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Holy Souls Parish in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire




Thursday, 30th July 2020 - Message from Canon Geoffrey

My sincere thanks to a small, but dedicated group at both St Bernadette's and Holy Souls' who spend so much time each week so that we may celebrate public acts of worship.

We are still governed by a variety of restrictions, not least the directive from the Diocese:

-         that we are to maintain a 2 metre social distancing policy inside our Churches,

-         that there should be separate entrances and exits, and

-         sufficient stewards and cleaners are present.

Please be assured I am aware of the needs of our all our Parishes, but we must tread carefully, and ensure that we are guided and governed by the need to have safe and accessible Churches whereby we can celebrate the Mass and Sacraments in an environment that meets current regulations. 

I have asked the Chairs of the respective PPC's to take soundings from the communities in Gainsborough and Crowle as to how we can best progress this and I look forward to hearing from them.  There has been tentative progress and I will keep you updated over the coming weeks.

May I make an appeal to all parishes and parishioners - please consider volunteering as a steward or cleaner.  You should be over the age of 18, have no underlying health problems, be isolating or caring for someone who is isolating.   Full training and induction will be given.

Bookings to attend Mass can now be made via the Diocese:

Thank you all for your patience and co-operation.

With every good wish and blessing to you all

Canon Geoffrey


Re-opening of Holy Souls' and St Bernadette's Churches

  1. Holy Souls' and St Bernadette's Churches opened for the celebration of Mass on Saturday 4th July 2020; at the times advertised in newsletters, on the websites and Facebook.   
  2. Attendance as you are aware is by pre-booking only.  Do not just turn up unless you have booked a place at Mass.  This is due to a limit on the numbers permissible in the Church.
  3. Booking can be made at or if you do not have internet access by telephone to St Bernadette's.  It is on a first-come-first-served basis and a waiting list system will be in place.  
  4. Social distancing will be set at 2 metres, so please observe this as you arrive and leave Church.
  5. If you are in the extremely clinically vulnerable (shielding) category, then please continue to protect yourself by staying at home and praying for the parish community or accessing a live stream Mass.   
  6. The Sunday obligation continues to be suspended, so if you are unsure about coming, do not feel under any obligation to attend.  If you, or someone in your household, displays symptoms of Covid19, then please stay at home.
  7. When planning to come to Mass, if you have booked, please be aware that you may be asked to wait outside until invited in to take a seat. 
  8. Please arrive in time to allow for this managed arrival to take place and for Mass to start on time.
  9. Stewards will assist with arriving and leaving Church so that people are kept safe.
  10. Singing: Government guidance stresses that singing is to be 'specifically avoided'.
  11. Distribution of Holy Communion: Communion is to be given hand to hand only and that social distancing is to be maintained with people moving within the space. This is only a necessary temporary emergency measure and that, as soon as is possible, we will revert to our usual Canonical practice of offering people the choice of receiving Holy Communion either on the hand or on the tongue. 
  12. Please do not congregate in the Church or outside of the Church outside of your household group
  13. Please do follow all the necessary guideline and instructions - they have been put in place to ensure your safety and the safety of all in our communities.
  14. Further information will be made available when arriving at Mass.


Please see the download section - Parish Documents - for the Holy Souls' "Pray Safe Stay Safe" Information Sheet


Thank you to all parishioners who have donated to their respective parish by standing order, cash, or BACS, this is very much appreciated!  Please note all our accounts are held with Lloyds Bank Limited (please use your name as the reference):

  • Holy Souls' Scunthorpe RCP
Account Number            00207099
Sort Code                       30-97-44

  • St Bernadette Scunthorpe RCP
Account Number            00801306
Sort Code                       30-97-44

  • St Thomas' Gainsborough RCP
Account Number            36893460
Sort Code                       30-97-44

  • St Norbert's Crowle RCP
Account No:                   00481239
Sort Code:                      30-97-44


Contact Details and Parish Clergy

Contact Details 

Holy Souls Church, Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7TA

Tel: 01724 844895




Parish Clergy 

Canon Geoffrey Hunton

Canon Geoffrey Hunton KHS, STB, BA - Parish Priest 


Fr Liam Carpenter

Fr Liam Carpenter - Curate 


Deacon Sebastian (2)

Deacon Sebastian Grab

 Fr Wlodek

 Fr Wlodzimierz Pajak

Polish Chaplain