Bob Howson has notified the parish that the anonymous parishioners who had previously approached the parish about donating the funds necessary to restore the electronic bell-ringing equipment, have had a change of heart. The offer has been withdrawn.
We hope in the future that someone will help us to restore this capability to Saint Joseph Church. The current cost is $9,000+ to restore the automated functioning of the bell (through a digital controller), and an additional $7,000+ to add a carrillon capability (songs).
While we must focus our fundraising efforts on the necessary (furnace, roof repairs, etc.), the restoration of the bell, a “nice-to-have,” will have to wait. Perhaps it will be done through a parishioners last will or memorial donation.