Sacraments

We are happy that you have chosen to begin or continue your Catholic faith with us. Click on each topic below to learn more about each of the sacraments.

Baptism

It became clear a few years ago that our monthly Baptismal preparation courses in English and Spanish were not optimally serving the needs of our parents, sponsors, and families; especially those with newborn children.  Therefore, we are happy to adapt once again to meet your needs because we are overjoyed and grateful at your decision to seek out the Sacraments of our Church for you and your loved ones.  Thus, when choosing to have your child baptized, or to be baptized yourself or when asked to become a godparent/sponsor, please either stop by the Rectory or call the Rectory office. One of our priests or our Deacon will be happy to guide you in a way that is most personal and specific to your needs.

For more information, please call the Rectory at (305) 294-1018.

Penance

Confessions are heard on Saturdays, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, or by appointment.

If by appointment, please call the Rectory at (305) 294-1018.

First Holy Communion

For more information, please call the Director of Religious Education, Ida Roberts, at (305) 295-0306.

Confirmation

For more information, please call the Director of Religious Education, Ida Roberts, at (305) 295-0306.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a process of introducing interested adults to our Catholic beliefs and practices. Adults interested in becoming Catholic are invited to attend weekly sessions at the parish. Meetings are held on Monday evenings at 7:15 PM (in English) and on Sundays at 11:00 AM (in Spanish) in the Star of the Sea Room in the Klaus Murphy Center, beginning in mid-September.

These informal sessions lead to a more formal commitment of time called the Catechumenate. Those who have not been baptized will be received (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion) into the Church at Easter Vigil. Those who have been baptized will be fully initiated when the Archbishop administers the Sacrament of Confirmation (usually in early March).

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For more specific information, or to answer any questions you may have, please call the Rectory at (305) 294-1018.

Marriage & Anniversaries

The Parish community of the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea congratulates you on your forthcoming nuptials and desires to assist you in preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. If you are planning to be married at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, we ask you to adhere to the marriage guidelines listed below.

Marriage Guidelines Parishioner

Marriage Guidelines Other Parishes

Anniversaries

If you are in Key West on you anniversary please let us help you celebrate this special day with a blessing at one of the Masses.

Please call the Rectory Office at 305-294-1018 to make arrangements.

Anointing of the Sick

“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (Jas 5:14-15) [The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1526]

The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects ([The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1532]

  • the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
  • the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
  • the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;
  • the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
  • the preparation for passing over to eternal life.

Please call the Rectory at (305) 294-1018 if anyone is homebound, critically ill, or wishes to receive the Eucharist or the Anointing of the Sick.

Holy Orders

If you are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, may God bless you and guide you.

The following sites may be very helpful in your discernment:

Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Miami
Ministry to Deacons of the Archdiocese of Miami