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.

“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



Help Build Our New High School

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: Closed, Sunday: 8am – 12pm.
For information, call Michelle Nelson at (305) 294-0651.

All proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit The Basilica School.

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THANK YOU to everyone who generously made a commitment to the 2022 Archbishop’s Charities and Development (ABCD) and for embracing the call to make God present in your everyday life. Because of your sacrificial gift, our parish community remains vibrantly united with our Catholic community here in South Florida by serving the Church beyond what happens here in our parish.

If you have not yet completed your pledge, please prayerfully make your pledge and return it to the church office or in the collection basket.
You can obtain a pledge envelope at the entrance of the Basilica, from the Rectory or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org.

Through your generosity and participation in the ABCD, we bring hope by serving others in their time of need, stand in solidarity with all our
brothers and sisters in raising a unified voice for peace and for dignity of all human life, and we bring Christ to everyone, everywhere. On behalf of all those who are served through the ABCD, thank you.


December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Patroness of the United States, our Archdiocese, Nicaragua and many countries throughout the world.

The Mass Schedule will be:
Thursday, December 8
7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (English)
7:00 p.m. Nicaraguan Patronal Feast (Spanish)

MASS AT 6:00 P.M.

We are grateful to Fr. Hubert Zasada, who drives down from Our Lady of Czestochowa Mission in Pompano Beach, to provide these Sacraments to our Parishioners whose first language is Polish.


Religious Education

The Faith Formation Mass for students in Kindergarten to Sixth Grade is on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the Basilica.
Faith Formation for students in seventh and eighth grade and students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation is on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11: 15 am in the Mary Immaculate room of the Klaus Murphy Center.

You may register your children at the Rectory on Mondays 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. You may access these forms in English and in Spanish. We ask that you mail, or bring the registration to the Rectory. For more information please call 305-294-1018.

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24, 2022

5:00PM Vigil Mass (Children’s Gospel Pageant)
12:00 Midnight Mass (Carols at 11:30 pm)

The Nativity of the Lord ~ Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2022
7:30 a.m. Mass in English
9:00 a.m. Mass in English
10:30 a.m. Mass in English
12:00 Noon in Spanish

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
Saturday, December 31, 2022
6:00 p.m. Vigil Mass

Sunday, January 1, 2023
7:30 a.m. Mass in English
9:00 a.m. Mass in English
10:30 a.m. Mass in English
12:00 noon Mass in Spanish

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, January 7, 2023
6:00 p.m. Vigil Mass

Sunday, January 8, 2023
7:30 a.m. Mass in English
9:00 a.m. Mass in English
10:30 a.m. Mass in English
12:00 Noon in Spanish


Calling all school-age angels, shepherds, kings, innkeepers, and adult volunteers! After a two year pause, we will again celebrate a children’s Christmas Eve Mass with Gospel Pageant! This joy-filled Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December. 24 , and you are invited to help tell the story. There is only one rehearsal— Sunday, December 18 from 2 –4 p.m. in the Basilica. A few adult volunteers are needed to help launch angels and herd shepherds.

Flyers with registration form and details will be distributed at The Basilica School and Religious Ed classes. Children do not need to register to participate, but it is helpful for planning purposes if they do. Return registrations to classroom teachers, school/Religious Education offices or Rectory. Questions? Call or email Eileen D-H at The Basilica School (305-294-1031 or dh@basilicaschool.com).


The Basilica School’s Annual Christmas Program will be held on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:00p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Key West High School Auditorium. Students should arrive by 5:30 p.m. Front row seating is reserved for Basilica School’s classes.


Mon.-Thurs. from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

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 Michelle at 305- 294-0651.


Prelude: “O Day of Peace That Dimly Shines” cantor/ choir
Procession: #44 “O Come, Divine Messiah”
Offertory: #56 “Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer” (Wachet auf)
Communion: “Wachet auf” (Sleepers, Wake! ) – from Cantata Wachef auf ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140 (1731) by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Greg Barroso, tenor
Recession: #47 “The King Shall Come”


La Misa de las Mañanitas a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe será celebrada el Sabado, 10 de Diciembre a las 11:00 P.M.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated on Saturday, December 10, at 11:00 P.M. with “La Misa de las Mañanitas”.


This Sunday, December 4, as every first Sunday of the month, we are distributing grocery bags to replenish the food pantry. The bags are imprinted with those items most needed, but anything you can provide will help.

You are welcome to place your charitable donations of non- perishable food for the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission by the Saint Joseph altar.


If you are interested in advertising in our Sunday Bulletin please contact Jenny Lusk, our Diocesan Publications Representative, at telephone number 913-205-6387 or JLusk@Diocesan.com. Thank you!


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.

Las personas que están interesadas en convertirse en Católico o completar los Sacramentos de Comunión y Confirmación, pueden comunicarse a las oficinas de la Rectoría (305-294-1018) para más información.
La clase se lleva acabo a las 6:00 pm en la Basílica todos los primer jueves de cada mes.

As a foster parent, you can give a child the love and security they need. You can play a significant role in helping families heal and reunite and, when that is not possible, you can help children transition to a new home and a new family.
For more information about becoming a Foster Parent, please contact:
Megan Burgess
Foster Care Licensing Coordinator
Phone 305.809.5020

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

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.


Todos los jueves a las 7:00 p.m. nos encontramos para crecer en nuestra vida de fe y profundizar nuestros conocimientos cristianos. Rezamos juntos, estudiamos las Sagradas Escrituras y los documentos de la Iglesia, compartimos nuestras vivencias como comunidad y ayudamos a los que están en su preparación a la vida sacramental. Es un camino que vamos realizando todos juntos y abiertos con humildad a las inspiraciones del Espíritu Santo.


RCIA classes meet on Mondays in the St. Francis room of the Klaus Murphy Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. These gatherings will feature thought provoking presentations and discussions addressing questions fundamental to the hungers of the human heart.

Already Catholic? No problem. We welcome anyone who would like to engage in a deeper formation of the interior life. My hope is to springboard RCIA into a Theology on Tap type gathering. Once we get rolling in September, there will be more information to come.

Classes will meet in the St Francis room in the Klaus Murphy Center from 6:00 to 7:00pm-ish. Childcare available. Questions or if you’re needing to register for Christian initiation – email Robert Wright at pricnipal@basilicaschool.com.

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!


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.

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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