The Shrine

Welcome to Shrine Of The Sacred Heart

Religious Education

  • Religious Education at the Shrine is now accepting registrations for children Pre-K through 8th grade for the school year 2017 -2018.  There will be forms available in the back of the church.
  • The Confirmation Program for high school youth is accepting registrations.  If interested, please contact Bernetta for more information.

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Do you know someone who is? Are you an adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed? Perhaps you just want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, or have questions about it. RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process for preparing adults for full communion with the Catholic Church. Sessions are also open to any adult desiring to learn more about Catholicism. A new group is forming for the Fall, so contact Stephen Cox in the parish office if you are interested. Dates and times of meetings are to be determined, based on the availability of participants.

August Casserole Month

The SJO is collecting casseroles for the month of August for Our Daily Bread.  Pans will be available on the weekend of August 19/20.  Casseroles are to be delivered to the freezers in the Undercroft the weekend August 26/27.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!! 

Ministry Schedule 8/5/17 - 10/29/17

Mass Schedule and Office Hours

Mass Schedule: Weekdays: M-F -12 Noon
Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 5 pm; Sunday: 7:30 am, 9 am, 11:30 am
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm
Parish Office Email: office@theshrine.org
Address: The Shrine of the Sacred Heart
1701 Regent Road
                Baltimore, Maryland 21209
        Phone:  410-466-6884

 

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Is this time different?

By Red. William A. Au, Ph.D.

The French have a saying: "The more things change, the more they remain the same."  In the wake of 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.  Read More...

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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