St. Louis Parish

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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

Immaculate Conception

Holyday of Obligation – Thursday, December 8, is a special holyday for the United States. It is under the title of the Immaculate Conception that our Blessed Mother is the patroness of our nation. At this very significant time in our national history, when there is much division and discord, let us come together on this holy day and pray for unity and civility in our beloved nation that she may always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm and on Thursday at 7:00 am, 9:30 am (School Mass) 12 noon and 7:00 pm.

Advent Penance Services – Mercy Abounds!

Join the other parishes in Western Howard County for the Regional Reconciliation Services. Both begin at 7:00 pm:
Monday, December 12 – Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City
Tuesday, December 13 – St. Francis of Assisi, Fulton

Advent Wreath Lighting

If you wish to participate in lighting the Advent Wreath at the beginning of Mass and take up the Offertory Gifts during the Sundays of Advent, please come to the Hospitality Table in the Narthex and sign up for a Mass. We have written instructions on what to do, and we can help with any questions you have to make it easy. This beautiful symbol of waiting for the Lord’s birth is an opportunity for everyone – from individuals to couples to families with children.

St. John the Evangelist School

The St. Louis Haiti Committee is pleased to report on the progress of our Parish partnership with St. John the Evangelist School in Gonaives, Haiti. Great things are happening due to your generosity and prayers. Please enjoy this video that shows you “A Day in the Life” of this vibrant school. For more information please visit the Haiti Committee webpage.

Current Parishioner Status/Info Change

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New Parishioner Welcome Sessions
The next New Parishioner Welcome Session will be held Sunday, December 18, at 12:30 pm in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.

December 8, 2016
  • Parish: Graden Club 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Faith in the Family: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    “Let it be done to me according to your word,” Luke 1:38. These are the words Mary spoke to the Angel Gabriel when he announced that she was to become the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God. We commemorate Mary in this Feast Day in remembrance that Mary was born without sin. No RSVP is necessary. . To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 31 in the “How To” book.

December 9, 2016
  • School: First Trimester Progress Reports Distributed

  • HS CYM: Rehearsal - Live Nativity

  • Parish: Knights of Columbus - Dinner 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Christmas Dinner at in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.

December 10, 2016
  • School: Archdiocese of Baltimore High School Placement Test at designated sites - 8:30 a.m. check in; 9:00 a.m. test begins

  • HS CYM: Live Nativity

  • Elementary Religious Ed: Our Faith1 8:30 am - 9:30 am

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

  • Elementary Religious Ed: Living Advent Wreath and Christmas Caroling 9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Elementary Religious Ed: Spred Class 9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Faith in the Family: Living Advent 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Hope, peace, love and joy – these are the candles of the Advent wreath that burn brightly in the darkness of winter to usher in the light of Christ. Join us in the John Evans Gym as we participate in an interactive living advent wreath. The children will take an active role in the explanation of the symbolism of the Advent wreath. They will learn that Advent means coming and that during the season of Advent, we are waiting for the birth of Jesus to bring light to the world. This activity is recommended for children in grades K-5th grade. No RSVP is necessary. To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 31 in the “How To” book.

  • Elementary Religious Ed: Our Faith 2 9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • Youth Religious Ed: ACT NOW 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Parish: ADVENT POTLUCK SOCIAL 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join fellow parishioners in the Pastoral center Social Hall on following the 5:30 Mass. All are welcome! Parishioners with last names beginning with A-R are asked to bring a side or main dish, and those with last names beginning with S-Z are being asked to bring a dessert. In honor of our Savior's birth into poverty, donations of new baby clothing, diapers, and baby toiletries are being accepted for the Columbia Pregnancy Center. For planning purposes, kindly RSVP to Lauren Murray at laurenansleymurray@gmail.com or 410-531-6015. Sponsored by the ACTS Ministry.

  • Faith in the Family: Greccio Living Nativity 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Let the awe and wonder that is Christmas surround you and your family! Come hear the story of the birth of Jesus as it is narrated by one of the Friars from the Shrine of St. Anthony. Actors and actresses, as well as live animals create a tableau in a manger setting. This living Nativity is a tradition not to be missed at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Please dress warmly for this event as it takes place outside at the Red Barn. There will be refreshments available. If you are a middle school student and would like to know how to be a part of the Living Nativity, please contact Pat Sprankle at psprankle@stlouis.org. No RSVP is required. In case of inclement weather, the Living Nativity will be moved into the Chapel. To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 31 in the “How To” book.

December 11, 2016
  • HS CYM: Live Nativity

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

    Adoration of the Exposed Blessed Sacrament

  • Wee Praise: Wee Praise Regular Class 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Wee Praise is a structured, preschool religious education program for three-, four-, and five-year-old children held during the 9:30 Sunday morning Mass. For more information on this faith based, early childhood program please contact Mary Kolb at the Religious Education Office.

  • Faith in the Family: St. Louis Concert Series: Christmas Concert 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Join us on Gaudete Sunday to ring in the joy of the Christmas season with your favorite carols. The combined choirs of St. Louis will be performing John Rutter’s composition: Gloria. In addition, the Children’s Choir will be performing songs of the season. To RSVP as well as to find out more information, please go to: www.stlconcertseries.yapsody.com . This concert is free; however, a free will offering will be collected. All are welcome to join us in the reception in the Social Hall immediately after the Concert. To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 31 in the “How To” book.

  • Parish: Concert Series - Christmas at St. Louis Featuring Barclay Brass 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    For more info please see http://www.stlconcertseries.org/.

  • College & Young Adult: College & Young Adult Adoration 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Anyone is welcome to come adore at St. Louis' Sunday Eucharistic Adoration from 7am-10pm.

    College & Young Adult Ministry covers the hour from 6-7pm. If you are interested in singing up to be an adorer, please contact vmwesley93@gmail.com.

    Thank you 🙂

  • Faith in the Family: Greccio Living Nativity 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Let the awe and wonder that is Christmas surround you and your family! Come hear the story of the birth of Jesus as it is narrated by one of the Friars from the Shrine of St. Anthony. Actors and actresses, as well as live animals create a tableau in a manger setting. This living Nativity is a tradition not to be missed at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Please dress warmly for this event as it takes place outside at the Red Barn. There will be refreshments available. If you are a middle school student and would like to know how to be a part of the Living Nativity, please contact Pat Sprankle at psprankle@stlouis.org. No RSVP is required. In case of inclement weather, the Living Nativity will be moved into the Chapel. To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 31 in the “How To” book.

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