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.

Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women

Please join us as we resume our book club series featuring the Redemptoris Mater – a study guide to John Paul II”s 1987 Encyclical – Mother of the Redeemer. Our book study will focus on why John Paul II calls Mary the “most excellent expression of the feminine genius.”

“Mary’s ‘yes’ to her role in God’s plan places her at the center of salvation history. This study helps women understand and appreciate the place Mary holds in the Church. As the patroness of Endow, she is the model for all Christian women to love and emulate.” – Endowgroups.org

What is Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women)?

“Endow seeks to educate women toward a more profound understanding of their God-given dignity through study in small group communities of faith and friendship. Rooted in the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, Endow affirms the genius of women – the feminine genius – and empowers them to fulfill our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society.

Endow attracts women of all ages, races, nationalities, and vocations and brings them together to read and discuss papal and magisterial
documents as well as the lives and writings of the saints. Endow group members encounter the Catholic intellectual tradition together, sometimes for the very first time, and learn how to recognize, cultivate and live the fullness of their feminine genius in their families,
workplaces, and communities.” – Endowgroups.org

When: Every Thursday Starting August 4th (till mid September)
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Basilica School Library
Who: Open to all women age groups high school and above


Procession: #398 “Be Thou My Vision”
Offertory: #622 “Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service”
Communion: #631 “Canticle of the Turning”
Recession: #376 “Tell the Good News”

We are all looking forward to an amazing 2022-2023 school year! In hopes of helping the teachers offset the cost of all they put into their classrooms, we are seeking a few donors to assist in “adopting” their classroom. The goal of “adopt a class” is $300.00 per classroom. These donations are earmarked exclusively for the reimbursement of materials purchased for that designated class. If you are interested in sponsoring a classroom, please email principal@basilicaschool.com. Thank you!


September 2 No Beyond the Bell
September 5 No School – Labor Day
October 7 No Beyond the Bell
October 10 No School – In-service / Conferences


Because the Solemnity of the Assumption fall on a Monday, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, the Assumption will be celebrated at
the 7:30 a.m. Mass in English on Monday, August 15. It will be celebrated at the 12 Noon Mass in Spanish on August 14.


Dado que la solemnidad cae en un Lunes este año, no es considerado día de obligación. La Asunción se celebrara durante la Misa del mediodía el Domingo,14 de Agosto y el Lunes, 15 de Agosto a las 7:30a.m. en ingles.

Religious Education for the Youth

“It is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved.”
St. John Bosco

The Religious Education program will begin on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. in the Basilica with an orientation for parents and their children. Religious Education will begin on Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Basilica.

For those preparing for Confirmation, classes will begin on Sunday, September 18th in the St. Francis 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 on our website: www.stmarykeywest.com. We ask that you mail, or bring the registration to the Rectory.

For more information please call 305-294-1018.


In order to volunteer at the Basilica School or at the Basilica, all parents/guardians and ministers must complete the requirements established by the Archdiocese of Miami for the safety of all children. The requirements include a Level II FDLE background check as well as completing the VIRTUS safe environment training.

The VIRTUS course is now available online.

• Create a Virtus account. Make sure that you list St. Mary Star of the Sea Basilica (School) as one of the places you wish to volunteer.
• Read and sign (electronically) the Archdiocese’s Volunteer Pledge. It is part of the Virtus registration process.
• Complete the online Virtus class Protecting God’s Children. (It takes 60-90 minutes to complete.)

Current families should make sure their bulletins are up to date. For more information, please contact our school’s Safe Environment Coordinator, Ms. Eileen Dolan-Heitlinger at edh@basilicaschool.com.

The Star of the Sea Outreach Mission Needs Your Help

We are in need of volunteers especially on Mondays 12:00 Noon to 3:00PM and Thursdays 12:00 Noon to 3:00PM during the month of August. Volunteers are mainly responsible for walking with clients and helping them with the food choices. For more information please email
Selena at selenca@sosfoundation.org



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.

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.


If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, finding out more about the faith, or have not yet made your First communion or confirmation, you are invited attend. Classes are held on Mondays at 6:00p.m. in the Klaus Murphy Center Star of the Sea Room.

For more information, please call the Rectory office at 305-294-1018.

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

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