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Festival 2019

2019 Theme: ‘Life to the Full’

Jesus said, ‘I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full’.
John 10: 9-10


Spirit in the City Festival is an annual festival of faith in Leicester Square organised by Notre Dame de France Church RC Church. Through a series of events both in the Church and on the streets, we provide a unique opportunity for the local community and visitors to celebrate faith. All events and activities are free.

Friday evening

Our opening service on Friday evening included a talk, time of prayer and outreach into the streets. Our guest speaker, Fr Pat Collins C.M., shared with us the importance of personal relationship with Christ which enables us to speak to others of our friendship with Him. We prayed that Jesus would come anew into our lives and transform us. The evening was followed by a time of outreach, where we went out onto the streets of Leicester Square to speak to people about Christ and invite them to come into the Church to light a candle and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament with worship music in the background.


The Saturday’s festival day in the square was a great success as we took the Church OUT onto the public square. The festival always receives a very positive feedback from the public each year and this year was no exception. People were grateful for the opportunity to take time out and reflect in what was a very comfortable and loving environment. The Festival was really engaging, and presented faith in a contemporary way, which brought another dimension of life to the West End of London.

Life to the Full…

Altogether, we must have had about 200 people involved in the Festival: artists and musicians, speakers, outreach volunteers, caterers, security, religious and clergy, teenagers and the elderly.

The team came from across various dioceses including Westminster, Brentwood, Southwark, Northampton, Arundel & Brighton, Birmingham, Portsmouth, East Anglia, and even from as far as Cardiff and Wrexham!

All of us, young and old, religious and lay, of many nations, backgrounds and spirituality witnessed and celebrated the gift of our faith with joy, passion and enthusiasm and in so doing, showed the diversity and richness of the Catholic Church – our theme was ‘Life to the Full’. Indeed, Spirit in the City portrayed this and much more!