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



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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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THANK YOU to everyone who generously made a commitment to the 2022 Archbishop’s Charities and Development (ABCD) and for embracing the call to make God present in your everyday life. Because of your sacrificial gift, our parish community remains vibrantly united with our Catholic community here in South Florida by serving the Church beyond what happens here in our parish.

If you have not yet completed your pledge, please prayerfully make your pledge and return it to the church office or in the collection basket.
You can obtain a pledge envelope at the entrance of the Basilica, from the Rectory or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org.

Through your generosity and participation in the ABCD, we bring hope by serving others in their time of need, stand in solidarity with all our
brothers and sisters in raising a unified voice for peace and for dignity of all human life, and we bring Christ to everyone, everywhere. On behalf of all those who are served through the ABCD, thank you.

Forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles record Jesus’ Ascension into heaven.

The Catholic Catechism summarizes three important theological aspects (with which most Christian churches agree) of the Ascension concisely: Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence He will come again (cf.Acts 1:11); this humanity in the meantime hides Him from the eyes of people (cf. Col. 3:3).

Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of His Body, may live in thehope of one day being with Him forever.

Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of thepermanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit (665-667).

After Jesus’ Ascension, the disciples gathered in the upper room with Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, and prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit for nine days, the original novena, until Pentecost:


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 did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy

Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to

rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

There will be one Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. to commemorate those who have given their lives in service to our Country. The Mass will be in the Basilica.


Upon our request, Archbishop Wenski has assigned four seminarians to serve at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea from early June to the end of July: Gabriel Campos, Alejandro Molina, Adam Perez, and Rikinson Bantou The four seminarians will alternate between the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission and the SOS Callahan Community Kitchen on a weekly basis which truly need their help in the Summer.
Let us pray for them and welcome them when they arrive at the beginning of June. May this be a good experience for them as they prepare to serve as priests in the Archdiocese of Miami.




Please consider donating any items that you may no longer need or want. We will happily take working electronics, clothing, furniture that is in good shape, tools, paintings/artwork, household items and books. Ask friends family and coworkers and start collecting now.

Drop off and/or pickup is available. Please contact Krishna Lowe at 305-797-2013 via text message for drop off ,pickup or if you love yard sales and want to help work the yard sale. Great!

In Unity and Charity,
Court 634

Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Confessions at 5:30p.m.
Mass at 6:00 p.m.

Madi 31 Me 2022~Konfesyon nan 5:30 p.m.
Mass nan 6:00 p.m.

We are grateful to Fr. Joseph Jean Louis of Sacred Heart Church in Homestead for providing these Sacraments to our Parishioners whose first language is Haitian Creole.

Outreach Coordinator- Monroe County

This is an exempt position that oversees numerous projects which benefit Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. The incumbent in this position will primarily be responsible for organizing various tasks related to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Operation Rice Bowl, and Social Advocacy. The primary goal of this position is to guide and support the development of intentional strategies and
interventions to respond to the needs of the local church in Monroe County and to provide formation to the people of those parishes so that the sustainable growth of social and pastoral ministries will be possible.

To review the full job descriptions and Apply, visit our website: WWW.CCADM.ORG

We serve people not because they are Catholic. We serve people because we are Catholic.©

MUSIC SELECTIONS – Ascension of the Lord

Organ Prelude “L’ascension: I Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Pére” (Oliver Messiaen, 1933)
Procession- #737 “Hail Thee, Festival Day” (Salve festa dies) (“Ascension” verse)
Offertory- #186 “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise” (Llanfair)
Communion-#188 One Sacrifice of Christ”
Recession -#426 “Canticle of the Sun”


First Prize: Ticket #0335  –  2022 I40L ICON Golf Cart
Second Prize: Ticket # 0348  –  $1,000.00
Third Prize: Ticket #0264  –  $500.00

Thank you for supporting the Basilica School


The Sunday Masses at 10:30 a.m. (in English) and 12:00 noon (in Spanish) will be livestreamed on Facebook and Youtube.


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.

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.


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.

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


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