“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 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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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM

“It is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved.”St. John Bosco

Religious Education Classes are held on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica School. 

The Sunday morning Confirmation class is held on Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rose Renna Activity Center.

Archbishop Wenski will come to our Parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for those who have been baptized on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00pm.

There will be two First Holy Communion Masses celebrated on May 2, 2020 at 10:am for Basilica School Students and 12:00 Noon for Religious Ed. Students.

You may register your children at the Rectory on Mondays 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may access these forms in English and in Spanish on our website: www.stmarykeywest.com/ccd/. We ask that you mail, or bring the registration to the Rectory.

For more information please call 305-294-1018. As always, Thank you for your continued participation and support in this wonderful ministry within our parish. God Bless!!

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND BASILICA SCHOOL ANNUAL FISH FRYStarting Friday, February 21 Thru Friday, April 3, 2019from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Beginning on Friday, February 21st, the Knights of Columbus and The Basilica School will begin their Annual Friday Fish Fry. All proceeds benefit The Basilica School.

Come and enjoy delicious baked or fried fish, conch fritters, pasta salad and dessert. Dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Special family pricing is available.

Dinner will be served in the Rose Renna Activity Center from 5:00-7:30 pm, or until supplies last. Come out and enjoy the fun!

LENT A SEASON OF RENEWAL

“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the Sacraments of Initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutiny, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises.”(Ceremonial of Bishops, 249)

ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULEFebruary 26, 2020

The schedule of Masses for Ash Wednesday will be:7:30 a.m.12:00 noon1:00 p.m. (with Basilica School Students)5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m. (with Religious Education Classes)7:30 p.m. ( in Spanish)

CHRIST HAS NO BODY BUT YOURS,NO HANDS, NO FEET ON EARTH BUT YOURS

God has given us so much and God’s generosity to us, especially the gift of His Only Son, inspires us to be generous and to share with others from the bounty of God’s gifts we have received. Your generous support of the ABCD makes you an instrument of God’s mercy and peace, and you become theanswer to someone’s prayer. Through the ABCD, as one faith community, we feed the hungry, cloth the poor, and care for the sick and dying. As one Church, we nourish and educate our children, assist our parishes and schools, and shelter the homeless. As Catholics, we defend and respect the dignity of all human life and work to eliminate prejudice, and promote justice. You make all this possible. Thank you to all who have already generously responded to this year’s ABCD. Your support strengthens the ministries that serve our Archdiocese and allow the Church to form new disciples.

As Scriptures remind us, Give and it shall be given to you.

You gave to ABCD last year and it has been given to you this year. As Deacon Peter Batty made mention in January, our Parish , Parish School and the lower Keys received $2,549,596.86 last year through gifts, corporate scholarships, Catholic Charities by the Archbishop and his department directors! Furthermore, our Parish and School have benefitted from the immense services from the Archdiocese of Miami’s Department of Schools, the Development Office, the Building and Properties office, Catholic Cemeteries, and Catholic Charities.

If you have yet to respond to this year’s ABCD, we need you! Please join us by making a gift now- even a small gift can make a big difference. You can obtain a pledge envelope at the Parish office, at the entrance of Basilica or you can make a gift online at www.adomdevelopment.org. Thank you and God bless you!

10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’SAn education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association®

Thursday, February 20th6 p.m. in the Klaus-Murphy CenterHosted by The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others.

The One-Hour Program Covers:

1. Typical age-related changes.2. Common warning signs of Alzheimer’s.3. How to approach someone about memory concerns.4. Early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process.1. Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Please RSVP by calling 800-272-3900Visit alz.org/CRF to register online and exploreadditional education programs in your area.

Catholic Daughters of AmericaBUNCO FOR PATRIOT SERVICE DOGSWhen: Saturday, February 22,7:00 to 9:00 pmWhere: Klaus Murphy CenterCost: $15 per person

Food will be served. Drinks available for purchase. All proceeds will go to the Patriot Service Dogs.

SEEK YOUTH GROUP

The youth group has a NEW instagram page that we would like for you to follow and share! Please follow us at: seekstaroftheseakw on Instagram.

Additionally, if you have any questions regarding the youth group, you can now email us at seekstarofthesea@gmail.com. SEEK is for all youth in grades 9-12 and we meet on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 pm. We hope you can join us for dinner and more! If you are musically inclined, (sing, play an
instrument) we are looking for you to put together our own youth worship band! Please get in touch with us either by email or our Instagram page! See you soon!

 

SAINT MARTHA’S MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

As our seasonal parishioners are returning to their homes we are in need of volunteers in the Martha Ministry kitchen. If you have 3 hours or so that you could spend to help prepare a meal and clean-up please call Mary Leen at 603-801-6562.

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.

The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day due to the willingness of parishioners and of our good neighbors in Key West who assume the responsibility of being present in the Adoration Chapel one hour a week. If you are interested in participating, please call Maria Del Pino at (305) 587-3545 to fill in the adoration hours or to part of the substitute list.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS

If you are seeking to be fully initiated in the Church, to receive Confirmation, or just interested in finding out more about the Church, you are welcome to attend. For more information,
please call the Rectory office 305-294-1018 or Deacon Peter Batty (305-797-0656).

WALKING ROSARY

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.

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

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE STUDY

As a development from RCIA classes this year, there is a study and discussion group on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. in the Klaus Murphy Center’s Star of the Sea Room facilitated by Deacons Peter Batty and Bob Magnuson. Since the classes are focused on the readings from the Liturgy of the Word for the upcoming Sunday and are not sequential, it is not necessary to register or to attend all classes. Just come when you can to share in the joy of our faith.

Las personas que están interesadas en convertirse en Católico o completar los Sacramentos de Comunión y Confirmación, pueden comunicarse a las oficinas de la Rectoria (305-294-1018) para más información.
Las clases comenzarán el 15 de Septiembre y se ofrecerán los Domingos a las 11:00 a.m. en el centro de Klaus Murphy.

DIOCESAN PUBLICATION
ONE GOD, ONE CHURCH ONE COMPANY

The Weekly Bulletin has become one the most important communications tools for the Church to communicate with their parishioners. This bulletin is distributed to each parishioner every week as they attend Mass. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to support, promote or advertise a business please contact Charbel Barak of Diocesan Publication at 305-775-9222 or CBarakat@Diocesan.com.

THE LIGHT OF CHRIST PRAYER GROUP

A small group of Parishioners have been gathering in prayer since last spring. Based on the tradition of our Parish this group shall be called Light of Christ Prayer Group, this group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the St. Francis room of the Klaus Murphy Center. All are invited to attend.

BEREAVEMENT MEETINGS

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.

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!

Gabriel Project

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

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To make a donation, please visit
www.basilicaschoolkeywest.com or call 305-294-1031.

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CONTACT US

The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea

Address

The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea
1010 Windsor Lane
Key West, FL 33040

Phone/Fax

305-294-1018 Office

305-292-8096 Fax

Email

stmary@stmarykeywest.com