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
- No more than 10 people in the Chapel at any time. If 10 present, wait until someone leaves before re-entering.
- Wear a mask covering your mouth and nose at all times
- Maintain a 6 foot safe social distance in the pews
- Use available sanitizing wipes to clean the area where you will be sitting/kneeling to pray including seat, top of the pew in front of you.
- Throw away used sanitizing wipes before exiting the Chapel.
- Fridays from 1:30 to 3:00 pm
- Saturdays 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 to 3:00 pm
- Enter on Ten Oaks Rd and leave by Rt 108 exit - volunteers will direct you
- Sunday, May 23 (due to Friday's rain cancellation) Confessions will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Clarksville Picnic 50/50 Raffle has currently raised $7,000!
The winner gets $3,500!
While the St. Louis Church Clarksville Picnic will not be able to happen in its full splendid glory, we are holding two activities -- the money raffle and a “Taste of the Clarksville Picnic.”
The traditional money raffle will be our main fundraiser with a few modifications: It’s now a 50/50 format and is going online! Click on the link below, select the number of tickets you would like to buy and follow the prompts for completing the purchase with your credit card. Your receipt and raffle ticket numbers will be automatically emailed to you if you pay online via credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, do not use the links below. Instead, send a check to St Louis Parish, or drop it off in the mailbox outside of the parish office. Mark the envelope “Attn: Picnic Raffle”, and include a note with your email address and the number of tickets you would like to purchase. Your receipt and raffle ticket numbers will be emailed to you. If you do not have an email address, call Tracy Mayer at 410-531-6040 for assistance.
Any questions or problems contact:
Joanne Yuvanc at email@example.com or Tracy Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for details on our “Taste of the Clarksville Picnic” drive-through carry-out that we are planning for pickup on Saturday, June 27. Pre-order forms will be coming soon. Due to current and anticipated Howard County restrictions, no other picnic activities are planned at this time. Thank you for your support this year and will keep you updated with information about the raffle and “Taste of a Clarksville Picnic” drive-thru.
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!
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!