“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 VISITORS AND NEW PARISHIONERS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Archdiocese accepting donations for Dorian relief
In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the Archdiocese of Miami is currently accepting donations for those affected by the impacts of this storm through Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami. Click here to learn more.
Hurricane Relief and Recovery for the Bahamas
Since Hurricane Dorian, Archbishop Wenski has been in communication with the Archbishop of Nassau, Most Rev. Patrick Pinder, as has Peter Routsis-Arroyo, Director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Miami. Catholic Charities is soliciting funds to help in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. However, recovery in the northern part of the Bahamas island chain will be a slow and long process.
Archbishop Wenski asks that we take a collection this weekend Sept. 14/15. Proceeds would go to assist the Catholic Archdiocese of Nassau in its efforts. Please place your donation in an envelope marked for Bahamas. We have only one collection. Please place it in the same basket as your stewardship contribution.
Archbishop Patrick Pinder of the Archdiocese of Nassau provided an assessment for our understanding of the situation in the Bahamas at the request of Archbishop Wenski. You may access this interview on the ADOM website in latest news or https://www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Article_nassau-archbishop-assesses-post-hurricane-challenges
Online Gift Shop Now Open!
Our online gift shop is now open. You may now purchase items and have them shipped directly to you. If you have visited our store and don’t see some of our items online, give us a call and we will ship the order to you.
Gift Shop Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am – 3pm, Sat: 9am – 2pm, Sunday after all Masses.
For information, call Liz Buchman at (305) 294-0651.
All proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit The Basilica School.Shop Now
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
“It is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved.”St. John Bosco
Classes for Grades 1-7 have begun on Wednesday, September 11. at 6:30 p.m. and are to be held at The Basilica School. Classes for our Confirmation students will be on Sunday, September 15. at 10:00 a.m. at the Rose Renna Activity Center.
You may register your children at the Rectory on Mondays 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may access these forms in English and in Spanish on our website: www.stmarykeywest.com/ccd/. We ask that you mail, or bring the registration to the Rectory.
For more information please call 305-294-1018. As always, Thank you for your continued participation and support in this wonderful ministry within our parish. God Bless!!
THE BASILICA SCHOOL OF SAINT MARY STAR OF THE SEA
We are all looking forward to an amazing 2019-2020 school year! In hopes of helping the teachers offset the cost of all they put into their classrooms, we are seeking a few donors to assist in “adopting” a classroom. The Adopt-a-Class program sets a goal of $300.00 per classroom. If you are interested in supporting this program in any way please call 305-294-1031 or e-mail email@example.com.
PTO Meeting Rescheduled:
Thursday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.
ATTENTION ALL 8TH–12TH GRADE STUDENTS!
Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus Murphy Center.
SEEK Youth Group has a new Instagram account. Follow @seekstarofthesea to keep up with all of the SEEK youth group happenings Don’t miss out! “
BOY SCOUT TROOP 578
You are cordially invited to join Boy Scout Troop 578 at their open meeting Monday evenings, 6 pm for Ages 11 to 17 or Cub Scout Pack 583, 5:00 p.m. for Ages 7-10 at The Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Please enter through the school’s back parking lot gate. Visit www.troop578.com or call (559) 362-6084 for more information.
PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL
Everyone is welcome to spend some quiet time with Jesus in our Adoration Chapel. May we take advantage of this great opportunity to be in the presence of the Body of Christ. Come and let Him transform you.
The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day due to the willingness of parishioners and of our good neighbors in Key West who assume the responsibility of being present in the Adoration Chapel one hour a week. If you are interested in participating, please call Maria Del Pino at (305) 587-3545 to fill in the adoration hours or to part of the substitute list.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
RCIA begins on September 16 at 7:15 p.m.- in the Klaus Murphy Center.
If you are seeking to be fully initiated in the Church, to receive Confirmation, or just interested in finding out more about the Church, you are welcome to attend. For more information,
please call the Rectory office 305-294-1018 or Deacon Peter Batty (305-797-0656).
ONE GOD, ONE CHURCH ONE COMPANY
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.
SUNDAY SCRIPTURE STUDY
As a development from RCIA classes this year, there is a study and discussion group on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. in the Klaus Murphy Center’s Star of the Sea Room facilitated by Deacons Peter Batty and Bob Magnuson. Since the classes are focused on the readings from the Liturgy of the Word for the upcoming Sunday and are not sequential, it is not necessary to register or to attend all classes. Just come when you can to share in the joy of our faith.
Las personas que están interesadas en convertirse en Católico o completar los Sacramentos de Comunión y Confirmación, pueden comunicarse a las oficinas de la Rectoria (305-294-1018) para más información.
Las clases comenzarán el 15 de Septiembre y se ofrecerán los Domingos a las 11:00 a.m. en el centro de Klaus Murphy.
THE LIGHT OF CHRIST PRAYER GROUP
A small group of Parishioners have been gathering in prayer since last spring. Based on the tradition of our Parish this group shall be called Light of Christ Prayer Group, this group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the St. Francis room of the Klaus Murphy Center. All are invited to attend.
If you are working your way through the grieving process from the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or friend, be reminded that grief support meetings are available to you every Thursday at 7:15 pm in the St. Francis Room of the Klaus Murphy Center. All bereaved are invited to receive support.
FORMED is considered the “Netflix for Catholics” and provides extensive access to on demand videos, audio presentations, and eBooks for adults and children in English and in Spanish These resources can be easily accessed online and on any device anytime, anywhere.
If you know someone who is pregnant or with a newborn and may need assistance, you can contact the Gabriel Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 786-492-2867.
Interested in becoming a Gabriel Project Angel? Please contact Mrs. Carolina DuPont at email@example.com.
“The Lord is with you … do not be afraid.” Luke 1:26