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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The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutiny, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises.” (Ceremonial of Bishops, 249)


7:30 a.m. Monday—Saturday
12:00 noon Monday—Friday

Fridays during Lent
5:00 p.m. in English
6:00 p.m. in Spanish
7:00 p.m. in Haitian Creole


During Lent, let us contemplate a discipline that draws us closer to Jesus.
While abstaining from certain indulgences like Dr. Pepper or french fries might catch our attention, true repentance requires deeper introspection. Do I cherish excessively worldly things, while neglecting to do God’s will? What do I disregard, failing to honor God’s gifts and commands? Honest self-assessment is the starting point of repentance.

However, repentance demands more than recognition; it demands action. Let us not only relinquish sinful habits but also embrace practices that nurture our relationship with God. Let us shift our focus from mere abstinence to active engagement.

As we embark on this Lenten journey, may we discern what weighs us down spiritually and strive to lighten those burdens. Let us turn away from sin and embrace God’s grace with sincere and open hearts. Cheers to a season of renewal and spiritual growth!


Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. St. Paul reminds us that God Himself “did not spare His own Son.” Are my
gifts to the Lord – of my resources, of my time, of myself –  also sacrificial?

ABCD - Legacy of Charity

This weekend, we invite you to embrace the spirit of ABCD and put Love into Action. As followers of Christ, we are called to show love and compassion to those who are less fortunate. By participating in the ABCD, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families in need. Let us unite in love and take action together.

ABCD – Legado de Caridad

Este fin de semana, te invitamos a abrazar el espíritu de ABCD y poner Amor en Acción. Como seguidores de Cristo, estamos llamados a mostrar amor y compasión a quienes son menos afortunados. Al participar en el ABCD, podemos hacer una diferencia significativa en la vida de individuos y familias necesitadas. Unámonos en amor y tomemos acción juntos.

ABCD -Eritaj Charite

Wikenn sa a, nou envite ou anbrase lespri ABCD la epi mete Renmen nan Aksyon. Kòm disip Kris la, nou rele pou montre renmen ak konpasyon pou moun ki pi malere. Lè nou patisipe nan ABCD, nou ka fè yon diferans siyifikatif nan lavi moun ak fanmi ki nan bezwen. Ann ini nan renmen epi pran aksyon ansanm.


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

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.


The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, will celebrate the
16th Annual Monroe County Red Mass on Wednesday, March 13 at 12:00 noon at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

The Red Mass is celebrated to recognize the noble and valuable work performed by the Judiciary and members of the Bar and all who assist them. It is a tradition in the Catholic Church which dates from the 13th Century. The tradition of the Red Mass has continued in the United States. In Washington, D.C., the members of the United States Supreme Court join the President and members of Congress in the celebration at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The Red Mass is now celebrated in most state capitals and major cities throughout the United States.

Though lawyers were invited through the Monroe County Bar Association, those who serve us in the legal profession are cordially invited as well as our parishioners and all people of good will.

SOS Mission

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.

Disciples De La Misericordia

Creciendo en la Fe

Todos los jueves a las 7:00 p.m. nos encontramos para crecer en nuestra vida de fe y profundizar nuestros conocimientos cristianos.

Rezamos juntos, estudiamos las Sagradas Escrituras y los documentos de la Iglesia, compartimos nuestras vivencias como comunidad y ayudamos a los que están en su preparación a la vida sacramental. Es un camino que vamos realizando todos juntos y abiertos con humildad a las inspiraciones del Espíritu Santo.

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.

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


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will restart on Monday, September 11. These gatherings will feature thought provoking presentations and discussions addressing questions fundamental to the hungers of the human heart.

Already Catholic? No problem. We welcome anyone who would like to engage in a deeper formation of the interior life.

Classes will meet in the St Francis Room in the Klaus-Murphy Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For questions or if you’re needing to register for Christian Initiation – email Robert Wright at principal@basilicaschool.com.


Stay up to date with what is happening at Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Visit DISCOVERMASS.COM/subscribe and each week they will send you an email update with a link to the current week’s bulletin.

Religious Education

It is with great excitement that we announce the return of regular Religious Education classes in a classroom setting beginning on Thursday, October 19th. The Parish has formed a new Religious Education program team consisting of Ms. Helena Shivas, Ms. Anna Coppa, Ms. Kristin Haskins and Mrs. Maria Delpino. These wonderful ladies are excited to welcome our children back to the classroom this October.

Following the pandemic, we were forced to curtail our program to fit the safety measures prescribed for at that time. By God’s grace, we are now able to resume our complete program. We will be offering a Religious Education Program for kindergarten through seventh grade on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Basilica School (700 Truman Ave). In addition, the Confirmation Class for eighth grade and up will continue to meet on Sundays at a new time of 6:00 p.m. This program will educate each child in their specific grade cohort, preparing them for the reception of the sacraments, and enable all the children of the parish to grow in love of God and each other.

You may also register by visiting the Rectory Office.

Mark Your Calendars:

The Sacrament of Confirmation
March 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

First Holy Communion
– May 4, 2024
10:00 a.m. for Basilica School Students
12:00 noon for Religious Education Students

The next generation of the Church is rising up before our eyes. It is our privilege and duty to teach them about our loving God who desires to work within us and lead us in a life of purpose and joy. Give your child the gift of knowing Christ and help kindle within them a zeal to follow our Lord.

Walking Rosary

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.

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.

Bulletin Advertising

If you are interested in advertising in our Sunday Bulletin please contact Jenny Lusk, our Diocesan Publications Representative, at telephone number 913-205-6387 or JLusk@Diocesan.com. Thank you!

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.

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