The Shrine

Welcome to Shrine Of The Sacred Heart

Regular Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and11:30 am
Weekdays, Monday thru Friday: 12 Noon

Ministry Schedule 12/5/15/ - 1/31/16

2015 Shrine Financial Report

Parish Office Hours

Parish Facilities Use Policy


Free Speech: A Legal Right and Moral Obligation
By Rev. William A. Au, Ph.D.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in France the issue of free speech has become central to the discussion of the threat of terrorism and the relationship between Western societies and the Muslim world and the place of Islam in democratic societies. Unfortunately, much of this discussion has been premised upon an unbalanced understanding of free speech, and also fails to address important underlying questions of how Western societies view Muslims and how Muslims perceive how they are characterized in Western societies. Read More...

Fr. Au's Sermon: 29th Sunday of the Year: 2014 The Challenge of Dialogue: Pope Francis and the Synod

Today’s gospel presents us with a subtle but important challenge. Jesus is confronted by his opponents with a trick question about the payment of roman taxes, which is designed to make him look like either a collaborator or a revolutionary, depending on how he answers. He avoids the trap with his own clever dodge to give to caeser what is his and to god what is God’s. Read More...

The exterior of The Shrine

About Us...

We are a Roman Catholic parish located in historic Mount Washington, in Baltimore City. Our community was established here in 1867, in the wake of the Civil War.

In those days Mount Washington was a summer community of large Victorian homes reached by train from the distant city. Now we are within the city, but our community has retained its Victorian charm and country feel.

Our "new" parish church, opened in 1917 and consecrated by James Cardinal Gibbons, remains one of the most beautiful churches of its style. But the greatest beauty of our church is the community which gathers within its walls.

We are a multicultural parish, welcoming families from all over the world. We are blessed to have families who have been members here for several generations and who can tell the stories of this parish and neighborhood. We also are greatly blessed by the presence of many graduate students who come from around the world to study in Baltimore. We are young and old, affluent and student-poor. We are European, African, South American and Asian. And we are all united by our faith in Jesus and our communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

I hope you find our web site helpful to you. You will find our weekly bulletin, our schedule for masses, and links to various Catholic sites. Please join us in person when you are in Mount Washington!

Rev. William A. Au, Ph. D., Pastor

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