“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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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endures forever!

The Basilica School would like to thank all of you who contribute to the success of our mission through the gifts of your time, talent and treasure. The Lord is truly good — and his goodness is shown through your immense kindness and generosity. It is often through the
members of the Body of Christ that we experience firsthand the mercies of God. That is true for our school as well. When facing difficulties, whether it be hurricane repairs or capital needs, you have been instruments of God’s mercy. This Thanksgiving we will remember you in our prayers and will offer our school mass for your intentions on Friday, November 30th. May God bless you always.


Mariner Basketball Season Begins

The Basilica School Mariners are excited to host their first basketball season in the new Rose Renna Activity Center. A complete schedule of games can be located on the school’s webpage or on Facebook. Booster memberships are still available. If you are interested in becoming a Mariner Booster, please contact the school’s office at 305-294-1031 or by email at office@basilicaschool.com.

Dates to remember:

Nov. 19 – 23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School


Cities Against The Death Penalty
Friday, November 30, 2018

The International Day of Cities for Life/Cities against the Death Penalty constitutes, along with the World Day against the Death Penalty
on October 10, the biggest modern global mobilization in favour of a higher and more civil form of justice capable of repelling capital punishment once and for all. More than 1,850 cities around the world will light up their monuments to say no to capital punishment on the world day “Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty” on November 30th.

In response to this worldwide event, and in solidarity with parishes around the Archdiocese, members from our Social Justice Ministry, Detention Ministry, and the Interfaith Ministerial Alliance (IMA) invite you to to join with them for an ecumenical candlelight prayer service in the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto on Friday, November 30th at 7:00 PM in honor of this day.


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.


On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 there will be one Mass at 7:30 a.m..

You are invited to bring to the Mass an item which you will serve at your Thanksgiving table: bread, wine, candles, etc…, and most  important yourself. At the end of the Mass, you and these items will be blessed, that the love which we celebrate in the Eucharist will fill your Thanksgiving table with peace.
May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving celebration. May the love of Christ which we celebrate in the Eucharist fill your
Thanksgiving tables with peace.


The Workbook for Lectors (in English and Spanish) for the new liturgical year starting December 2, 2019 (Year C) is now available in the sacristy (the room in which you robe for Mass). Please take a copy to help prepare you for this ministry throughout the year.


We are going to officially opening the 2019 Mass Book on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 for Mass Intentions. You are welcome to stop by
the Rectory Office to reserve Masses. Rectory Business Hours are: Monday-12:30pm– 4:30pm Tuesday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.


The Archdiocese of Miami has mapped a cumulative religious education curriculum from grades 1-8. This curriculum has been adopted by all Religious Education publishers of text books used in the Archdiocese of Miami. This curriculum has been implemented in all 104
parishes in the Archdiocese of Miami this academic year. It is essential that students participate in all eight years to have an optimal religious education.

From the Archdiocese of Miami Sacramental Guidelines: “Young people, who have been baptized as infants, should be catechized for Confirmation for a period of at least two years. When a child’s catechesis has been interrupted for more than one year after First Communion, the preparation period for Confirmation may need to be extended to at least three years.”

Seventh grade (Dr. Mona Clark’s class) is now called Confirmation I and eighth grade (Principal Robert Wright’s class) is now called Confirmation II. Any one who expects to enter Confirmation II in 2019-2020 and to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in March of 2020 would have had to participate in Confirmation I this academic year 2018-2019.

Archbishop Wenski will come to our Parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for those who have been baptized on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.Rehearsal for this Confirmation will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m..

Religious Education Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. at the Basilica School

For more information please contact Alexandra Chuquillangui, the Religious Education Director at 305-295- 0306. There will not be classes on Halloween, October 31st.

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.


Classes are held in the Klaus Murphy Center and begin at 7:15p.m. and end at 8:30p.m. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, finding out more about the faith, or have not yet made your Confirmation you are invited to attend. For more information please call the Rectory office 305-294-1018 or Deacon Peter Batty (305-797-0656).

Las personas que están interesadas en convertirse en Católico o completar los Sacramentos de Comunión y Confirmación, pueden comunicarse a las oficinas de la Rectoría (305-294-1018) para más información. Las clases se llevarán a cabo los Domingos a la 11:00a.m. en el centro de Klaus Murphy.

What is Stewardship?

It is a lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibility. It is the acknowledging of God as the Creator and Owner of all. Stewards see themselves as the caretakers of all Gods’ gifts. Gratitude for these many gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering and action. Stewardship is a way of life. It is a way of thanking God for all our blessings by returning to God a portion of the many gifts (everything we have, for instance, our time, talent and treasure) that we have been given. It involves the intentional, planned and proportionate giving of all we have.

Finally, stewardship encourages everyone to participate in the task of building the Kingdom of God. When we explain that God has given each of us certain things, that these gifts are our responsibility to care for, and that we are accountable for what we do with these gifts, then there is no doubt that everyone should be involved. Stewardship rejects the notion that we must “have it all” and instead, demonstrates the value of giving in love, in service and in justice. Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ. ““Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, yours are the eyes through which he is to go about doing good, yours are the hands with which he is to bless people now…” (St. Teresa of Avila)

By your stewardship, we are able to maintain these holy grounds. In a very short time span, your stewardship provided a new slate roof fon the Basilica, created the Klaus Murphy Center, built the Rose Renna Activity Center and helped us recover from a hurricane! Masses are joyful. Sacraments are provided to all who are called. Pilgrims are welcomed to the Basilica. Our School is doing well. There are ministries serving and faith formation opportunities for both adults and children in English and Spanish. When it became apparent that the needs in Monroe County were greater than the capability of this Parish, the Star of the Sea Foundation was created. With very good stewardship, SOS Foundation now provides over 2,000,000 lbs. of food annually through twenty five feeding agencies including the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission and at the SOS food Pantry at St. Justin Martyr in Key Largo and, through stewardship, created the SOS Callahan Community Kitchen which is now providing children’s’ meals to hundreds daily.

Last week, Deacon Peter Batty and Fr. Rumin preached on Parish stewardship. They indicated stewardship cards. It would be helpful if you would fill these out to update your contact information. They are located in the narthex of the Basilica. In working together as stewards of God’s gifts, we have been able to provide what is needed for us and for our neighbor in need. “Blessings and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength to our God forever and ever! Amen”. Revelation 7:12.


Gabriel Project – Update

On November 8th, over 20 parishioners turned out for the Gabriel Project’s first informational meeting. The Gabriel Project is now operational!

In the coming weeks, we will be working on the construction of our new webpage, updating brochures and meeting with other local social service agencies to update them on the services our program can provide. 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 mission of the Gabriel Project of the Lower Florida Keys is to offer support to pregnant mothers and their infants by providing for their spiritual, emotional and material needs. This mission is accomplished through the work of compassionate and selfless volunteers, who assist through mentorship, prayer and the distribution of gifts. Our objective is to see that every mother and child who seeks assistance is
provided the opportunity to experience authentic care through compassionate and necessary support.

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

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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