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Holy Souls Parish in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire

A reflection from Pope Francis for the Year of Prayer

Third Sunday of Lent

With hands outstretched to God, Moses makes of himself a kind of bridge between earth and heaven, pleading for the people when they are most in need.  In this way he prefigures Jesus, our great intercessor and high priest.  We Christians are also called to share in this type of prayer, interceding for those who need God's help, and for the redemption of the whole world.

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St John of God

St John of God is so called because it is said people did not know his real name.  He was born in Portugal and until the age of forty lived an adventurous life: a soldier who fought against the Turks in defence of Vienna, as a shepherd in Spain, a manual labourer in North Africa and finally as a seller of religious articles in Granada, Spain.  In Granada he was converted after listening to a sermon by St John of Avila. Thereafter, John began to roam the streets in an erratic manner, sometimes shouting and beating his breast.  People thought he had gone mad and so he was confined to an asylum.  Through the intervention of St John of Avila he was pacified and released.

Having witnessed at first hand the harsh treatment given to those confined in the asylum, John decided to found a hospital to care for the sick and insane.  With two companions he started a religious community, which eventually became the Brothers Hospitalers.  St John was before his time in his methods.  He endeavoured firstly to heal the mind and the spirit before treating the physical symptoms of the body.  He also separated those suffering from infectious diseases from his other patients.  St John died in 1550 and was canonized in 1690.  In 1886 Pope Leo XIII named him patron of hospitals and the sick.  In 1930 Pope Pius XI named him patron saint of nurses.  St John writes in today's office of readings "If we look forward to receiving God's mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we have strength.  For if we share with the poor, out of love for God, whatever he has given to us, we shall receive, according to his promise, a hundredfold in eternal happiness." 


Contact Details and Parish Clergy

Contact Details 

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

Tel: 01724 844895

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Parish Clergy 

Fr Matthew

Canon Matthew Jakes - Parish Priest 


Deacon Sebastian (2)

Deacon Sebastian Grab



 Fr Krzysztof Kosciolek

Polish Chaplain