“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 VISITORS AND NEW PARISHIONERS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Shop Now
THE 4 TERESAS BOOK CLUB FOR WOMEN
We are currently working on completing the book “I Choose the Sky” by Emily Wilson this month. Our next book is “I Believe in Love– a personal retreat bases on the teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux” by Fr. Jean C.J. D’Elbee. We will be meeting virtually through the FB group page over the summer since so many of us will be travelling/away. We will resume our meetings in person once school starts again in August. Please use the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/the4teresasbookclub to find the group page and follow along with us! Women of all ages are welcome! God bless you all!”
ADDITIONAL DAILY MASS DURING THE SUMMER
To accommodate our camp workers and the seminarians working at the Callahan Community Kitchen as we did last year, there will be an additional Daily Mass at 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Monday, June 3, until the first week of August.
The Star of the Sea Outreach Mission at 5640 McDonald Avenue, Stock Island will be closed from June 17 thru June 20 in order that the Outreach Mission workers and the truck drivers may have a one week vacation. The weekly clientele has been informed in order that they may double up in quantity of food for two weeks. From Jan.-May of this year, the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission has served 37,188 persons and received 869061d lbs. of food. May we be grateful for the service of Raquel Rojas, the Outreach Mission’s Director and for all who serve with her.
RELIGIOUS GIFT SHOP
NEW SUMMER HOURS
STARTING JUNE 1, 2019
Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays
Open Sunday after all Masses.
Our Gift Shop is located in the Basilica parking lot behind the Rectory building. We offer a wide selection of beautiful religious gifts, including prayer cards, pictures, statues rosaries, books and much more. Gift certificates are available as well. For information, call Liz Buchman at 305- 294-0651.
PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL
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.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
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).
SUNDAY SCRIPTURE STUDY
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.
THE LIGHT OF CHRIST PRAYER GROUP
A small group of Parishioners have been gathering in prayer since last spring. Based on the tradition of our Parish this group shall be called Light of Christ Prayer Group, this group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the St. Francis room of the Klaus Murphy Center. All are invited to attend.
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.
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.
If you know someone who is pregnant or with a newborn and may need assistance, you can contact the Gabriel Project at email@example.com or by calling us at 786-492-2867.
Interested in becoming a Gabriel Project Angel? Please contact Mrs. Carolina DuPont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Lord is with you … do not be afraid.” Luke 1:26