“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.



As in the past, Archbishop Wenski has assigned two seminarians, Jose Lopez and Jeremy Lully, of the Archdiocese of Miami to serve their summer pastoral assignment in our Parish from June 1st to August 10th. Both Jose and Jeremy are presently studying theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Fr. Elvis Gonzalez, our Vocation Director, thanks us for our generosity and collaboration in the formation of future priests in the Archdiocese of Miami. On May 13, 2017, three seminarians who had served in the summer here were ordained Priests: Fr. Gary de los Santos, Fr. Luis Pavon and Fr. Alex Rivera.


Congratulations to First Place Winner, Patricia Newing of Maryland, who is the winner of the 2016 Jeep Patriot donated by
Duncan Auto Sales to benefit the Basilica School.
Second Place Winner : Helen Heekin who won $1000.00.
Third Place Winner : Mike Ovide of Key West, who won $500.00.
We are grateful for all those who supported the school by your raffle purchases. A special thanks to our parent and students who helped make this year’s raffle a huge success.



Forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles record Jesus’ Ascension into heaven.

The Catholic Catechism summarizes three important theological aspects (with which most Christian churches agree) of the Ascension concisely: Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence He will come again (cf. Acts 1:11); this humanity in the meantime hides Him from the eyes of men (cf. Col. 3:3).

Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of His Body, may live in the hope of one day being with Him forever.

Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit (665-667).

After Jesus’ Ascension, the disciples gathered in the upper room with Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, and prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit for nine days, the original novena, until Pentecost:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, Who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy
Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to
rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen


The Anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica is May 31st,
The Solemnity of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mass will be at 7:30A.M. On Wednesday, May 31st, may we
proclaim the prayer the Blessed Virgin Mary did in her visitation
with her cousin Elizabeth, the Magnificat. May we invoke the
intercession of Saint Mary Star of the Sea that we may continue
to proclaim the Magnificat as a Basilica Parish and School:

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel
for He remembered His promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever. (Lk1:46-55)


On June 4th, Pentecost Sunday, at the 9:00a.m. Mass, our
beloved Holy Spirit Sisters will renew their vows of consecration
as has become our tradition these past years.
May we be grateful for the vast, yet attentive, service of
Sister Mary Silvestry Mushi, Sister Marietha Joseph Kimaro,
Sister Euphemia Kimario and Sister Elizabeth Gati Mwita, who
edify the Holy Spirit by their lives and by their love for our lives
at Saint Mary Star of the Sea and throughout Key West and the
Lower Keys.


Our Parish is seeking a part time Coordinator of Youth Ministry. For the job description, contact stmary@stmarykeywest.com. Please send resume to the same email address by June 1. The Coordinator of Youth Ministry provides vision and coordination for the parish’s efforts in ministry to young people from 6th through 12th grades. This includes high school and middle school sessions (weekly or biweekly gatherings), monthly activities, catechesis and programming to serve the needs of young people. This person is responsible for designing, developing and implementing programs and events to enhance and foster the faith formation of the youth in coordination with the Basilica Parish/School Directors.

Education and Experience.
• Minimum: Bachelors degree; volunteer in parish
ministry, practicing Catholic
• Preferred: Bachelors degree in Theology, Pastoral
Studies or related field; and three (3) years’ experience
as an employee in a parish.

Summer Camp Donations

The Basilica School has an exciting 8 week summer camp beginning June 13th. Nearly 150 children will attend this summer’s camp. The School is currently looking for donations of gently used games and outdoor play equipment. If you have an item that you might want to donate, please contact Ms. Danielle Gould at gould@basilicaschool.com or call the school’s office at 305-294-1031. Thank you.

Attention High School Students

Summer Bible Studies will begin on Wednesday, June 14th at the Starbucks located in the GFS Plaza. Bible Study begins at 6:00pm
and concludes around 7:30pm. Join us for some scripture and a latte of laughter!


Steubenville Orlando

June 28th through July 3rd. There are three spots remaining. If you’re interested in attending this year’s event, please contact Mr. Robert Wright at 305-294-1031 for more information.



Vacation Bible School: June 19-23

Join us the week of June 19-23 from 8:30-11:30 am for the Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School (VBS).

Come along with us as we discover how God created each of us for a purpose and that He can be found in our everyday life!

Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch and even taste!

We will have a special preschool VBS for 3-5-year-olds called Tinker Tots that will go along with the same theme.

Cost is $60 per child for non-Summer Camp students.

There is a family cap of $150. Deadline to register is Friday, June 2nd.

For more information, please call 305-294-1031 

or visit The Basilica School website www.basilicaschoolkeywest.com.


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 $2,455,632.19 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.

View all events >>


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