Holy Trinity Bell Restoration Project

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June 23, 2022

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Gifts towards the Bell Restoration can be delivered to the Administration Office (111 West Marshall St. Rice Lake, WI 54868) or put in the offertory/collection basket at weekend Masses. Envelopes are available for donations at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. For any questions about this project, please contact the Business Manager or any member of the Parish Council.

6/23/2022

Dear friends in Christ,

This letter is to provide the faithful with an update and invite you to be part of the Holy Trinity Bell Restoration project. In January 2022 the parish council presented to the parish the plans to begin looking into restoring the bells.  These bells were originally installed in 1956 and they rang for over 60 years. Sometime in the last 10 years two of the three bells have stopped ringing. Currently, our single working bell rings at 6:00 am, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm and they don’t allow ringing on command for events such as funerals and weddings.

Why are our bells important?

The importance of our bells is to call us to worship and call us to move. They call us into worship through our liturgy. They are a joyful display of our faith not only to those that belong to our parish, but to the greater village of Haugen. The sound of our bells is a reminder to draw near to the Lord.

What has the parish council been working on?

Over the last two years, many conversations with the parish council have taken place to begin the work on restoration. With the generous above and beyond offertory contributions of our faithful during COVID, we have been able to take small steps to put this project into motion. The following have already been completed for this project:

  • The spire and cross have been removed from the bell tower. A new spire has been ordered and will be erected in the coming days. This new spire will allow for easy future maintenance to the roof which has been an issue in the past.
  • The roof of the bell tower has been mostly repaired with the remainder of the repairs to be completed once the bells have been restored.
  • Verdin Bells (The original vendor and maker of the bells – based out of Ohio) visited Holy Trinity in March and completed a free appraisal.
  • New cedar louvers (they protect the bells from external elements and increase the lifespan of the bell frame) are in the process of being crafted. All the materials and labor will be donated which saves us over $10,000 in expenses.

How can I help? What is needed?

To proceed forward with the restoration of our bells, we need commitment through gifts. The estimated expense of this project is $75,000. Please prayerfully discern giving gift or pledging a commitment to restore our beautiful ringing bells.  Once we receive nearly half of the goal in gifts, we

will continue forward with the project. Our hope and prayer is to have the bells installed and ringing again by Summer 2023.

Your thoughts, prayers and generosity will be an integral part of this process. Thank you for being a part of the Holy Trinity family and for carrying on the legacy of our Catholic faith to future generations to come.

In Christ,

The Holy Trinity Parish Council

Becky Hanson, Sarah Warring, Dan & Angie Willger, Katie Olson, John Kinnick, Father Ed Anderson, Tim Deering, Father Adam Laski

 

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