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

St. Louis School Open House

If you are considering a Catholic education for your child or would just like to explore your options, we would love for you to come by and take a look at all that we have to offer your family. It is an exciting time to be a part of St. Louis, and we encourage you to take a look! If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Kemp, our Director of Admissions, at 410-531-6664 or

New Parish Office Hours

Monday—Friday from 9:00am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

2016 Contribution Statements

If you made Capital Campaign contributions during 2016, you will automatically receive a statement which will include all donations made to St Louis Church during the year. If you did not make any contributions to the Capital Campaigns, you may request a statement.

St. Louis 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.
View the Inclement Weather Policy

Current Parishioner Status/Info Change


New Parishioner Welcome Sessions
The next New Parishioner Welcome Session will be held Sunday, February 19, at 12:30 pm in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.

January 26, 2017
  • Parish: Haiti Committee Meeting 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Room 307 or Room 303

    Monthly committee meeting

January 27, 2017
  • School: March for Life in Washington, D.C.

  • Parish: March For Life

    Come one, Come all! Come to the March for Life! Join us as we travel to Washington DC on January 27th. You might meet Archbishop Lori! Interested? Sign up in the Narthex this weekend. Contact Sue Arlinghaus ( for more information. Cost is $10/person or $35/family. See you there!

  • Faith in the Family: Eucharistic Adoration for March for Life 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Each year, thousands of Parishioners from across the United States flock to Washington DC to participate in hearing Pro-Life speakers and marching in the March for Life. Here at St. Louis Church, we will gather to pray all day in reverence to the Sanctity of Life. This Eucharist Adoration will take place in the Church between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 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.

    An added note with more specifics from Grace Kissane: Eucharistic Adoration will be taking place in the Church after Mass from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. This is a spiritual battle we fight! Prayer and action go hand in hand. We need to confirm adorers for each hour so that Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist is always with the hearts of his children. I like how Saint Teresa of Calcutta put it. She said, "When we look at the cross, we know how much Jesus loved us. When we look at the tabernacle (or monstrance), we know how much Jesus loves us now". To confirm an hour, contact Diane Altieri at 410.707.5733 or; (If you are unsure of your schedule on Friday – please come to adore Jesus anytime throughout the day.)

  • Faith in the Family: March for Life 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Students in Howard County Public Schools will not be in school on this day due to a Professional Work Day. You could take advantage of this and join other St. Louis Parishioners at the March for Life in Washington DC. The March begins at 11:45 am for the musical opening. The rally begins at Noon with the March starting at 1:00 pm. Please check the St. Louis bulletin as the date gets closer for information on transportation details. For more details about the March, please go to: 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.

    Here is an update from Grace Kissane, the Respect Life Coordinator:

    Due to the inauguration, the annual March for Life has been moved to Friday. It is projected to be bigger and better than ever. St. Louis will again have a luxury motor coach to Washington, DC departing around 10:00 am and returning around 5:00 pm. Registration will be at 9:00 am in the social hall. We will have burgundy and gold neck scarves for everyone to wear – feel free to color coordinate your attire. A modest fee of $10 per person and $35 per family would be appreciated. Seats are limited! You can save your seat by contacting Sue Arlinghaus at 410.531.1320 or
    For ease in signing up you will also have an opportunity to visit us at the Ministry Table in the narthex after all Masses the weekends of January 14/15 and January 21/22.

January 28, 2017
  • Elementary Religious Ed: No Saturday Religious Education

  • Parish: NEW ALTAR SERVER TRAINING 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

    We are privileged to have great Altar Servers at St. Louis Parish who are dedicated, reverent and happy. If you are in the fifth grade or above, I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and send me an email at and that you will be able to attending training. ~ Deacon Frank Ziegler.

January 29, 2017
  • Wee Praise: St. Louis School Open House

  • School: CSW Open House 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • 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.

  • HS CYM: CLOSED: Retreat Ministry Team Formation 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    This event is for members of the Spark, Summit Lake, and Teen ACTS Team.

  • Faith in the Family: Historical Tour of the Shrine of St. Anthony 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Join Judge Roger Whelan as he takes you and your family on a tour of the Shrine of St. Anthony at the Franciscan Friary. The Shrine of St. Anthony is located at 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City. Judge Roger Whelan is a wealth of information and will be able to answer any and all questions you may have after the tour. There is no charge for the tour. The tour lasts about an hour to an hour and a half. Finish off the tour by visiting Brother Gerry’s Halloween Train Garden in the Fall OR Brother Gerry’s Christmas Train Garden in the winter. The train gardens have intricate details that you will want to discover with your children. No sign up is necessary. For more information, visit the website: This activity is appropriate for the entire family. To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 31 in the “How To” book.

  • HS CYM: CLOSED: Spark! Retreat Team Mtg 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    This event is for those who are helping to lead the Spark! High School Retreat. If you would like to attend this retreat, registration is open from February 7- March 3 . The link to the paperwork can be found here:

  • 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

    Thank you 🙂