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.

“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



Archbishop Wenski has directed us to continue to provide live streamed Masses for those who need to maintain a quarantine. The live streamed Masses shall be enhanced by the generous service of Robert Wright, Claudio Santos and Xavier Perez.The following Masses shall be livestreamed at this time via our Parish’s Facebook page:

Daily Mass:

7:30 a.m. (in the Basilica)

Saturday, Vigil Mass:

6:00 p.m.

Sunday Masses:

7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon in Spanish (in the Basilica)

7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon in Spanish (in Stations of the Cross Garden)


The Basilica School’s Masses on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. (prek3-second grades) and on Fridays at 9:15 a.m. are already full with a record 340 students, faculty and staff. These two School Masses shall be livestreamed via the Basilica school’s Facebook page as well as the Parish’s Facebook page.


For today’s hymns, type password MUSIC (All Caps) at https://stmarykeywest.com/weekly-music
Permission to stream the music in St. Mary’s masses obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-737079. All rights reserved.

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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Future Catholic High School

Dear Families and Parishoners, 

Your participation in this survey is very important. Please take a moment this week to complete the survey below. You may also consider sharing the “general survey” with local friends who are not currently enrolled at The Basilica School.

Thank you again for your help. God bless you.

Parent Survey – Click Here

General / Non-Basilica Family Survey – Click Here



Estimadas familias y feligreses,

Su participación en esta encuesta es muy importante. Por favor tome un momento esta semana para completar la encuesta a continuación.

Gracias de nuevo por su ayuda. Que Dios lo bendiga.

Encuesta para escuela secundaria – Haga clic aquí 

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021

On Sunday, July 25, the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated. The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the
Day is “I am with you every day” (cf. Mt 28,20) and wants to express the closeness of the Lord and the Church in the life of each older person, especially in this difficult pandemic moment. “I am with you every day” is also a promise of closeness and hope that young and old can express to each other. In fact, not only grandchildren and young people are called to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and grandparents also have a mission of evangelization, of proclamation, of prayer and of guiding young people to the faith.

25 DE JULIO, 2021

El domingo 25 de julio se celebrará la Primera Jornada Mundial de los Abuelos y de las Personas Mayores. El tema elegido por el Santo Padre para la Jornada es “Yo estoy contigo todos los días” (cf. Mt 28,20) y quiere expresar la cercanía del Señor y de la Iglesia en la vida de cada persona mayor, especialmente en este difícil momento de pandemia. “Yo estoy contigo todos los días” es también una promesa de cercanía y esperanza que jóvenes y mayores pueden expresarse mutuamente. De hecho, no sólo los nietos y los jóvenes están llamados a estar presentes en la vida de las personas mayores, sino que los mayores y los abuelos tienen también una misión de evangelización,
de anuncio, de oración y de guía de los jóvenes a la fe.


During this time of year many of our parishioners will be returning to places far removed from Key West. May you all travel safely. The Adoration Chapel is in need of adorers to fill these vacancies.

If you are interested in participating, please call Maria Del Pino at (305) 587-3545 to fill in the adoration hours or to be part of the substitute list.

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.


Archbishop Thomas Wenski issued this statement May 14, 2021, directed at Archdiocese of Miami parishes, schools and institutions.

The Archdiocese of Miami’s guidelines for masks and social distancing have not changed. In the coming days, we will review what might be appropriate. However, lots of folks, including most of the children and youth, are not vaccinated. Masks and social distancing are the very best obstacles to the transmission of this disease.

While the CDC has issued guidelines, the Florida Department of Health has not made any changes at this time. Vaccinated people can
get COVID. Whether they can then transmit the virus to others, is unclear. We should continue to encourage those who are hesitant to
be vaccinated to do so at their earliest convenience. Children 12 years of age and older are now eligible. .


Let us welcome back Mrs. Linda Sparks. She will be serving as Interim Director of Music Ministry. We are grateful for her willingness to serve us during this selection process.


The Haitian prayer group has begun meeting on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Basilica.


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. If you are interested in participating, please call Maria Del Pino at (305) 587-3545.

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


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.

Gabriel Project

It has been nearly fifty years since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalized the abortion of children in America. So, to not forget the millions of victims of abortion, January is recognized as Respect Life month. Our parish has several ministries that work year round to celebrate the gift of life while assisting expectant mothers in the Lower Keys. The Knights of Columbus gives generously to such causes, even constructing a memorial for the unborn just outside our beautiful grotto. On Sunday, January 24 following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, you are
invited to join them and the Catholic Daughters in the recitation of the holy rosary in the grotto to support respect life month.

The Gabriel Project is the parish’s newest respect life outreach, providing a myriad of services for mothers throughout our community. For more information, you are invited to visit: www.GabrielProjectKW.com.

If you’re interested in assisting the Gabriel Project, please give us a call at 786-492-2867.

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@stmarykeywest.com. Enjoy!

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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