|"He is the actual host of the evening, who invites everyone to come to Him." |
Mario Bruschi, a Regnum Christi member in Manhattan, shares his
experience with us about “Nightfever,” an apostolate from Germany that
he brought to New York with the help of the
Archdiocese. The event took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in
What is Nightfever?
Nightfever was founded in Cologne, Germany
after World Youth Day 2006. The idea is to keep
the "fever" of faith going strong. It is now in
many cities across Germany and Europe including London. Here in
the US, it is in Sacramento, Chicago, and now in
New York City.
During Nightfever, we have a team of
missionaries go out to the streets and squares in the
city and invite people to come to the Cathedral. Everyone
is welcome to get a taste of what it is
like to be in the church, even if it is
just for a few minutes. Those who accept this invitation
are free to enjoy in whatever way they prefer. And
we invite Catholics and non-Catholics.
|The Sisters of Life help to invite people to St. Patrick's Cathedral|
At Nightfever, Jesus Christ himself is
present on the altar in the Eucharistic host. In fact
He is the actual host of the evening, who invites
everyone to come to Him.
People receive a candle at
the entrance of the church to light at the stairs
leading to the altar. This candle symbolizes their prayer intentions,
no matter whether they are joyful or thankful, or whether
they are grieving, feeling afraid or simply upset. And even
when they leave the church, this candle will continue to
burn for them.
By simply being there, people are invited
to enjoy the peace and quiet, to get things straight
in their mind and to pour out their heart before
God. Music is playing, and volunteers are singing throughout the
whole time to create a quiet atmosphere that helps one
to contemplate in prayer and to find inner peace.
How did you have the idea to do this in
I met Eva Greitemann, a young Catholic from Cologne, Germany,
here in New York City. Eva is here for an
internship at the United Nations. She is part of the
organizing committee for Nightfever in Cologne. She told me about
it, and I was impressed. After seeing pictures and viewing
the website (www.nightfever.org) I knew that we needed to
do this in NYC. So I contacted Fr. Bob Bubel,
a parochial vicar at St Patrick’s Cathedral, about doing it
there. He spoke to the rector of the Cathedral, and
we got permission.
Can you share any experiences from the NYC
The night of November 1, 2014, was amazing.
The street missionaries gave out 1,500 tea candles. We had
about 800 people visit the Cathedral for adoration and prayer.
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and New Name Ministry
provided such moving music for all of us. The music
provided the background for the night, as people entered a
dark Cathedral, illuminated by the candles from the main altar.
The Blessed Sacrament was indeed the star of the night,
with a spotlight shining on it so people would know
that Jesus is present and He welcomes us.
had 7 priests to hear confessions from 7:00 pm -
9:00 pm, and the lines for confession were long.
are two testimonies from people who were there.
wanted to take a moment to write and tell you
I attended the Nightfever at St. Patrick’s earlier tonight. I
was there for the entire evening and was incredibly moved
by the experience. After lighting a candle and placing it
at the altar, I found an unoccupied pew off to
one side, closed my eyes and just absorbed the music
and messages. I was moved to tears on several occasions,
and I can´t verbalize why. It was a deeply personal
and yet communal experience.
So thank you very much
for putting this beautiful night of worship together. It is
my sincere hope you do this again in NYC. I
will definitely attend. God bless…
-This is the girl you met
tonight in front of the St. Patrick´s Cathedral. I am
writing to thank you again since you made a chance
for me to reconfirm my faith in God. Sorry that
I was a little bit upset tonight because a lot
of things happened recently, and I was doubting whether Jesus
is still taking care of me. Since I am an
international student, there are a lot of policies for me
to follow if I want to get a job or
stay in the U.S, and I was frustrated by those
However, when I was walking on the street
and hesitated where I should go, you came to me
and led me to God again. I remembered when I
walked into the Church with you, and at that moment
I heard the song. Even though I had no idea
of the song, I heard the words…it was like “come
back to me”...... I looked at you and it felt
so touching. That´s why I said you were an Angel
from God, and led me back to Jesus. Also, you
made me know that God is always with me, and
never abandons me. Thank you so much! May God bless