In American usage, a "parish priest" is any priest assigned to a parish even in a subordinate capacity, and some may be designated as associate pastors or assistant pastors. Globally they may be known as assistant priests,ref parochial vicarsref or [[curate#Catholic Church|curates]].
=== Other personnel ===
In addition to the parish priest and any assistant priests he may have, a parish commonly has a staff of [[Laity|lay people]] ([[...|vestry]]), [[Religious (Catholicism)|]], and [[ordained]] [[deacon]]s. For example, a parish secretary may assist in administrative matters, a parish sister in activities such as visiting the sick, and a perhaps married permanent [[deacon]] in sacramental as well as pastoral or administrative duties.
A parish is obliged to have a finance committeeref and, if the bishop considers it opportune, a [[Pastoral Council|pastoral council]] or . The role of the pastoral council is only consultative.ref== Parish life ==
In addition to a parish church, each parish may maintain auxiliary organizations and their facilities such as a [[rectory]], [[church hall|parish hall]], [[parochial school]], or [[convent]], frequently located on the same campus or adjacent to the church.