“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.



THANK YOU to everyone who generously made a commitment to the 2018 Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD).
ABCD is our opportunity to unite together as one Catholic family, to answer Jesus’ call to help our brothers and sisters in their time of need even a small gift can make a big difference. Whether your gift is $50, $365, $500 or even $1,000, it is truly impactful and appreciated. If you have not yet responded to the 2018 ABCD, please consider making a gift—a gift from the heart—by using the pledge envelopes available in the pews or by making a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org. Thank you for all that you do and the spirit in which you do it! God bless you!

Additional Information

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.

All proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit The Basilica School.

“Consoling the Heart of Jesus”
With Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

Join us for this 10-week small-group retreat that delves into the simplicity and grandeur of Consoling spirituality. This retreat is based on the popular book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, Consoling the Heart of Jesus and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Throughout the retreat we will find inspiration in the quotations from the saints that Fr. Gaitley gathers carefully and in his deep, but humble, understanding of the principles of holiness that they proclaim. This is a good way for a soul to begin the journey in responding to the call to embrace the Divine Mercy of the Lord.
Our group will meet for 90 minutes each week (1/30/18 through 4/3/18) on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM in the St. Francis Room of the Klaus Murphy Center. Please register ASAP so your materials ($30) can be ordered in time for the first session. To register, please contact Brenda Callahan at bcallahan@stmarykeywest.com or call 410-703-8211

NEW Lenten Video Series!

Navigating Challenges in the Spiritual Life
With Fr. Albert Haase, OFM

The spiritual journey often takes twists and turns through territory that is uncharted and unexplored. It’s so easy to become disoriented, lost, and even discouraged.

Where do we go for direction? How do we find our way?

In this follow-up to his best-selling CATCHING FIRE, BECOMING FLAME, Father Albert Haase, OFM, mines the insights of our rich spiritual tradition and offers six presentations which become a road map and guide for the difficult terrain of the soul.

Topics include: Near Occasions of Grace and Spiritual Direction, Resisting Temptations, Dryness, Darkness, Desolation, or Depression?, Making Sense of Suffering, Living in the Present Moment, and The Agenda of the Ego.

The series will take place on Wednesday evenings during Lent (2/21/18-3/28/18) at 7:00 PM in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus Murphy Center. For more information contact Brenda Callahan at 410-703-8211 or email bcallahan@stmarykeywest.com.


Congressional Call-In Campaign The Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ has asked all dioceses in the United States to participate in the Call-in Day to Congress on Monday, February 26, 2018! Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation as soon as March 6, unless Congress reaches a bipartisan deal to protect them. Please follow these easy steps to help:

1. Please call 855-589-5698 to reach the Capitol switchboard, and press 1 to connect to your Senators. Once you are connected to each Senator’s office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message: “I urge you to support a bipartisan, common-sense, and humane solution for Dreamers:

• Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship.
• Reject proposals that undermine family immigration or protections for unaccompanied children.
• As a Catholic, I know that families are not “chains,” but a blessing to be protected.
• Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant brothers and sisters.”

2. Please call 855-589-5698 a second time to reach the Capitol switchboard again, and press 2 to connect to your Representative. Once you are connected to the Representative’s office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver the same message as above.
After completing your call, please go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org to learn more about Dreamers and find other ways to voice your support.

Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by the Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski on Thursday, March 8, at 7:00pm for those who have been baptized. A reception will follow in the Mary Immaculate Room and Stations of the Cross Garden of the Klaus Murphy Center. Confirmation candidates and their sponsors are asked to attend the rehearsal for Confirmation on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m..


Classes are held in English in the Klaus Murphy Center and begin at 7:15pm and end at 8:30pm. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, finding out more about the faith, or have not yet made your Confirmation you are invited to attend. For more information please call the Rectory office (305 -294-1018) or Deacon Peter Batty (305-797-0656).


Las personas que están interesadas en convertise en Católico o completar los Sacramentos de Comunión y Confirmacion, pueden comunicarse a las oficinas de la Rectoria (305-294-1018) para mas información. Las clases se ofrecen los Domingos a la 11:00 a.m. en el centro de Klaus Murphy.


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.

The Knights of Columbus and The Basilica School have begun the Annual Lenten Fish Fry
on the following Fridays from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.:
February 16, 23 & March 2, 9, 16 & 23

All proceeds benefit The Basilica School. Come and enjoy delicious baked or fried fish, conch fritters, pasta salad and dessert. Dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Special family pricing is available. Dinner will be served in the Klaus Murphy Center with entrance through the Stations Garden. Come out and enjoy the fun!


Tickets are available at the Basilica School Office, Rectory Office and Gift Store. Cost is $50.00, Second Prize is $1,000—Third Prize is $500. Only 1000 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 following the 10:30 Mass. You need not be present to win. Winner must be 18 years or older and is responsible for tags, taxes, transfer, dealer prep and pickup. Thank you to Keys Auto Center for donating the car. All proceeds to benefit The Basilica School.


We are grateful to Fr. Stanislaw Rakiejo, SChr. and Fr. Dariusz Zarebski, S.D.S., who drive down from Our Lady of Czestochowa Mission in Pompano Beach and St. Ambrose in Deerfield Beach, to provide these Sacraments to our Parishioners whose first language is Polish. 


The Basilica School will be hosting its 4th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 31st from Noon to 2pm. Children 10 and under are invited to come and pick from the 10,000 hidden eggs. The event is free to the public. Registration will begin at noon in the school’s back parking lot off of Windsor Lane. Hamburgers and hot dogs, face painting, bounce houses and a petting zoo will also be available for your family’s enjoyment. We hope to see you there.


The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, will celebrate the 10th Annual Monroe County Red Mass on Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12:00 noon at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

The Red Mass is celebrated to recognize the noble and valuable work performed by the Judiciary and members of the Bar and all who assist them. It is a tradition in the Catholic Church which dates from the 13th Century. The tradition of the Red Mass has continued in the United States. In Washington, D.C., the members of the United States Supreme Court join the President and members of Congress in the celebration at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The Red Mass is now celebrated in most state capitals and major cities throughout the United States.

Though lawyers were invited through the Monroe County Bar Association, those who serve us in the legal profession are cordially invited as well as our parishioners and all people of good will.


Are you an early riser? Retired, and/or just looking for a way to help the community? If this sounds like you we could use your help at the Star the Sea Outreach Mission. Our refrigerated trucks scour the community seven days a week looking for donated food and we are in need of some part-time drivers.
One shift involves picking up early each morning (7-10am) from both of the local Publix as well as Winn-Dixie, and another driver is needed for two trips each week to Homestead picking up produce. Please call Tom Callahan (410)703-8212 or email  tom@sosmission.org.with any questions.

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 is Villa 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 $2.983 M 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 $2,827,620.00 has been raised or pledged to date.

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