Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • 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 […]
  • The Feast of Christ the King 23/11/2016 - The Christmas ads are out on Television. The lights in Canterbury have been switched on and all the stores are geared up for Christmas shopping. Some friends I know are even now writing Christmas cards! This weekend we are celebrating the last Sunday of the Churches’ year, the Feast of Christ the King and the […]
  • Time for harvest thanksgiving 25/09/2016 - This time of year is the time for harvest thanksgiving. It was the autumn equinox last Thursday 22nd September and we had a Harvest Moon on 16th September. This is the month we are asked by the Church to pray in thanksgiving for the harvest, the fruits of human work and pray for the reverent […]