This weeks columns

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The little exchanges, good and bad, of priestly life

March 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This has been a fairly average day. It began with the funeral of an 89-year-old Daniel O’Donnell fan (who sang us out at the Crematorium—although not in person), followed by a visit to the Primary 4 children in St Joseph’s ahead of their First Confession. One little girl gave me the best summary of the Sacrament I’ve ever encountered. Announcing how much she was looking forward to making her confession, she said: “I mean, I’ll just say it and that’s it out and it’s staying out!” If that’s not a firm purpose of amendment, I don’t know what is. After ... continue reading.
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Brushing away the dirt unveils hidden treasure

March 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A curious discovery in the garden has THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS reflecting on the beauty in us that only God can see — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


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Like the Tardis, the heart of a Christian is bigger on the inside

February 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS juggles Doctor Who, popes, and ecumenalism - by Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


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

February 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A school trend is a little daft, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says, but priests could benefit from looking after their health — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.



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