“Since it first shed its light in Key West, Saint Mary’s Church has, like a star of the sea to the wandering mariner, been a star of hope and comfort in times of despair and sorrow, and a star of joy to those who have lived in its teachings.”
 (February 26, 1852, by Father Sylvanus Hunineq)



          Welcome to The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

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.

We thank you for your contributions for the vast needs of our Basilica, School, and Parish Outreach.

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.

For information on the Basilica and a complete walking tour of the grounds, visit our Web App at http://bsmkw.com on your mobile device.

Self-guided tour of the Basilica pamphlets are available at the entrance of the Basilica.




– April 16th-


 7:00 am – Sunrise Mass in the Stations of the Cross Garden
 7:30 am – Mass in the Basilica
 9:00 am – Mass in the Basilica
 9:15 am – Mass in the Stations of the Cross Garden
10:30 am – Mass in the Basilica
10:45 am – Mass in the Stations of the Cross Garden
12:00 noon – Mass in the Basilica in Spanish
 3:00 pm—Adoration Chapel reopens




As Pope Francis proclaims in the  Ubi et Orbi Easter message,

“Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!  The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised…Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6).  The message which Christians bring to the world is this:  Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death.  In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.  That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!”  In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin, and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love:  it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and outcast… “Come and see!”  Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.”

On behalf of Fathers Juan Rumin Dominguez and Arthur Dennison, Deacon Peter Batty, Sisters Mary, Marietha, Euphemia, and Elizabeth and of all who are privileged to serve here, may the Risen Christ fill you with hope and joy and every grace you need this Easter Season and always.

Peace be with you,

Fr. John C. Baker




shoppingLenten VIDEO Series: Wednesday Evenings
Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues 

with Fr. Robert Barron

Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust: these “seven deadly sins” are patterns of dysfunction that keep us separated from God and ultimately lead to unhappiness. Join us as we embark on Fr. Robert Barron’s exploration of these seven sinful patterns and also learn how practicing countervailing virtues can break the cycle of sin.
Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM (3/8/17 – 4/12/17) in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus Murphy Center.


For more information contact: Brenda Callahan at (410) 703 8211 or bcallahan@stmarykeywest.com



PopeFutureofPlanetLenten Book Discussion Group: Monday Evenings 
Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home

with Pope Francis

On Care for our Common Home is the English name of Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (or in English, Praise Be to You). It draws its name from St. Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures and reminds us that the earth is our common home; we must care for it tenderly.Pope Francis has called the entire world to take action to embrace what he calls “ecological conversion.”  What impact might this document have on the daily life of someone who wishes to seriously what the Pope is saying? Join us and find out!

Monday Evenings at 5:30 PM (3/6/17 – 4/10/17) in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus Murphy Center.

The Book and Reading Guide can be purchased online at Amazon.com.

For more information contact: Brenda Callahan at (410) 703 8211  bcallahan@stmarykeywest.com


LENTEN MISSION:  Our God, Our Joy, Our Love

Fr. Odhrán Furlong of the Diocese of Ferns, Ireland and a friend of this Parish

will direct our Lenten Mission  March 18th-21st.

The theme, Our God, Our Joy, Our Love, will be introduced at the weekend Masses in English

on March 18th & 19th.

Monday, March 20th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Basilica: 

“There is an Art in Receiving”

Tuesday, March 21st at 7:00p.m. in the Basilica: 

“Disciples of Joy and Love”

(Both evening presentations will be 45 minutes long)


Una Invitación a la Conversión del Corazón.

Te invitamos a participar durante los Jueves de Cuaresma, en nuestra Misión Parroquial en Español. Tendremos un Misa y Reflexión Cuaresmal cada Jueves en el templo que empezara el 9 de Marzo a las 7:30pm.  Todos están invitados.

Starting on Thursday, March 9th, the Parish Mission in Spanish will begin and continue on the Thursdays in Lent. 

All are invited.

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Parish Meetings and Events

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    Scouts meet here at the Basilica on Monday evenings. The Cub Scouts meet from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Mary Immaculate Room of the Klaus Murphy Center and the Boy Scouts meet at Saint Theresa from 6:30 to 8 pm. For more information, call Mike Arnett at 808-230-6255.


    Los Discípulos de la Misericordia

    El grupo Los Discípulos de la Misericordia se reunirá en la Basilica este Jueves, 23 de Febrero a las 7:30p.m., como todo los jueves del mes. Todos están invitados a participar.

    From 7:30 PM


    Healing Mass

    There is a monthly Healing Mass offered in English on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Basilica. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered during the Mass and all are welcomed to attend.

    From 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM

    At Main Basilica


    Religious Education for Children

    Religious education classes are held each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. for all children that do not attend the Basilica School (kindergarten through eighth grade). For more information call Ida Roberts, the Religious Education Program Director, at (305) 2950306.

    At Basilica School



    La Misa de Sanación, en Español, a las 7:30p.m. en La Basílica, como cada primer jueves del mes. Todos están invitados.


    Bereavement (Grief Support)

    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. 

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