“With a hymn composed in the eighth or ninth century, thus for over a thousand years, the Church has greeted Mary, the Mother of God, as “Star of the Sea”: Ave maris stella. Human life is a journey. Towards what destination? How do we find the way? Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. The true stars of our life are the people who have lived good lives. They are lights of hope. Certainly, Jesus Christ is the true light, the sun that has risen above all the shadows of history. But to reach him we also need lights close by—people who shine with his light and so guide us along our way. Who more than Mary could be a star of hope for us? With her “yes” she opened the door of our world to God himself; she became the living Ark of the Covenant, in whom God took flesh, became one of us, and pitched his tent among us (cf. Jn 1:14).


Pope Benedict XVI from his Encyclical Letter, Spe Salvi



Welcome to The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea. Whether you are a visitor or new to our parish, interested in becoming Catholic, seeking to return to the practice of your faith or an active member of our parish, we are pleased that you have come to our website and we will do all that we can to assist you. If you cannot find the information that you are seeking on this website, please call our parish office (305) 294 1018 or email us at stmary@stmarykeywest.com and we will make every effort to help you.

If you are a new parishioner, you are invited to stop by the Rectory to register and let us know how we may be of service to you.

You are welcome to pray in the historic Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Stations of the Cross Garden, to adore the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel and to visit our Gift Shop.

Pamphlets, leading you on a self-guided walking tour of the Basilica, are available at the entrance to the Basilica or you can visit our Web App at http://bsmkw.com on your mobile device.


Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for the month of JULY:

Evangelization: Those distant from the Christian faith That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.


In addition to the 7:30 am Mass Mon.-Saturday, there is another daily Mass at 5:45 pm Mon.-Fri. until August 7. The majority of our Summer Camp and Vacation Bible School who had been participating in the 7:30 am Mass, could no longer because children are dropped off at 7:30 am and picked up at 5:30 pm. This Mass has been added to accommodate their need and is open to everyone.


The Weekly Bulletin has become one the most important communications tools for the Church to communicate with their parishioners. This bulletin is distributed to each parishioner every week as they attend mass. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to support, promote or advertise a business please contact Charbel Barak of Diocesan Publication at 305-775-9222 or CBarakat@Diocesan.com.

Are you interested in joining a group to explore your Catholic Faith more deeply and in a way that challenges you, changes you, and calls you to live as a Catholic Christian in today’s world? The JustFaith Program may be for you. In a small group setting, through prayer, readings, and dialogue, JustFaith uncovers the gospel call to compassion and mercy and invites us to respond. Groups will begin this fall. If you are interested in finding out more about JustFaith you can attend the informational session being offered: Wednesday July 19th at 6:00 pm in the St. Francis Room of the Klaus Murphy center. You can also call Patrice Schwermer at 305- 807- 4503 pschwermer@ccadm.org.

Even the Servants Need a Summer Break!

Provisions have been made for the S.O.S. Outreach Mission to be closed from Monday July 24th thru Friday, July 28th. Due to a shortage of help in the summer, the directors, the drivers, the workers and the volunteers have never had a break or a vacation. They will this year for one week thanks be to God and to the direction of Tom Callahan. The S.O.S. Foundation’s Community kitchen services will continue that week.

8 AM – 2 PM


Rev. Claudius Mpuya Mganga of the Diocese of Mwanza, Tanzania will be preaching at our Basilica at all the Masses on July 22nd and 3rd. This is our annual participation in the Mission Cooperation Plan of the Archdiocese of Miami. The purpose of this program is first to inform us of the Church’s Propagation of Faith in different parts of the world, second to provide financial assistance for them and third, to provide more information for those who wish to participate in this important mission of the Propagation of Faith. As was recommended by Fr. David Zirilli of the Office of the Propagation of Faith, there will be a second collection on the weekend of July 22nd after Communion to benefit this appeal. There are no special envelopes for this collection.



We, the Church, have a calling to reach out to the youth of our Parish. They are not only the Church of tomorrow, they are very much the Church of today, and we need to care for and nurture their faith in relevant ways. During the month of July, we will welcome a new youth leader from our Parish, Joanna Morris, to begin a high school youth ministry that meets weekly on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30PM. This group will be known as IMPACT, because as our youth are impacted by God, they will impact others. Incoming high school students: please plan to come for food, faith, fun, and fellowship on Sunday, July 16 from 6:00-7:30PM!

(Any Pleasure Boats /Captains are welcomed to be blessed)

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Where: Fuel Dock Pier
7009 Shrimp Rd
Time: 1:00PM


Building the Basilica School Activity Center

To Serve Our Community in Mind, Body, and Spirit

In late Dec. 2015, the School’s gymnasium was declared
structurally unsound, was eventually condemned, and
demolished along with the attached cafeteria. After much
deliberation with the Archdiocesan Building Director and our
building committee, a plan was set forth to build the Basilica
School Activity Center. The Architectural Firm isVilla and
Associates. The construction company of Charley Toppino and
Sons was selected to be the project contractor. The total
project development budget for the Basilica School Activity
Center was reduced to $2.983M which includes all soft costs,
hard costs, owner equipment costs, and project contingencies
(including architectural fees and demolition costs already paid).

The Capital Campaign, Building The Basilica School
Activity Center to Serve our Community in Mind, Body and
Spirit, formally began in August 2016. To our astonishment and
with our gratitude $2,476,210.62 has been raised or pledged to

We humbly appeal for your assistance
to bridge the gap. To make a donation,
please visit www.basilicaschoolkeywest.com or call

To make a donation, please visit
www.basilicaschoolkeywest.com or call 305-294-1031.

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The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea


The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea
1010 Windsor Lane
Key West, FL 33040


305-294-1018 Office

305-292-8096 Fax