Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • A Golden Silence 18/01/2019 - Last week I gave some thoughts on music in the Mass but there was one BIG printing error.  After looking at what needs to sung at Mass I ended the paragraph by saying: ”So we should see the music in the Mass as four hymns.”  It should have read, “So we should NOT see the […]
  • Music and the Mass 10/01/2019 - Last week, in my thoughts about the Sunday Mass, I wrote about “the assembly”. This week I want to reflect on music at Mass. I know from experience the subject is very emotive. I often hear; “Why don’t Catholics sing?” or “Why do we have hymns that that we don’t know?” or “Why do all […]
  • newletters: Newsletter week starting 13 January 2019 10/01/2019 -   This message is only for the use of the intended recipient(s). It may contain information which is confidential and legally privileged within the meaning of applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender as soon as possible. Any copying, disclosure, distribution or any action taken or omitted to be […]
  • Reflections on the Mass 03/01/2019 - At the beginning of this New Year I would like to write some reflections on the Mass, the Eucharist, which, as you know, is the source and summit of the Christian life. Today I want to start at the very beginning before we make the sign of the cross. The moment when we gather together […]
  • Thoughts for a new year 29/12/2018 - Don’t let the cynics put you off thinking about new year resolutions.  I think it is only natural for you and I to have some wishes and thoughts about our lives today and how we would like them to unfold.  We are all encouraged to know our purpose in life.  What do you want from your life?  In what […]
  • The Light which is Christ 21/12/2018 - Poor Thistle Shopping centre in Stirling! Their decision to turn down a request have a crib in the shopping precinct was covered by all the news outlets  from the Scotsman, the Mirror, the Express to the Times. The reason they gave was that they wanted to appear “religiously and politically neutral” and avoid offending customers. They […]
  • Gaudete 14/12/2018 - I sometimes used to write in cards for those who were getting married Phillipians 4:4 . Those who were curious had to look up the verse in the New Testament. In the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) it reads “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”  In the Jerusalem translation, which we […]
  • Making YOUR path straight 07/12/2018 - The pressure is on. When am I going to write all those cards? Have I accidentally left off anyone from the Christmas present list?  Will I cope this year with the family coming for Christmas dinner? Will I be celebrating alone?  Let us leave those anxieties and worries aside for a while.  We need to […]
  • Our Jesse Tree 30/11/2018 - Our family wasn’t big into Christmas trees. In the living room the focus was the crib and behind it was a fairly insignificant plastic tree covered in tinsel . A friend of mind always has a big tree on which she daringly places candles which are lit occasionally when everyone is in the room. The […]
  • Just One Filter 22/11/2018 - The Church celebrates National Youth Sunday every year on the feast of Christ the King. Last year one of the posters issued for this Sunday was a photo of my goddaughter. This year the advertising is very different. The theme is #JustOneFilter. It is addressing young people that use social media everyday. For us oldies […]