Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • Mary or Martha? 20/07/2019 - The visit of Jesus to the home of his friends  Lazarus, Martha and Mary is a challenging and thought provoking incident in the gospel for us.  You often hear people ask “are you a Martha or a Mary?” Some say, ”It is all very well Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and Jesus saying […]
  • Pause – Be Still and Know that I am God 12/07/2019 - I have been reading a book written by Chris Chapman entitled “Earthed in God”. He uses his experience and love of gardening as a way of talking about spiritual growth. He says that his book rests on the understanding that God desires and works for our flourishing much as we do when we sow seeds […]
  • Sheep Among Wolves 06/07/2019 - In my former role as part of the team responsible for promoting religious education in the diocese I would  often meet with the staff of primary schools to help them formulate a mission statement for the school If you search on the internet for an answer to the question  “What is a Misson Statement ? […]
  • Earthware Jars 28/06/2019 - Each Month the Pope suggests an intention for our prayer. In June, his suggestion was as follows: “That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.” Last Friday, the feast of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, Cardinal Vincent Nichols invited all […]
  • Corpus Christi – The Gift of the Eucharist 21/06/2019 - This weekend we are celebrating the Solemnity of Corpus et Sanguis Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ). This feast gives us the opportunity to recall the greatest gift of the Eucharist given to the Church by Jesus at the Last Supper. It stands at the centre of the Church’s life. Pope John Paul, in […]
  • Confirmation – Gifts of the Holy Spirit 15/06/2019 - Welcome This Sunday we are very pleased to welcome Archbishop Peter Smith who will be confirming our twenty young people at 11am Mass. It was only last Monday that it was announced that Pope Francis has appointed, Bishop John Wilson as his successor. Bishop John will be installed as the new Archbishop of Southwark on […]
  • Pentecost – The Birthday of the Church 07/06/2019 - Next Sunday, Trinity Sunday at 11am the Archbishop Peter Smith will confirm our young people. He will stretch his hands over them and call down the Holy Spirit upon them. He will anoint them with the oil of Chrism and say,“Be sealed with the Holy Spirit.” They have all  received the Holy Spirit in Baptism […]
  • Pilgrimage 30/05/2019 - Before coming to Canterbury I had planned to walk three hundred kilometres on the way of St James from Burgos to Compostela in Spain, part of the Camino (the way of St James) from France. In my preparation I realised that I was not fit enough and postponed the pilgrimage. It is still my fond […]
  • Pentecost 24/05/2019 - In two weeks’ time, the 9th June, we will be celebrating the third most important feast in the Church’s year, Pentecost. The English word “Pentecost” is a transliteration of the Greek word pentekostos, which means “fifty.” It comes from the ancient Christian expression pentekoste hemera, which means “fiftieth day.” But Christians did not invent the phrase […]
  • 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 […]