From the Pastor's Desk

Below you will find select homilies of Fr. William Au, both written and audio sermons, as well messages and open letters to our parish.  At the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, we are blessed to have Fr. Au's rich, relevant, and thoughtful homilies to regularly captivate our hearts, minds, and souls.  We invite you to join us at a Mass to hear his weekly homily in person.
 

 

Budget Cuts for 2020

Fri, 07/05/2019
The parish staff, Finance Committee, and Parish Council have worked with me to produce a balanced budget which demonstrates our willingness to make significant cuts, but which also calls upon the Archdiocese to recognize the actual amount of money it takes from the parish and be fair in crediting it to our Archdiocesan support.....

Address on Sex Abuse Crisis in the Church

Sat, 08/25/2018
I wish to speak to you today on the painful and disturbing topic of the crisis of child sexual abuse that again confronts us as a church in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report of the scope of child sexual abuse by clergy and the extent of the cover-up by church authorities over decades. This report has particular relevance and causes direct personal hurt and anger for us in the Archdiocese of Baltimore because of the .....

Is this Time Different?

Sat, 06/06/2015
OpEd piece written by Fr. Au for the Baltimore Sun in June 2015. We have long known know what to do to stem city violence but lacked the will to do it. In the wake of the heartbreaking events that have troubled our city following the tragic death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, there has been a renewed public conversation about the need to address the systemic social issues and conditions which cause and find expression in such civil disturbances .....

Free Speech: A Legal Right and a Moral Obligation

Thu, 02/05/2015
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.

The Challenge of Dialog: Pope Francis and the Synod

Sun, 10/19/2014
This warning and challenge is, I believe, drawn into sharp and practical focus for us as a church by the Synod on the Family that has been gathered by Pope Francis, and which is now completing its first session.  As you know from the media, this Synod has become the focal point of controversy because of issues raised about the status of gay people in the church community and the issue of how we treat people who are divorced and remarried. 

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

Sun, 10/27/2013
Francis too places before us the challenge to reconsider how we look at things as Christians and how we understand our faith and the nature and role of the church.  Time will tell what his influence will be, but I believe he is raising the same challenges as Jesus was in the gospel accounts.  For the problem Jesus was addressing is not peculiar to Judaism but is at the heart of all religions.  So let us review briefly some of the things Francis has said and hear in them the echo of the voice of Jesus: