“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.
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
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS COURT 634 100TH ANNIVERSARY
For one hundred years the women of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court 634 have been serving Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish, handing down their traditions and services from one spiritual woman to another. Since 1921, these ladies have served our parish and community with unselfish, faithful effort and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating this remarkable milestone in their journey. The women of court 634 not only serve through their specific court functions, but also are involved in almost every other ministry of the Parish.
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Court 634 may we all recognize the quiet continued work of the Catholic Daughters worldwide and especially our own Court 634, Star of the Sea. You are invited to attend the Catholic Daughters of the Americas 100th Anniversary Mass on Friday, April 23 at 6:00pm.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
On Saturday, May 1, 2021, there will be three First Communion Masses:
10:00 a.m. for Basilica School children
12:00 pm for Religious Education children
2:00 pm for Religious Education children
There will be one rehearsal for all Religious Education children and a parent on Weds. April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a rehearsal for Basilica School children and a parent on Thursday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m.
For more information please contact the Rectory office at 305-294-1018 or via email at email@example.com.
LENTEN FAITH FORMATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
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.
Dear parents and parishioners,
Saint Mary Star of the Sea Basilica Parish and School are the oldest Catholic parish and school in the Archdiocese of Miami, which encompasses three southeastern Florida counties. The Convent School of Mary Immaculate was the first Catholic School in the State of Florida. The nearest Catholic school is over 150 miles away!
Our fully accredited and STREAM certified school provides an excellent K-8 education to the children of the lower Florida Keys.
Acknowledging this success, parishioners and citizens have continually asked that we explore the possibility of, once again, offering a superb, comprehensive Catholic education to children in grades 9 to 12.
Such an endeavor requires careful consideration, planning, and execution for it to be successful. Archbishop Thomas Wenski has given us permission to proceed with a feasibility study to see if such a project is doable. We must remain patient as this is only the first of many steps.
We will keep you informed of the progress of our efforts. We ask that you keep the success of our plan in your prayers.
Robert M. Wright
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
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
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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