“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
7:30 a.m. (in the Basilica)
Saturday, Vigil Mass:
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon in Spanish
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.
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.Shop Now
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
Zoom Classes began on Monday September 21st at 7:15 PM
If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, seeking Confirmation, or just want to find out more about your faith this class is for you.
This class is Scripture based, so if you are just interested in learning more about the Bible, please feel free to join us.
Please call the Rectory to request a registration form and visit our website: stmarykeywest.com/rcia for the Zoom Meeting link.
SCHEDULE: Every week on Mon, until Jun 21, 2021
Join Zoom Meeting :https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71524457439?pwd=Nk5VOWV6SDJCb05mVzZON1R0WjlBZz09
Meeting ID: 715 2445 7439 / Passcode: rcia
RELIGIOUS GIFT SHOP
Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Open Sunday after all Masses.
Our Gift Shop is located in the Basilica parking lot behind the Rectory building. We offer a wide selection of beautiful religious gifts, including prayer cards, pictures, statues rosaries, books and much more. Gift certificates are available as well. For information, call Liz Buchman at 305- 294-0651.
BASILICA SCHOOL CAR RAFFLE UPDATE
The Basilica School’s annual car raffle, generously sponsored by Keys Auto Center, had to be postponed due to the COVID19 closures. We are ready to begin selling tickets once again and will draw the winning tickets on Sunday, Nov. 8 While we continue to practice social distancing, we have postponed our after Mass sales. You can still purchase your tickets at the church gift store or online by visiting go.rallyup.com/keywest.
Thank you for your generous support!
Religious Education classes for Kindergarten to seventh grade began on September 16 in a new format: lex orandi; lex credendi which literally translates the law of prayer is the law of belief or the way we pray leads to the way we believe. Mass will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for Kindergarten through seventh grade. I believe that, after a day of classes in person or online, this format will indeed be more enjoyable and beneficial for the students. Furthermore, it would be impossible to sanitize the School’s classrooms and playground after religious education classes in the School building and before the next school day. We have, however, found a way to sanitize and clean the
Church proper after the Religious Education Mass on Wednesdays and before the 7:30 a.m. Mass on Thursday.
Eighth grade and Confirmation students shall meet in the Star of the Sea Room in the Klaus Murphy Center on Sunday mornings starting on Sunday September 20 at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM
Is your family homeless or at risk of being homeless? Are you a Monroe County Resident?
Do you currently have income but need assistance to move in and return to a permanent Housing Situation?
For Assistance Please Contact
¿Su familia está sin hogar o corren el riesgo de quedarse desamparados y sin vivienda? Es usted residente del condado de Monroe ?
¿Tiene actualmente ingresos pero necesita ayuda para mudarse y regresar a una situación de vivienda permanente?
Para obtener asistencia, Favor de contactar a
We serve people not because they are Catholic.
We serve people because we are Catholic.
THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS
The fourth of October, Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi is traditionally the day to bless animals. His blessings upon nature and all animals
inspired the blessing of the pets and animals to this day. Furthermore, he inspires us to care for our common home.
There will be individual blessings of animals and pets:
On Saturday, October 3, from 8:00a.m. to 9:30a.m. in the parking lot near the Gift Shop.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES COUNSELING PROGRAM
NEED TO TALK?
The Counseling Program is serving individuals over the age of 60 in Monroe County that are in need of counseling as a result of the stressors and effects of COVID-19.
These sessions are facilitated by licensed therapists trained in the field of mental health counseling in order to provide services that are culturally sensitive and effective to all consumers. Sessions are conducted via tele-health or over the telephone.
For more information, please contact Claudia Gomez-Cardona at (954)0322-7070
FROM THE RECTORY OFFICE
In order to ensure everyone’s well being and in support of our community’s efforts to tamp down the recent increase of Covid 19 virus cases, we ask that you please consider making appointments for Rectory visits. Mass Intentions. Mass Cards and Baptisms may be arranged over the phone and via email.
Rectory Office Hours: Monday 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Address: 1010 Windsor Lane; Key West, Florida 33040
Telephone: 305-294-1018 Email: email@example.com
Your health and safety is our first priority.
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.
PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL
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.
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.
If you know someone who is pregnant or with a newborn and may need assistance, you can contact the Gabriel Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 786-492-2867.
Interested in becoming a Gabriel Project Angel? Please contact Mrs. Carolina DuPont at email@example.com.
“The Lord is with you … do not be afraid.” Luke 1:26