Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery Newsletter – Vol. 1 – Issue 1

Download the PDF version of the OLOTR eNewsletter April 2012

Volume 1 | Issue 1 April 2012
Dear Friends of Our Lady,Greetings of peace during this Holy Season!

We are thrilled to share with you the inaugural E-Newsletter for OLOTR. We hope that you will find the information contained informative and uplifting. There are a number of exciting developments at Our Lady…the blessings of our beautiful wildflower season, our partnership with the Williamson County Master Gardeners, and a brand new Berry Lane! There are also changes that you cannot see quite as clearly…our team has been working hard to digitize our cemetery records, preparing for AND acing our annual Texas Department of Banking audit, and establishing our presence on Twitter and Facebook, in order to share our sweet little cemetery with those that may benefit from all we have to offer.

As always, we strive to fulfill our mission to serve God and His people by aiding them in preparing for end of life. I hope that you will let us know if we can assist you or your family in any way.

 

Amy MacKay
Director

FIELD OF FLOWERS DAY
Save the Date – April 22
All are invited to celebrate Our Lady’s legendary meadows of
bluebonnets and wildflowers on Sunday, April 22, from 12 to 4 pm.
Mark you calendars and be sure to invite family members and friends to join you on guided nature walks through the beautiful sacred grounds full of original art and custom monuments.

Refreshments will be served and live musicblue bonnets1will be provided near the Grotto.

Be sure to bring your personal camera.  A photographer will be available for those desiring professional pictures.

OLOTR ADDS NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Meet the New Members

Jimmy Shields
Jimmy Shields joined the Our Lady of the Rosary team in July 2011 as the Director of Family Services. Jimmy, a retired executive from Verizon and longtime Georgetown resident, works with families, area churches, 
funeral homes, and the cemetery staff. As Director of Family Services, he assists clients and families with the sometimes-uncomfortable decisions about their final resting place, walking with them each step of the way. “In 2004, my family and I became involved with the cemetery as a result of a personal loss. My hope is to provide the same compassionate and caring service that we received in our time of need”. Jimmy received a BBA-Management from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is married to Mary and they have three children; Matt, Amy-deceased, and Michael.Carolyn King
Carolyn King joined the staff of Our Lady of the Rosary in February 2012.  Carolyn serves as the Office Administrator and also assists with monuments and funeral services. A Texas native, Carolyn has lived in Austin since 1993 and is a member ofSt. Mary Cathedral where she serves on the Pastoral Council and Women’s CRHP Continuation Committee. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Houston and has worked in executive positions for non-profits; event management, marketing and investor relations for public companies. She has two sons and two grandchildren. “What a blessing for me to be a part of a team offering comfort and support to all who call upon us to assist them in preparing their final journey home.”

Master Gardeners Help Beautify Cemetery Grounds
Natural Plants Enhance the Gardens

Beautification of Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery started with a phone call to Williamson County Agent Dustin Coufal. Jimmy Shields, Director of Family Services for Our Lady, was looking for some help with the continued landscaping on the cemetery grounds. Coufal passed the request on to the Williamson County Master Gardener organization, a part of the Texas Agri-Life Extension Service and Texas A&M. Soon a volunteer project was born.

The cemetery encompasses 20 acres, half of which are dedicated to preserves that include a pond, prayer paths and walking trails.  A hilltop offers

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Butterfly Garden before planting.

an expansive view of the surrounding countryside. Separate portions of the cemetery are set aside for traditional burials, infant burials and “green or natural” burials. Cremation remains are placed near a beautiful butterfly sculpture. It was this area the Master Gardeners decided to landscape first.

 

A group met at the cemetery and plotted out an oval-shapedag proj 1area surrounding the butterfly sculpture. The gardeners then decided on the best native, drought-tolerant plants that would also attract butterflies. They collaborated on the placement of plants and design of the garden and after several days, a blueprint emerged. Now it was time to dig.

 

The area was first tilled and a curving, gravel path was laid across the length of the oval garden. Five cubic yards of rich garden soil and three cubic yards of mulch were then spread over the freshly tilled dirt.

 

On Thursday, March 22, the native plants were set in place.  The

Butterfly Garden after planting.

various species include verbena,lantana, esperanza, Mexican mint marigold, plumbago, asclepias and varieties of salvia. Blackfoot daises are set at the base of the butterfly sculpture. Future plans call for trees at opposite ends of the garden.

 

Now that the Butterfly Garden project is complete, the Master Gardener team is busy with designs for other areas within the cemetery. Amidst the natural beauty of the setting they find no end to inspiration.

 

Cemetery Director Featured on Relevant Radio
Amy MacKay, Director 

Amy MacKay, Director of Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery and Prayer Gardens,  was recently interviewed on “It’s Up to Us”, a local Catholic radio program about Catholic women who live and lead with faith, incorporating their spiritual life into their work. To listen to the interview click here.

 

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Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery & Prayer Gardens

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Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery and Prayer Gardens is a special place of peace, beauty, reverence and unity. The Cemetery offers a variety of burial rites including traditional burial, green burial and cremation burial. We work directly with families and funeral homes in Austin and the surrounding areas to ensure that the burial service for your loved one is handled in the most caring and compassionate way.

 

The cemetery is open to people of all faiths from the Austin area and beyond. Whether you’re planning for the future or are in a time of need, the caring staff at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery is waiting to walk by your side.

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