This weeks columns


The pulsating excitement of a deanery

December 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Although most Catholics are very aware of their own parishes and the diocese to which they belong, less familiar to many is the idea of the deanery. Dioceses are divided up into smaller geographical districts presided over by deans who are usually, but not always, the senior priests in the area. The deanery covering Inverclyde consists of 11 parishes and we gathered last week for our twice-yearly deanery meeting. These meetings are held at the request of the Bishop and he provides us with a series of questions to debate and discuss with a view to offering him advice ... continue reading.

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.


Time to take our kids off the internet

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

LEO Lanahan explains why he bans his children from using social media... continue reading.

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Let us pray, but let us also contemplate

October 14th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Ronald Rolheiser - Contemplative prayer is at times met with scepticism, but it is merely reaching out directly to God ... continue reading.

My own Year of Mercy is a year of tears

September 9th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

How weeping at my favourite films relates to the message that the Church has been trying to spread Sr Roseann Reddy... continue reading.

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