Canon Anthony Blogs

 

Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • Catholic Guilt 22/03/2019 - I don’t react too well when people talk about “Catholic Guilt” This phrase is often used by  those  who are not long active in their faith or who feel antagonistic towards Catholicism.  I think that this phrase means the Catholics can feel excessively guilty which can sometimes lead to scrupulosity. During this time of Lent […]
  • A Listening Heart 15/03/2019 - As children we would often stay with our aunt and uncle in Malvern and love to climb the Malvern hills. The highest point is the Worcestershire Beacon which is 425 meters above sea level. From there you have wonderful views over Herefordshire and Worcestershire. But this was just a hill. Being up there I always […]
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters – thank you and goodbye 08/03/2019 - Two years ago the Franciscan International Study Center closed its doors and was sold. We still have a Franciscan presence in Canterbury. They are the Franciscan Missionary sisters of Littlehampton at Monte Bre, Blean and the Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph in Somner Close. Sadly, by the end of this month, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters […]
  • Lent 28/02/2019 - Since the beginning of the year I have been writing short reflections on the Mass (the Eucharist) which is for us the source and summit of our Christian life. This Sunday is the last before we enter the season of Lent. Lent is a six week period in preparation of the greatest feast of the […]
  • The Eucharist 22/02/2019 - This week I want to consider the  Communion Rite of the Mass which begins with the Our Father. We then give each other the sign of peace. This reminds us that our Communion is not a private act between Jesus and myself but it is between Jesus in his union with the Father and the […]
  • The laity as Eucharistic Ministers 15/02/2019 - Last Saturday at our Cathedral, Bishop Pat Lynch commissioned 64 people as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. These commissions take place three times a year. Some people  don’t like the idea of receiving the Precious Body and Blood from a lay person. Others are uncomfortable about receiving Our Lord in the hand. In the early […]
  • Ministry of Reader 09/02/2019 - Over twenty years ago I was involved in helping a friend of mine, Margaret Rizza, write a small book entitled “Proclaiming God’s Word”. After being published by our Diocesan Liturgy Commission, it was expanded and published commercially. This was a guide for readers and we realised that the service of the Ministry of Reader was […]
  • Participating in the Mass 01/02/2019 - This week I wish to talk about a word that is often used in liturgical context, Ministry.  We often hear talk about Liturgical ministries. The Priest at Mass presides over the whole assembly. He orchestrates the whole liturgy and speaks the many prayers in your name.  As a priest at Mass, I don’t speak for […]
  • Preparation of Gifts 25/01/2019 - Continuing our reflections on the celebration of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life, I thought that as we will be having members of the Parish Finance committee speaking at all Masses this weekend about our finances, it would be appropriate to reflect on the Preparation of Gifts and the collection.  This […]
  • 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 […]