Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • Making YOUR path straight 07/12/2018 - The pressure is on. When am I going to write all those cards? Have I accidentally left off anyone from the Christmas present list?  Will I cope this year with the family coming for Christmas dinner? Will I be celebrating alone?  Let us leave those anxieties and worries aside for a while.  We need to […]
  • Our Jesse Tree 30/11/2018 - Our family wasn’t big into Christmas trees. In the living room the focus was the crib and behind it was a fairly insignificant plastic tree covered in tinsel . A friend of mind always has a big tree on which she daringly places candles which are lit occasionally when everyone is in the room. The […]
  • Just One Filter 22/11/2018 - The Church celebrates National Youth Sunday every year on the feast of Christ the King. Last year one of the posters issued for this Sunday was a photo of my goddaughter. This year the advertising is very different. The theme is #JustOneFilter. It is addressing young people that use social media everyday. For us oldies […]
  • Endings and beginnings 16/11/2018 - The Christmas lights were switched on this last Friday in Canterbury.  Preparations for Christmas are now upon us and we have 35 days before the beginning of the Christmas season. But we are getting ahead of ourselves.  This Sunday and next Sunday in the Liturgy we consider the end of time and readings from the […]
  • Lest We Forget 09/11/2018 - This Sunday, 11th November, is Armistice Day and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. Nowadays, we remember those who were lost in the war by holding a two-minute silence and by wearing a red poppy.  […]
  • The Word of God 02/11/2018 - On Wednesday night Fr Sylvester and I were at the Mass of Welcome of Fr Hans Puthiakulangara as the Pastoral Administrator of the parish St Simon Stock, South Ashford.  He was asked a series of questions by Monsignor Matthew Dickens the Chancellor of the Diocese.  The first was  “It is the duty of the priest […]
  • All Hallow’s Eve 25/10/2018 - Happy Halloween?  We have seen the costumes and the accessories in the shops for weeks reminding us that Wednesday is commercially known as Halloween. I am not sure what we are wishing people when we say Happy Halloween.  Since I was a boy this day has become more sophisticated. We used to have games such […]
  • A Ministry of Service 19/10/2018 - Painfully at this time in the Church we are having to deal with sexual abuse of children by some priests.  We need to give priority to the special pastoral care to all those effected by this abuse. This abuse has changed many peoples attitude towards priests.  There are those who say that abuse has been […]
  • Holiness is a call to all 12/10/2018 - This Sunday at the Mass in St Peter’s Square, the Pope Francis will be adding Archbishop Oscar Romero, the martyred bishop of San Salvador, to the list of saints. Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) will also be added. These two names are alongside two diocesan priests and two religious sisters: a German and a […]
  • Unbinding Ourselves 06/10/2018 - I was visiting Oxford last week and went to the chapel of  New College. In the antechapel under the West window depicting a nativity scene based on a design by Sir Joshua Reynolds stand a large sculpture of Lazarus by Jacob Epstein that he carved in 1951. It stands about 12 feet high. It is said […]