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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


Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - CHRISTMAS EVE

5:00 pm - Mass with Children Gospel Pageant
12:00 am - Midnight Mass preceded by Caroling at 11:30pm
Thursday, December 25, 2014 - CHRISTMAS DAY
7:30 a.m. - Mass in English
9:00 a.m. - Mass in English
10:30 a.m. - Mass in English
12:00 p.m - Mass in Spanish


Key Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

~ Dignity of the Human Person
~ Community and the Common Good
~Option for  people who are Poor and Vulnerable
~ Rights and Responsibilities

~ Role of Government and Subsidiary
~ The Dignity of Work and Rights of  Workers/Economic Justice
~ Care of God’s Creation
~ Promotion of Peace and Disarmament
~ Participation

~ Global Solidarity

A monthly bulletin on Catholic social teaching
Promotion of Peace and Disarmament

There is no question that we live in uncertain and even frightening times.  Many forms of violence threaten our security as individuals, communities, as a nation and a global community. Most recently, violence has surfaced nationally, in the issues surrounding the shooting in Ferguson, MO and globally, with the rise of “ISIS”. How do we as people of faith respond in a world which seems to be increasingly dangerous and insecure?

Promotion of Peace and Disarmament

Catholic teaching promotes peace as a positive, action - oriented concept. In the words of Pope John Paul II, "Peace is not just the absence of war. It involves mutual respect and confidence between peoples and nations. It involves collaboration and binding agreements.” There is a close relationship in Catholic teaching between peace and justice. Peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon right order among human beings. (Used with the permission of The Diocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul)

In the words of Pope John Paul II, as stated in the U.S. Bishop’s pastoral letter, The Challenge of Peace, we need a "moral about face."  The whole world must summon the moral courage and technical means to say "no" to nuclear conflict; "no" to weapons of mass destruction; "no" to an arms race which robs the poor and the vulnerable; and "no" to the moral danger of a nuclear age which places before humankind indefensible choices of constant terror or surrender. Peacemaking is not an optional commitment. It is a requirement of our faith. We are called to be peacemakers, not by some movement of the moment, but by our Lord Jesus. The content and context of our peacemaking is set, not by some political agenda or ideological program, but by the teaching of his Church.

Learn More: Catholics are encouraged to learn more about this social teaching.  With information we can explore this teaching’s implications on the issues that are clearly defined as violence such as global conflict, gun violence, domestic violence and bullying.  We can also apply this teaching to issues which may not, on the surface look like issues of violence, but upon deeper reflection have the marks of violence such as poverty, hunger and environmental degradation.  Although there are no easy solutions to these complicated issues, the social teaching of the church gives us a lens and framework in which to expand our understanding, and develop decisions and actions to live our faith in the world.

Action Ideas: Peace begins with each one of us in our own heart.  Consider the following ways to create peace:  Slow down and practice mindfulness. Pause before speaking harshly or judging other people. Resolve disputes at home, work and school using non violent conflict resolution skills. Take time to analyze and reflect on how violence and conflict resolution is portrayed and modeled in popular TV shows, movies and video games. What movies, music and video games attract us and why?  Be conscious of speech patterns, and words used that sound violent (hate, kill, despise, smash, knock down, etc.) Review and take the vow of nonviolence found on the Pax Christi USA website. .  Use your faith and Catholic social teaching principles as you reflect on current situations including the situation in Ferguson, MO, peace in the Middle East, the rising conflict in Syria and Iraq. To learn about these and other global issues visit the web sites of the following peace and justice organizations: Pax Christ U.S.A. (The Catholic Peace movement) at; Pax Christi Florida at; The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center . Finally, ask yourself how Catholic teaching on peace can help us address local issues. For example, consider the current controversy over the relocation of our overnight homeless shelter, KOTS.  How do we create a peaceful community where all belong? Are we as a community open to finding a new location for the facility?

On January 1st we celebrate World Day of Peace.  In his 2015 World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis urges us to recognize the "equal dignity" of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved and exploited and to work to end human trafficking, trade in migrants and prostitutes, slave labor, and the enslavement of women and children.  The text of the 2015 message will be posted at the following link in mid-December.)2015 Message for the World Day of Peace (January 1)

For more information contact: Patrice Schwermer at  

Help us add names to our Book of Remembrance

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




Mass and Service Schedule

Saturday Vigil
6:00 PM
Sunday (English)
7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM
Sunday (Spanish)
12:00 PM

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - CHRISTMAS EVE
5:00 pm - Mass with Children Gospel Pageant
12:00 am - Midnight Mass preceded by Caroling at 11:30pm
Thursday, December 25, 2014 - CHRISTMAS DAY
7:30 a.m. - Mass in English
9:00 a.m. - Mass in English
10:30 a.m. - Mass in English
12:00 p.m - Mass in Spanish

Daily Mass
Mondays through Saturdays,
7:30 AM

Polish Mass
Usually at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month. Please check the bulletin for changes.

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
By appointment
Call (305) 294-1018

Perpetual Adoration
Perpetual Adoration
Open 24 hours
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:00 PM in the Adoration Chapel

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