Schedule of Weekly Services
Traditional Liturgical Worship
Holy Eucharist: 11:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer: 6:30 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
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.
Faith is from rural Ohio and began to learn to play the organ at the Lutheran church where her great-grandmother served as organist. She is an active performer on percussion, early keyboards, and organ, collaborating often with tenor Joshua Lanam. She holds a bachelor of music in music education and percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) and a master of music in musicology from the University of Leeds (West Yorkshire, England). She is currently writing her PhD dissertation at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also works as a teaching fellow.
Having moved from the United Kingdom, Faith has lived in the Bay Area for six years. She enjoys kayaking in Monterey Bay, traveling, collecting art from local artists, and spoiling her two poodles, Chaucer and Brontë.
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.
Because retreatants are shrouded in silence except for liturgical chants, and because the entire event is structured around the daily offices, I no longer had to think for myself, I no longer had to struggle to come up with some kind of service to God sprinkled into my otherwise secular labors. That service was a gift of grace to me, a gift of 1500 years of Christian contemplative practice, that left me free to just commune with my God and seek his face from first light to last candle. Compline and Morning Prayer dictated my hours of slumber, but how restful it was that I no longer had to wrestle within myself, “Is now the time to stop my work and sleep?” Instead, the voice of the Holy Spirit whispered, “Now that Compline has finished, go in peace my child.”
On Saturday, after the midday Holy Eucharist and lunch, I found myself with an entire afternoon—one given to me by God and not already spoken for by my ordinary obligations. I had brought with me a collection of sermons and one of Kierkegaard’s texts, and so I read for the soul, letting the hours slowly creep beneath my feet without the urgency of need to look for them. About midafternoon I took a walk through the outdoor Stations of the Cross, meditating on each, before hiking the various trails hidden throughout the grounds, sometimes reading my Kierkegaard as I walked. But I was never alone. In my joyous freedom I could experience how God was walking beside me, joining in my prayers. Not that he had ever been elsewhere, but in the din of the world’s anarchy, his presence is often less discernable.
My only regret is that it ended. I’ve long known that if I hadn’t been called to a family and academics, a monastic simplicity would probably be for me. So it is a tremendous blessing that the APCK offers this opportunity for true spiritual renewal and contemplative practice. It filled a much-needed lacuna in my life, and I am already savoring the anticipation of return to those sacred grounds next year, where I and my fellow retreatants will once again let our sensations be overwhelmed by the sounds of silence.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
The Anglican Church Women (ACW) will launch its very first Dress-for-Success clothing drive in May [Andrea’s article for Facebook says April]. The ACW 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 and who may lack the financial resources to buy appropriate clothing. The organization 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.
Through its clothing drives, Dress for Success in San Jose has helped thousands of women achieve economic independence by allowing them to enter the workforce with new hope and confidence. The guidelines for the drive are simple:
Because of limited space in the parish hall, please contact either Jo’Anne Zschokke at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrea Brown at email@example.com to coordinate making your donation.
Great plans are in the works for the St. Ann Chapel library! First, preparations are under way for the library to go online on the parish page at saintannschapel.org. Soon you will be able to browse the library’s titles from your computer. A second exciting development is the decision to turn the library 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? Wonderful titles span biographies and dogmatic theology to youth and children’s books.
Exciting new books include, in the youth section, Lee Stroebel’s The Case for Christ for Kids, The Case for a Creator for Kids, The Case for Faith for Kids, and The Case for Grace for Kids. Here’s a hint: Adults can check out the youth books, too. Sometimes it is easier to read the children’s version than to tackle the one for adults. We have the three-volume Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity by Richard Hooker and a DVD featuring Archbishop Morse talking about the beginning of the APCK. So enjoy: Most of these books will not show up in your local public library!