St. Louis Parish

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
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Discovering Christ

Have you ever asked yourself “Why am I here?” or “What is the meaning of life?” You will find the answer to these questions and much more in Discovering Christ. This 7-week experience begins with a free dinner in the parish Social Hall at 6:45 on Monday, October 9th. There will be a dynamic video teaching followed by a lively discussion on the material just presented. For more details or to register go to www.stlouisparish.org/christ-life. At least come to the first session to see what it’s all about. If it’s not right for you, just tell us. We’ll respect your decision.

Here is a short testimony of a previous participant in Discovering Christ, “I hesitated to attend Discovering Christ because I said I already know Jesus so why do I have to discover him. Well, the course renewed and deepened my knowledge of him, his love for me, and increased my love for him. I have also made some new friends, a new community”

Religious Education

2017-2018 registration is now underway! Forms can be downloaded from our website: www.stlouisparish.org/reled/ or picked up in the Religious Education office. You will also find information on the website concerning program options for all grades. We understand the busy schedules of families with young children and teenagers. We ask that you prayerfully consider other obligations (sports, scouts, school etc.) that your family may participate in this fall and next spring and make choices that will allow your child/children to attend class faithfully. Please feel free to call us at 410-531-6688 (Elementary) or 410-531-6668 (Middle & High School) if you have questions or concerns.

New Parishioner Welcome Sessions
The next New Parishioner Welcome Session will be held Sunday, October 22, at 12:30 pm in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.

Current Parishioner Status/Info Change

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September 23, 2017
  • Parish: ACTS Men's SCC 7:00 am - 9:30 am - Room 303

September 24, 2017
  • 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

  • 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

    The Youth Mass is celebrated at the 9:30am Mass on the 4th Sunday of the month from September through May. At each Youth Mass, a high school student is asked to give a reflection of the Gospel reading. In addition, the speaker applies the message of the Gospel to his/her life. These reflections are very inspirational, especially because they come from the future of the Church: our young people.
    To complete an activity review, please follow the directions given on page 27 in the 2017-18 “How To” manual you were given at the Opening Meeting. E-mail the reflection in a Word document to mkolb@stlouisparish.org. I would highly recommend that these reflections be completed on the same day the Mass is attended. In that way, the student is able to remember details from the high school student.

  • HS CYM: Brunch - Caddigan 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

September 25, 2017
  • Youth Religious Ed: Monday Religious Ed - 1st night 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

September 26, 2017
  • School: School Board Meeting - 7:00 pm Pastor's Conference Room

  • Parish: Women's Bible Study 9:30 am - 11:30 am - Room 301-306

  • Faith in the Family: Faith in the Family Returning Family Meeting 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Mandatory Opening Meeting for returning families to Faith in the Family will be in the School Cafeteria. We will briefly discuss anything that is new for the program. Families will then pick up the "How To" book(one per family), the textbook, and the Family Life book for each child.

  • Faith in the Family: Faith in the Family New Family Meeting 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    This meeting is for families new to the Faith in the Family program will be in the School Cafeteria. Families will learn how to successfully make the program "work" for their family. In addition, families will pick up the "How To" manual (one for each family), the textbook and Family life books (one for each child). We are looking forward to being your family's Faith partners in the new year!

September 27, 2017
  • Elementary Religious Ed: Volunteer Open House for Saturday Religious Education 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Calling all Catechists, assistants, youth helpers and resource team: Please join us for our annual open house and "Mash-tinis". Light fare dinner will be served from 6pm to 7pm, followed by a technology training.

    Please mark your calendar to join us as we usher in another fantastic year of religious education. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Faith in the Family: Faith in the Family Returning Family Meeting 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Mandatory Opening Meeting for returning families to Faith in the Family will be in the School Cafeteria. We will briefly discuss anything that is new for the program. Families will then pick up the "How To" book(one per family), the textbook, and the Family Life book for each child.

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

  • Parish: Charismatic Prayer Meeting 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm - Room 306-307

  • Youth Religious Ed: WIRED 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Faith in the Family: Faith in the Family New Family Meeting 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    This meeting is for families new to the Faith in the Family program will be in the School Cafeteria. Families will learn how to successfully make the program "work" for their family. In addition, families will pick up the "How To" manual (one for each family), the textbook and Family life books (one for each child). We are looking forward to being your family's Faith partners in the new year!

September 28, 2017
  • Parish: Divine Mercy Prayer Group 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Room 303

  • 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

September 29, 2017
  • School: Out of Uniform Day sponsored by Student Council - $1 to dress out of uniform

September 30, 2017
  • Parish: ACTS Men's SCC 7:00 am - 9:30 am - Room 303

  • Faith in the Family: St. Louis Concert Series 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Saint Louis Concert Series Begins its 13th Season Saturday, September 30 with Grammy Award-Winning Soprano, Jessica Rivera

    The 2017-18 season of community concerts and guest artists, ranging from classical to Broadway music, begins Saturday Sept. 30 at St. Louis Church with the season premiere of My Favorite Things at 7:30 p.m. This concert features soprano Jessica Rivera, who The San Francisco Chronicle calls a voice of "effortless precision and tonal luster." and violinist Destiny Mermagen with the St. Louis Strings, Treble Choir, and Women of the St. Louis Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

    Please join us for a night of beautiful music!

    RSVP to https://stlconcertseries.yapsody.com/event/index/145291/my-favorite-things

    To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 33 in the 2017-18 “How To” book.

  • Parish: ST. LOUIS CONCERT SERIES 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    “My Favorite Things”, a program showcasing Grammy Award winning soprano Jessica Rivera. Rivera will perform a range of selections by Puccini, Copland, Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as pieces by contemporary composers Osvaldo Golijov and Gabriela Lena Frank. The ambitious program also features violinist Destiny Mermagen, cellist Devree Lewis, the St. Louis Strings, Treble Choir and Women of the St. Louis Choir performing classics from Vivaldi to Leroy Anderson. All concerts are free and open to the public; sustaining donations gratefully accepted. Visit www.stlconcertseries.org to view the complete 2017-18 season schedule.

October 1, 2017
  • School: 94th Anniversary of St. Louis School

  • 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

  • Faith in the Family: Blessing of the Animals 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    “If you have men that will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi. Families can bring their pets to this event and receive a special blessing for them. The blessing of the animals takes place each year near the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4th). In this blessing, we recognize the unconditional love our pets give to our families. We appreciate them as an important part of our family. We thank God for them! This activity is appropriate for the entire family. No RSVP is necessary. To receive credit for this activity, please complete an electronic summary; the directions are on page 33 in the 2017-18 “How To” manual.