Join St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioners for the designation of the church as a Minor Basilica by the Vatican at a solemn mass with the conferral of the insignia.

“Basilica” is a title of honor bestowed on a church of historical and spiritual importance by the Holy Father. Churches honored with the title basilica belong to two classes, major and minor. There are four major basilicas in Rome (St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, and St. Paul Outside the Walls) and 72 minor basilicas in the United States, in addition to more than 1,500 other minor basilicas throughout the world.

St. Mary Star of the Sea is the oldest Catholic church in South Florida. Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski and Father John Baker of St. Mary are to preside.

A ceremonial procession is set for 6:45 p.m. and the mass at 7 p.m. Please arrive early since a large crowd of worshipers is expected.

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