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 Hardest Thing is to Say Good-Bye (Audio Homily)

Tue, 12/03/2019
No dear thing will be forgotten; everything human will connect; for I can make all things well. It was once said, that the most difficult thing we do as human beings is say good-bye. Life is a journey that constantly demands letting go and moving on – letting go of things and people and situations that can no longer be – and move on into what is new. The ability to say good-bye is essential as our growth as human beings. If we don’t move on, we condemn ourselves to a sadness that .....

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 .....