The 12 bell Clinton Meneely of Troy Chime. One of the most impressive religious rites ever conducted in Troy was the blessing of the bells on December 6, 1925 by the Most Reverend Edmund F. Gibbons, D.D., Bishop of Albany. Upwards of four thousand thronged to witness this solemn ceremony. Our chimes are played from a chime stand two levels below the actual bells. Joe Connors, whose father played the chime many years ago currently plays the chime. A very special event. Ringing in the Millennium with a 15 minute cacophony of bells. Some vertical rods are connected to the pump handles by makeshift belts, as new ones are next to impossible to have made. The rods and chains go thru a 3-level transmission to get to all of the bell clappers. Chiming bells are mounted stationery and do not swing. Three of the top four major American chime foundries were in the Troy area: Andrew Meneely 170+, Clinton Meneely 160+, Eber Jones 23.
Each St. Patricks bell has a dedication:
1. The Sacred Heart
2. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
3. St. Joseph, patron of a happy death
4. Saints Peter and Paul
5. St. Patrick, patron saint of the parish
6. St. Therese, the Little Flower
7. St. Rose of Lima and her model, St. Catherine of Siena
8. The Bishop's bell, In honor of Bishop Gibbons
9. St. Lucia, in honor of Sister Lucille, who spent thirty-eight years in education
10. In thanksgiving for the blessing of a Catholic education
11. To the honor and glory of true womanhood, Ladies Catholic Benevolent Society
12. Bell of peace, those who served in WWI.
They would have been then hung in the tower by whatever means available. A square cutout in many tower ceilings (as at St. Patricks) is where the bells were often raised.