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10-TRAINING-PRIEST

Fr John dabs for no one, but a little exercise won’t hurt

February 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholic Education week is now in full swing, thanks to staff and pupils from our local schools who were brave enough to come to Mass in uniform (well, just the pupils). In the high school each morning we are having a short reflection on the Education Week theme during the morning assembly time. I like having an opportunity to address whole school or year group assemblies, since it gives you maximum ‘reach’ in terms of audience but doesn’t take up much time: you can say your piece in five minutes, the kids can say they have seen the priest—if ... continue reading.
10-BOLLAN-ST-PETERS

Many Catholics are unclear on Church teaching

February 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week, THE THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says we can often flounder when put on the spot over what the Church teaches and why — By Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


10-DESK-COMBINED

The parallel duties of priests and presidents

February 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at the tricky ‘executive orders’ priests have to make in their parishes — BY Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


10-SERMON-MOUNT

The 2,000 year-long sermon

January 27th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS defends the ‘moral high ground’... continue reading.


10-HOLIDAY

A break is not a luxury, it’s a necessity

January 20th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at how important it is for parish priests to be able to take time away from work - by Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


10-BOLLAN-JASMINE

Combating loneliness in priesthood and parish

January 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at the solitary life of many priests and parishioners, and a possible canine solution - Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


10-ST-JOSEPHS

Life is precarious, and not all gifts will last

January 6th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week’s THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at the Feast of Epiphany and considers what greatness really means — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


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Remember those who rejoice upon another shore

December 23rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS reflects this Holy Season on the loved ones we have lost - by Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


New twists on an old Christmas story

December 16th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

TV-themed nativity’s are all the rage, but THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS fears a Gospel wrapped in tinsel - By Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


Rose, not to be confused with pink, please

December 9th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Seasonal colours call for correct terminology. Let THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS guide you in this and other Christmas concerns - By Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


The pulsating excitement of a deanery

December 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS relates a boredom-induced out-of-body experience at a deanery meeting, and reflects on family illness... continue reading.



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