Parish Bell Tower – The Bells of St. Stanislaus

Video highlighting the parish bell tower with remarks from Monsignor McEnhill regarding repair work completed over the summer of 2020 followed by Monsignor McEnhill leading the prayer of the Church, “The Angelus”.

Update to the article in the Sunday, November 22, 2020 bulletin

At the time St. Stanislaus Church was built, church bells were an integral part of the church structure. Beside their ecclesiastical function, the bells, through their constant, dependable tolling of the hours through the day, served as a clock for the neighborhood in an era when few people carried watches. The bells varied in size from 32-1/2 inches by 24 inches tall, to 42 inches by 36 inches tall.

As was traditional, each bell was named, in this case, in honor of the benefactor of that bell, and is inscribed with an appropriate quote from the psalms.

The largest bell is named “Francis” and named after Rev. Francis Gzella. The psalm verse is, “Today, of you should hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” The middle sized bell is named “Anthony” and named after Antoni Skotzke. The verse from the psalms is, “With my voice, I cry to the Lord.” The smallest bell is named “Stanislaus” and named after St. Stanislaus Parish. The psalm verse is, “Give glory to the Lord for He is good.”

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