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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Thank you

Dear brothers and sisters,

Seventeen years ago, Archbishop Favalora assigned me to serve in this Parish. I came to Key West not quite knowing what to expect. I am happy to say that I found all of you, who welcomed me and have given me some of the best years of my life. Your care, concern, and hospitality has been remarkable.

This Parish and School have grown and developed in a truly amazing fashion. This would not have happened without the help of all of you. Your generosity has helped renovate buildings, install roofs and windows, and build the new Activity Center at our School. Your support has helped to make the school grow from 150 children twelve years ago to close to 500 today.

Mere words cannot express my gratitude for all that you have done. On a personal note, your generosity in recent weeks literally brings tears to my eyes. Because of your generosity I hope to remain in Key West for many years to come.Thank you.

You have been a blessing to me, and I will continue to pray for you every day.


Fr. John C. Baker

Pentacost Sunday

“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven
them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
(John 20:19-23)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who has instructed the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may have a right judgment in all things and evermore rejoice in His consolation.

Through Christ our Lord.


To honor our Key West High School Graduates of 2024, there will be a Baccalaureate Mass on:

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.


Saint Paul reminds us today that All of our gifts have their source in the Holy Spirit and that those gift are given “ for the common good”

What gifts are mine to share?


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

Raffle Cart Winners

2022 i60L ICON GOLF CART Winner—Ticket #439

$1000.00 Winner—Ticket #557

$500.00 Winner— Ticket #134

The Students and Staff of the Basilica School would like to thank those that participated in the golf cart raffle. Many of you helped by purchasing tickets and/or selling them on the School’s behalf. Fundraisers such as this one help us to subsidize tuition, allowing those who seek a Catholic education the opportunity to avail themselves of one. We are most grateful for your continued support.

A special thank you to the Keys Auto Center who in recognizing the many years of generosity provided by the Duncan family, continue the donation of a vehicle for raffle.


Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your academic journey! May God bless you abundantly in all your future endeavors.


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.

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.

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.

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

SOS Mission

This Sunday, May 5, 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. Thank you.

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 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