Carolina
This is very touching and heart warming. Thank you!
Next Nightfever
4th
Oct

Nightfever comes to Westminster

Nightfever comes to Westminster

Gentle candlelight and stirring music fills the dark parish of St Patrick´s in Soho on a Saturday evening. People from the street come in, dressed in evening attire and some with several shopping bags in their hands. They are in the church for just a minute or two, and these people are here as a result of the Nightfever Team, a group of young people who meet people in the street to invite them to the event.

The Nightfever event in the Diocese of Westmister took place for the first time on Saturday 4 February 2012 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Soho. It was supported by many different groups, including SPES, Youth 2000, and the Emmanuel Community.

The aim of Nightfever is to invite and welcome non-believers, believers, young and old, to enter the church to simply light a candle, with the hope that they may open their hearts to an experience of the love of God! After careful briefing, Nightfever volunteers are sent out two-by-two to the front of the church and the surrounding streets to welcome all those they meet. On this first night, the volunteers were pleasantly struck by the vast numbers of people responding to this invitation, and as a result, the sanctuary steps were adorned with hundreds of candles lit by those they encountered on the street.

Nightfever aims to create a welcoming environment, for people to feel at ease to think about their life and faith and to think perhaps that the Catholic Church is different to their perceptions, particularly in regards to what they may have heard in the media. Through beautiful music, candlelight and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament a prayerful atmosphere is created. There are a number of priests in the church available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or for prayer, support and counsel.

Nightfever took place for the first time during World Youth Day in Cologne 2005. It was a huge success. Meanwhile it is now present in over 20 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and soon in Denmark and Canada too. Many bishops support this event and will often come to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Nightfever is organised by different parishes, communities, groups, students and professionals.