“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
Live Mass Coverage During Social Distancing
The Archdiocese of Miami has suspended Masses and other liturgical events with a congregation participating, as well as other parish or ministry meetings until further notice in efforts to contain the COVID-19 and protect our parishioners.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski invites you to watch Mass Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. in English & 5:15 p.m. in Spanish. We will also be streaming daily masses Monday-Friday at 8:00 a.m. here on this site as well as on Facebook.com/BasilicaSMSS. In addition, there are many other livestreaming links and videos available on the ADOM website, www.miamiarch.org.
If we may be of service to you, please call the rectory at 305-294-1018
Fr. John C. Baker
March 19, 2020
Cobertura de la Misa en Vivo Durante el Distanciamiento Social
La Arquidiócesis de Miami ha suspendido todas las Misas y eventos litúrgicos con participación de pueblo, hasta nuevo aviso, así como todas las reuniones y ministerios parroquiales. Se trata de un esfuerzo para contener el Covid-19 y proteger a nuestros fieles y toda la comunidad.
El arzobispo Thomas Wenski les invita a permanecer en sus casas y desde allí participar en la Misa Diaria (Ingles), Lunes-Viernes a las 8:00 a.m. y la Misa Dominical (Ingles), los Sábados a 4:30 p.m. o Misa Dominical (Español), los Sábados a 5:15 p.m. en vivo, a través de nuestra pagina aquí or traves de www.facebook.com/BasilicaSMSS.
Si usted necesita algún servicio urgente, puedes llamar a nuestra oficina al 305-294-1018
Rev. John C. Baker,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
FOR OUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OUR
EMPLOYEES DURING THIS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, OUR RECTORY STAFF WILL BE
WORKING FROM HOME. THE RECTORY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
YOU MAY CALL FOR ASSISTANCE AT:
305-294-1018 FROM 8:00 AM-12 NOON OR 305-394-3993 AFTER 12 NOON.
Wishing you a Blessed Palm Sunday
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.Shop Now
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.Hosanna in the highest.
Today we walk with Jesus to Mount Calvary. We experience His self-giving love for us as He dies on the Cross. Like the saints, we too must go to Mount Calvary with Our Lord and endure labors and persecutions. When exterior or interior troubles overtake you, take your good resolutions, and like a mother, who rescues her child from danger, put them in our Lord’s wounds, asking Him to protect both you and them. Wait there in the sacred shelter until the storm has passed. With God’s help, you will make great progress. As Jesus shows us, to be able to sin is not power, but powerlessness. Even the persecutions of Jesus’ enemies were not powerful enough to destroy Our Savior’s incomparable solid and constant love for all. Such ought to be our love for one another: firm, ardent, solid and persevering. Divine love is stronger than death. May we remain at the foot of Our Savior’s Cross so as to be nourished by His self-giving love that we are called to imitate. (Adapted from the writings of St. Francis de Sales, especially Sermons)
MONDAY APRIL 6 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
7:30 A.M. Live Stream: Rosary with the Holy Spirit Sisters
8:00 A.M. Live Stream: Daily Mass
APRIL 9 – HOLY THURSDAY
7:30 A.M. Live Stream: Rosary with the Holy Spirit Sisters
3:00 P.M. Live Stream: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
APRIL 10 – GOOD FRIDAY
2:35 P.M. Live Stream: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:00 P.M. Live Stream: Friday of the Passion of the Lord
APRIL 11 HOLY SATURDAY/EASTER VIGIL
3:00 P.M. Live Stream: Easter Vigil (English)
4:15 P.M. Easter Sunday of the Resurrection (Spanish)
HOW TO MAKE AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
Because all the baptized are incorporated into Christ’s body, every time Christ is offered to the Father in the Eucharist, the entire Church mystically is present and offered to the Father, “whole and entire” as the Catechism characterizes it (No. 1368). This means that, despite the current lack of public gatherings, we know that the celebration of the Mass continues.
Our priests will be celebrating Mass without us, but offering the eucharistic sacrifice for our good.All members of the Church — the members of Christ’s own body — are united with him in each and every Mass. As such, we are all togetheroffered to the Father in sacrifice, as the Catechism relates:
“In the Eucharist, the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of His Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with His offering” (No. 1368).
Four Steps for Spiritual Communion
1. Make an act of faith.
2. Make an act of love.
3. Express your desire to receive Him.
4. Invite Jesus to come into your heart:
We find each one of these steps summed up nicely in a beautiful act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori:
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament.I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul.Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spirituallyinto my heart. As though You were already there,I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You;permit not that I should ever be separated from You.”Amen (St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori).
¿QUÉ ES LA COMUNIÓN ESPIRITUAL?
Vivimos días difíciles a causa de la pandemia del COVID-19 y se nos hace imposible participar en comunidad y en nuestro templo de la Santa Misa. Por eso puede sernos de gran ayuda y utilidad la práctica de esta hermosa y muy tradicional devoción. La comunión espiritual es decirle a Jesucristo cuánto deseamos recibirle en nuestro corazón. A diferencia de la comunión sacramental, es un acto del deseo pero que contribuye a avivar en nosotros la sed de Dios y renueva nuestro amor por El. Jesús sabía muy bien que nuestro caminar sería arduo y difícil, que encontraríamos retos superiores a nuestras fuerzas y que en este camino por el desierto de la vida necesitaríamos un amor fiel, que nos diera la fortaleza para subir hasta la cumbre y la seguridad de que estaría siempre a nuestro lado. Por eso se quedó con nosotros en la Eucaristía.
¿Qué necesitas para hacer una comunión espiritual?
Una comunión espiritual es una práctica de devoción eucarística sumamente sencilla que se puede hacer en cualquier lugar y circunstancia. No se requiere nada exterior, bastan las disposiciones internas que explicaremos a continuación.
1. Avivar la memoria de Cristo Eucaristía y manifestarle el ardiente deseo que tenemos de recibirle.
2. Un acto de fe nos pone en la presencia de Cristo con el deseo de estar con Él porque le amamos y le necesitamos.
3. Le decimos expresamente que desearíamos recibirle en la comunión sacramental, pero que, no pudiendo hacerlo, le pedimos que venga espiritualmente a nuestro corazón.
Se puede usar el formulario tradicional de San Alfonso María de Ligorio:
Creo, Jesús mío, que estás en el Santísimo Sacramento;te amo sobre todas las cosas y deseo recibirte en mi alma.Ya que ahora no puedo hacerlo sacramentalmente,ven al menos espiritualmente a mi corazón.Tras una pausa de silencio amoroso se prosigue:y ahora, como si ya te hubiese recibido,te abrazo y me uno todo a Ti.No permitas, Señor, que jamás me separe de ti.
With the current health concerns going around, we just want to remind the public that this is an especially crucial time to donate food and supplies. Along with the possible struggle of schools being closed for Spring Break among other closures, those with limited funds and resources often can’t afford to stock up. Aptly put, “it takes a village.” So as always, thank you for being a part of and looking out for your community. And don’t forget, wash your hands!The SOS Food Pantry (5640 Maloney Ave, Stock Island) is open for donations Monday and Thursdays 9:30 am-6 pm, Tuesday and Wednesdays 9:30 am-3:30 pm.If you want to volunteer or can’t make it to Stock Island with your donations, call in advance or stop by the SOS Callahan Kitchen (1020 United St, Key West) Monday through Fridays from 8:30 am to 4 pm.
TELEVISED AND ONLINE SUNDAY MASS RESOURCES
ONLINE: In collaboration with Pax Productions, the Archdiocese of Miami produces a Sunday Mass that is available to view on Saturdays (after 6:00 PM) and Sundays.https://www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Television
LIVE TELEVISION:Airs every Sunday morning (todos los domingos):6:30 a.m. – Misa en español en Univision 23 WLTV6:30 a.m. – English Mass on WSFL 397:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – Misa en español en Canal Sur
OTHER DAILY MASS RESOURCES:
Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) offers the daily readings to enable viewers to accompany the Mass of the day as it is televised. Listen, watch, or read from the comfort of your home. https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/daily-readings
For more information on televised or online Mass resources contact: Veronica Fernandez, Communications Office of the Archdiocese of Miami, at email@example.com or Telephone: 305-762-1045.
WIN A 2019 TOYOTACOROLLA HATCHBACK SE !
Tickets are available at the Basilica School Office, Rectory Office and Gift Store. Cost is $50.00, Second Prize is $1000.00— Third Prize is $500.00. Only 1000 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be held on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 following the 10:30 Mass.♦ You need not be present to win.♦ Winner must be 18 years old an is responsible for taxes, tag, dealer prep, transfer and pick up.
Thank you to Keys Auto Center for donating the car. All proceeds to benefit The Basilica School.
SEEK YOUTH GROUP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
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).
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.
ONE GOD, ONE CHURCH ONE COMPANY
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.
THE LIGHT OF CHRIST PRAYER GROUP
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.
If you know someone who is pregnant or with a newborn and may need assistance, you can contact the Gabriel Project at email@example.com or by calling us at 786-492-2867.
Interested in becoming a Gabriel Project Angel? Please contact Mrs. Carolina DuPont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Lord is with you … do not be afraid.” Luke 1:26