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 (1737-1832), 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
Holy Week Schedule
Liturgies will be sent through Flocknote email at the times indicated
Palm Sunday, April 5
Saturday Vigil, 3:30 pm; Sunday, 6:00 am
Commemorate Jesus’ triumphant arrival in Jerusalem!
Use greenery from your yard to put a branch on your door to show that we are all united as the Body of Christ!
Holy Thursday, April 9
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 pm
Celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist.
We are the Body of Christ in the world. How can we serve as disciples?
Good Friday, April 10
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion—3:00 pm
Remember Christ’s suffering and death for our sins.
Place a cross or crucifix in your prayer space to venerate during the liturgy.
Holy Saturday, April 11
Easter Vigil, 7:30 pm
Proclaim the Light of Christ in the world!
Light a large candle in your prayer space when the Easter candle is lit during the liturgy; have smaller candles for each person to light from the larger candle.
Easter Sunday, April 12
Easter Sunday Mass, 6:00 am
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
We renew our baptismal promises.
Make a commitment of how you’ll live out your baptismal call in the coming year!
In this time of uncertainty, please know that we rely on your charitable giving now more than ever - not only so that the parish can meet its financial obligations, but it also allows us to continue assisting those most in need. Using Our Sunday Visitor Online Giving is the best way for us to accomplish this.
Visit https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/1899 and create your account today! It’s fast, easy, and secure. This option makes use of current, and more secure, technology for you to easily set up recurring contributions to the parish on a more flexible and convenient schedule than EFT.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have set up payments via your bank website to come to St. Louis Church we ask that you prayerfully consider switching to Our Sunday Visitor Online Giving. This allows your charitable contributions to be put to use immediately.
Other Online Giving Parishioner benefits include:
Secure and confidential. There is no need to share your banking and payment information with the parish office.
Efficient. You may choose to set up direct withdrawals from your checking or savings account or a credit card.
Simple. You can start, stop, and change your contribution at any time of day or night.
Variety and ease. You are able to give not only recurring donations to Offertory, etc., but when a special or second collection arises, it’s quick and easy for you to contribute there as well.
Charitable giving. At a glance, you can track your charitable giving throughout the year and obtain a statement at the beginning of the year for your taxes.
You may request a statement through this link. Contribution statements will be emailed on Fridays (please include an email or we will not be able to send your statement). We cannot account for loose cash dropped in the collection basket.
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 April 19, at 10:30am in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Have you visited the Archdiocese of Baltimore's website? Did you even know there was one? You are encouraged to visit archbalt.org often for the Archbishop's homilies and blog. Learn all about our archdiocesan history, mission, and policies. Sign up to receive bulletins or view pages for ethics reporting, career opportunities, and vocations. You can also find information about many Archdiocesan ministries, the Archbishop's Annual Appeal, and the past few years' annual reports of income and expenditure. It's a wealth of information!