Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]