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: 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
In order to volunteer, all parents/guardians must complete the requirements established by the Archdiocese of Miami for the safety of all children. The requirements include a Level II FDLE background check as well as completing the VIRTUS safe environment training.
The VIRTUS course is now available online.
1. Create a Virtus account. Make sure that you list St. Mary Star of the Sea Basilica (School) as one of the places you wish to volunteer.
2. Read and sign (electronically) the Archdiocese’s Volunteer Pledge. It is part of the Virtus registration process.
3. Complete the online Virtus class Protecting God’s Children. (It takes 60-90 minutes to complete.) Current families should make sure their bulletins are up to date.
For more information, please contact our school’s Safe Environment Coordinator, Ms. Eileen Dolan-Heitlinger at email@example.com.
Orientation for parents and registration for returning and new students shall be on Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the Basilica. at 6:30p.m.
The 2021-2022 Religious Education classes for Kindergarten to Sixth Grade shall resume on Wednesday, September 15 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 starting on September 15. 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 Basilica School Library on Sunday mornings starting on Sunday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.
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A Free Resource for Anyone
Caregiving for a Loved One
As part of their ongoing commitment to the community, Chapters Health Hospice will be offering free caregiver support and bereavement
groups to everyone in Monroe County via Zoom. To register please call (305)396-8100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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