St. Anne Guild

The purpose of St. Anne Guild is to serve God through a greater commitment, to realize the joy that comes in direct proportion to knowing Him, and to unite the members through prayer, work, and mutual support, making Saint Anne a beacon of love and commitment.

St. Anne Guild is open to any woman who is a registered member of St. Anne Catholic Church, or who is the wife of a registered member, and who wishes to contribute and participate through her ideas, support and prayers.

History of St. Anne Guild

Three women talked and listened and talked more. It was 1982. Father Jim Rent was pastor, and there was an expressed need among the women of St. Anne parish to connect with one another in prayer, to serve God through service to the church, and to build a network of friendship and support among fellow Catholics.

Poppy Doyle, JoAnn Edmundson, and Joan O'Leary called on 33 ladies of the parish to meet in September 1983 to become a steering committee. The proposal was to form the St. Anne Guild. The goals were simple: to pray and work together and strive to make St. Anne a beautiful, spiritual, and friendly church. The targets for work to be done were many. The need to extend the wonderful spirit of warmth, hope, love and commitment to more parishioners was very real.

After several planning meetings, the Guild was officially launched in the spring of 1984. The workers were tireless, extending hospitality and help at the most joyful and the saddest times – weddings, baptisms and funerals; they cleaned, planted, did fund raising to further the work of the Guild and the church. Each task assumed, was accomplished.

Now over 35 years old, steady growth has occurred in God's service. The members, more than 200 strong, through prayer and work, have achieved grace and growth, and the Guild has become a beacon of love and commitment.

For further information please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., St. Anne Guild president, at 832.524.9925.



St. Anne Guild 2019-2020

Vice President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Delia Cowles
Cheryl Pace
Marilyn Murphy
Kathleen Fenninger
Mary Fairbrother
Eileen Hohlt

Standing Committee Chairs

Altar Society
Martha Garcia
Building & Grounds Joan O'Leary, Edie Archer
Christmas Party Gretchen Penny, Pam Laflin
Community Service Ann Murdock, Julie Brister, Susan Papalexandris, Mary Schultz
Corporal Works of Mercy Nancy Brock, Sandra Williams
Finance Mary Fairbrother
Historian Marlene Mousa
Hospitality Diane Anderson, Seanne Klingensmith
Martha Committee Barbara Caswell, Pat Cloutier, Rebekah Rivera
Membership Betty Perrier, Bella Kafarela
Newsletter DeAnn Englert, Michele Yanta
Nominating Carmen Clarke
Scholarship and Donations Jeanne Angulo, Carmen Clarke
Spiritual Life Barbara Bishop, Sandi Hedrick
Telephone Ruth Metzger, Louanne Sullivan
Ways and Means Diane Kopfensteiner, Michele Yanta
Wedding Assistance Barbara Divine, Gloria Tristan



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Guild Standing Committee Descriptions

Altar Society:  Provides and maintains the necessities of the Altar, such as vestments for priests, wine, linens and other items as needed. Raises funds through the Annual Bake Sale, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Building and Grounds: Perfect for someone who cannot commit to a monthly project or ongoing responsibility. This committee cleans the Bride's Room and sanctuary of the church twice a year, during Advent and during Lent, usually on a weekday morning.   This committee provides input to the church’s building and grounds committee.

Christmas Party: Volunteer as Committee Chair or Committee Member if you would enjoy planning, decorating, and/or coordinating the details of our annual Christmas Celebration.

Community Service:  You'll see the Spirit in action if you join the Community Service Committee!   The committee organizes the Guild's support of the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) including Back to School, Jingle Bell Express and Azalea Dinner as well as Amazing Place, Casa Juan Diego and the monthly parish food drive.  The committee collects hygiene products at our monthly meetings. The committee may also evaluate other community service opportunities for the Guild's consideration throughout the year.

Corporal Works of Mercy:  Perfect for someone who is available on weekdays and on short notice.  A large pool of members is required, since not everyone is available when needed.  The members assist in the church at Funeral Masses by welcoming attendees, answering their questions and assisting in any way necessary.

Historian:  The Historian records the Guild year in photographs, taking photos at meetings and parties.   Photos are shared with members, included in the Newsletter and used to chronicle the Guild Year.   Each year a photobook is compiled and presented to the outgoing President.  This is a small committee of women who like to work with photography and capture the essence of our gatherings.

Hospitality:   This committee provides the daytime luncheons and evening dinners for our monthly meetings. Two captains for each of the meals are needed to organize the meal and lead the volunteer kitchen helpers to cook, serve and clean up.  Sign-up sheets are available at meetings to volunteer as helpers or captains.  This committee offers a great way to get to know other ladies in the Guild.

Martha:  The Martha Committee is the companion committee to the Corporal Works of Mercy.  Members are needed who are available on short notice. They assist with funeral receptions for families of any member of the parish who requests this service.  Most receptions are catered. The Martha Committee provides coffee, tea and water and advises the caterer (as necessary). They set up for reception, serve the needs of the family and clean up following the gathering.

Membership:  A perfect way to get to know everyone in the Guild.  At monthly meetings, the committee greets and welcomes members, checks them in and distributes name tags. This committee is responsible for keeping the membership roster up to date, making new members feel welcome, interviewing new members for the newsletter, hosting new member events, representing the Guild at the Ministry Fair, and receiving dues. 

Newsletter:  The Newsletter Committee ensures that the St. Anne's Guild Newsletter reports informative, timely and accurate material that is of value to the organization and its members from September through May of each Guild year.  The committee chair(s) develops and edits the Newsletter contents, and the committee members provide assistance with the collection of material, proofreading and printing/distribution of the monthly paper copies.  This committee is a good fit for Guild members who enjoy reporting on special events, volunteer efforts and items of interest for each month’s issue.

Spiritual Life:  If you want to help to sustain and grow the prayer life of the Guild, this committee is for you.  They plan the Advent and Lenten Days of Prayer and plan tribute to Mary for the May meeting, keep the Guild Book of Prayer up-to-date, organize prayer partners and small study groups, and choose prayers to be said at each board & Guild meeting. They write articles of spiritual interest for the Newsletter. They write the “Prayers of the Faithful” intentions for each Sunday Mass.

Telephone: The Telephone Committee is a ministry that extends the President's reach to all members who do not have or use e-mail.  It is mostly utilized when members request the Guild's prayers for a specific urgent need among close relatives. Each member makes a half dozen or so calls per month to two to 4 members.

Ways and Means:  This committee needs a variety of talents as it plans and implements Guild fund-raising activities.  Whether you can sign up for ongoing work like publicity and planning or help with set up and work at events, you are needed.

Wedding Assistance:  Not available weekdays?  Then this is the committee for you!  All weddings have Friday evening rehearsals and Saturday weddings.  Members average four to six weddings per year.  Weddings at St. Anne are such beautiful events, but they do need our help to come off without a hitch.  While training is minimal, you will learn to conduct a rehearsal and a wedding, and be able to share in the joy of a couple’s special day.


Guild Calendar

Guild General Meetings

Held on the second Wednesday of each month from September through November and from January through May. Daytime meetings gather at 10:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 11:00 a.m. Luncheon follows the meeting. Evening meetings gather at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. A light-dinner follows the meeting.

Day of Prayer

The Guild sponsors at least one Day of Prayer usually during Advent and/or Lent with and outside retreat speaker.

Christmas Party

The Guild Christmas party is held in early December and is a dinner for members and guests held in the St. Anne Parish Center.

Guild Fundraising Events

The Ways and Means Committee of the Guild is responsible for planning and implementing the fund raising activities for the Guild. Some examples of activities have been a Games Day and Party Signup events. The funds raised have been used: to fund Pastor special projects; contribute to St. Anne Church capital campaign; to fund materials for St. Anne Church Archive committee; to remodel the Bride's Room; to fund the chapel in the new rectory; to donate the tapestry of Saint Anne hanging in the church; to establish an annual Scholarship for Service Fund for a seventh grade girl at St. Anne School; to donate the church bells in the bell tower; to restore, refurbish, and furnish various rooms and buildings at the church and school.