“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
Buildings with deferred maintenance are not covered by our property insurance. The rectory roof has been noted by multiple insurance inspections as deferred maintenance. As this is one of the first years we have not had a capital campaign to construct collapsing buildings, the Archdiocese of Miami’s Building Department has sought bids for the rectory roof replacement. Stay tuned.
Our Church was named a Basilica because of it’s architecture and our history of pastoral service. Unfortunately, the Jamaican caper bushes on the eastern side of the Church have been allowed to grow into trees covering the Romanesque lines of the Basilica. Furthermore, their branches are protruding at face level.
Therefore, Blue Native Landscaping and Irrigation has been contracted to first prune back the Jamaican capers and prune the root balls for transplant which was done last week. Then, in six weeks, to clear out the beds adjacent to the northern and western sides of MARC house, to transplant the 8 Jamaican capers to those landscaping beds. Soil and St. Augustine sod will replace the caper trees. Your generous contributions to the building fund will more than cover the costs of this project: $5,875.60.
Finally, the repairs of the damages from Hurricane Eta to the western steeple, north western tower and to choir loft ceiling have been completed by McKendry Builders for $8107.50. The $5000.00 deductible is covered by your generous contributions to the building fund.
RED MASS AND BLESSING OF SAINT BEDE’S VILLAGE
On Friday, March 5, 2021 Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski shall bless the housing at Saint Bede’s Village at 10:00 a.m. on Flagler Avenue. He will also celebrate the Annual Red Mass for the Monroe Country Judiciary and the Monroe County Judiciary and the Monroe County Bar at 12:00 Noon in the Basilica.
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.
For more information please contact the Rectory office at 305-294-1018 or via email at email@example.com.
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.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
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.
Confirmation will be with the Archbishop here in the Basilica on Thursday March 4. 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.
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