WELCOME VISITORS AND NEW PARISHIONERS
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 email@example.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
Archbishop Wenski has directed us to continue to provide live streamed Masses for those who need to maintain a quarantine. The live streamed Masses shall be enhanced by the generous service of Robert Wright, Claudio Santos and Xavier Perez.The following Masses shall be livestreamed at this time via our Parish’s Facebook page:
7:30 a.m. (in the Basilica)
Saturday, Vigil Mass:
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon in Spanish (in the Basilica)
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon in Spanish (in Stations of the Cross Garden)
The Basilica School’s Masses on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. (prek3-second grades) and on Fridays at 9:15 a.m. are already full with a record 340 students, faculty and staff. These two School Masses shall be livestreamed via the Basilica school’s Facebook page as well as the Parish’s Facebook page.
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.Shop Now
What is ABCD?
ABCD is Love…ABCD is Hope…ABCD is Charity…
ABCD is what enables the Church to fulfill its mission of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and bringing Him to people no matter where they are—above and beyond what happens in your parish. It is an opportunity for us all to unite as brothers and sisters as we experience our own encounters with Jesus Christ.
As Catholics, we commit ourselves to serve those in need, to answer the call to action to make God present in all our lives. Through your support of the ABCD, you are helping those in need and strengthening their faith in their time of need. The ABCD serves our community by giving hope to the hopeless, strengthening the faith of the discouraged and providing charity to those most in need.
Thank you for uniting with me to be One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and those you hold dear.
15TH ANNUAL ROCK N ROAST
Over the last fourteen years, the Rock N’ Roast has become one of Key West’s most loved events. The mix of live music, the island’s largest Silent Auction, and a fabulous Cuban pork dinner and dessert buffet makes it fun for the whole family. Children run and play on our beautiful
grounds while adults check their bids and enjoy a drink all while listening to some great tunes. Chef John Correa of Café Sole will once again provide the meal — truly a local favorite. So when we had to go “virtual” with the event, you can see why many people were bummed. We look forward to regathering on February 5, 2022 in person, for the 15th Annual Rock N Roast.
In order to make this event a success for our school — we will need your help. There are two ways to do just that: Volunteer, and provide Silent auction items and event sponsors.
Interested in getting involved in the Rock N Roast planning? Contact Robert Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details to follow in the coming weeks including our band line up, event times, ticket information, signup genius and more.
“It is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved.” St. John Bosco
Archbishop Wenski will come to our Parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for those who have been baptized on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
First Holy Communion will be on Saturday, May 7, 2022 for Basilica School students and Religious Education students. For more information please contact the Rectory office at 305-294-1018 or via email at email@example.com.
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.
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.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
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.
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.
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.