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

Communal Penance Services

Each year at Advent and Lent the Catholic parishes of Howard County provide two Communal Penance Services as a way of preparing for Christmas as a community of believers. All the priests from these parishes will be on hand to hear Confessions. This Advent the churches, dates and times are
Monday, December 11, at 7:00 pm at Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City
Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 pm at St Francis of Assisi Church, Fulton

These Penance Services are a wonderful way to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation—the visible means given to us by Jesus Christ to receive God’s mercy and loving kindness. I invite you to consider attending and celebrating this marvelous sacrament of inner peace.

2017 Christmas Concert

December 17th at 4:00pm in St. Louis Church
St. Louis Choir, Treble Choir, and Orchestra
Selections from The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Babes in Toyland
features one of Victor Herbert’s most famous songs – “March of the Toys.”
Feast of Carols by Randol Alan Bass

Free admission with a reception to follow

Haiti Committee

For more information please see the St. Louis Haiti Committee page.

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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 December 17, at 12:30 pm in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.

Current Parishioner Status/Info Change


December 18, 2017
  • Parish: Women's Small Group for Advent (FORMED) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Social Hall

  • Youth Religious Ed: NO - Monday Religious Ed 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

  • Parish: Advent Small Groups 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Room 301

  • 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

December 19, 2017
  • School: Band Concert - 7:00 pm John Evans Gym - Gym doors open at 6:30 pm for seating - Beginner, Concert, and Symphonic Bands perform

  • College & Young Adult: "Christmas Day" @ Katie's 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Come by Katie's house to bake holiday cookies, watch a Christmas movie, and enjoy some soup for dinner!

    Email to RSVP and get the address.

    Afterwards, those who want will be carpooling to Baltimore for a Young Adult prayer night.

  • 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.

  • College & Young Adult: Advent Night Prayer in Baltimore 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Night Prayer in the Basilica followed by heavy hors d'oeuvres at the Catholic Center across the street.

    If you would like to carpool, we will be meeting in Catonsville at 6pm. Email to RSVP for the carpool and to get the address.

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

December 20, 2017
  • 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: Men's ACTS Retreat Team 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Room 305

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

December 21, 2017
  • School: 12:00 Dismissal

  • 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

  • Parish: Men's Advent Small Groups (FORMED) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Social Hall

December 22, 2017
  • School: School Closed - Christmas

December 23, 2017
  • School: School Closed - Christmas

  • Elementary Religious Ed: No Saturday Religious Education ~ Christmas Break

  • Elementary Religious Ed: Merry Christmas

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