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CyrilSebastian
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« on: April 23, 2021, 05:38:25 PM »

Does community refer to church family?
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2021, 07:16:16 PM »

Does community refer to church family?
The Church is the family of God, while individual parishes are communities and dioceses are groups of communities that form a region.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2021, 05:21:26 PM »

One priest in the diocese who was trying to merge two Catholic churches for numerous Sundays   
spoke of One Faith community.   
I believe that some people wanted their Catholic church and only their Catholic church.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2021, 10:31:05 AM »

One priest in the diocese who was trying to merge two Catholic churches for numerous Sundays   
spoke of One Faith community.   
I believe that some people wanted their Catholic church and only their Catholic church.
The Creed says One Holy Catholic Church.
I don't really know if it is necessary to join multiple parishes under one priest, each parish is it's own community and is lead by the head pastor of each parish. Insular Catholicism has always been an issue but the Catholic Church is an evangelistic Church that must preach the Gospel and save souls for the glory of God.
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2021, 06:38:11 PM »

Here in New England we have many more parishes than active priests, which has resulted in closing and selling many parishes, and "twinning" others, some times more than just one.  It is a very sad day when a parish is told there is no available replacement for their retiring priest, and the parish must close or twin.  I prefer to think the term community is useful at every level: mission, parish, diocese, region, nation, continent, and world.  Recently I spoke with a Canadian priest who said he has 6 parishes.  I can't imagine what that would be like.
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2021, 05:46:56 PM »

Please explain twinning the parish.
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2021, 08:24:20 PM »

I think the term twinning is generally applied when a priest is given responsibility for a second parish, if each of the parishes is allowed to remain open and generally operational.  I don't think the term is used when one of the parishes is closed.
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