St. Louis Parish

St. Louis Parish

Welcome, I am delighted that you have chosen to learn more about us and our parish community. We are located in western Howard County and although we are a large community, visitors to our church invariably remark about the friendliness and warmth of the people and staff at St. Louis.

Much like our Catholic faith, our parish history and roots run deep, beginning at the Chapel of Doughoregan Manor, home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1766-1832), the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. Our first “public” church was built in 1855, has been lovingly restored and now serves as a wayside chapel for our parish cemetery on Ten Oaks Road. In 1889 our second church, a beautiful stone Gothic chapel, was built on our campus here in Clarksville, and is very much in use today for daily prayer, adoration, baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Our parish continued to experience tremendous growth and in 1980 a new and larger church was built to accommodate that growth. However, continued growth over the last two decades necessitated the building of an even larger church which was dedicated in April of 2006.

If I were asked to describe the spirit of this community, I would say that it is a community that is very much in tune with the times–proud to be exceptionally active and involved in a broad array of ministries and activities while at the same time respecting and advocating the basic traditional Christian values that the Gospel proclaims. Please feel free to visit–you are always welcome!

Sincerely in Christ,
Msgr. Joseph L. Luca

Day of Reconciliation

Archbishop Lori has announced a special Day of Reconciliation to be celebrated on March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the Universal Church. He has asked that every parish of the Archdiocese offer additional times in which the Sacrament of Reconciliation would be made available on that day to accommodate a variety of schedules. At St. Louis the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is being offered at the following times: From 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm and again from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The St. Louis Choir is Recruiting!

A Few Good Men (and Women!) Needed
The St. Louis Choir seeks enthusiastic, spirit-filled singers to enhance our ranks at masses on Sundays at 11:15am. See the Music Ministry Page for more details.

Contribution Statement Request

You may request a statement through this page. Statements are sent on Fridays.

Let’s Go to the Movies!

Join fellow parishioners at the movies on Sunday, March 25th at AMC Columbia for showing of the new movie; Paul, Apostle of Christ. Prepare your heart to celebrate and remember Christ’s completed work on the cross by turning to one of the most prolific writers of the New Testament, Paul the Apostle. Though written 2,000 years ago, his writings still resound with truth for the modern reader, as he encourages Christians to know the one in whom they believe.

Gather your family and friends to hear God’s Word come alive in the voice of Paul as we await Holy Week and celebrate Christ’s triumphant victory on Easter Sunday! The movie start time is 3:50pm – what a wonderful way to spend Palm Sunday afternoon! Click here to purchase tickets on-line. (NOTE: This movie may not be posted until Wed. 3-21-18). For more information about the movie and to see a trailer go to,

Inclement Weather Policy

St. Louis Parish takes seriously its obligation to provide for the safety of those on our campus. This policy reflects our commitment to making safety a priority.
• Closure of the St. Louis Campus applies to all offices, events, and ministries.
• Weather-related announcements will be posted on our parish website and delivered through Flocknote. Click here to see how to register.
St. Louis Parish and School will follow the Howard County Public School System with regard to weather-related decisions.
• If the Howard County Public Schools are delayed or closed, the weekday Mass is cancelled. The presider will offer Mass privately for the specified intention(s).
• If the Howard County Public Schools are closed, all daytime and evening activities on the campus are cancelled and all offices are closed.
• If the Howard County Public School System announces an early closing or the cancellation of afternoon or evening programs, all events on the St. Louis campus will be cancelled and all offices will be closed.

The closest thing to a Catholic Netflix is here… don’t miss out on this free gift for the entire parish!

New Parishioner Welcome Sessions

It’s quick and easy to register as a parishioner at St. Louis Church! Please complete this registration form and bring it with you to the next scheduled New Parishioner Welcome Session. That’s it! The next session will be held March 18, at 12:30 pm in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.

Current Parishioner Status/Info Change


March 18, 2018
  • School: Family Bingo sponsored by St. Louis School - 4:30 pm Kitchen opens for dinner - 5:00-7:00 pm Bingo - Cafeteria

  • Parish: Eucharistic Adoration 7:30 am - 10:00 pm in the Chapel

    Adoration of the Exposed Blessed Sacrament

  • Wee Praise: Wee Praise Classes 9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • HS CYM: People to People Bake Sale after 9:30 Mass 9:30 am - 11:00 am

  • HS CYM: CLOSED: SPARK! Retreat Team Meeting 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

  • Faith in the Family: Noon Healing Mass 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Shrine of St. Anthony Chapel See more details

  • Parish: New Parishioner Welcome 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Social Hall

    If you have any questions about our parish before the Welcoming Program please do not hesitate to call Mary Helfrich at 410-531-6040 or email her at We are here to serve the parish and to assist prospective parishioners in learning about our vibrant faith community.

  • HS CYM: CLOSED: Summit Lake Retreat Team Meeting 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 19, 2018
  • School: Restaurant Day Fundraiser - YOU PIZZA -- All Day, Dine In or Carry Out - Clarksville Commons Shopping Center

  • Youth Religious Ed: Monday Religious Ed & Creed 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Parish: ACTS Men's SCC 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Room 304

  • Parish: Miraculous Medal Novena 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm - in the Chapel

  • Parish: Liturgy Committee Meeting 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Room 303

March 20, 2018
  • School: 2018-2019 HSA Speaker - School Safety/Budget presentation - 7:00 pm

  • Parish: Women's Bible Study 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Faith in the Family: Meditation Rosary for World Peace 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm St Louis 1889 Chapel See more details

  • Parish: Meditation Rosary for World Peace 6:00 pm - 6:40 pm

    Catholic Daughters of the Americas will sponsor a Meditation Rosary for World Peace and the reparation of souls as requested by Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal 100 years ago. We will be praying in the Chapel at 6:00 pm. We hope you and your family members will join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for this special prayer time as a community. Contact Cathie Kaulfuss at 301-821- 6714; or Daria McGehee at 410 935-8966 for more information.

  • Parish: Surviving Divorce 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Rooms 301 & 302

  • Parish: Respect Life Committee Meeting 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Room 304

March 21, 2018
  • School: Second Trimester Progress Reports Distributed

  • Parish: Clarksville Picnic Quilting Group 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Room 306

  • Parish: CDA General Meeting 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Social Hall

  • Parish: RCIA 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Room 301-302

  • Parish: ACTS Core Team 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Room 303

  • Parish: Charismatic Praise and Worship 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Chapel

March 22, 2018
  • Parish: Divine Mercy Prayer Group 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Room 303

  • Elementary Religious Ed: First Eucharist Enhancement Class 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

    "We are invited to the Table of the Lord"
    Optional Enhancement for First Holy Communicants
    5:00pm or 6:30pm
    Howard Bishop Rooms

  • Elementary Religious Ed: First Eucharist Enhancement Class 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    "We are invited to the Table of the Lord"
    Optional Enhancement for First Holy Communicants
    5:00pm or 6:30pm
    Howard Bishop Rooms

  • Parish: Haiti Committee Meeting 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Room 307 or Room 303

    Monthly committee meeting

  • Parish: ACTS Men's SCC 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Room 304

  • Parish: Thursday Night Scripture Study 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Social Hall

March 23, 2018
  • HS CYM: Spark Retreat

  • HS CYM: Summit Lake Sign Up Closes

  • Faith in the Family: Catholic Daughters Lenten Soup and Sandwich Meal 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Social Hall See more details

  • Faith in the Family: Children's Stations of the Cross 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1889 Chapel See more details

  • Parish: Childen's Stations of the Cross 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

    Come join us with your little ones for achildren-focused, stress-free Stations of the Cross experience in the 1889Chapel each Friday during Lent (except Good Friday). We’llbriefly explain why and how we pray the Stations of the Cross, and then giveour little ones an opportunity to actively participate and get up close to eachStation as we make the Way of the Cross together. We’ll finish in time to headto the Social Hall afterwards to share a Lenten Dinner together. This is agreat opportunity to introduce your young ones to the Stations and to stayfocused on the love Jesus has for us.

  • Faith in the Family: Stations of the Cross 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Church See more details

  • Parish: Lenten Stations of the Cross 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 24, 2018
  • HS CYM: Spark Retreat

  • Elementary Religious Ed: 5th Grade Reconciilation in Religious Education

  • Parish: ACTS Men's SCC 7:00 am - 9:30 am - Room 303

  • Elementary Religious Ed: Saturday Religious Education 9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Faith in the Family: Faith in the Family SEDER Meal Experience 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm St. Louis School Cafeteria See more details