“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.


Hurricane Irma

The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea coordinates its relief effort through Star of Sea (SOS) Foundation. The American Red Cross is also partnering with SOS Foundation in response to the overwhelming generosity of the Florida residents who want to help the people affected by hurricane Irma.


Unfortunately, SOS Foundation sustained significant damage at the Outreach Mission located on Stock Island (collapsed roof). However, thanks to a generous benefactor, SOS has relocated to a temporary storefront located next to KMART in Key Plaza. SOS will open the Key Plaza storefront for general distribution on Monday 9/25/17.


To donate, or help with the volunteer effort, please visit sosmission.org

Additional Information

Adoration Chapel Resumes 24 Hour Schedule

The Chapel will be resume its regular 24 hour schedule on Sunday, October 15th starting with the 12:00 Midnight to 1:00am hour.

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.

33 Days To Morning Glory is Back!

This program is meant to inspire and empower anyone to draw closer to Jesus through Mary. Take this retreat and let St. Louis de Monfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa lead you into the mystical wonder of the Immaculate Heart.

Please join us Tuesday mornings (after Morning Mass and the Rosary in the Garden).
This retreat begins at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, October 31st in the St. Francis Room of the KMC and ends with the Consecration Mass on
Friday, December 8th.

To register, or for more information, please call Gilda Smith at (305) 304 2624 or email gomezcline2@hotmail.com.bcallahan@stmarykeywest.com

Six Weeks with the Bible

Matthew 5-7: How to Be Happy

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus urged his listeners to live in a way that fosters justice, peace, harmony, and well-being within and among people. Matthew 5-7: How to Be Happy helps us apply the message of the Sermon on the Mount to our own lives today and find true joy in our walk of faith. For busy adults who want to study the Bible but don’t know where to begin, Six Weeks with the Bible provides an inviting starting point. Simple enough for Biblical beginners but in-depth enough that our more experienced biblical students still get plenty out of it. Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:30 PM (10/25/17 thru 11/29/17) in the St. Francis Room of the Klaus Murphy Center. To register for the series, and obtain the book, contact: Brenda Callahan (410) 703 8211 or email bcallahan@stmarykeywest.com.

Social Justice Ministry

Please join us on Thursday, October 26th for a Potluck Meal and Movie Night in the Klaus Murphy Center. The potluck will begin at 5:30 pm followed by the movie at 6:00 pm. Please remember to bring your dinnerware and cup. We will be screening Chasing Coral, a documentary that follows a group of divers around the world to discover why the reefs are disappearing and reveal the mystery to the world. After the movie there will be a short discussion. For more information please call Jay Schwermer at (305) 942- 0480.


The Bereavement Ministry invites those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, this past year, to a Mass on Wednesday, November 8th, at 6:00 pm in the Basilica.

During the time of the Prayer of the Faithful, the name of your loved one will be lifted up in prayer. It is our hope that one of your family members will come forward to light a candle at that time. This ministry has helped send letters to the families whose faithful departed were commended to God by the priests and deacons of this Parish this past year. Yet, we know that many parishioners went to the funerals and burials of their loved ones in other parts of Florida, other states and other nations. You are invited as well to this Mass. If you are able to participate in this Mass, please call the Rectory at (305) 294-1018 to assure the inclusion of your faithful departed.

Friday, November 10th 7:00-11:00PM
Key West Marriott Beachside

Now, more than ever” might be the theme of our one and only fundraiser this year. We have had over 400 new registrants (never sought assistance before) in the three weeks since IRMA. Everyone from families that have lost everything to servers with no customers find a gentle smile and a helping hand at our pantries throughout the Florida Keys.

SOS IRMA Recovery efforts (both the increased assistance level required by our neighbors, as well as the need to help Key West return to normalcy) will benefit from a fun evening a few weeks from now.

Please join us on November 10th as we honor our Veterans and First Responders, supporting our countywide relief efforts by purchasing admission tickets or direct donations at www.eventbrite.com or www.flipcause.com.


Let us rejoice in the men and women, blest in the eyes of the Lord who celebrate the heavenly liturgy: they sing of the love of God, pray for our needs and provide us hope by their holy example. Masses on Wednesday, November 1st will be: 7:30am, 9:15am School Mass, 12:00Noon and 6:30pm with the Religious Education classes. All Saints/All Souls will be celebrated at a 7:30pm Mass in Spanish on Thursday, November 2nd.


RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will start on Monday October 16th in the Klaus Murphy Center. Classes begin at 7:15 and end at 8:30. 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).


As is custom in our Parish, you may write the names of your faithful departed on the All Souls envelopes provided to you in your stewardship package. Additional envelopes are provided in the pews. These listings of names will be gathered and placed on the altar of Sacrifice. We will pray for your faithful departed from Mass on Wednesday, November 1st and at all the Masses through November 3rd.

Immediately following ALL MASSES
November 18th and 19th

Where is God Calling you to Serve?
† Talk with ministry leaders and members of most groups &
† Learn more about the different ministries and service groups
in our parish
† Share what you love and see where your gifts might fit in our
† Discover where God is calling you to share your stewardship
of Faith, Time and Talents
Come and discover the many opportunities we have to
share your talents with in our community!


Catholic Charities Resource Center for
Hurricane Irma Victims
2706 Flagler Avenue, Key West

Available Services

Legal aid for Hurricane Irma damages
Immigration Legal Aid
Emergency Financial Aid
FEMA Form (online) Application Aid
SNAP (food stamps) Application (online) Aid.

To serve as a volunteers please contact:
Patrice Schwermer (305) 807-4503
Marisol Mittnacht (920) 515-3747
Charlene Pagan (305) 619-2346

Si usted necesita ayuda con el pago de arrendamiento con aviso de
desalojo, pago retrasado de crédito hipotecario, y pago retrasado de
utilidades publicas (agua y electricidad); o si necesita ayuda con
comida, contacte a:
Marisol Mittnacht (920) 515-3747
Charlene Pagan (305) 619-2346
Para recibir estos beneficios usted necesita demonstrar con una
forma de identificación con fotografía que usted es residente del
condado de Monroe de la Florida.


Halloween is almost here! We will be celebrating at school on Friday, October 27th. The celebration of Halloween has, at its core, Catholic roots. The word Halloween is simply a contraction of All Hallows eve, or the night before All Hallows day. All Hallows Day, more commonly known as All Saints day, is a Catholic feast day that has been celebrated for centuries. We will kick off our festivities with our annual Halloween “Trail of Treats” Costume Parade. We conclude our parade with our annual Trunk or Treat located in the school’s back parking lot. Trunk or Treat is hosted by the parents of The Basilica School. If you are a parent willing to donate candy for this event, please drop it off in the front office by Thursday, October 26th. We hope that you’ll also consider decorating your trunk and joining us for some spooky fun!

Our next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday Oct 25 at 5:30pm. Beyond the Bell will be provided at no cost for the PTO hour. We will gather in the school library for this meeting.


Upcoming Events
School Picture Day – Volleyball Tournament- October 21
PTO Meeting – October 25
Trunk or Treat – October 27


The Religious Education Program at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea invites all families, to enroll their children, Kindergarten thru 8th grade who do not attend the Basilica School.

You may register by:
E-mail : dresaintmary@gmail.com
By telephone: 305-295-0306 or 305-393-1293
Walk-ins are welcome
Please register as soon as possible.

First Holy Communion , Confirmation and Faith Formation Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm.
Every third Wednesday of each month there will be a special Mass in the Basilica for all the Religious Education (CCD) students and their parents.

For more information call Ida Roberts, the Religious Education Program Director, at (305) 295-0306.

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 $2,517,643.00 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