“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 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.

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:

Daily Mass:

7:30 a.m. (in the Basilica)

Saturday, Vigil Mass:

6:00 p.m.

Sunday Masses:

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.


For today’s hymns, type password MUSIC (All Caps) at https://stmarykeywest.com/weekly-music
Permission to stream the music in St. Mary’s masses obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-737079. All rights reserved.

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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The Red Mass

The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, will celebrate the 13th Annual Monroe County Red Mass on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

The Red Mass is celebrated to recognize the noble and valuable work performed by the Judiciary and members of the Bar and all who assist
them. It is a tradition in the Catholic Church which dates from the 13th Century. The tradition of the Red Mass has continued in the United States. In Washington, D.C., the members of the United States Supreme Court join the President and members of Congress in the celebration at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The Red Mass is now celebrated in most state capitals and major cities throughout the United States.

Though lawyers were invited through the Monroe County Bar Association, those who serve us in the legal profession are cordially invited as well as our parishioners and all people of good will.


Religious Education Classes are held on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica. The Sunday morning Confirmation class is held at 10:00 a.m. at the Rose Renna Activity Center.

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski shall come to our Basilica on Thursday. March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for candidates who have been baptized. Rehearsal shall be Weds. March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

First Holy Communion will be on Saturday, May 1, 2021. For more information please contact the Rectory office at 305-294-1018 or via email at stmary@stmarykeywest.com.


Due to the limited seating available in the Basilica the Sacrament of Baptism will be offered on:

Saturday Mornings at: 10:00 a.m. in English, 10:30 a.m. in Spanish
Sunday Afternoon at 1:00pm after the 12 noon Mass

Please contact the Rectory office at 305-294-1018 for registration.


The Basilica School and the Knights of Columbus will resume its Lenten Fish Fry on March 5. This year there will be no dine-in option but rather a convenient, curbside pick-up. You are encouraged to order in advance online at www.basilicaschoolkeywest.com.

This year enjoy baked or fried fish, coleslaw, rice, beans and bread for $10 or add conch fritters and a slice of pie for $12. Meals can be paid for and picked up between 5:30-7:30pm on the following Fridays: March, March 12 and March 19. Thank you kindly for your support.


Are you interested in enhancing your Lenten experience and learning more about your Catholic Faith? Join us each Friday during Lent
(February 19 – April 2) from 12:00 – 1:00 for a Zoom gathering as we explore the seven themes of Catholic social thought using resources available through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services.

Because we will be using zoom, this opportunity is open to Catholics from Key West to Key Largo. To register, or for more information,
please call Patrice Schwermer at 305 807 4503 or email pschwermer@ccadm.org.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confessions have begun again on Saturdays from 4:30p.m. to 5:30pm in our newly configured confessional in the cry room.

Via ZOOM Meetings
Mondays at 7:15 p.m.

Via ZOOM Meetings Mondays at 7:15 p.m. If you are a Catholic and have not yet been confirmed please attend our ZOOM sessions on Monday evenings from 7:15 p.m. -8:00 p.m. from January 11 through March 1.

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski shall come to our Basilica on Thursday. March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for candidates who have been baptized. Rehearsal shall be Wednesday. March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Please call the Rectory at 305-294-1018 to register. and visit our website: stmarykeywest.com/rcia for the Zoom Meeting link and information.

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


The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by the Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski on Thursday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m. for those who have been baptized. Confirmation candidates and their sponsors are asked to attend the rehearsal for Confirmation on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:00p.m.

Tuesday, February 23
Confessions at 5:30p.m.
Mass at 6:00 p.m.
Konfesyon a 5:30 p.m.
Mas nan Kreyol Ayisyen
Madi, 23 Fevriyea 6:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, February 23, Fr. Joseph Jean Louis of Sacred Heart Church, Homestead will celebrate Mass in Haitian Creole.


The Haitian prayer group has begun meeting on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Basilica.


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.


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.

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


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.

Gabriel Project

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.

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!

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academic, cultural, and social development.
To make a donation, please visit
www.basilicaschoolkeywest.com or call 305-294-1031.


The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea


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


305-294-1018 Office

305-292-8096 Fax