“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 email@example.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.
The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea coordinates its relief effort through Star of Sea (SOS) Foundation. The American Red Cross is also partnering with SOS Foundation in response to the overwhelming generosity of the Florida residents who want to help the people affected by hurricane Irma.
Unfortunately, SOS Foundation sustained significant damage at the Outreach Mission located on Stock Island (collapsed roof). However, thanks to a generous benefactor, SOS has relocated to a temporary storefront located next to KMART in Key Plaza. SOS will open the Key Plaza storefront for general distribution on Monday 9/25/17.
To donate, or help with the volunteer effort, please visit sosmission.org
The Adoration Chapel will gradually open on Monday, October 2nd, and will be open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm that week. If those hours are filled for that week, we will extend the hours for the week of Oct 9th, and gradually build to the capacity to which we are able to have an adorer scheduled per hour. It is like the gradual water accessibility after the storm. Sign up sheets are in the narthex of the Church or you may call the rectory office 305-294-1018 Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm to sign up for a particular hour for the week of Oct. 2.
THE BASILICA SCHOOL OF SAINT MARY STAR OF THE SEA
The Basilica School will reopen on Monday, September 25th.
Meanwhile, the school is operating a half-day schedule of free daycare for area youngsters whose families didn’t evacuate and who need a safe place for their children while they recover from the storm.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
Religious Education classes will begin Wednesday, September 27th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
KLAUS MURPHY CENTER
The Klaus Murphy Center will reopen on Monday, October 2, 2017.
Please check with ministry chairpersons to see if your particular meeting schedule has been resumed.
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 $2,506,084.97 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
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