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Over 200 parishes make up the Archdiocese of Melbourne and they all have much in common. There's a parish priest at the helm, often supported by another priest or deacon, presiding over liturgy and the sacraments. There's usually a primary school under the tutelage of the priest, a principal and numerous teaching and support staff. Contributing to the day to day running of the community are administrative staff, Parish Associates and secretaries. And on top of this is a vigorous, demanding ministry serving the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish. But there are also many differences in the way a particular parish runs.