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, all dressed in attire and some with several shopping bags in their hands. They are in the church for just a minute or two, these people are here as a result of ther Nightfever Team, a group of young people who approach people on 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. It was supported from different groups, like SPES, Youth 2000, and the Emmanuel Community. They wanted to invite people who usually don´t go to church, haven´t been to church for a long time or of no faith, basically anybody! In front of the church door the team chatted to pedestrians and invited them to the church to light a candle, listen to music, or just offer them a flyer.
At a Nightfever event a non-threatening environment is created, for people to feel at ease to think about your life and faith and to think perhaps that the Catholic Church is different to their perceptions, particularly in regards to what they may have hward in the media. Through mediation, devotion, prayer 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 Confession for fallen-away Catholics or for people to just have the opportunity to be spoken too and share what is on their heart.
Nightfever took place the first time during World Youth Day in Cologne 2005 and was an amazing success. Meanwhile it is in over 20 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and soon in Denmark and Canada too. Many bishops support this event and often come to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Nightfever is organized by different parishes, communities, confraternities, students and employees, seminarians and can be an important part of the evangelisation process in reaching out to lost souls.