April 4 CEMETERY MEMORIAL SERVICE CANCELLED
Memorial Service Cancelled for April 4, 2020
Due to current efforts to contain the spread of the corona virus, we have cancelled the Cemetery Memorial Service planned for April 4th, 2020.
St. Margaret's Cemetery and office remain open.
2019 CEMETERY ARCHIVE:
Dec. 1 - Mark your calendars! On Saturday, Dec. 14, we will hold our annual Christmas memorial services at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Our cemetery families enjoy these popular services each year and are always very thankful for the time and effort our parishioners put in to make them so special. If you are free that afternoon, you are most welcome to join us or if you would like to participate, let us know whether you would like to be a reader, lector or usher.
I have exciting news to share with you! After a long search, it is my pleasure to introduce Annie Downey who has recently joined me in the cemetery office. Annie is a local resident who loves to travel but is especially passionate about helping others. She is looking forward to working with our cemetery families and making an impact being a part of St. Margaret’s cemetery staff. Please give Annie a warm welcome when you see her.
As we prepare for the upcoming Christmas holiday, we are again offering Christmas grave blankets for sale at $50 per blanket. If you are interested in purchasing one and have not yet submitted your order form, please call the office so we can place an order for you. The blankets are being ordered very shortly with distribution set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9:15 a.m. Please meet us in the cemetery if you are interested in helping us place the grave blankets.
Thank You corner:
Very special thanks to Mason, Dean and Christine K. who assisted me in placing American flags on our veterans' graves before the Veterans Day holiday. A super effort!
I would also like to extend my thanks to Ken R. for removing all the American flags after the Veterans Day holiday had passed. A tremendous job well done!
Many hands make light work – your efforts were very much appreciated.
A big thank you to our cemetery groundskeeper, Will S., who works diligently all year long to keep our cemetery looking pristine and who personally takes care of our families as well. Will truly makes a positive impact.
As we close out the year, I want to wish you and your families a blessed Christmas. Keep in mind, my door is always open in the event you want to purchase a plot in our beautiful cemetery.
~ Debbie McGee
GRAVE BLANKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS
As the holiday season approaches, the cemetery is offering Christmas grave blankets for your loved ones’ graves. The cost is $50 per blanket and includes placement and removal. Please let the cemetery office know if you are interested.
Our Christmas Memorial services will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You are most welcome to join us or participate.Special thanks go to Mason, Dean and Christine K. for placing American flags on the graves of the military members interred in the cemetery. Their efforts were appreciated!
MAY 2019 - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED!
Now that spring is here, the cemetery is a beehive of activity as we begin work on the grounds after the long winter. Over the next two months, we will be focusing on sunken graves and memorial markers with the goal of getting the cemetery grounds back into shape as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience during this process. During the month of May, we will also begin our seasonal flower planting.
On the Saturday morning prior to our Easter Cemetery Memorial Service, Will and I met with parishioners to install 275 palm crosses that were ordered by our cemetery families. Each cross needed to be individually hammered in — a big task! I would like to extend my grateful thanks to the following people who diligently worked to get this done: Christine and Mason, Dan and Gregory McG., Ken R. and Richard W. It was a great team effort.
Speaking of our Easter Cemetery Memorial Service, special thanks to the parishioners who made this service possible: ushers Karen and Ken R.; readers Barbara A., Barbara H., Dan McG. and Jacqui P.; and candle distributors Will S. and Ken R.. The cemetery families always enjoy attending this service officiated by Fr. Isaias. Thanks to all!
I wish everyone a happy spring and as a gentle reminder, if you haven’t begun pre-planning for your end-of-life needs, my door is always open to discuss your options here at St. Margaret’s. Why not put that tax refund to good use?
~ Debbie McGee
JANUARY 2019 - It has been a busy few weeks in the cemetery office with grave blankets being ordered and preparations being made for our annual Christmas Cemetery Memorial services. We set a new grave blanket record of 285 pieces ordered and placed in the cemetery. I would like to thank all those who came out in the cold temperatures on the morning of Dec. 8 to assist in placing the grave blankets. Special thanks go to Will S., who directed the group effort with me, as well as George H., Mason K., Dan McG., Ken R., Charlie S., Richard W. and one of our cemetery families, the Trurans, who come annually to assist. A wonderful effort by all!
On Saturday, Dec. 15 we held our annual Christmas memorial services at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Both services were well-attended with approximately 100 people at each service. Our cemetery families always mention how much they appreciate and enjoy these special Christmas memorial services. They are very meaningful to our families. Again, a big thank you to all of the parishioners who assisted at these special services as ushers, readers or prayer readers; Jane A., Barbara A., Lois B., Barbara H., Kim I., Jacquie P., Dan McG., Ken R. and Will S..
I would also like to give a shout-out thank you to the following people who supported me with the autumn cemetery mailing and assisted with the folding of the cemetery Christmas memorial multi-page service bulletins. These were tremendous tasks and I would not have been able to get the job done without the support of the following individuals: Jane A., Lois B., Barbara F., DeeDee F., Christie G., Fr. Isaias, Barbara H. and Christine K.. If I have missed anyone – please forgive me!
I wish you and your loved ones many blessings in the new year. And as we close out the year – if you haven’t done so already – why don’t you make 2019 the year you purchase your plot at St. Margaret’s Cemetery?
~ Debbie McGee
2018 ARCHIVE: ST. MARGARET'S CEMETERY
DECEMBER 2018 - A last-minute reminder that it is still not too late to order a grave blanket for your loved one’s grave if you haven’t already done so. The price is $50 per blanket and a check can be made out to St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Just drop your order off to the cemetery office.
On Saturday, Dec. 15th, we will hold our annual Christmas Candlelight Memorial Services for our cemetery families and for any parishioners who would like to join us. The services will take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and happy holiday season.
~ Debbie McGee
NOVEMBER 2018 - The cold temperatures have returned and the leaves are turning color … yes, fall has arrived! There is no better place to observe the fall foliage than in our beautiful cemetery! Please note our upcoming events:
All Saints/All Souls Day
Sun., Nov. 4 – One service at 9:30 a.m.
Our parish and cemetery families are invited to join us and bring a picture of family members that you would like to remember that day, and stay for brunch.
VETERANS DAY FLAG PLACEMENT
Tues., Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. (Weather permitting)
Please contact the cemetery office if you can help place flags on the graves of veterans buried at St. Margaret’s.
CEMETERY CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL
Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Our annual Cemetery Christmas Memorial Services for our cemetery families is always in need of individuals to serve as ushers and to help read the names of all who are buried in our cemetery. Please contact the cemetery office if you would like to participate.
CHRISTMAS GRAVE BLANKETS
Orders are now being taken. If you have a loved one buried in the cemetery, you will be receiving a letter with the grave blanket order form shortly. Pricing is once again being held at $50 per blanket. Grave blankets will be set on Saturday morning, Dec. 8 (weather permitting).
As a gentle reminder, I am always available to assist in your pre-planning end of life needs.Have you planned adequately for your future? Please come by the cemetery office if you need any information or assistance.
~ Debbie McGee
SEPTEMBER 2018 - With fall rapidly approaching, I find myself starting to clean out the clutter and paperwork that seems to pile up so quickly. I like to have my home files neat and tidy, similar to how I like my life to be in good order as well.
- How are things ordered in your life?
- Have you started pre-planning and researching for your final resting place?
- Does your family know what your wishes are concerning your future interment?
It is never too early to initiate a discussion with your loved ones about these end-of-life issues. I am happy to speak with you about the options available here in our beautiful St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Together, we can pre-plan your future needsand lessen the stress for your family members. Drop by or make an appointment! If you have already purchased a plot at St. Margaret’s, be sure to recommend us to your friends.
~ Debbie McGee