Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • St Thomas of Canterbury Church is now a Diocesan Shrine 15/11/2019 - This week I received from Archbishop John Wilson the Decree designating and approving St Thomas of Canterbury Church as a Diocesan Shrine. I thought it would be important for you all to see and read the Decree: “St Thomas Canterbury opened on 13 April 1875, holds the relic of St Thomas Becket. The relic consisting […]
  • We are Relational Beings 09/11/2019 - Most of us have heard of the internationally renowned sculptor, Antony Gormley, and his piece “The Angel of the North”. It was completed in 1998, and is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across and stands on a hill overlooking the A1 and […]
  • Musings of a Parish Priest 05/11/2019 - Today’s Gospel is very familiar to all of us. It is a key scriptural reading we use when preparing our our children for the Sacrament of reconciliation. This is also a great passage for us to reflect on in our prayer. Zacchaeus was a man apart, collaborating with the Romans in his office of tax […]
  • Humility 25/10/2019 - Jesus is sharing with us an important story this weekend. It is directed at you and me. Are you listening? What do you hear?  The reason he was telling this story was because there were some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else.  It is a good thing to be virtuous […]
  • Extraordinary Missionary Month 18/10/2019 - How are you doing in this Extraordinary Missionary Month? The Parish was very generous in its support of the Missionary congregation of the Spiritans. After Fr Patrice’s preaching on the first Sunday of the month you raised £1,633. 54. Also some of you give regularly to the Churches missionary work through the Red Box that […]
  • Cardinal Newman 11/10/2019 - This Sunday, 13th October, the first English saint of modern times, John Henry Newman, is to be canonised (declared a saint). Also canonized with him will be an Indian, Sister Marian Thresia, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; an Italian, Sister Giuseppina Vannini; a Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Marguerite Bays, […]
  • Our Missionary Commitment 04/10/2019 - This is a busy weekend for us at St Thomas of Canterbury.  Father Federico Gandolfi OFM is here and on Friday after celebrating evening Mass spoke about his work in South Sudan. At all Masses this weekend Fr Patrick is speaking about the work of the missionary order of Spiritians and he will be asking […]
  • Global Healing & Our Harvest 27/09/2019 - Traditionally Harvest festival is held on the Sunday near or of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. The equinox this year is Monday 23rd September. Thank you to all those who have donated food as part of our display around the altar. This will be distributed […]
  • Preferential Option for the Poor 27/09/2019 - A group of us were discussing this Sunday’s gospel where Jesus told the story of Dives and Lazarus. Someone in the group said that it is the responsibility of rich people in this world like Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, to give more of their money to the poor and the needy. It is […]
  • Letting God Find Us 13/09/2019 - In all three of the stories in Luke’s Gospel today we have something or someone who is lost. The lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son often known as the prodigal son. The shepherd searches for the lost sheep and the woman searches for the lost coin and the father searches the horizon […]