Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • Archbishop Oscar Romero to be made a saint 09/03/2018 - Last Wednesday it was announced that Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to Blessed Oscar Romero, the murdered Archbishop of San Salvador. This will mean that he will now be canonised as a Saint of the universal Church. This is good news for us as a Parish because in the martyrs chapel we have […]
  • The joy of forgiveness 01/03/2018 - On St Patrick’s Day(17th March)  this year our children who are preparing for First Reception of the Eucharist will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.  We have always in the past talked about “going to confession.”  The late Hugh Lavery wrote that the words “Confession and Penance lay the accent in […]
  • Silence in our life 03/11/2017 - Last month on BBC 4 there were three excellent programmes entitled “Meditations from a monastery.”  These had no spoken commentary and the hour-long programme followed the routines of certain monks in each of the three monasteries. What struck me was the silence in their lives, Silence was a key part of their life. The first word […]
  • The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation 13/10/2017 - This Sunday afternoon I am representing the Archbishop, Peter Smith in the Luther Quincentenary Choral Evensong being held in Canterbury Cathedral. The last day of October is the 500th anniversary of the occasion when Martin Luther, a German Augustinian monk wrote to the Archbishop of Mainz, Albert of Magdeburg. He criticised the way the St […]
  • The feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven. 17/08/2017 - On Tuesday we celebrate t I remember being asked by a non-Christian teacher where Mary is buried. I tried to explain to him the Church teaching on the Assumption. When the course of her earthly life had finished, Mary was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven. Her body is nowhere on […]
  • First Holy Communion will be meeting Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation 10/03/2017 - Next Saturday, 18th March, the children that are preparing for their First Holy Communion will be meeting Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. They are doing their final preparation at this Sundays’ lesson. I don’t remember a thing about my first Confession! Yet throughout my life I recall times when it […]
  • OUR PARISH GATHERING PROJECTS 21/02/2017 - When we met on 7th December 2016 you raised things that needed doing in our Parish Community. We want to make a start on doing them and are asking for people to lead and take part in projects that will: 1. Do a Feasibility Study on Making the Most of Our Assets 2. Make Major […]
  • This Sunday Confirmation 29/01/2017 - This Sunday we welcome our area bishop, Paul Mason who is here to confirm some young people of our parish. Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation and is intimately linked with Baptism and the Eucharist. Let us pray especially for the candidates for Confirmation, Ethan Tighe, Charles McMenemy, Edouard Paul de Vitry […]
  • Happy new Year 01/01/2017 - Today, the first day of 2017, is the octave day of Christmas and is the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. This is the oldest feast of Our Lady in the Liturgical calendar . It is also World Day of Prayer for Peace. In the first reading at Mass we hear how God gave […]
  • Blessed Charles de Foucauld 06/12/2016 - Last Friday it was the 100th anniversary of the death of . He was shot dead by a youngster who was keeping guard over him. This Frenchman spent the latter part of his life living among the Touaregs, nomadic tribesmen in Algeria. He wanted to bring Christ to them through his presence and simple life […]