“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.

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.

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La Misa de las Mañanitas a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe será celebrada el Martes, 11 de Diciembre a las 11:00PM. Habrá una recepcion después de la Misa en el portal de la Basilica.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 11, at 11:00 p.m. with “La Misa de las Mañanitas”. A reception will follow the Mass, in front of the Basilica.


As is our custom, Religious Calendars for the next year, 2019 will be available, at the entrance of the Basilica on the weekend of December 8/9. Polish calendars will be available at the Mass in Polish on Monday, December 17. We are grateful to Bill Biggerstaff of The Almond Tree Inn and Orchid Key and the Duncan-Irby Family for this generous gift to our Parishioners.


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.


In addition to the Sacrament of Penance being offered on Saturday afternoons from 4:30pm until 5:30 pm, the following opportunities are provided to prepare the way for the Lord:

Basilica School Confessions:

Tuesday, December 11
9:00 a.m. Grades 3-5 1:00 p.m. Grades 6-8

Religious Education Classes:
Wednesday, December12 at 6:30pm

Christmas Eve Monday, December 24, 2018
5:00PM Vigil Mass
(Children’s Gospel Pageant)
12:00 Midnight Mass (Carols at 11:30 pm)

Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
7:30 a.m. Mass in English
9:00 a.m. Mass in English
10:30 a.m. Mass in English
12:00 Noon in Spanish


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.



Social Justice, is a newly forming ministry here at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea that strives to help parishioners recognize and respond to their baptismal call to discipleship. Rooted in Scripture and guided by Catholic Social Teaching (CST), this ministry seeks to educate the parish about social ministry and provide the means by which individuals and the parish community can use their gifts to serve the poor and vulnerable and to work for justice locally and throughout the world. If you are interested in learning more about Social Justice and becoming a part of this vibrant ministry, please join us on Monday 12/10/18 at
5:30 PM, in the St. Francis Room of the Klaus  Murphy Center.


Calling all school-age angels, shepherds, kings, innkeepers, and adult volunteers! The Children’s Christmas Eve Mass with Gospel pageant will be celebrated at 5 pm on Monday, Dec. 24th, and you are invited to help tell the story.

There is only one rehearsal—Sunday, Dec. 23 from 2 – 4 pm in the basilica. A few adult volunteers to help launch angels and herd shepherds are needed as well. Flyers with registration form & details will be distributed at The Basilica School and Religious Ed classes. Children do not need to register to participate, but it is helpful for planning purposes if they do. Return registrations to classroom teachers, school/Religious Ed offices, or rectory. Questions? Call or email Eileen D-H at The Basilica School (294-1031 or edh@basilicaschool.com).


The Archdiocese of Miami has mapped a cumulative religious education curriculum from grades 1-8. This curriculum has been adopted by all Religious Education publishers of text books used in the Archdiocese of Miami. This curriculum has been implemented in all 104
parishes in the Archdiocese of Miami this academic year. It is essential that students participate in all eight years to have an optimal religious education.

Religious Education Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. at the Basilica School

For more information please contact Alexandra Chuquillangui, the Religious Education Director at 305-295- 0306. 


The Basilica School’s Annual Christmas Program will be held on December 18 from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. in the Key West High School Auditorium. Students should arrive by 5:30p.m.. Front row seating is reserved for Basilica classes.

Monroe County Detention Center

The Christmas season can be difficult for many and those separated from friends and family by incarceration face unique challenges. Therefore, as has been our tradition for many years, the Basilica will be conducting its Christmas carolling and gift distribution again this year.

Christmas Caroling & Gift Bag Distribution will take place at the Monroe County Detention Center on Thursday 12/20/18 at 7:30 PM. Although trained vocalists and musicians are appreciated, you need only a huge smile and an open heart to participate in this program. COMPLETION OF A SECURITY CLEARANCE FORM IS REQUIRED. The required form must be completed and returned (with a picture ID attached) NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1, 2018.

For more information contact: Brenda Callahan (410) 703 8211 or bcallahan@stmarykeywest.com.


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.


Classes are held in the Klaus Murphy Center and begin at 7:15p.m. and end at 8:30p.m. 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 convertirse en Católico o completar los Sacramentos de Comunión y Confirmación, pueden comunicarse a las oficinas de la Rectoría (305-294-1018) para más información. Las clases se llevarán a cabo los Domingos a la 11:00a.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.

Gabriel Project – Update

On November 8th, over 20 parishioners turned out for the Gabriel Project’s first informational meeting. The Gabriel Project is now operational!

In the coming weeks, we will be working on the construction of our new webpage, updating brochures and meeting with other local social service agencies to update them on the services our program can provide. If you know someone who is pregnant or with a newborn and may need assistance, you can contact the Gabriel Project at hello@gabrielprojectkw.com or by calling us at 786-492-2867.

Interested in becoming a Gabriel Project Angel? Please contact Mrs. Carolina DuPont at hello@gabrielprojectkw.com.

The mission of the Gabriel Project of the Lower Florida Keys is to offer support to pregnant mothers and their infants by providing for their spiritual, emotional and material needs. This mission is accomplished through the work of compassionate and selfless volunteers, who assist through mentorship, prayer and the distribution of gifts. Our objective is to see that every mother and child who seeks assistance is
provided the opportunity to experience authentic care through compassionate and necessary support.

“The Lord is with you … do not be afraid.” Luke 1:26

The Basilica School: Fostering growth in spiritual,
academic, cultural, and social development.
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