Animate team already in their stride

By Chris Jones

The new team have started to settle in well and find their feet with both living in community and the work that Animate does.

To begin the year we had the new team induction. This meant an opportunity for new members to practise the type of work we do here as well as to receive some valuable lessons from others – to be precise, systematic theology from Father Eamonn Mulcahy, scripture from Father Andrew Robinson, personality profiling from Father Joe Bibby, drama with the Rise Theatre Company and spirituality with the Salesians.

I am writing this from South Wales and our first mission week of the year at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School but we have already worked with lots of schools around the Archdiocese: Hope Academy; St John Fisher; St Edward’s; St Mary’s Crosby; All Hallows; St Edmund Arrowsmith, Prescot; St Mary’s, Astley; and Our Lady and St John, Blackburn. It has been a busy few weeks!

As we look ahead, one of the highlights of the coming month will be the Nightfever event at the Blessed Sacrament Shrine on Dawson Street in the heart of Liverpool on Saturday 7 November. Nightfever is an initiative that stemmed from World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, which has spread to over 70 cities worldwide.

In the case of Nightfever Liverpool, we hope we can have many people from throughout the diocese involved in the many ministries that make the evening work. These go from welcome ministry – welcoming people in off the street and giving them a candle and providing them with a small leaflet explaining future events around the diocese – to music ministry, where you can contribute to creating a special atmosphere enhanced by the fact the Chapel is illuminated only by the candles lit by people coming in from the street. One of the biggest challenges is to actually go out onto the street and invite people in to light a candle – this is something that still takes a little bit of getting used to ... and I have worked with Nightfever for over two years now!

Nightfever also offers the chance to spend time in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and there are prayer stations dotted around the Shrine that can be used to place intentions (which are then sent to the Sisters of Carmel). With priests also available to speak to and for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please feel free to come and help, or just drop in during the evening to light a candle and pray. If you sing or play a musical instrument and would like to participate, please contact Chris on c.jones@animateyouth.co.uk or 01744 740463.   

The evening begins with Mass at 5.40pm, with the Nightfever event starting at 7pm and concluding with Night Prayer of the Church at 9.45pm and Benediction at 10pm.