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
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 - CHRISTMAS EVE
5:00 pm - Mass with Children Gospel Pageant
12:00 am - Midnight Mass preceded by Caroling at 11:30 pm
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2013 - CHRISTMAS DAY
7:30 am - Mass in English
9:00 am - Mass in English
10:30 am - Mass in English
12:00 pm - Mass in Spanish
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.
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If you need help setting up an account, or are already using Online Giving, please call the Parish office at 305-294-1018 and ask for John O'Neill. He will help you set up your Online Giving account.
What’s Catholic Social Teaching got to do with it?
A monthly bulletin on Catholic social teaching
Americans celebrate Labor Day at the beginning of September each
year. Through work, individuals significantly contribute to the
good of society; in fact, the church describes work activity as a way
of participating in the world as co - creators. The first modern
document of Catholic social teaching (CST), “Rerum Novarum”
(On the Condition of Workers), published on May 15, 1891,
addresses work and the conditions of labor. Written during the
industrial revolution, Pope Leo the XI11 critiqued the movement.
He cited the positive impact and potential that industrial
advancements could have for society, but he also gave a strong
cautionary warning concerning its implementation and its treatment
of workers. Harsh conditions, long hours, low wages and unfair
treatment he said, contradict the values communicated in the gospel
and church teaching, thus threatening human dignity. One of the
key principles of CST, The Dignity of Work and Rights of
Workers/Economic Justice, comes from the experience of the
industrial revolution and “Rerum Novarum” and subsequent
documents on economic justice including “Economic Justice for All” (National Conference of Catholic
The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers/Economic Justice
In a marketplace where too often the quarterly bottom line takes precedence over the rights of workers, we believe
that the economy must serve people, not the other way around. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the
basic rights of workers must be respected -- the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and
join unions, to private property and to economic initiative.(Used with permission from the Diocese of Minneapolis
Learn More: Catholics are encouraged to learn more about this social teaching. For a list of resources
on The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers and Economic Justice please visit the following web
site: http://www.shc.edu/theolibrary/labor.htm. With information we can explore this teaching’s
implications on the present conditions of the labor force, delving into complex issues such as labor
unions, economic development, corporate responsibility, living wage campaigns and sweat shops.
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: Notice where your clothes are made and find out about the working conditions of the factories in these
locations. Reflect on what you have learned about the conditions of the workers who make these clothes through the
lens of Catholic social teaching and your faith. Consider what implications this information has on you as an
individual, the larger community and the country.
For more information on Catholic social teaching visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/ Or you may contact Patrice Schwermer email@example.com
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