April 15, 2017
Greetings from the Vicar

I remember my first Maundy Thursday service: the unexpected outpouring of joy in the midst of Holy Week, the Gloria with bells ringing. The organ silent thereafter, chant rising unaccompanied in the air of the church. The slow, stately procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, chanting Pange lingua. The stripping of the altar, and the departure in silence.

And then Good Friday: the solemn and stark liturgy of our Lord’s crucifixion, with the recital of the Passion according to St John, the majestic prayers for all of God’s people, the veneration of the Cross of Christ, and the reception of the reserved Sacrament—muted and funereal, an internalization of our shared guilt for the murder of our Savior.

And last, the Vigil on Holy Saturday: light returning to the church, the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery lit only by candles, the prophecies sketching the history of our salvation, and the glorious first Mass of Easter; the return of our Lord’s Body to his home in the tabernacle, and the realization that he has never left us.

If you have not had the experience of attending the services of the Holy Triduum, then I urge you to come to church and experience the mystery of Christ’s death, burial, and Resurrection. This is the beating heart of our faith as Christians, the people for whom our Lord suffered, died, and rose again. These services inscribe the story upon our hearts; we begin to understand them at a level deeper than mere intellectual assent. The events of Holy Week are not mere fables. They are more than just words on paper: They are a tale we are living, a tale that is still being told, a tale in which we are important and vital. Come this Holy Week and be part of the story.

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 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 diocese conducts administrative and temporal affairs.

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

Summer Seminary Session

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28
This year's Summer Seminary Session at St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College will begin Monday, July 17 and continue through Friday, July 28. The Summer Seminary Session strives to immerse participants in a course of study that is typical of a seminary environment, complete with corporate worship, instruction, daily Eucharist, and spiritual formation.

Topics that this summer session will cover include an in-depth study of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the Catholic epistles, spiritual formation, ecclesiastical Latin, and church music. Instructors will include Bishop Donald Ashman, provost of the seminary and bishop ordinary of the Diocese of the Western States; Bishop Frank Brulc, bishop ordinary of the Diocese of the Southwestern States; Bishop John Upham, bishop ordinary of the Diocese of the Atlantic States; Dr. Paul Russell; and Fr. Matthew Weber. If you are interested in submitting an application to attend, please contact Bishop Ashman at 

     Parish News and Updates
In Memoriam: John Urquhart
When John Urquhart passed away on March 19, 2016, at 81 years old, we at St. Ann Chapel lost a beloved husband, respected friend, and committed church member. In honor of John’s memory, some reflections from friends: 

“John Urquhart was an extraordinarily fine human being and an astonishing polymath: He was a wonder. John prompted me to be clever, bright, interesting, funny—and I tried my best so John would be willing to talk to me. His brilliance, his wit, his kindness, his generosity, his love of the liturgy—all made me want to be his disciple. I thrilled with surprise and delight the first time he gave me a wink as he came down from communion on the way back to his pew. That he did so regularly was my second-favorite reason to go to mass.”   Judy Lhamon

“John was among the first to welcome us when we came to St. Ann Chapel.
He was pleasant, friendly, intellectual, with a great gift for conversation.  It was always a pleasure to spend time with him.
He is dearly missed.”  Brooks Lupien

“When I think of John I remember his great joy in all that life had to offer. Whether it was having coffee with his ‘buddies’ once a week at a local cafe or discussing some interesting current event, John always expressed a keen enthusiasm for whatever was set before him. I recall with fondness the day that my husband David played a short piano piece by Brahms for John, and the expression of joy on his face will stay with me always. John loved classical music and was very knowledgeable about all facets of this art form. Both he and Joan attended concerts regularly and were generous benefactors to the performing arts. All who knew John could not help but to love him; his keen sense of humor and contagious laughter will always be treasured .”   Gabrielle Gross

“I first came to St Ann’s for a service in 2003, for a Choral Evensong I directed there. As far back as I can remember, John Urquhart was always around. One Advent he mentioned that he used Stuttgart (“Earth has many a noble city”) to compose a toilet-training ditty for one of his sons.  A rather unorthodox use for a hymn tune, but one that I think our Lord might have found amusing! In the year or so before his death John came by and visited me regularly on Wednesday afternoons. We would talk about anything and everything—church politics, history, his musical interests (Wagner, Liszt, the piano), and occasionally even his profession: medicine.  John was always an interesting conversationalist, a friendly presence, and a staunch supporter of St Ann Chapel, with a deep and abiding love not only for sacred music, but for the music of Archbishop Cranmer’s prose. A loyal churchman, a kind and wise friend, and a respected and renowned physician; I miss him terribly. May he rest in peace.”   Fr. Matthew Weber
    A Lenten Retreat Experience
Participants from the APCK Lenten Retreat at the Vallombrosa Center at 250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, California, on March 3–5, 2017. The author, Michael Fitzpatrick is in the last row, second from the left. Other members of St. Ann Chapel who were present were Andrea Brown, Glenn Karcher, Arlene Boyd and Fr. Weber.
It is not too early to plan to attend the Lenten Retreat next year. The benefit of this unique time of communion is powerful.
Into Great Silence

by Michael Fitzpatrick

What remains when the world recedes? What is left when the roar of human ambition and fervor becomes a dim hum outside stone walls, drowned out by the stillness of small rabbits and the trickling waters of a meditation fountain? What is the freedom that comes with no longer having one’s life dictated from within, like a self-legislating demiurge, but rather when one’s life is utterly and completely structured by the Holy Spirit?

These questions have been constant in my subconscious ever since I began to worship in the Anglican tradition five years ago, but it wasn’t until I finally went on the APCK Lenten Prayer Retreat that I found their answer. When I checked into my small quarters with their manifest chasteness, suddenly the screeching expectations of the world halted at the walls of the Vallambrosa Retreat Center, and I found myself for the first time in years without that impulse welling up inside to push me toward the next task on my list of chores. I could just—be. (continued)

How We Become Like God

By Scott Cairns*

To the extent that we love mercy
and we keep  unfailing watch, 
we are like our Father in Heaven,
who ceaselessly performs these things in us.

To the extent that we suffer poverty,
humiliation, rejection and pain,
we are like the Son of God,
who endured and tolerated all such suffering.

To the extent that we flow outward
with the full  abundance of our hearts,                                     The Good Samaritan
and give our  complete substance to the poor,
and spend  our lives in service to the sick,
we are like  the Holy Spirit who is made manifest                                    
as the abundant outpouring of the  Father and the Son.

*Scott Cairns (b.1954) is an American poet whose work is a feature in the Lenten devotions as part of the Lent Project sponsored by Biola University. He is sharing his work with us with the hope that God bless it. 

Anglican Relief and Development Fund

Imagine having to travel great distances to go to secondary school. Many young women in the Diocese of Tabora, Tanzania, must do so. The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is building a safe hostel for students as an overall strategy by the diocese to increase access to education for young women. The hostel also creates a welcoming community of girls whom the ARDF encourages to worship together at the local church. (continued)
ACW Annual Yard Sale

Gather your unwanted items for the second Anglican Church Women's Annual Yard Sale!  Last year’s sale was a stunning success, not just from the aspect of selling items and sending the monies to charities, but as a means to bless others. Many people asked to see the inside of our church, so we gave several tours that day. The sale was also an opportunity for the women to sit and visit with each other as well as with the people who came by (although visiting was impossible the first hour when everything was bedlam!). Consider joining us for all or part of this event. You will be a blessing to everyone who comes and may likely receive a blessing in return. 

Meet Our Organist

At St. Ann Chapel we are greatly blessed to have Faith Lanam as our organist. Her artistry on the organ adds sacredness to the mass and inspires everyone who is present. 

Faith Lanam is a musicologist, performer, pedagogue, and teaching fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on the music and women of El Colegio de San Miguel de Belem, Mexico’s first female music conservatory. She has collected and edited numerous musical manuscripts, performance scores, partbooks, and archival documents from el Archivo Historico del Colegio de San Ignacio de Loyola, Vizcaínas in Mexico City. Drawing on secondary sources in historical musicology, music education, and studies in colonialism and gender, Faith’s research increases our understanding of historically underrepresented foci in musicology, specifically eighteenth-century music pedagogy and the professional training of female musicians, within the greater context of the musical and social life of colonial Mexico City. (continued)
 “Dress for Success”

The Anglican Church Women will be launching their very first Dress for Success clothing drive starting in May.  It will coordinate this effort with the San Jose branch of Dress for Success which is a national nonprofit organization.  Dress for Success provides business and workplace clothing for women who are entering or reentering the workforce without the financial resources to buy appropriate clothing.  Its work meets a critical need because many women who are transitioning out of poverty struggle with having the proper clothing for job interviews and those first crucial months of a new job. (continued)  

Great plans are in the works for the St. Ann Chapel library!  It will transform into a lending library for the parishes of the Anglican Province of Christ the King (APCK) and other parishes on a case-by-case basis. What better way to share the rich resources the library has to offer?

Also, it is now possible to browse the full list of titles on the Library page of the website! Wonderful titles span everything from biographies and dogmatic theology to youth and children’s books. Check them out soon. Most of these books will not show up in your local public library!

Our librarian is Carol Karcher. You can contact her at

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1

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.

The Outreach Committee: Steve Perry, chairman (center) and Outreach coordinators: Cyndi Perry, Jack Halliday, Michael Fitzpatrick and Andrea Brown (left to right)
In the past two months, all the Outreach Committee members have been busy and active in planning and organizing promotions for a number of outreach projects at St. Ann beginning with Holy Week and Easter. These occasions present a wonderful opportunity to reach out to our neighbors who may not currently belong to a faith community and welcome them to ours. An invitation to church from a friend is the most effective form of outreach. Moving forward, the committee will plan marketing support for a number of outreach activities and summer events. Stay tuned for more exciting news as we work to increase visibility in the community and support the charitable efforts of our parish ministries.

The Parish Cookbook

You still have time to submit your recipes for the Parish Cookbook to Carol Karcher at  She has received many wonderful recipes, including recipes for Judy’s biscuits, Glenn’s Christmas pudding, and Celia’s hummus! We've had a great start, but Carol’s goal is to include a recipe from everyone, so please send your favorite recipe in as soon as possible! Also, please send a favorite scripture verse with each recipe you submit. Carol hopes to publish the cookbook before Synod in May.

Cross-Stitch Anyone ?
Would you like to learn the art of cross-stitch? Carol Karcher can teach you! Her classes will begin with a simple project and continue through the process of reading a chart. A stamped cross-stitch piece will be the second project; it is altogether different from counted cross-stitch. Finally, Carol will guide you through a more difficult pattern. At the end of the classes, you will have created a couple of greeting cards with cross-stitched inserts as well as an additional piece.

Classes are free, but the supply fee is $15. Lessons can be at church on Sunday mornings or on Wednesday evenings before Evening Prayer. Other sites and times are negotiable. Cross-stitch is a fascinating craft with endless possibilities for crafting fun! This class is available to parishioners and anyone else who is interested. If you know someone, young or old, who would like to take this class, contact Carol at  with Cross-Stitch Class in the subject line.
Contact Us

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

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Important Dates
Maundy Thursday
April 13, 2017
Choral Mass, 7 p.m.

Good Friday
April 14, 2017
The Way of the Cross, 3 p.m.
Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday, 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday
April 15, 2107
The Pascal Vigil, 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017
Choral Mass, 11:00

May 10–13, 2017

ACW Annual Yard Sale
May 20, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Summer Seminary Session
July 17–28, 2017