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.
 

 

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: