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.
“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:
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 (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.
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: Closed, Sunday: 8am – 12pm.
For information, call Michelle Nelson at (305) 294-0651.
All proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit The Basilica School.Shop Now
THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski Writes:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In April 2021, Pope Francis announced the next General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “ For a Church: communion, participation and mission.” Since its establishment during the Second Vatican Council, the Synod of Bishops has provided a forum for the forward progress of our Church. Recognizing that the Church today must exist “permanently in a state of mission,” the Holy Father has state that the Synod of
Bishops “must increasingly become a privileged instrument for listening to the People o God.” (Episcipalis Communio) With the convocation of this XVI Synod of Bishops, therefore, the voice of the People of God will be solicited and heard in a new way.
Our Archdiocesan synodal process will commence in communion with the Universal Church this Sunday, October 17, 2021, and close on the feast of Pentecost, June 5, 2022. during this time every parish and all the People of God are called upon to participate in the consultation process, so that we may “gather the wealth of the experiences” of our local church (Vademecum 31)”.
The recent School accreditation process provided such a consultation process through the questionnaires filled out by parishioners. Deacon Peter Batty, Principal Robert Wright and Felix Pradas Bergnes will be our Parish delegates. All three have their hand on the pulse of this Parish.
MASS FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED WHO DIED THIS PAST YEAR
The Bereavement Ministry invites those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, this past year, to a Mass on Monday, November 8, at 6:00pm in the Basilica During the time of the Prayer of the Faithful, the name of your loved one will be lifted up in prayer. It is our hope that one of your family members will come forward to light a candle at that time. This ministry has helped send letters to the families whose faithful departed were commended to God by the priests and deacons of this Parish this past year. Yet, we know that many parishioners went to the funerals and burials of their loved ones in other parts of Florida, other states and other nations. You are invited as well to this Mass. If you are able to participate in this Mass, please call the Rectory at (305)294-1018 to assure the inclusion of your faithful departed.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, finding out more about the faith, or have not yet made your First Communion or Confirmation, you are invited to attend. Classes will begin on Monday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Klaus Murphy Center Eden Room.
For more information, please call the Rectory office 305-294-1018.
The 2021-2022 Religious Education classes for Kindergarten to Sixth Grade have resumed in the same format as last year: “lex orandi; lex credenda” which literally translates the law of prayer is the law of belief or the way we pray leads to the way we believe.
There will be a Mass on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for Kindergarten through sixth grade. We believe that, after a day of classes in person or online, this format will indeed be more enjoyable and beneficial for the students.
Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade and Confirmation students shall meet at the Klaus-Murphy Center in the St. Francis Room on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Entrance for this class is through the front of the Klaus Murphy Center on Truman Avenue.
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 comenzarán el jueves, 7 de octubre, a las 6:00 pm en la Basílica y continuarán todos los primer jueves de cada mes.
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.
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.
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