Our Pastor, Rev. John C. Baker, welcomes you to the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea

“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, 1851 by Father Sylvanius Hunineq)

You are welcome to pray in our historic Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Stations of the Cross Garden, to adore the Blessed Sacrament in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel, and to visit our Gift Shop.

If you are a new parishioner, you are invited to stop by the Rectory Office to register and let us know how we may be of service to you.

Welcome To Our New Parish Website!

Welcome to our new parish website! We hope that you will spend time here on your first visit, just getting to know all of the information that is available. Go ahead and click around. You won’t hurt anything. Naturally, your favorites are here, like a parish calendar and the schedules for the various ministries but this dynamic site offers so much more.

Below are just some of the highlights you will find on our page:

Check out the tabs located on the upper menu at the top of our page: Our Parish, Faith Formation, Ministries, Parish Organizations, Committees, Stewardship, SOS Outreach Mission, and our Basilica School. Each of these tabs have multiple tabs beneath each heading which lead you to more specific information under each area (except for SOS and the Basilica School) which link you directly to their individual websites. Individual pages under each subheading detail the more specific information you might require and often times link you related websites that might prove helpful to you.

Check out the tabs located on the lower menu at the top of our page: Mass & Worship, Sacraments, Map & Buildings, Photo Album, Memorial Book, Gift Shop, VIRTUS, and Contact Us for more information regarding these areas. Each of these tabs have only one page of information or will link you directly to another site for more information.

Please don’t forget our tour app and direct link to our parish bulletin located near the center of the page

Our calendar of events details not only the date and time of each event but also where each meeting or event will take place. To find more information for each event located on the calendar, hover over the event and click more info.

Located near the bottom of the page is our direct feed to our parish FACEBOOK page as well as a link for directions and other useful links that are readily available.

Check back often as this site is a work in progress and will develop as we become more proficient with it.

Please feel free to contact us at adultfaithSMSS@gmail.com to let us know how you like it and what more you’d like to see here

But for now, explore and enjoy!

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Pope Francis Announces a Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis values the extraordinary. In an unexpected announcement, the Holy Father declared March 13, 2015 that the Church will celebrate an extraordinary jubilee Holy Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and ending Nov. 20, 2016, the feast of Christ the King.

“I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy,” the pontiff said during a homily at a Vatican reconciliation service. “It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this year in the light of the Lord’s words: ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful’ (Lk 6:36).”

According to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, which is organizing the event, the official announcement of the Holy Year will take place on Divine Mercy Sunday, which falls this year on April 12. The event formally will begin with the “opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s” on Dec. 8. The feast day is also the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council, a date of “great significance” as it “impels the Church to continue the work begun at Vatican II,” the New Evangelization council.
During the Holy Year, the Sunday readings will derive from the Gospel of Luke, who is known as the “evangelist of mercy.”

More at: Pope Francis Declares Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy
Papal Document: Misericordiae Vultus, Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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    Pope Francis’ Encyclical On The Environment Released
    Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home


    Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.

    • To download a copy of the Encyclical in English click here
    • To download a copy of the Encyclical in Spanish click here
    • To download a copy of the Encyclical in French click here

    Click here for an overview of the document and summary of each of the six chapters

    Click here for a useful
    initial reading guide for  the Encyclical.