn't brood about such a silly business as the annual installation of parish officers; especially, I shouldn't allow such thoughts to distract me from the choral Eucharist and the sermon.
    p. 147.4
  • The first rehearsal was scheduled after the Annual Parish Meeting and the Vestry elections—almost at the beginning of our Christmas vacation.
    p. 155.1
  • In the chilly vestibule of the parish house, Barb Wiggin proceeded to imprison Owen Meany in the swaddling clothes; but however tightly or loosely she bound him in the broad, cotton swathes, Owen complained.
    p. 215.9
  • That Christ was lucky or unlucky, that he was saved or used, seemed rather serious points of difference— even in the hurried-up atmosphere of the parish-house vestibule, drafty from the opening and closing of the outside door and at the same time smelling of steam from the wet woolen clothes that dripped melting snow into the heat registers.
    p. 216.8
  • "To our younger parish officers," he said, "you're something of an eccentric.
    p. 229.2
  • Because you're not really a Canadian, you know—and that troubles some of the older members of this parish, too; that troubles even those of us who do remember the circumstances that brought you here.
    p. 229.3
  • Your little speech about Christmas—at the Parish Council meeting?
    p. 230.3
  • I doubt that even Scrooge would have chosen a Parish Council meeting as the proper occasion for such an announcement.
    p. 230.3
  • The revived hind part of one donkey ran to the door of the parish-house vestibule, which he found locked; the cows slipped in the snow.
    p. 231.7
  • Had someone locked the parish house out of fear that thieves would steal our real clothes?
    p. 231.8
  • Dan grabbed me in the connecting passage to the parish house; he said he'd wait for me to get my clothes, and Owen's—we could go back to the dorm together, then, or to 80 Front Street.
    p. 232.9
  • He carried the sodden Harold Crosby to the parish-house vestibule, where he asked Barb Wiggin if he might have a word with her.
    p. 234.9
  • She was just in time; Harold's mother entered the vestibule as Dan and I were leaving the parish house.
    p. 235.9

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