“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.

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.


Language is conventional according to anthropology 101. A soup kitchen conventionally is understood to be a place where food is prepared and served for those in need. Since July of this past year, the Soup Kitchen has not served food at 2700 Flagler Ave. Rather, food has been prepared at 2700 Flagler Ave. and then served at the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter (KOTS) by the SHAL workers. Due to the impending construction of housing by Catholic Charities on 2700 Flagler Ave., the preparation of food will take eventually take place in the New Beginnings Building. Until that building is prepared with a kitchen, the preparation of the food is taking place in the Klaus Murphy Center. The food is being picked up and served at KOTS by the SHAL workers.

In Luke 10: 38-42, we hear of Saint Martha who busied herself in the kitchen. This ministry is now renamed the Martha Ministry. When construction is completed for the kitchen in New Beginnings Hall, it shall be renamed Saint Martha Hall.

We need volunteers to help with the Martha Ministry. Please contact the Director of the Soup Kitchen, now the Director of the Martha Ministry, Mary Leen, 603-801-6562 or at mdleen@msn.com.

If you are in need of immediate emergency assistance resulting from Hurricane Irma and reside in Monroe County, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami may be able to assist with:

• One‐time, one‐month rent/mortgage payment assistance when payment is over‐due
• Rehousing assistance to include first, last, and security deposit
• Utility assistance, when payment is over‐due
• One‐Time, one‐way relocation, transportation out of Monroe County
• Winn Dixie Food Gift Cards

Case Managers are available for appointments at the following locations:
• Tavernier, San Pedro’s Catholic Church
• Big Pine Key, St. Peter’s Catholic Church
• Key West, 2409 North Roosevelt Blvd Suite #1

Please call 305 619‐2646 or 786‐526‐1954 for additional Information.


In Saint Peter’s square, On Nov. 21, 1964, during the Second Vatican Council, Blessed Pope Paul VI gave official status to the title of “Mother of the Church” to Our Lady. He then named an ancient image of her as such and dedicated an altar in her honor in St. Peter’s Basilica. In 1975 a Votive Mass in honor of her under this title was presented with no specified date for its celebration. In 1981, St. John Paul II placed a beautiful mosaic reproduction of her on the Apostolic Palace overlooking St.

On Feb. 11, 2018, the Vatican issued a Decree for the establishment of an obligatory memorial Mass of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, to be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost. The Decree states that the purpose is “to encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church.” This document presents three important mysteries that are foundational to that theme: the Annunciation, Calvary and Pentecost.

The Memorial Mass of Our Lady, Mother of the Church will be celebrated at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea on Monday, May 21 , 2018 at 7:30 a.m..

Spring has arrived and with it comes incredible sights and sounds. However, the onset of spring, also means many of our parishioners will be returning places far removed from Key West. Once school is out, still more of you will be travelling to visit family and take summer vacations. May you all travel safely!

Don’t forget, while you are gone, you can keep up with all that is happening here at the Basilica by visiting our parish website at www.stmarykeywest.com, our parish Facebook page at www.facebook.com/basilicaSMSS, and by signing up to receive our weekly bulletins at http://www.thecatholicdirectory.com.

You can also continue to support the important work taking place here at the Basilica while you are away by clicking on our online giving tab located on our parish website www.stmarykeywest.com. Wherever you are going, enjoy your travels and we look forward to seeing you again soon here at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea!



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.


A walking rosary is said in the Grotto promptly after the 7:30 Mass each morning. Please come and pray with us any day or every day. Our Parish visitors are especially welcome. The rosary’s complement to daily Mass is a great way to start your day.


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. Please call Maria Delpino at (305) 587-3545 if you are interested in filling in the adoration hours or to be part of the substitute list.


There will be one Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Toppino Mausoleum in the Catholic Section of the Key West Cemetery. This earlier time, 7:30 a.m., has been chosen as it will be more comfortable than the mid-morning time. The blessing of the new Saint Joseph Mausoleum will take place after the Mass. The Navy League will have a Military ceremony, to which we
all are invited, that will take place after Mass at 9:00AM.


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.


Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
7:30am Shotgun Start
Key West Golf Club
$120.00 Entry Fee includes Breakfast,
Lunch & Golf
Sponsorship Available
Million Dollar Shoot-Out Putting Contest

The S.O.S. Foundation is hiring Summer Associates for our new Community Kitchen! This paid position is perfect for recent high school grads, college students or anyone interested in serving their community. No cooking experience necessary! For more information, email suzie@sosmission.org.


The Gift Shop will be closed from May 7 until the beginning of June for repair of damages due to Hurricane Irma. Candles may be purchase in the Rectory Office during this time. For more information, call Liz Buchman at 305- 294-0651.

For more information you may contact the Rectory Office at 305-294-1018.


The Catholic Daughters are sponsoring the Lilleen Warren Scholarship opportunity for a graduating senior who plans to attend college next year. This is a $500 scholarship. One requirement is that the student has to write an essay of no more than 500 words on a selected topic. Applications are available at the rectory office and are due back on Monday May 21, 2018. Complete information is available on
the application form. We encourage all interested students to apply.


To honor our Key West High School Graduates of 2018, there will be a Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m..

Who: All High School Students are invited
What: Steubenville Conference in Orlando, Florida with an exciting line up of speakers, musicians, and presenters
When: July 27-31, 2018
Where: Rosen Shingle Creek on Universal Blvd and Sea World in Orlando, Florida
Cost: $300
Contact Joanna Morris at 305-294-1031 or morris@basilicaschool.com to sign up!

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 $2,848,014.00 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