“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.

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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The Parish Mission will providentially begin at the weekend Masses of February. 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Pleasenote Feb. 2 is the date on the cornerstone of our Basilica. “Jesus Christ is the true light, the sun that has risen above all the shadows ofhistory. 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 thanMary 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 theCovenant, in whom God became one of us, and pitched his tent among us”

Spe Salve February 3 – 5, 20207:00 PM in the Basilica

Monday, February. 3: iMercy: The Father Blesses concludes with an invitation to receive the blessing of throats through the intercession of St. Blase.

Tuesday, February 4: iMercy: The Son Heals The evening concludes with an invitation for anyone to receive a special blessing with the Oil of St. Joseph from the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal.

Wednesday, February 5: iMercy: The Spirit Strengthens The evening concludes with a sending forth blessing utilizing a first class relic of St. John Paul II taken from his blood-soaked sash from the day he was shot.

The iMercy Mon,-Weds. evening preaching starts at 7 PM but will be preceded by the praying of the Holy Rosary for anyone who wishes to come 20 minutes early. Confessions will be heard each evening after the preaching.

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Dominican Friars have been proclaiming the truth of God’s Word for over 800 years in order to bring Catholics and those who have drifted from the Faith into a personal encounter with living Christ who reveals the unconditional love of our heavenly Father. The iMercy mission is a unique, grace-filled evangelical moment in the life of parish led by Dominican Friars which aims to help parishioners enter more deeply into the love of the Holy Trinity and experience God’s merciful touch through the Sacraments.

iMercy Preacher: Fr. William “Bill” Garrott, OP was ordained in 1994 for the Dominicans (Order of Preachers). He is a member of the Province of St. Joseph based in New York City. He has a master’s degree in spiritual theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He has served as a parochial vicar, campus minister and director of vocations and has preached nearly 200 parish missions and retreats throughout the United States and Canada using his musical abilities.


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

Religious Education Classes are held on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica School. 

The Sunday morning Confirmation class is held on Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rose Renna Activity Center.

Archbishop Wenski will come to our Parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for those who have been baptized on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00pm.

There will be two First Holy Communion Masses celebrated on May 2, 2020 at 10:am for Basilica School Students and 12:00 Noon for Religious Ed. Students.

You may register your children at the Rectory on Mondays 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may access these forms in English and in Spanish on our website: www.stmarykeywest.com/ccd/. We ask that you mail, or bring the registration to the Rectory.

For more information please call 305-294-1018. As always, Thank you for your continued participation and support in this wonderful ministry within our parish. God Bless!!


46th Anniversary of Catholic Schools Week!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTSSunday, January 26th – “Community of Prayer”9:00 am Family Mass at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea

Monday, January 27th – “Learn”Reading Buddies Preschool 3,4, Grades 7,8KofC Spelling Bee 1:00 pm Grs. 3-8 Hat Day

Tuesday, January 28th – “Serve”—Outreach DayCallahan Kitchen Grades 2,4SOS Outreach Grades 5,8Lower Keys Rehab Center – Grade 1Gabriel Project – PK – KindergartenCRS – Grade 6Salvation Army – Grades 3,7

Wednesday, January 29th – “Succeed”Career Day 12:30-2:30pm All Grades

Thursday, January 30th- “Lead”CSW Essays DueCrazy Sock Day

Friday, January 31st – “Student-Teacher Appreciation Day”Bounce Houses, Obstacle Course, Teacher LuncheonFavorite Sports Team Day


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!


Join us for a new study on John Paul II’s “Letter to Women!” This is a beautiful encyclical written by JP II about the vocation of being a woman. If you’d like to join (and we hope you do!), please email 4teresaskw@gmail.com. This is sure to be a truly inspiring study! We would love to have you and will order you a copy of the study to follow along!

Please also follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/the4teresasbookclub/ to keep up with the dates and times of our upcoming meetings. We look forward to seeing you!


Yours are the eyes with which He looks compassion on this world, your feet with which He walks to do good, yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world.

This weekend is Commitment Weekend for the ABCD. Every member of our parish is called upon to be the eyes, hands and feet of Jesus. We can all make a difference, and it starts at home. The Archdiocese of Miami, from Broward to Monroe, is our faith community, home to more than a million brothers and sisters in Christ. We witness the real hands and feel of Jesus in the work of the Archdiocese of Miami above and beyond the good work in our parishes. It is evident in our efforts to preserve the dignity of all human life, and in our commitment to the poor, homeless, needy elderly and sick. It lives in the hearts and minds of the children in our schools and religious education programs, as well as those serving in our life-changing ministries and programs. It is also witnessed in you when you support the ABCD by making it all possible.

Let us unite to share the love of Christ and bring hope to people in need by making a gift to the ABCD today.
We need you!

We are in need of Event Sponsors and items for the Silent Auction, including gift certificates for food, drink, goods, and services, art work, pottery, fishing charters, hotel stays, spa treatments, and unusual finds! Your business will be listed on bid sheets and Silent Auction signage.

Email: bookkeeper@basilicaschool.com to schedule item pick up or for more information on this fun event.
Thank You!


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.


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.

The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day due to the willingness of parishioners and of our good neighbors in Key West who assume the responsibility of being present in the Adoration Chapel one hour a week. If you are interested in participating, please call Maria Del Pino at (305) 587-3545 to fill in the adoration hours or to part of the substitute list.


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).


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 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.


As a development from RCIA classes this year, there is a study and discussion group on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. in the Klaus Murphy Center’s Star of the Sea Room facilitated by Deacons Peter Batty and Bob Magnuson. Since the classes are focused on the readings from the Liturgy of the Word for the upcoming Sunday and are not sequential, it is not necessary to register or to attend all classes. Just come when you can to share in the joy of our faith.

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 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.

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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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