“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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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 1993, having outgrown the area dedicated to feeding the needy, St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen officially opened in the former St. Bede’s  property located at 2700 Flagler Avenue. Managed originally by Dorothy Sherman, and then for many years by Angela McCain, and now
more recently as The Martha Ministry by Mary Leen, the ministry has served the community daily for more than twenty five years.

Recently, due to the construction of affordable housing by Catholic Charities at the former site, preparation of food has been moved to the kitchen in the Klaus Murphy Center (next door to the Basilica). Once prepared, the food is then transported to the Keys Overnight Shelter (KOTS) for distribution. However, due to many factors (e.g. Hurricane Irma, change in location etc.), we have suffered a significant decline in the number of volunteers. Currently, we are in need of two teams (4-5 people) on Monday and Tuesday and have openings on other days as well. If you have some time available or would like more information on this ministry, please call Mary Leen at 603-801-6562 or email her at mdleen@msn.com.

Gabriel Project

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

Registration for The Basilica School Winter Camp has opened. Any Basilica student interested in registering should email office@basilicaschool.com to sign up. Camp will begin at 7:45a.m. and conclude each day at 5:30pm. Camp dates are December 26-28 and January 2-4.

The 16th Annual Mariner Basketball Classic will be held January 17 – 19. The tournament will be hosted in the new Rose Renna Activity Center and will welcome hundreds as athletes and spectators come out to watch 14 middle school teams in action. Admission to the tournament is just $5. Interested in becoming a Mariner Booster? It’s not too late. Contact office@basilicaschool.com for more information.


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.



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 last day of Religious Education
classes during the month of December
will be Dec. 19. We will resume classes
on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

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



Please join the Social Justice Committee on Thursday, Dec 20th for a potluck meal and movie night in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus Murphy Center.The pot luck will begin at 5:30 pm followed by the movie at 6:15 pm.

We will be screening Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story, a movie that depicts the life of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Dorothy Day has been called many things: an activist, a journalist, a radical, a bohemian, a mother, a convert, a mystic, a prophet, a faithful daughter of the Church. After the movie there will be a short discussion about how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching and our obligation to life and dignity of the human person. For more information please call Jay Schwermer 305 942-0480.

Christmas Lights

On Friday, December 21 Basilica School families are invited to join us for a ride on the HTA trolleys to view our neighborhood’s best and brightest Christmas light displays. Families must preregister for the event by visiting the front office at 294-1031. Cost is $5 per person. Space is limited. Hot chocolate and cookie decorating will be available before and after the trolley ride in the Rose Renna Activity Center.


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.


There will be no classes on Monday December 17th and December 24th. RCIA classes will resume on January 7th 2019 at 7:15 in the Klaus Murphy Center. If you are seeking to be fully initiated in the Church, to receive Confirmation, or just interested in finding out more about the Church you are welcome to attend. . For more information please call the Rectory office 305-294-1018 or Deacon Peter Batty (305-797-0656).


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 Gift for You: FORMED

The Archdiocese of Miami partnered with the Augustine Institute to provide a digital platform entitled FORMED for all of the parishes within the Archdiocese and graciously extended it to us. FORMED is considered the “Netflix for Catholics” and provides extensive access to on demand videos, audio presentations, and eBooks for adults and children in English and in Spanish These resources can be easily accessed online and on any device anytime, anywhere. To start your free membership, go to www.stmaryskw.formed.org. If prompted to enter a code, enter N4K8W9. If you need assistance or have any questions email them to formed@stmary.com. Enjoy!

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

The Nativity of the Lord—Christmas Day
(Holy Day of Obligation)
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

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Saturday, December 29, 2018
6:00p.m. Mass in English
Sunday, December 30, 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

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
(Holy Day of Obligation)
Monday, December 31, 2018
6:00pm Vigil Mass
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
7:30 a.m. Mass in English
9:00 a.m. Mass in English
10:30 a.m. Mass in English

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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

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