This weeks columns

10-opion

Advent is a time to pause and reflect

December 8th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

I’m just back from the cemetery: our end of November run of funerals has extended into the start of Advent. Once again, I’m in trouble with the housekeeper for bringing quite a bit of my work home with me, in the substantial amount of mud I have trailed back into the house. Muddy shoes are an occupational hazard for priests throughout the year, not just winter. I’ve noticed that more families are opting—weather conditions permitting—for music at the graveside after the committal. This morning we were treated to Dame Shirley Bassey belting out I am what I am over the ... continue reading.
CONFIRMATION

The Holy Spirit is with us always

December 1st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS praises Catholic education and the Faith-filled pupils in our schools —By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


10---BARBERS

Are priests the barbers of the Church?

November 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS on the surprising similarities between hairdressers and the clergy — By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


11-SCALES

Weighing the scales at the year’s end

November 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As the nights drawn in, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS asks if we are doing our bit to support the Church —By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Bollan

Take time to remember and reflect

November 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Personal and historic events can give us a fresh outlook THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS explains —By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


10-MRS-DOYLE

Our parish housekeepers are saints

November 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS praises the women who are far from the Mrs Doyle caricature —By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


10-SCHOOL-TEACHER

Schools must also nurture children

October 27th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says Catholic pupils need to be made aware of the comfort God brings —By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


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Building up the Kingdom at home and abroad

October 20th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On its one year anniversary, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at the difficulty of returning to a parish — By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Coaxing parents back into the Church

October 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr John Bollan sees in childhood Sacraments an opportunity to reach mothers and fathers ... continue reading.


Journeys into the past and future

October 6th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A road trip to Dundee and a reflective week has THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS in a nostalgic mood — BY FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Our new priests are top of the class

September 29th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS takes a trip to a high school awards ceremony with a fellow graduate — By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.



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