“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.


Easter is a seven week season of joy and grace. The celebration of the Easter Vigil is the beginning of the season of Easter. The Vigil is the Christian feast par excellence, the feast of new birth, new beginnings, salvation renewed, and humanity restored to the Lord.

While the Vigil marks the end of the paschal fast, the end of the celebration of Holy Week, and the end of repentance and conversion for which Lent prepared the community, it is much more a beginning. It is the beginning of a new season of grace and a time of joy and thanksgiving, for Easter is not one day or one solemnity—it is a fifty day celebration, and the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday together comprise what the General Instruction terms “the great Sunday,” the radiant center of the liturgical year.”

Easter only begins with Easter Sunday. In these 50 days, we are Easter People!

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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To honor our Key West High School Graduates of 2019, there will be a Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at 10:30 a.m..


Sunday, June 2, 2019
7:30am Shotgun Start
Key West Golf Club
$100.00 Entry Fee includes Breakfast,
Lunch & Golf
Sponsorship Available
Thousands in Prizes!


Calling women of all ages! St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (aka Edith Stein) wrote, “The world does not need what women have, it needs what women are.” Have you been feeling God’s call to give what you are to the community but just don’t know how? Are you ready to dive deeper into your Catholic faith and discover what God truly has in store for you?
 The group has chosen the book, “I Choose the Sky” by Emily Wilson. Join us on every other Monday in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus-Murphy Center. Our next meeting will be Monday, May 20th, at 6:00 p.m. Please also join our group on Facebook to keep up with meetings and what we are up to! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ladiesofthebasilicasos/

Bob Bernreuter| A History of the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea

Our Parish historian, Bob Bernreuter will explore how small seeds of faith planted by 16th century missionaries on a small island in a new world were nurtured into a Parish, survived the storms of nature and war, and ultimately would earn the attention of Rome and be honored with the distinguished title of a Minor Basilica.

Join us on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at The Customs House, 281 Front Street, Key West. Tickets are available at:

The Basilica School will host Step Up for Students on May 22 at 5:30pm in the Rose Renna Activity Center.

SUFS (www.stepupforstudents.org) provides scholarships for students K-12 throughout the state of Florida. This presentation is designed for all commercial property owners and all businesses that lease commercial property. Anne Francis, VP for Business Development, will give a short presentation on how any and every business in Key West can, at zero cost, redirect the Sales and Use Tax on their lease to fund these incredibly valuable scholarships. Your attendance and participation will help fund a life-changing education of our most vulnerable children. We hope you will join us.


Social Justice, is a 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 share with 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 05/20/19 at 5:30 PM, in the St. Francis Room of the Klaus Murphy Center.


As our seasonal parishioners are returning to their homes we are in need of volunteers in the Martha Ministry kitchen. If you have 3 hours or
so that you could spend to help prepare a meal and clean-up please call Mary Leen at 603-801-6562.


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.


As a development from RCIA classes this year, there is a study and discussion group on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. in the Klaus Murphy Center’s Star of the Sea Room facilitated by Deacons Peter Batty and Bob Magnuson. Since the classes are focused on the readings from the Liturgy of the Word for the upcoming Sunday and are not sequential, it is not necessary to register or to attend all classes. Just come when you can to share in the joy of our faith.

WIN A 2018 FORD 150

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 19, 2019 following the 10:30 Mass.
♦ You need not be present to win.
♦ Winner must be 18 years old and is responsible for taxes, tag, dealer prep, transfer and pick up.
Thank you to Keys Auto Center for donating the car. All proceeds to benefit The Basilica School.

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


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).

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


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.


There will be a Virtus class Monday, June 3rd at 5:30 p.m. in The Basilica School Library. Please pre-register online at www.virtusonline.org. (Walk-ins are welcome, but you must register on-line immediately after the class to get credit. We can help with that.) The class runs about two hours, and please note that children may not attend.

The Archdiocese of Miami requires that all volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults: 1) participate in the Virtus® program, and 2) be fingerprinted. This includes Eucharistic ministers who visit the homebound, senior servers, and volunteers for school, scouts and Religious Ed.

Fingerprinting is done at The Basilica School but you must first register with www.fieldprintflorida.com. Call the school office (294-1031) for access codes or more information. We’re happy to help.

If you have questions about Virtus or fingerprinting, call or email Eileen D-H at school (edh@basilicaschool.com). Many thanks to those who already participate in Virtus. Please remember to read your monthly bulletins to retain your active status in the program. God bless you for your dedication to protecting the vulnerable among us.

There will be one Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 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 Navy League will have a Military ceremony, to which we all are invited, that will take place after Mass at 9:00AM.


As in many Dioceses and Countries throughout the world, in the Province of Miami (the dioceses of the State of Florida), the observance of the Ascension of our Lord is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter (this year June 2, 2019). Thursday, May 30, 2019 is observed as a weekday during the Sixth Week of Easter.
On Sunday, June 2, 2019, the prayers and readings for the Ascension of our Lord are used in place of the prayers and readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Many of the faithful were not able to participate in the celebration of this important Feast for our salvation. Therefore, for pastoral reasons, it has been transferred to the seventh Sunday of Easter.


Due to the initiative and generous offer of the Star of the Sea Foundation, five seminarians have been assigned by Archbishop Wenski to serve at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Basilica this summer. All five will alternate between Star of the Sea Outreach Mission and Star of the Sea
Community Kitchen throughout the week which truly need their help in the summer.

Milton Martinez, Fritz Anacreon, Andres Burgos, Adrian Herrera and Rafael Gutierrez all of St. John Vianney Seminary. All five seminarians have expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to serve here this summer.

Let us pray for them and welcome them when they arrive on June 1. May this be a good experience for them as they prepare to serve as priests in the Archdiocese of Miami.


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 20, 2019. Complete information is available on the application form. We encourage all interested students to apply.


The Knights of Columbus will be awarding a $1000.00 scholarship to one worthy graduating students planning to attend college. High school seniors who are interested in applying should email Mr. Robert Wright at principal@basilicaschool.com for application instructions. The winning applicant will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Applications are due by May 17, 2019. The application needs to be submitted by: May 17, 2019. For more information, please call Robert Wright at 305-294-1031.


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.

The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day due to the willingness of parishioners and of our good neighbors in Key West who assume the responsibility of being present in the Adoration Chapel one hour a week. If you are interested in participating, please call Maria Del Pino at (305) 587-3545 to fill in the adoration hours or to part of the substitute list.

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@stmarykeywest.com. Enjoy!


May 18, 2019 at 10 AM
Basilica of Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea,
Klaus Murphy Center,
724 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL 33040

Receive a free consultation to determine if you are eligible for any immigration relief and legal representation. Please arrive on time and make sure to bring all documents related to your immigration case and criminal record, if applicable.

Taller Diagnostico Legal de Inmigración

Obtenga una consulta gratis para determinar si es elegible para algún alivio migratorio y representación legal. Por favor llegue a tiempo y asegúrese de traer todos los Documentos relacionado con su caso inmigratorio y registro criminal, si tiene.

Klinik Depistaj Pou Imigrasyon Legal

Resevwa konsiltasyon gratis pou ka kon nin avek ki jan de soulajman imigrasyon yo kapab repwezante ou. Tanpri rive a lè epi mache ak tout dokiman ki gen rapo avek ka imigrasyon ou ansanm ak dosye kriminèl ou, si w gen youn.

Americans for Immigrant Justice: 305-573-1106 ext. 1109
(Pou Kreyol, maké ext. 1180)
Catholic Legal Services: 305-373-1073 ext. 1218
Catholic Charities (Key West Office)
Keys Immigrant Coalition : 305 807 4503

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


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