13th Sunday of the Year: “When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free” (Gal 5:1)


He is commemorated on 1st July. Oliver Plunkett was archbishop of Armagh and primate of All Ireland from 1668, at a time when the country was in a state of civil and religious disorder after the interventions of Oliver Cromwell. He persevered for ten years in his effort to ameliorate this state of affairs, until the discovery of a non-existent “Popish Plot” against the English government (invented and revealed by Titus Oates, who implicated many before he was executed for his part in it) gave the authorities an excuse to act against many prominent Catholics. Plunkett was arrested in Ireland but taken to London for trial; one of his companions was saved by being appointed as Bavarian Ambassador to London and therefore acquiring diplomatic immunity, but for Plunkett there was no such escape, and he was hanged at Tyburn, cheating his executioners by dying before he could be ceremonially disembowelled. His remains are preserved at Downside Abbey, together with such other relics as the notes for his defence at his trial; on the occasion of his canonization in 1975 his casket was opened and some parts of his body given to the cathedral at Drogheda in Ireland. (from Universalis) His patronage is peace and reconciliation in Ireland.




GALLOWAY SYNOD SYNTHESIS, FINAL DRAFT: Click here to read the final text which our Diocese is submitting to the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to contribute to the text which the Bishops will send on behalf of the whole Church in Scotland for the 2023 Synod in Rome: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2022/06/28/galloway-synod-synthesis-the-final-document-being-sent-from-our-diocese-to-the-bishops-conference-of-scotland/


SAFEGUARDING MATTERS: The latest edition of this Newsletter of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland can be found at: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2022/06/23/safeguarding-matters-june-2022/



SCOTTISH CATHOLIC SAFEGUARDING STANDARDS AGENCY (SCSSA): The official website of the new Agency can be found at: https://www.scsafeguarding.org.uk/SCSSA



THE GIFT OF LIFE: This video is the testimony given by Catherine MacMillan, daughter of Sir James and Lady MacMillan, parishioners of St. Mary’s, Largs. It is a very powerful and courageous witness to the gift of human life. I strongly commend it to all who visit the website.


PASTORAL LETTER ON THE HOLY EUCHARIST FROM THE BISHOPS OF SCOTLAND: Please read this very important and instructive Letter from our Bishops. It will help to strengthen and renew your faith in the Eucharist as the Mass and in the Eucharist as the Sacrament of Holy Communion: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2022/06/18/pastoral-letter-on-the-holy-eucharist-from-the-bishops-of-scotland/

I am also sorry to announce the tragic death of Mrs. Copeland who died on 11thJune as the result of burns sustained in a house fire. May she rest in peace. We offer our prayers and condolences to her only son Stephen. The funeral rite for Mrs. Copeland will be a service of the Word at Clyde Crematorium on 
Thursday 30th June at 11am.


TWO IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS ON GENDER BY THE BISHOPS OF SCOTLAND: These two documents are related to the response the Bishops gave to the consultation being carried out by the Scottish Government on the law it seeks to advance in this area. They are, however, distinct from that document. https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2022/06/02/two-documents-on-gender-identity-from-the-bishops-conference-of-scotland/



NATIONAL SAFEGUARDING CONFERENCE, 1st OCTOBER 2022: Information relating to this important conference can be found at the following link: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2022/06/02/national-safeguarding-conference-1st-october-2022/



GENDER RECOGNITION REFORM (SCOTLAND) BILL: The Bishops of Scotland have submitted an important contribution to the consultation called by the Scottish Government on this controversial bill. It is well worth a read. It can be found here: https://rcpolitics.org/bishops-conference-response-to-gender-recognition-reform-scotland-bill/

CARFIN DAY PILGRIMAGE: 12th June 2022. See more details: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2022/04/30/carfin-day-pilgimrage-12-06-22/


“IN GOD’S IMAGE”, version 2: The Safeguarding Instruction of the Bishops of Scotland. https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/08/28/in-gods-image-version-2-safeguarding-instruction-of-the-bishops-of-scotland/


DIOCESAN WEB-PAGE & FACEBOOK PAGE ON THE SYNODhttps://gallowaydiocese.org.uk/synod https://fb.me/gallowaysynod


CHRISTOMETER: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/02/28/christometer/





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