Bells Herald the Year of Faith

San Gabriel Mission bells

Church Bells. 

School Bells.  

Hand Bells. 

Sleigh Bells. 

Bicycle Bells. 

Even Doorbells!

At 12 noon on October 11, 2012, hundreds of Catholic churches and thousands of people across the United States will be joining together to ring in the first day of the Year of Faith.  Declared by Pope Benedict XVI for the period from October 11, 2012 through November 24, 2013, the Year of Faith is intended as “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the Savior of the world.”

  • In the Diocese of Portland in Maine, students and faculty at Catholic schools throughout the state will head outdoors, each holding a bell which they’ll ring for three minutes to welcome the year.
  • In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the Son Rise Morning Show, which airs on Sacred Heart Radio affiliates and other stations around the country, has joined with the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and the Cincinnati-based Verdin Company to promote “Ring in the Year of Faith.”
  • In California, the 241-year-old San Gabriel Mission will ring its bells at noon.  Pastor Bruce Wellems, CMF, pastor of the San Gabriel Mission, invites people to come to the Mission’s Gift Shop at 11:45 a.m., where they will be led to a special place where they will have the opportunity to ring the largest of the mission’s six bells, the 2,000 pound bell.
  • Bishop James D. Conley, bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, encouraged Catholic churches and individuals in Lincoln to participate.  He urged, “Let your neighbors know that the New Evangelization is under way in your part of the world.”
  • Non-Catholic churches are invited to ring their bells as well, as a sign of solidarity with the Catholic Church’s stance on religious liberty.

The Verdin Company, which originated the “Ring in the Year of Faith” project, has since 1842 been dedicated to creating fine cast bronze bells and electronic digital bells, as well as tower clocks, street clocks and streetscape furnishings.  If you don’t have a bell to ring at noon, Verdin offers a free ringtone which can be downloaded from its website.



  • Fr Desmond Royappen

    PH NO 27-31-3031890 or email or

    Dear Father, Sisters. PPC, School Principals, all Faithful

    ORDER ASAP – 27 31-3031890

    YEAR OF FAITH – Letter from Cardinal Napier. ( South Africa)

    In his apostolic letter – Porta Fidei – (the gates of faith) written to launch the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI writes about the need to rediscover the journey of faith. He calls on the whole Church especially Her pastors to seek friendship with Jesus Christ, who is the one who gives us the abundance of life. He reminds us to be light that cannot be hidden, as well as witnesses of faith who are not afraid.

    The Year of Faith will run from 11th October 2012 to 24th November 2013 so that it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. To mark the occasion the Holy Father has called a General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The New Evangelization for the transmission of the Christian Faith”.

    This is a timely reminder that each of us is called to use this time of spiritual grace to proclaim the Gospel anew by living and professing our faith in our parishes, our homes, our families, our religious communities, our schools and even our workplaces. Pope Benedict is also calling all of us to make special occasions during this Year of Faith to make a public profession of the Creed.

    Because of the successful initiative of getting us to BAND TOGETHER during Lent, I have commissioned Fr. Desmond Royappen to design another WRIST BAND displaying the ancient Christian symbol of the FISH and the words “CREDO DOMINE” (I BELIEVE, LORD).

    Wrist bands are not only very popular , but they are also a wonderful way of reminding us to keep our commitment to our faith, as well as to identify ourselves as Catholic who have made a special pledge to be faithful during this Year of Faith.

    To make sure you make good use of the “Year of Faith” each WRIST BAND is accompanied with a card that has a prayer for the Year of Faith on the one side and a statement of commitment on the other. BANDS are for ALL age groups, so that everyone can be an evangelizer who is happy and proud to be a Catholic who is committed to making a difference by living and spreading the Catholic faith.

    I am sending out this notice early on purpose so that you can begin explaining and promoting the WRIST BANDS in your parish/s and schools, so that you may order them in good time for the launch of the Year of Faith.

    So, let us band together to celebrate the Year of Faith as one big Catholic family.
    With prayers and best wishes for a fruitful Year of Faith.

    Cardinal W. F. Napier. ofm ( Durban- South Africa)