This weeks columns


Reaching for Christ when all seems lost

August 11th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

I’m finding it hard to get into my post-holiday stride, and I’m blaming this on a four-pronged conspiracy designed to upset me. First, I returned home to the chapel house to find chips in the ‘dry’ recycling bin. As anyone associated with St Joseph’s will attest, I am an evangelical recycler and regularly subject the housekeepers to lengthy discourses on what goes where, often posting helpful reminders via sticky-backed notes at eye level beside the bins. It has been suggested to me that I’m a little punctilious about the whole thing and should ‘lighten up: it’s a load of rubbish.’ No ... continue reading.

Mass tourism can have a downside

August 4th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Attending church while on holiday, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS discovers, is at times a frustrating experience. - Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Awkward timing and blushing priests

July 28th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

TV nudity, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says, often rears its head, and other parts, at the most embarrassing times -By Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


We all need time to mourn—even priests

July 21st, 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 — Fr JOHN BOLLAN... continue reading.

14 Nun praying

Sisters are doing it for St Joseph’s

July 14th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr John Bollan pays tribute to the wonderful work of the religious in our parishes.... continue reading.

Altar servers Cade Foster, Reed Robinson, Ryan Hinlo and Matthew Staley sit on a bench waiting for students to arrive for a Mass for Life Jan. 25 at Sagrado Corazon at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Nashville, Tenn. Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville celebrated Mass for about 450 high school students, college students and their chaperones who were preparing to travel to Washington to take part in the annual March for Life Jan. 27. The four altar servers were going with the group to the nation's capital. (CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register)

A shortage of servers can’t be ignored

July 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS seeks to solve several knotty problems before going on holiday - Fr John Bollan ... continue reading.


Parishes face feast or famine on holy days

June 30th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Creativity is needed to get people into the spirit of holy days of obligation, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says By Fr John Bollan... continue reading.

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How to make good teaching a class act

June 23rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Beth Dickson says that educating children is complex, so let’s not make it tougher for teachers... continue reading.

Over-worked priests leads to poor ministry

June 23rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says a priesthood as an ‘out of control treadmill’ will discourage others . By Fr. John Bollan... continue reading.

The forgotten obligation to attend Mass

June 16th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Church in Scotland is adapting to serve ‘practise Catholics,’ THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS argues -By Fr John Bollan ... continue reading.

The chief weapon against terror is love

June 9th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at recent attacks, an ‘elephant in the room,’ and suffering refugees - Fr JOHN BOLLAN... continue reading.

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