Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery Newsletter — Jan. 2013

Greetings from the Director!

Happy New Year to all our families!!!  I hope that you had a restful and peaceful Christmas, and had a chance to visit our lovely Jesse Tree that was placed on the property through Epiphany.  This is such a meaningful tradition for our families.  Reflecting over the end of the year happenings…we had such a well-attended All Souls’ Mass, it was quite moving with the Bishop gracing our sacred grounds and wildflowers seeds abounding…and we sure did relish all of our little Saints running around on All Saints day for their presentations, this is another beautiful tradition that is enjoyed by so many!  We also held a dedication of our new “baby”…the St. Theresa Sanctuary.  We are working with the Good Water Master Naturalists in developing this native area by the pond and grotto, and the new deck that was created in conjunction with our Eagle Scout, D.J. Roper.

Our staff took a well-deserved break for the holiday…but we are back with big plans for 2013!!  We have been working with the Catholic Physicians Guild in sponsoring their annual White Mass in February.  We are honored to be part of this beautiful tradition for those in the health-care industry.  We are also making plans for the dedication of our new cremation burial garden “The St. Francis Walk”…stay tuned for more details on that exciting development.  Don’t forget to save the date for our Field of Flowers celebration, April 7th, it is sure to be a fun-filled day for all.

Thank you once again for allowing us the opportunity to assist you in your time of need, we are honored that you have placed your faith and your loved ones in Our Lady’s hands.

Many Blessings,


Amy MacKay


November 2012 Was a Busy Month at Our Lady
November 1 – All Saints Day 


November 2 – All Souls Day Mass 


On November 2, 2012, the Most Reverend Joe 

S. Vasquez, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, celebrated Mass at 4:00 p.m.

The Resurrection Cross graced the center of the cemetery and stood as a beacon to the many attendees who parked their cars on the crowded hilltop that was engulfed in a rainbow of color from the numerous and varied vehicles on the grounds.


A crowd of over 500 family members and friends gathered to remember their faithfully departed, and especially those who are at rest at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery.



Following the Mass, priest and deacons were onsite to bless the newly interred graves and others upon request from family. Visitors were given packets of wildflower seeds to scatter over the cemetery grounds in preparation for an abundance of nature’s flowering color in the spring.

Soul cakes and beverages were served to attendees of the largest annual All Souls Day Mass event.

November 11- Veterans Day

A special event to honor the Veterans who served our country was held on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. at Our Lady.


Scouts and American Heritage Girls held a flag ceremony and short prayer service for deceased Veterans and placed flags on all the Veterans’ burial spaces at Our Lady.

The Jesse Tree
Advent Seasonjesse tree

Our Lady of the Rosary marked the beginning of the Holy Advent Season with the presentation of the Jesse Tree in the Garden of Precious Love on December 3, 2012.

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree, or genealogy of Jesus Christ.  It tells the story of God’s salvation plan, beginning with creation and continuing through the Old Testament, to the coming of the Messiah.  The name comes from Isaiah 11:1, “A  shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.”

Many families came to celebrate their faith by placing a special ornament on the tree in honor of their loved ones.  Tinsel and glittering ornaments added “sparkle and shine” to the cemetery during the holiday period.

St. Theresa Sanctuary Dedication
A dedication ceremony was held on October 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for the St. Theresa Sanctuary, a new contemplative area nestled in the cemetery’s walking paths.  This was a work in progress and a labor of love for the Eagle Scouts and Master Naturalists who withstood the grueling August heat to prepare the observation deck overlooking the pond, bird houses for winged visitors, pond management and nature wildscaping.  The on-going plan is to create a sustainable natural habitat with the use of native trees, shrubs, and plants which will support the livelihood of inhabitants and be a haven for new arrivals to Our Lady.



St. Francis Walk Cremation Area

Amy MacKay reports, “We have teamed up with our Master Gardeners to develop the new St. Francis Walk cremation burial garden. We already have two burials in the first section. The grounds will be officially dedicated on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m.”

Our Lady Partners with the Catholic Physicians Guild in Sponsoring the 12th Annual White Mass

REMINDER! Our Lady Has Moved to a New Office
Still on St. Helen campus grounds … different building!

Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery & Prayer Gardens has moved to a new office location.  The office is still located on the campus of St. Helen Catholic Church, 2700 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas 78626.  The new space is in Building 7 which is also the location of the Adoration Chapel.

The phone number remains the same, 512-863-8411.

Field of Flowers 2013
The Field of Flowers event for 2013
is scheduled for April 7. 

The staff of Our Lady anticipates a colorful landscape following the spreading of wildflower seeds at the All Souls Day Mass and the abundant rainfall nourishing the cemetery grounds since Fall.

Staff members stay focused year-round on the development and natural enhancement of the beautiful wildflowers. This year Our Lady is expanding the annual Field of Flowers event  to include lunch service and visits from special guests…stay tuned.

“We anxiously await the gift of Spring!”

OLOTR Waterfall January 2013
Field of Flowers 2012

Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery & Prayer Gardens

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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