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All aboard—the next stop is salvation

July 21st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

POPE Francis asks us to take the Church out to the people as they no longer are ­coming to Mass. The Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland is doing just that! A seed planted during the Paisley diocesan synod in 2016 will bloom this summer. From Monday July 31 to Saturday August 5 the Mercy Bus will be in ­different towns each day. We will have priests hearing ­confessions on the top deck of the Mercy Bus and have divine mercy ­literature and pro-life information available. Cakes and cups of tea and coffee will be offered to passers-by. No hard sell, just ... 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.


Listening to the angels

July 14th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JOE MCGRATH explores the influence of TV, press and radio By Joe McGrath ... 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.

Toddler plays with mother's rosary at pro-life youth rally and Mass ahead of March for Life in Washington

Fitting our Faith into a world of secularism

July 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Journalist Brandon McGinley writes a letter from Catholic America - By Brandon McGinley ... 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.

Love in our hearts trumps others’ hate

June 23rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

When we live in fear of checking the news, Faith helps us deal with the stuff of nightmares. By Sally Fraser... 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 need for truth and apologies

June 22nd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is now underway to the point where Lady Smith, the Chair, is hearing witnesses on behalf of different organisations involved in residential child care in Scotland within living memory. Many organisations within Scotland have been asked to report to the Inquiry and to give details about their involvement in such care, the Church is among them.... continue reading.

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