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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For the past 65 years, the Archdiocese of Miami has been bringing the love of Christ to people-no matter who they are or where they live. That has been made possible, in part, because of people like you. Through the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive, the ABCD, you help the church bring the gift of God’s love to those most in need. The good works that ABCD makes possible are a testimony to our faith, our love and our compassion.

Last year, 44% of the 12 million raised went to Social Ministries and assisting Parishes and people in poor communities. 28% went to the education and formation of seminarians, clergy, deacons and religious. 27% was directed to ministries, evangelization and faith formation.

Love God with all your heart and love others as yourself. Make a gift of love and hope to the ABCD today.

The Basilica School’s annual Rock N’ Roast fundraiser has become one of Key West’s most loved events. The mix of live music, the island’s biggest Silent Auction, and a fabulous Cuban-style dinner and dessert buffet makes it a fun time for the whole family. Chef John Correa of Café Sole will once again provide the meal — truly a local favorite.

Silent Auction Item Donations
We are in need of gift certificates from local businesses for food, drink, goods, and services, plus art work, pottery, fishing charters, hotel stays, spa treatments, and unusual finds! Your business will be listed on bid sheets and Silent Auction signage. We are happy to pick up items. Please call Jeanna Garrido at 305-294-1031 to schedule.

For questions or for more information email garrido@basilicaschool.com.

We are grateful for your generous support in years past. Your generosity makes it possible to put on this great event – and all proceeds raised help us continue the mission and ministry of Catholic education in the Keys. As always, the students, teachers, and parents of The Basilica School of Saint Mary Star of the Sea greatly appreciate your kind support. May God bless you for your generosity.

Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women

Please join us as we resume our book club series and prepare for the Lenten season. Our next study will focus on the Christian Meaning of Suffering. We will work through John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on suffering to understand why God allows it and how we can participate in it as a means to our sanctification.

What is ENDOW?

“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 February 1st (through Lent)
Time: 7:15pm
Where: Basilica School Library
Who: Open to all women age groups high school and above

The purchase of a CSA box supports South Florida farmers and provides fresh produce to the community. Pick up days are every Friday until April 21st at the Callahan Community Kitchen and boxes must be purchased upfront. For more information or to sign up visit: www.sosfoundation.org/csa-boxes.


Procession: #704 “Holy God We Praise Your Name”
Offertory: #196 “Beautiful Savior”
Communion: #671 “Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All”
                      #739 “Lead Me Lord”
Recession: #612 “Alleluia, Raise the Gospel”


MADI, JANVYE 31 2023

This Mass will be offered in Thanksgiving to Fr. Joseph Jean-Louis who has been coming from Christ the King Parish in Perrine to provide these Sacraments to our Parishioners whose first language is Haitian Creole.

Starting on Sunday, February 4, Fr. Félière Louis will be offering a Mass in Haitian Creole every Sunday at 6:30 p.m.


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.

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.


Junipero Serra is the patron saint of vocations to Church ministry and he played an instrumental role in building the Church on the west coast of America. Evangelina Alonso, our parishioner, as a member of the Serra Club gifted our Parish with a chalice in order to encourage us to pray for vocations to Church ministry. The Chalice has been placed in the wall encasement of the Adoration Chapel.

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