Saint Pius X Catholic Church to bless new bells

(Photo supplied/Saint Pius X Catholic Church)

Ringing ten minutes prior to each Mass at Saint Pius X Catholic Church, the existing “bells” that toll are actually an electronic recording soon to be replaced by four cast bronze bells, in the notes of G, A#, C, and D#, visible from the ground from any direction and heard for miles around.

This weekend, the new Saint Pius X bells are being formally blessed after each Mass, prior to their final placement in the new bell tower.

For centuries, church bells have played a prominent role in the history of countries, communities, and places of worship throughout the world. Historically, church bells have served as timekeepers, used to mark the hour for work, prayer, and community gatherings.

Following ancient tradition, Saint Pius X leadership chose to name and inscribe each bell with the name before installation, to provide parishioners a historical reference with the names of these four bells. Recently, parishioners were allowed to cast a vote to name two of the bells.

The bells will be hoisted to their home in the prominent new bell tower located at the northeast corner of the new church in the next few weeks.

Parishioners and members of the media are invited to attend the blessing of the bells after each Mass on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11.

Mass times are as follows, with the blessing expected to occur approximately one hour after the start time of each Mass:

Saturday, Sep. 10:

  • 5:30 p.m. Mass time (blessing at approximately 6:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Sep. 11:

  • 7:00 a.m. Mass time (blessing at approximately 8:00 a.m.)
  • 8:45 a.m. Mass time (blessing at approximately 9:45 a.m.)
  • 10:30 a.m. Mass time (blessing at approximately 11:30 a.m.)
  • 12:15 p.m. Mass time (blessing at approximately 1:15 p.m.)
  • 5:30 p.m. Mass time (blessing at approximately 6:30 p.m.)

More information about the Saint Pius X expansion project

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