“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). To date, 92 of our Parish families have responded. However, we need the support of all members of the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea if we are to be successful in reaching our Parish goal of $102,066.
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.


There will be a free Immigration legal Clinic on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in the Klaus Murphy Center, 724 Truman Ave. Receive a free interview and legal consultation to see if you are eligible for immigration relief. For information please call: Patrice Schwermer 305-807-4503; Brenda Vicioso 201-289-3991; Marisol Mittnacht 920-515-3747; Roseline de Haiti 305-747-9662.

Clínica gratis de inmigración! Sábado 24 de Marzo de 10am-2pm en el Centro de Klaus Murphy. Reciba una entrevista y una consulta legal gratis para ver si califica para algún alivio migratorio. Para más información llame a: Brenda Vicioso 201-289-3991; Marisol Mittnacht 920-515-3747; Patrice Schwermer 305-807-4503.

Klinik Depistaj Pou Imigrasyon Legal: Resevwa yon entèvyou gratis ak konsiltasyon legal pou wè ki kalite soulajman imigrasyon ke ou ka kalifye pou. March 24, 2018 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in the Klaus Murphy Center, 724 Truman Ave. Roseline de Haiti 305-747-9662; Patrice Schwermer 305-807-4503.


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.


This spring, The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea will be offering an eight week faith formation program on immigration and migration. This learning module is one of the programs offered by JustFaith Ministries and will focus on migration/immigration and its many complex facets though readings, prayer, dialogue, short videos and experiences. The program will take place on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 PM in the Klaus Murphy Center of The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea beginning at the end of March (exact date to be determined) and concluding in May.

Pope Francis has invited us, to participate in the “Share the Journey Campaign”, a two year campaign focusing on the issues of migration/immigration. This JustFaith offering is one way to learn more about these issues and how we can respond in faith to the reality of many of our migrating sisters and brothers in our own country and world. Please discern your involvement in this Justfaith program and let me know by March 1st if you would like to be included in the group. Registration is required to access the materials. If you are
interested in participating or if you would like more information contact: Patrice Shwermer: pschwermer@ccadm.org or at 305-807-4503.


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.

Mariner March 5k – Registration Now Open

The Basilica School of Saint Mary Star of the Sea will host its 8th Annual Mariner March 5k run and walk on Saturday, April 28. The event is open to runners of all ages and includes a children’s “fun run” down Truman Avenue. There will be food, music and fun for the whole
family. Register now at www.keywest5k.com.


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.


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.


Popular traditions on Holy Saturday are associated in some way with preparations for the festivities of Easter. On this day, or during the days preceding, eggs are boiled and dyed, Easter clothes are purchased, and foods prepared. The blessing of special foods for Easter is still a popular tradition, especially among people of Polish ancestry. The Easter Food Baskets will be blessed in Polish on Holy Saturday, March 31 at 11:00a.m..


Parishioners are invited to attend a retreat titled “Slow Down and Unplug: Accessing a Greater Power with God”. This retreat, organized by our St. Mary’s Social Justice group, will be held at Fort Zachary Taylor S.P. on April 7th from 10 AM till 4 PM! We are meeting at the west end of the Park in the picnic area in the pine trees. Please join us for a prayerful and reflective day, including a potluck lunch, in the beauty of God’s Creation! Participants may bring their own meditation books or art supplies for the two meditation sessions. We will also have park maps showing the trails that can be walked during meditation. To RSVP, or ask questions, contact roncolwellky@gmail.com or melanyterranova@gmail.com.


The next meeting of the Catholic Daughters will be on April 8th in the Klaus-Murphy Center after the 9:00 am Mass. A light breakfast will be served to those attending the meeting. Anyone interested in finding out more about Catholic Daughters may attend this meeting. We are always ready to welcome new members to our court. Anyone interested in obtaining information and joining Catholic Daughters are asked to contact Lana Jabour, Financial Secretary (942-6905, lanajabour@hotmail.com). Also see our National website www.catholicdaughters.org and State website www.floridacda.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 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

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