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.
“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: 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
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Dear Families and Parishoners,
Your participation in this survey is very important. Please take a moment this week to complete the survey below. You may also consider sharing the “general survey” with local friends who are not currently enrolled at The Basilica School.
Thank you again for your help. God bless you.
Parent Survey – Click Here
General / Non-Basilica Family Survey – Click Here
During this time of year many of our parishioners will be returning to places far removed from Key West. May you all travel safely. The Adoration Chapel is in need of adorers to fill these vacancies.
If you are interested in participating, please call Maria Del Pino at (305) 587-3545 to fill in the adoration hours or to be part of the substitute list.
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.
GUIDELINES FOR MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
Archbishop Thomas Wenski issued this statement May 14, 2021, directed at Archdiocese of Miami parishes, schools and institutions.
The Archdiocese of Miami’s guidelines for masks and social distancing have not changed. In the coming days, we will review what might be appropriate. However, lots of folks, including most of the children and youth, are not vaccinated. Masks and social distancing are the very best obstacles to the transmission of this disease.
While the CDC has issued guidelines, the Florida Department of Health has not made any changes at this time. Vaccinated people can
get COVID. Whether they can then transmit the virus to others, is unclear. We should continue to encourage those who are hesitant to
be vaccinated to do so at their earliest convenience. Children 12 years of age and older are now eligible. .
TENTING OF BASILICA AND ST. MARY’S GIFT SHOP
On Monday and Tuesday, June 21 and 22, the Basilica building and the Gift Shop will be closed due to structural fumigation. While the Basilica is tented, Daily Mass will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the Adoration Chapel. Mass will resume in the Basilica on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. The Gift Shop will re-open to the public on Thursday, June 24 at 9:00 a.m.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY
The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea is looking for someone who will continue to ignite the hearts of parishioners with the fire of Christ’s love through the gift of music. The Music Minister performs all duties and responsibilities in alignment with the mission, vision and values of the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami.
Requirements for Candidates:
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Music or equivalent. Previous employment as part or full-time Director of Music Ministries preferred. Experience as a part-time or volunteer musician may be considered. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
For complete job description go to: www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Job_Openings
To apply: Send resume with cover letter to Rev. John Baker, Pastor, at email@example.com.
Subject line should read: Parish Director of Music Ministry
Deadline to apply: July 8, 2021.
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.
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.
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