Greetings from the Vicar

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Ann Chapel:

The calendar keeps rolling along, and here we are, almost in Lent! 

As everyone knows, Lent is a time of preparation and penitence for Easter. Through these 40-odd days, we journey through a period of abstinence and penance until the Day of Resurrection arrives. These 40 days mirror the fasting and temptation of our Lord in the wilderness, of course, but also the 40 days of the Flood and the 40 years of the Hebrews' wandering to reach Canaan: a time of privation before deliverance. Jesus passes his trial, Noah and his family exit the Ark on an earth cleansed (however temporarily) of human wickedness, and the Hebrews finally reach the Promised Land.

For us, of course, the deliverance in sight is the Resurrection of our Lord.  Yet this yearly commemoration also prefigures to us our own Resurrection, which we hope to experience following our passing from this world. In a sense, we can view our lives on Earth as a kind of extended Lent, a period of tribulation, testing, and - yes - refinement before we are able to know our God even as he knows us.  

With that view, consider what sort of Lenten regimen you will take upon yourself this year. It is traditional to give up meat for the duration of Lent (excluding fish and seafood) and to practice a fast on Fridays (one full meal and one collation or light meal). But this tradition is not cast in stone; if you have a habit you would like to break or an indulgence you believe you're too dependent upon, that will do as well. It would also be helpful to commit to some spiritual reading, or to saying the Daily Office, during Lent. There's always the chance it might stick, and you might find the practice continuing throughout the year!

Whatever you decide to do, remember Jesus's admonition to do it with a cheerful countenance. There's no need for a long face or to advertise your increased piety to the world; the fruit of your deeper engagement with your faith should be abundant life, not spiritual parsimony.

See you in church - with every blessing,

The Rev. Matthew Weber, Vicar
St Ann Chapel Anglican Church 

 News from The Anglican Province
of Christ the King

Annual Synod of 2017

The twenty-sixth Synod of the Diocese of the Western States will be held at the Lafayette Park Hotel and St. Peter's Parish on May 10-13, 2017.

Synod is the legislative body of the Diocese at which the administrative and temporal affairs of the Diocese are conducted.

Clergy and laity are invited to participate. If you would like to attend please contact Father Weber at

Lenten Mite Boxes

“Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”  Luke 21: 3,4

Just as the widow offered two mites with devotion and sacrifice, we have an opportunity also to give from the heart during the season of Lent. The Anglican Province of Christ the King distributes Lenten mite boxes on Ash Wednesday to anyone who wishes to fill them with mites during Lent. Return boxes on Easter Sunday; the proceeds go towards St. Joseph Seminary Student Support. Any student attending Seminary will be eligible for assistance from this fund. Pick up your Lenten Mite Box in the narthex on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and give as the poor widow did.

     Parish News and Updates

The Holy Season of Lent

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. Before we enter into this time of somber meditation, join us for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

The dinner promises to be a time of fun and fellowship you won’t want to miss St. Ann will provide pancakes and beverages.

A high mass commemorating Ash Wednesday and a Choral Mass with the Imposition of Ashes will be on Wednesday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m.

The Anglican Province of Christ the King Lenten Retreat offers participants an opportunity to connect deeply with God through silence and prayer. Canon Steven Dart will direct the Retreat with “Seven Meditations on the Holy Eucharist.”

The Lenten Retreat will be at the Vallombrosa Center at 250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, California, on March 3–5, 2014. The cost of the retreat is $249 for a single room, including meals. Make reservations by sending a $50 deposit to the Dioceses of the Western States, Anglican Province of Christ the King, P.O. Box 15095, San Francisco, California 94115. For more information, contact Canon Steven Dart at (408) 488-0525.

Important Dates in Lent:

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Choral Mass with the Imposition of Ashes

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Anglican Province of Christ the King Retreat

March 3-5, 2017

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saturday, March 25, 2017, Low Mass at 7:00 p.m.

The Nappy Drive sponsored by the Anglican Church Women was a wonderful success! After just nine weeks, we donated an astounding total of 1,167 diapers to Help a Mother Out, a local nonprofit organization that distributes diapers to families in need. Disposable diapers are expensive and many low income families struggle to buy diapers and cleaning wipes. Because these items are unavailable for purchase with food stamps, thousands of babies suffer exposure exposed to discomfort, rashes and infection from wearing soiled diapers for extended periods of time. Supporting an organization such as Help A Mother Out provided an opportunity for us to reach out in a totally new way. Special thanks to all  who donated diapers to this meaningful cause!

We Need Your Recipes!

The Feeding Heart and Soul cookbook is officially in development! Please contribute as many recipes as you wish, including those sticking out of your favorite cookbook, scribbled on the backs of envelopes, printed off the Internet and especially the ones you no longer need a recipe for! Please submit your recipes to Carol Karcher at along with a favorite Bible verse for each entry. If you are contributing a recipe from online, please include the address or - even better - forward it to Carol. Please submit all recipes by March 30.

Meet Our Music Director

At St. Ann Chapel, Helen Holder, Choir Director, lends her expertise to grace the mass with holiness and beauty. From selecting musical pieces to conducting and performing she has helped to establish a tradition of excellent music and liturgical worship.

Helen is from New Orleans, Louisiana where she grew up in the Roman Catholic Church. She studied instrumental music, voice, and conducting. She performed extensively there on a range of instruments, including clarinet, oboe, saxophone, piano, and guitar, as well as voice.

Helen is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard, and has lived and worked the Bay Area since 1995. She has performed with many local professional and amateur groups, including Opera San Jose, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Baroque, California Bach Society, and Schola Cantorum. Before joining St. Ann in 2003, Helen sang at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew in San Mateo.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also minored in music and she directed the choir and music program at the Tech Catholic Community on campus. She later earned a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Berkeley, where she continued her involvement in music, performing with the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus and participating in other demanding musical projects.

St. Ann Chapel Rummage Sale

W hat better way to welcome spring than by cleaning out our households and having a rummage sale?!

The Annual ACW Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, May 13, 2017, and we encourage everyone to begin setting aside used books, housewares, clothing, and other items to donate to this fundraiser. Last year the sale was a great success, raising more than $500.

At St Ann’s we are blessed to have a library with selections for every church season. With Lent around the corner, consider checking out a book to enrich your Lenten journey:          

In addition peruse a bookstall which offers biographies, spiritual readings, fiction, and doctrinal books, as well as movies and music (CD-s).

To check out a book, visit the library in the narthex, remove the card from the back of the book, add your name to the card and place it in the cup. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Librarian, Carol Karcher at

The Outreach Committee is busy planning for Lent, Holy Week and beyond. This month we are planning to reach out to our community to increase awareness of our presence and the wonderfully rich worship services, we are planning for Holy Week and Easter.
Looking beyond Easter, we are also discussing the possibility of having a special Choral Evensong service in the spring or early summer. Stay tuned for more details as we work with Fr. Weber; Helen Holder our Music Director; and the rest of the choir to come up with concrete plans.

This past month we added two new members: Jack Halliday and Michael Fitzpatrick. Jack has been a member of St. Ann Chapel for many years and will bring a great perspective to the committee as we seek to increase our visibility in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. Michael, one of our newest members in the parish, is a graduate student at Stanford University. Having Michael on the Outreach Committee will bring fresh insight as we seek to become more active with the students and faculty at the university. Please pray for Jack and Michael, as well as Andrea, Cyndi, and Steve as we work to develop these outreach plans for St Ann Chapel.
If you would like help promoting your ministry event or have ideas for us, please grab one of us during coffee hour after service, or email Steve Perry at We'd be happy to chat!

Highlights of the 2016 Annual General Meeting

The St. Ann Chapel Annual General Meeting was on Sunday afternoon, 29 January 2017, following a sumptuous potluck lunch. The meeting featured several highlights:

 •  Father Weber announced the formation of two new committees: The Outreach committee, consisting of Andrea Brown, Jack Halliday, Cyndi Perry, and Steve Perry, and the St. Ann Prayer Guild, consisting of Andrea Brown and Gabrielle Gross. Father Weber praised the fact that formation of both committees came from and by the laity.

 •  Father Weber noted, also, that St. Ann broke a gender barrier with the addition of Michael Fitzpatrick to the Altar Guild.

 •  Some discussion centered on alteration of the service time from 11 to 10:30 am. Among important considerations are convenience for the choir, which must practice for several hours both before and after service on Sundays; convenience for the priest, who must travel from Berkeley; and convenience for parishioners who travel significant distances for services. The topic will have further discussion in the Bishop’s Committee.

 •  Also new in 2016 is our library and bookstall, which represents substantial creativity, first, and then work by and subsidy from Carol Karcher. The library grew in the year to two bookshelves and is anticipating a music library in memory of John Urquhart, craft items, a children’s shelf, and DVDs of the late Bishop Morse and the installation of bishops.

"Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul."    - Hannah More

One of our most essential ministries at St. Ann Chapel is the Prayer Guild. Members offer prayers daily for the mission and vitality of the church and for all who have expressed a prayer need.

 If you have a prayer request, you can drop a note in the prayer-intentions box in the narthex or contact Fr. Weber at or Gabrielle Gross at Expressed needs will remain confidential.

 We encourage you also to join the St. Ann Chapel Prayer Guild and participate in this vital ministry. The Guild meets on Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. at the church to pray for people who have requested prayers as well as others who need support. Members also recite the Rosary on the first Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. at the church. Please contact Gabrielle Gross at if you would like to participate in the Guild.

The Anglican Church Women (ACW) at St. Ann Chapel invites you to join them in their spirited fellowship and service in Jesus' name. They meet at church on every second Sunday at 10:15 am in the parish hall. You can contact Carol Karcher, at with any questions you may have.

Important Dates
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday
Choral Mass with the
Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Anglican Province of Christ the King Lenten Retreat
March 3-5, 2017

The Annunciation of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
Low Mass
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Palm Sunday
April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017 at 11:00

May 10-13, 2017

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St. Ann Chapel Anglican Church
541 Melville Ave
  Palo Alto , CA 94301

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