Good Morning St. Patrick’s Alumni Family and Friends, It has been a while since we reached out to everyone. We are now going into July which is almost 5 months since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic and we are sure everyone is tired of hearing about it and just want things to return to normal. St. Patrick’s Alumni Friends and Family have been hit hard in the last few months. We have lost some Alumni; we have not been able to share in our faith together at many events that were very important to us all. It has been very difficult times.
As we promised we continued to monitor the situation and we said we would update you on whether our not we could celebrate our annual picnic July 12th. There were many factors that we had to consider in whether we would be able to have the picnic. One main factor is if the State allows gatherings of more than 25 people. The other factor was if the venue opens for business with gatherings the most important factor is the health or safety of our Alumni. A decision has been made regarding the annual picnic that is schedule for July 12th, 2020. Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold the annual picnic this year. We unfortunately will not have any services until our November Thanksgiving Mass service. If situation changes and we are able to come back before November, we will certainly keep everyone posted.
We will continue to keep everyone updated on the situation as things unfold, so please make sure to check for updates VIA email, website http://www.stpatrickstroy.org/ , facebook pages, Community of St. Patrick's Church of Troy, NY and/or The Community of St. Patrick's Troy,
Please everyone have a safe and healthy summer.
Father David Jones, and The St. Patrick Alumni Committee
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.