Two historic bells at a local parish will ring for the first time in decades this spring. The bells at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church sound for many occasions in town from weddings to funerals to calling people to worship.
The current bells are actually electronic with speakers, but there are two bells dating back to 1922 just sitting in the bell tower.
“The inscription on the larger bell is actually fascinating because in 1922 we suffered from a terrible fire and our church was destroyed,” said Father Thomas Milota. “It’s written in the first person as if the bell was speaking and it says ‘I have risen from the terrible fire in order to call the faithful to worship.’”
Thanks to a gift from two longtime parishioners, the church is restoring the bells, which haven’t worked for at least 30 years.
They’re also adding a third bell, commemorating the “Year of the Faith.”
All three bells will be blessed on February 17th, and on March 31st, Easter Sunday, will sound for the very first time.
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