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-Thur: 9am – 3pm, Fri & 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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Mass of Thanksgiving

There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for Father John Baker on Monday, April 29 at 5:00 PM. A reception, with refreshments, will follow in the Stations of the Cross Garden. Please RSVP by calling the Rectory at 305-294-1018.

All those wishing to make a donation for the future support of Father Baker may do so at the Rectory or in the Garden during the reception. Checks should be made payable to:

Key West Retired Catholic Priest Fund, Inc.

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and
bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:15

Religious Education

Mark Your Calendars:

First Holy Communion Rehearsal, Wednesday, May 1, 2024

  • 6:00 p.m. for Religious Education Students
  • 7:00 p.m. for Basilica School Students

First Holy Communion– Saturday, May 4, 2024

  • 10:00 a.m. for Basilica School Students
  • 12:00 noon for Religious Education Students

The next generation of the Church is rising up before our eyes. It is our privilege and duty to teach them about our loving God who desires to work within us and lead us in a life of purpose and joy. Give your child the gift of knowing Christ and help kindle within them a zeal to follow our Lord.

The disciples in today’s Gospel came to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread. When we share what we have with those who are in need, we, too, will discover Jesus in our midst.


Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women Book Club

Please join our book club series/study with Mulieris Dignitatem On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Basilica School Library
Who: Open to all women age high school and above

Religious Gift Shop

Business Hours
Mon – Thu: 9am – 3pm
Sunday 8am – 12 Noon

Candles will be available in the rectory during normal rectory office hours. For information, call Michelle at 305- 294-0651.

Haitian Prayer Group

The Haitian prayer group has begun meeting on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Basilica.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession will now take place in the refurbished
confessionals in the back of the Basilica. Confessions are on Saturdays from 4:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.


The Knights of Columbus will be awarding two $1000.00 scholarship to two worthy graduating student planning to attend college. High school seniors who are interested in applying should email Mr. Robert Wright at principal@basilicaschool.com for application instructions. The winning applicant will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Applications are due by April 22.

For more information, please call Robert Wright at 305-294-1031.


The Catholic Daughters will be presenting Two $750.00 Scholarships to our local Catholic graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college next year. Applications are available at the rectory office. Please return your completed application to the rectory by 4:00 pm, Monday, May 13, 2024.

For more information please contact: Iris Bernreuter at iriserb@aol.com or call 305-744-8835.

SOS Mission

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.

Safe Environment Requirements

In order to volunteer, all parents/guardians 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.) For more information, please  contact our school’s Safe Environment Coordinator, Ms. Eileen Dolan-Heitlinger at edh@basilicaschool.com.


The Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office takes this opportunity to highlight our ongoing efforts to protect the children and vulnerable adults in our care. Including new training on Healthy Boundaries for Adults, assigned to employees plus a similar training, specifically for clergy.

Our lives are made up of relationships with the people around us. We have personal and public relationships. Healthy boundaries allow them to flourish and contribute to the possibility of living joyful lives. Appropriate boundaries help to maintain a safe environment, serving to protect us, the people around us, and the people in our care.


La Oficina Arquidiocesana de Ambiente Seguro aprovecha esta oportunidad para destacar nuestros continuos esfuerzos para proteger a los niños y adultos vulnerables a nuestro cuidado. Estos incluyen la nueva capacitación sobre Límites Sanos para Adultos, dirigida a los empleados, además de una capacitación similar específica para el clero.

Nuestras vidas se basan en las relaciones con las personas que nos rodean. Estas relaciones son personales y públicas. Unos límites sanos permiten que prosperen y que contribuyan a la posibilidad de llevar vidas felices. Los límites apropiados ayudan a mantener un ambiente seguro, y sirven para protegernos a nosotros, a la gente que nos rodea, y a las personas a nuestro cargo.

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.

Bereavement Meetings

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.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the leadership team for this ministry, please contact Velma Christian at the Thursday evening meeting.

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.

“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.


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