Canon Anthony Blogs


Canon Anthony Charlton Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton (Parish Priest)
  • 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 […]
  • A Great Message for All Young People 04/05/2019 - On the Feast of the Annunciation this year 25th March, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation to young people and to the entire people of God. This was written in response to the Synod that met last October and is entitled Christ is Alive.  I wonder how many young people have read it or planning […]
  • Mystagogia 26/04/2019 - I am sure that most of you are aware of the process by which an adult becomes a Catholic Christian in the church. It is known as Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA as it is known consists of various stages. Firstly there is an enquiry period at the end of which the […]
  • Resurrexit Sixut Dixit, Alleluia 24/04/2019 - I am sure that I have shared this before but one of the most enduring memories of my primary school days was when our parish priest, Fr Joe, talking to our class about the resurrection, said “If the resurrection of Jesus did not happen then would take off my roman collar and throw it away.” […]
  • The Greatest Breakthrough for Humanity 12/04/2019 - We all know what has dominated our news programmes and papers in the past months.  I won’t say the B word. Yet on Thursday a piece of news was announced simultaneously in Brussels,  Washington, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Lyngby in Denmark that overshadowed this bleak news. “Decades in the making”, as one newspaper said. […]
  • Passiontide 05/04/2019 - As you enter church this weekend you will see the statues and crucifixes are covered in purple. This time is traditionally known as Passiontide. I want this weekend to encourage you to think about what you are going to do for the three most important days of the year. They are: the day Jesus died, […]