This weeks columns

10-HOLIDAY

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

January 20th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Thanks to the wonders of technology, I am filing this instalment from the side of a pool, while the sun beats gently down upon me in my Victorian bathing costume. I should point out straight away that this is not Gourock pool (the oldest heated swimming pool in Scotland, fact fans), but a pool in a hotel in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. I am in the middle of a winter break and the parish is in the capable hands of my former mentor, Canon George Bradburn. Suffice to say that the parishioners of St Joseph’s will also be relishing ... 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.


10-BOLLAN

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.


10-BOLLAN

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.


10-BOLLAN

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.


10-DOODLE

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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Papal lessons—both real and fictional

November 25th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A new TV drama has THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS thinking about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and being on call at Inverclyde Hospital ... continue reading.


Our churches help the lost find direction

November 18th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS on feelings of loss, how the church helps in hard times—and a facial hair furor that divided a parish - By FR JOHN BOLLAN... continue reading.


A humanist red-herring on school Masses

November 11th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at the debate over school religious observation, and reflects on a painful loss at the parish quiz — Fr John Bollan ... continue reading.


Let’s find a place for art to touch the soul

November 4th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS this week considers profound creative responses to the mystery of the cross and to martyrdom at the hands of Isis - By Fr John Bollan... continue reading.



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