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

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.
• If the Howard County Public School System has not issued a weather-related announcement, St. Louis Parish will evaluate conditions and may close its campus.

• On weekends, decisions regarding closure of the campus as well as the cancellation of funerals, weddings, and weekend Masses will be made by the Facilities Manager in consultation with the clergy and parish staff.

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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 January 21, at 12:30 pm in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.

Current Parishioner Status/Info Change


January 18, 2018
  • College & Young Adult: Raising Saints: Parents & Tots Play Group 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    All parents and their young children are invited to join Raising Saints" Tots & Play Group of St. Louis & Francis parishes! The play group meets in St. Francis' nursery. Go through main doors, continue through the narthex, through a larger gathering space, and the door will be on the right before you come to the end of the hall. See web:

  • Parish: Divine Mercy Prayer Group 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Room 303

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

January 19, 2018
  • School: Prayer Card Contest entries due by 9:00 am

  • Faith in the Family: Faith in the Family March for Life in DC the Family March for Life in DC See more details

  • Faith in the Family: Faith in the Family Eucharistic Adoration and Prayers for Life 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Church See more details

  • Faith in the Family: St. Louis Concert Series - Andrew & Heather Adelsberger 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 1889 Chapel See more details

January 20, 2018
  • Elementary Religious Ed: Family Life 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

  • Parish: CATHOLIC YOGA 9:00 am - 10:15 am

    Sessions will be in the Pastoral Center Social Hall. For more information,please see the Facebook page: CatholicYoga (@Catholicyoga) or email Brian Pate(Ph.D., RYT-200), Brian@ Please bring your own yoga mat if you haveone. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. There is no fee. Upcomingsessions are February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19.

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

January 21, 2018
  • Parish: Eucharistic Adoration 7:30 am - 10:00 pm in the Chapel

    Adoration of the Exposed Blessed Sacrament

  • Youth Religious Ed: EDGE 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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

  • MS CYM: Youth Mass 9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • HS CYM: Youth Mass 9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • Faith in the Family: Response to High School Speaker at Youth Mass 9:30 am - 10:30 am Church See more details

  • HS CYM: FULL Brunch @ Grassroots- Caddigan 11:30 am - 1:30 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.

January 22, 2018
  • School: SLS Spirit Night at River Hill Ledo Pizza - 4-9 p.m.

  • Youth Religious Ed: Monday Religious Ed 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

January 24, 2018
  • Parish: Clarksville Picnic Quilting Group 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Room 306

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

  • Parish: Men's ACTS Retreat Team 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Room 305