The Basilica of Saint 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
A monthly bulletin on Catholic social teaching
Rights and Responsibilities
Human dignity can be protected, and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and
responsibilities are met. Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency – starting with food, shelter and clothing, employment, health care, and education. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities -- to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
In addition to having certain rights to assure individuals and families are living in the fullness of the inherent dignity of being a creation of God, we all have a duty to participate and contribute to the common good.
Community and the Common Good
In a culture driven by excessive individualism, our tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred but also social. Human dignity can only be realized and protected in the context of relationships with the wider society. How we organize our society-- in economics and politics, in law and policy -- directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. The obligation to "love our neighbor" has an individual dimension, but it also requires a broader social commitment. Everyone has a responsibility to contribute to the good of the whole society, to the common good.
Learn More: Catholics are encouraged to learn more about these social teachings. For a list of resources on Rights and Responsibilities visit: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/rights-and-responsibilities.cfm and Community and the Common Goodplease visit http://usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/call-to-family-community-and-participation.cfm . With information we can explore this teaching’s implications on the present conditions of our communities, helping institutions and governmental policies. Although there are no easy answers to these complicated issues, the social teaching of the church gives us a faith lens and framework in which to expand our understanding, and develop decisions and actions to live our faith in the world.
Action Idea: If you have not already volunteered at St. Mary’s outreach Center or soup kitchen avail yourself to this opportunity. Take time to speak to people who come in for services, listen to their stories and experiences in light of these social principles. Use these church teachings to help you as you formulate understandings and ideas about how we make public policy decisions on a local, national and global level.
In response to requests from parishioners, we have enhanced the Online Giving program. Now you can create your own account, login and manage all of your giving 24/7 from one convenient place.
Key advantages of Online Giving:
- Convenient, anytime, anywhere access through the Internet.
- Secure and confidental. Adheres to banking standards.
- Start, stop, or change your contributions at anytime.
- Simple. No need to contact your bank or the parish office.
- Contribute using direct withdrawal (ACH) or credit cards.
Here is a wonderful post on the Catholic Review from the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Help us add names to our Book of Remembrance
Most physical books are only available to those connected to the church. Our virtual book is available to all whether they have had the chance to visit our church or not. Please feel free to enter the names of your departed loved ones.
The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea is the first to host a Friends and Relations Book of Remembrance in the United States. Donated by British founder Jonathan Haward, these books have memorialized some of England most honored dead.
The Solemn Mass with the Conferral of the Insignia of the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea
Homily preached by Archbishop Thomas Wenski May 31, 2012 at the dedication of the minor basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West.We gather today, on this feast of the Visitation of Mary, to give thanks for the favor shown to this historic parish church dedicated to Mary, Star of the Sea, to the Key West community and to our archdiocese. We are all extremely grateful that Pope Benedict XVI has seen fit to raise this church to the status and dignity of a minor basilica.more...
The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea in Key West is talked about in Rome