Parishioners

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA

UNIFORM PARISH REGULATIONS 2014

ARTICLE 18, Sections 1-7, Pages 26-27

PARISHIONERS


Section 1: Every person who is baptized and chrismated according to the rites of the
Orthodox Church is a parishioner. The religious, moral and social duties of a parishioner
are to apply the tenets of the Orthodox Faith to his/her life and to: adhere to and live
according to the tenets of the Orthodox faith; faithfully attend the Divine Liturgy and other
worship services; participate regularly in the holy sacraments; respect all ecclesiastical
authority and all governing bodies of the Church; be obedient in matters of the Faith,
practice and ecclesiastical order; contribute towards the progress of the Church's sacred
mission; and be an effective witness and example of the Orthodox Faith and Traditions
to all people.


A parishioner in good standing practices all the religious and moral duties as
described in this Section 1. At a minimum, a parishioner in good standing must: be
eighteen years of age or over; be current in his or her stewardship and other financial
obligations to the Parish, abide by all the regulations herein stated and the Parish
Bylaws; and cooperate in every way towards the welfare and well being of the Parish.
(Stewardship is recommended to be ten percent (10%) of one’s annual income as stated
in Holy Scripture to help meet the financial obligations of the Parish, the Metropolis and
the Archdiocese.)


Section 2: Any person wishing to be a parishioner in good standing in more than
one Parish must remit his or her Stewardship financial obligation to each Parish as
stated in Section 1 of this Article. A parishioner wishing to move from one Parish to
another must present a letter of transfer from the Priest of the Parish from which he or
she is moving stating that he or she is in good standing.


Section 3: No person shall be deemed a parishioner in good standing while: not
adhering to the standards outlined in Sections 1 and 2 of this Article; retaining affiliation
in an Orthodox Parish which defies the jurisdiction or the ecclesiastical authority of the
Archdiocese; being a member of or practicing a non-Orthodox faith or other religion; and
deliberately disregarding and transgressing the moral law of the Church.


Section 4: The Priest shall judge any cases of special circumstances justifying the
waiver of a parishioner's stewardship financial obligations.


Section 5: A parishioner in good standing has the right to attend, participate and
vote at Parish Assemblies, as well as to vote in Parish Council elections. Each such
parishioner may also be nominated for election to the Parish Council or to represent the
Parish at a Local Assembly or the Congress.


Section 6: An Orthodox Christian parishioner in good standing at his or her
canonical Orthodox Parish may serve as a sponsor in another Parish without being
obliged to become a member in good standing at the Parish where the sacrament will
take place. A parishioner may serve as a sponsor in another Parish by presenting a
letter of good standing from his or her home Parish Priest.


Section 7: Each Parish shall maintain a Parish Record which shall include, at a
minimum, the following information concerning each parishioner: baptismal and family
name, occupation (optional), dates of baptism and/or chrismation and marriage,
complete family record of spouse and children, date of entry into the Parish indicating if
transferred from another Parish, date of death, and such other information that shall be
deemed appropriate.