“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.


Daily Mass:

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

5:45 p.m. (Monday – Friday in the Chapel until July 30)

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 order to ensure everyone’s health and safety, you will need 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 on the western side of the Basilica. Your health and safety are 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.

America Weeps, Now What?

Archbishop Wenski’s Column for the 2020 Florida Catholic


Comentario del Arzobispo Wenski para La Voz Catolica 2020

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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There will be four First Communion Masses on Saturday, August 29, 2020:

9:00 a.m.—Basilica School Students
11:00 a.m.—JoLynn and Gregory Barroso’s
Rel. Ed. Students
1:00 p.m.—Carol Steven’s Rel. Ed. Students
3:00 p.m.—Honey Cornett’s Rel. Ed. Students

Rehearsals will be at 6:00 p.m. on:
Monday, August 24 —Basilica School Students
Tuesday, August 25 —JoLynn & Gregory Barroso’s Students
Wednesday, August 26—Carol Steven’s Students
Thursday, August 27—Honey Cornett’s Students

Rehearsals will last, at most, twenty to thirty minutes.

There are less than twenty Communicants per Mass. There are twenty pews available. Due to social distancing, no one may stand in the aisles. As is our custom, the parent (s) will accompany their child to receive First Communion. There will be two Eucharistic Ministers to the sides of the center aisle for the parents to receive Communion. We want this introduction to Holy Communion to be joyful and peaceful for these children.

The students in the Weds. Religious Education classes have not yet been properly prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Religious Education classes are scheduled to begin on Weds. September 16. To assure a peaceful experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Religious Education students will be prepared for Confession in their new classes and will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation sometime in October during their class time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Bob Magnuson for Religious Education first Communicants, Principal Robert Wright for the Basilica School’s first Communicants or Fr. John Baker.


Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 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.


In order to ensure everyone’s well being and in support of our community’s efforts to tamp down the recent increase of Covid 19 virus cases, we ask that you please consider making appointments for Rectory visits. Mass Intentions. Mass Cards and Baptisms may be arranged over the phone and via email.

Rectory Office Hours: Monday 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Address: 1010 Windsor Lane; Key West, Florida 33040
Telephone: 305-294-1018 Email: stmary@stmarykeywest.com

Your health and safety is our first priority.


The regular confessions schedule has been suspended until further notice.

For confessions please contact the Rectory office at 305-294-1018 to make an appointment.


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!



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

The Basilica School: Fostering growth in spiritual,
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