In the same year, SFX took part in a day of Catholic prayer and Protest on February 14th. Parishioners from churches all over Liverpool marched, first to Low Hill, then to a mass rally on a bombed site in church Street. The rain poured down but this did not discourage Catholics from turning out in large numbers. As the parishioner of SFX marched, four abreast, towards Church Street, their numbers stretched in an unbroken column from the bottom of Seymour Street all the way back to Low Hill.

The Sodalities continued to play and active part in the life of SFX throughout the 50s and there were regular weekly meetings of the Women’s Sodality, the Men’s sodality, the Regina Club, the Boys’ Guild, the St Cecilia’s Society and the guild of St Agnes. The Agnesians were particularly successful, even at the end of the 1950s, and their concert in April 1959 attracted a full house to the parish hall. The concert crowned wheat the Rector described as “A period a great activity.”

Archbishop Kelly with the Altar Staff for the opening Mass of the 150th Anniversary year, 1998.

The 1960's was a great era for the City of Liverpool. The staggering success of the Beatles echoed throughout the entire globe and Liverpool and Everton became giants in the world of football winning Championships and FA Cups.

For SFX, however, the decade was one of serious decline. Unquestionably, one of the most significant factors was the departure of the College to Woolton in 1961. One of the direct results of the move was a reduction in the number of Masses and priests and, although the sodalities continued to operate during this period, the number of members in them steadily declined. It was in this difficult decade of the 1960s that the parish was hit by a body blow: slum clearance and re-housing. The parish of SFX, once the largest in England had always been a powerful and close community, almost like a village. People knew each other; they had been at school together and were always ready to lend a helping hand in times of need. But, in the 1960s, this great family that belonged to SFX began to break up. Official housing communications dropped through thousands of letter boxes informing tenants they were to be re-housed in Kirkby, Huyton, Halewood, Gillmoss or some other distant location somewhere far away from their beloved SFX. Sad though many of these moves were to be for the parish, it must also be said that, like their missionary patron, these parishioners took their faith with them into new parishes across the city. SFX had done its work well.