“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 2019 Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD). If you have not yet completed your pledge, please prayerfully make your pledge and return it to the church office or in the collection basket. You can obtain a pledge envelope at the entrance of the Basilica, from the Rectory or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org.

Please note on the envelopes that there is a field for Parish in the upper left hand side. Please do not write Saint Mary as that is the name of the Cathedral; please write Basilica. If you choose to write a check, designate it as ABCD with Basilica in the memo.

We are confident that, with God’s help and yours, we will unite to make a difference in the lives of those in need!

Thank you and God bless you!

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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Starting Friday, February 15 Thru Friday, March 22, 2019
from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus and The Basilica School will begin its Annual Lenten Fish Fry. All proceeds benefit The Basilica School. Come and enjoy delicious baked or fried fish, conch fritters, pasta salad and dessert. Dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Special family pricing is available. Dinner will be served in the new Rose Renna Activity Center. Come out and enjoy the fun!


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.


Recently, we hosted a guest of Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Gzregorz Kaszak of the Diocese of Sosnowiec, Poland. In gratitude, Bishop Kaszak gifted to our Parish a relic of Saint John Paul II. The relic, a piece of his cassock, is encased at the bottom left of Saint John Paul II’s photograph. It has been placed in the Adoration Chapel in the reliquary to right of the sacristy door along with the relics of Saint Marie Rose Durocher, Saint Maria Faustina Kowaska, Saint John Neumann, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. More information about relics may be found on the Augustine Institute’s Faith and Culture Website / www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/1/17-what-do-youthink-about-relics?.


Please join the Social Justice Committee on Thursday, Feb 28th (a change from the original date of Feb 21st) for a potluck meal and movie night in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus Murphy Center. The potluck will begin at 5:30 pm followed by the movie at 6:15 pm. Please remember to bring your dinnerware and cup.

We will be screening Fight for Justice: David & Me, Ray Klonsky, a Canadian teenager, begins corresponding with inmate David McCallum. Their exchanging of letters leads to the changing of both their lives forever. Ray is determined to set an innocent man free from a flawed judicial system. 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.


“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutiny, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises.” (Ceremonial of Bishops, 249)

March 6, 2019

The schedule of Masses for Ash Wednesday will be:
7:30 a.m.
12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. with Basilica School
5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. (with Religious Education Students & Families)
7:30 p.m. ( in Spanish)


The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, will celebrate the 11th Annual Monroe County Red Mass on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12:00 noon at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

The Red Mass is celebrated to recognize the noble and valuable work performed by the Judiciary and members of the Bar and all who assist them. It is a tradition in the Catholic Church which dates from the 13th Century. The tradition of the Red Mass has continued in the United States. In Washington, D.C., the members of the United States Supreme Court join the President and members of Congress in the celebration at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The Red Mass is now celebrated in most state capitals and major cities throughout the United States.

Though lawyers were invited through the Monroe County Bar Association, those who serve us in the legal profession are cordially invited as well as our parishioners and all people of good will.


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



Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father’s request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month.

FEBRUARY: Human Trafficking

For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.


On Saturday, February 23, there will be a Confirmation retreat for those candidates who attend the Basilica School and the Wednesday Religious Education Program at the Klaus Murphy Center from 10:00a.m. and ending at 7:00p.m. after the 6:00p.m. Mass.

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

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.

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!


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.


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.


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 : alvarez@basilicaschool.com
• • By telephone: 305-295-0306
• • Walk-ins are welcome at the Basilica School of         Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Faith Formation classes are held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Alexandra
Chuquillangui, the Religious Education Director at



On Thursday, March 7, 2019, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski is to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at 7:00p.m. for those who have been baptized. The Confirmation rehearsal will be on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00p.m., either a parent or the sponsor will need to accompany the candidate to the rehearsal. Please report directly to the Basilica for the Rehearsal.

Sunday February 24th at 9:45 a.m.

There will be a Virtus class Sunday February 24th at 9:45 a.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.


Habrá una clase del programa Virtus el domingo 24 de febrero a las 9:45 a.m. en la biblioteca de la escuela Basílica. Por favor pre-regístrese en línea en www.virtusonline.org. También puede participar en la clase y registrarse en línea inmediatamente después de esta para obtener el crédito. La clase toma aproximadamente dos horas. No se permite la presencia de menores de edad.

La Arquidiócesis de Miami requiere que todos los voluntarios que trabajan con niños o adultos vulnerables: 1) participen en el programa Virtus ®, y 2) registren sus huellas dactilares. Esto incluye a los ministros Eucarísticos que visitan las casas, los servidores adultos y voluntarios de la escuela, los Scouts y los instructores de educación religiosa, etc.

Las huellas dactilares se toman en la escuela de la Basílica, pero primero debe registrarse en www.fieldprintflorida.com. Por favor, llame a la oficina de la escuela (294-1031) para obtener códigos de acceso o más información. Estamos aquí para servirles.

Si usted tiene preguntas sobre el programa Virtus, llame o envíe un correo electrónico a Eileen D-H en la escuela (edh@basilicaschool.com)


Saint Peter Church, Parish Center and Offices in Big Pine were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Though an architectural design has been selected by the Archdiocese of Miami, our brothers and sisters need our help in their transitional phase. From May until season in January, St. Peter Parish is celebrating Mass in their Ministry Center. From January until May, St. Peter Parish offers Mass in their pavilion which is covered for inclement weather with air-conditioning. Fr. Jets Medina, St. Peter’s Pastor, requested our help in providing a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a processional cross for the pavilion Masses in the interim. Saint Peter Parish will have new Statues in their new Church Building.

The material items of the former Catholic Chapel at Truman Annex were donated to our Parish. The beautiful olive wood statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was placed in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel by the entrance near the original baptismal font of our Church; the Processional Cross was placed to the left of the image of Divine Mercy. I shall lend these two items to St. Peter Parish for their interim. May the beauty of these images provide consolation and hope to our brothers and sisters in Big Pine in the interim as they have for us.

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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

305-292-8096 Fax