National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Ohio bell manufacturer encourages people to ring in the Year of Faith

 |  NCR Today

If an Ohio-based bell and clock manufacture's plans go well, the Year of Faith will begin Oct. 11 with a celebration of singing bells from hundreds of Catholic churches and people across the United States.

The Verdin Company -- partnered with Catholic Campus Ministry Association and Brian Patrick, host of the Son Rise Morning Show -- announced the project Monday in a press release, encouraging parishes and church organizations across the United States to sign up.  

The Verdin Company is a 170-year-old family-owned business in Cincinnati and has created, preserved and restored more than 20,000 bells in churches across the country. It has also brought bells to over 100 college campuses.

The Year of Faith, announced by Pope Benedict XVI last year in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei, will run from Oct. 11 to Nov. 24, 2013. During the year, Catholics are asked to renew their faith and deepen their knowledge by reflecting and studying Vatican II documents as well as the catechism.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said on its website that Oct. 11 was chosen because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Help keep NCR going!
We rely on donations to bring you the latest news.
Donate today.

At noon Oct. 11, bells across the country will ring for three minutes to honor the beginning of a faith-filled, yearlong celebration.

The ringing of bells has been a tradition since the 14th century to remind the faithful to pray the Angelus. The Angelus, Latin for "angel," is a reminder of Angel Gabriel visiting Mary, announcing she is with child. In many churches, this tradition is still practiced, and bells are rung in the morning, noon and evening.

As of Wednesday, several hundred parishes and people have signed up to "ring in" the Year of Faith with The Verdin Company. For more information and to sign up, go to Verdin's website.

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR_start-reading.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

August 15-28, 2014

08-15-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.