Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • Love One Another 17/05/2019 - In the gospel today Jesus says to us “I give you a new commandment:“love one another.” What is new about this commandment? In the Old Testament we encounter God calling his people to love. St Augustine in his reflection on the gospel of John says; “It is that particular love which the Lord distinguished from […]
  • A Great Message for All Young People 04/05/2019 - On the Feast of the Annunciation this year 25th March, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation to young people and to the entire people of God. This was written in response to the Synod that met last October and is entitled Christ is Alive.  I wonder how many young people have read it or planning […]
  • Mystagogia 26/04/2019 - I am sure that most of you are aware of the process by which an adult becomes a Catholic Christian in the church. It is known as Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA as it is known consists of various stages. Firstly there is an enquiry period at the end of which the […]
  • Resurrexit Sixut Dixit, Alleluia 24/04/2019 - I am sure that I have shared this before but one of the most enduring memories of my primary school days was when our parish priest, Fr Joe, talking to our class about the resurrection, said “If the resurrection of Jesus did not happen then would take off my roman collar and throw it away.” […]
  • The Greatest Breakthrough for Humanity 12/04/2019 - We all know what has dominated our news programmes and papers in the past months.  I won’t say the B word. Yet on Thursday a piece of news was announced simultaneously in Brussels,  Washington, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Lyngby in Denmark that overshadowed this bleak news. “Decades in the making”, as one newspaper said. […]
  • Passiontide 05/04/2019 - As you enter church this weekend you will see the statues and crucifixes are covered in purple. This time is traditionally known as Passiontide. I want this weekend to encourage you to think about what you are going to do for the three most important days of the year. They are: the day Jesus died, […]
  • The Prodigal Son 29/03/2019 - I am the eldest of three children in my family. Looking back at our childhood in Clapham I was the bossy one and the one that was expected to show a good example.  I was dutiful.  Just ask my brother and sister. I was always trying to please my Mum and Dad.  My brother and sister […]
  • 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 […]