The Angelus Bell
Father Alton with the Angleus Bell on Friday, May 28, 1999.
|An anonymous donor has provided Saint
Mark's Church with a new bell. The Angelus bell weighs six hundred pounds and was
cast by the Eijsbouts bell foundry in
Asten, Holland. The Bell was christened "Gabriel,"
by Father Richard Alton before being raised into the belfry. Local Artist, Louise
Pezzi, inscribed the bell. with the words "Ave Maria, gratia plena
1999. Eayre and Smith raised the bell into the belfry.
Starwood Construction installed the bell in the 1876 frame and they also
installed the electronic striker. Crescent Steel, who constructed the grillage beams, donated a
steel beam to hold the bell. The Angelus bell was first used to call people to
worship for the eleven a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 19, 1999, the seventeenth Sunday
after Pentecost. The bell will ring the Angelus, (a series of stokes 3-3-3 then 9
strokes), at eight-thirty a.m. twelve noon and five-thirty p.m. The
ringing in the morning and evening will signal the beginning of the daily
offices. The bell will also
strike the hours of the day and will ring prior to the two Masses on Sundays.
The Bell Being Raised into the tower.
Robert Servante, bell hanger, works with the bell as it is raised.