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Parishioners from the parish of St Oswald, Old Swan and

St Sebastian, Fairfield describe what has been happening there.


During lockdown Fr Liam has been streaming Masses through our parish Facebook page which can be reached through the parish website, so you don’t need to be a Facebook member.

Fr Liam rings the church bells on a Thursday evening, to support the NHS and our keyworkers.

Parishioners have contacted parishioners, listening and supporting each other.

Our website is updated weekly and the Facebook page almost daily, with comforting words, information from the diocese, pictures from members and information from Fr Liam.

A rosary group has started with approximately 50 members, they pray the Rosary the night before a funeral at 7pm and every night for other intentions.

Our deacon in training started a children’s at home liturgy page on the website, with craft ideas, provided by the children’s liturgy group.

Parishioners created door hangings for Palm Sunday and Easter, improvised Palm Sunday crosses, prepared crosses of love, shared pictures, prepared altars at home, lit candles and have been supported with short videos.


Streamed Masses have been beautiful and supportive!

This Rosary group has been a marvellous support!

These groups have been the greatest help, I don’t know everybody, but I feel like I do!

This is our new church community!

I don’t look at Facebook every day, but when I do, I am comforted by Mass and the quotes!

I’m not parishioner of this parish, but I feel welcomed, and loved!

Amazing things have been done in our parish, during lockdown, we are a loving and caring community!

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