“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.
7:30 a.m. (in the Basilica)
5:45 p.m. (Monday – Friday in the Chapel until July 30)
Saturday, Vigil Mass:
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon in Spanish
In order to ensure everyone’s health and safety, you will be required to wear a mask during Mass and maintain social distancing. If the numbers become greater than social distancing allow, you may be asked to remain outside and listen to the Mass via the external speakers. Your health and safety is our top priority.
The live streamed Sunday Masses (English/Spanish) will continue to be available on Facebook and our website for those who are at risk or need to maintain a quarantine.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski continues to encourage the elderly, those who do not feel comfortable attending a public Mass, those who are sick or have underlying health issues to stay at home.
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
ADDITIONAL DAILY MASS DURING THE SUMMER
To accommodate our camp workers and the seminarians serving at the Callahan Community Kitchen as we did last year, There will be an
additional Daily Mass at 5:45 p.m.in the Chapel. Monday through Friday starting on Monday, June 1 through the first week of August.
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, November 8.
In a typical year, we sell the majority of tickets following our weekend Masses. 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!
DO YOU WANT TO ADDRESS RACISM BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN?
Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege is an 8-week small group experience that awakens participants to the economic systems,
public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. Weekly modules introduce a framework for understanding how power and privilege influences racial disparities. Participants will also explore how their faith should inform their response to what they are learning, as well as time to discern action steps for working toward racial equity in our community.
Two different small group sessions will be starting via ZOOM in early July. One group will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 PM and the other group on Friday mornings from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. For information or to register, please contact Brenda Callahan at (410) 703 8211 (email@example.com), or Patrice Schwermer at (305) 807 4503 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RELIGIOUS GIFT SHOP
Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 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.
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 email@example.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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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