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Ss. Peter and Paul's bells will sound again in Naperville

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  • Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church leaders plan to begin using its bells as a call to prayer as well as in celebration and in mourning.

      Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church leaders plan to begin using its bells as a call to prayer as well as in celebration and in mourning.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A gift from two longtime parishioners is allowing Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville to refurbish its two historic bells and to forge a third bell.

      A gift from two longtime parishioners is allowing Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville to refurbish its two historic bells and to forge a third bell.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • It's been 27 years since the bell-ringing mechanism has been at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville. Electronics have recreated the sound of ringing bells, but soon the Rev. Tom Milota have the chance to ring real bells again.

      It's been 27 years since the bell-ringing mechanism has been at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville. Electronics have recreated the sound of ringing bells, but soon the Rev. Tom Milota have the chance to ring real bells again.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A donation from sisters Cecelia and Magdalen Hatch is funding the restoration and forging of bells for the tower at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Naperville.

      A donation from sisters Cecelia and Magdalen Hatch is funding the restoration and forging of bells for the tower at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Naperville.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The Rev. Tom Milota of Ss. Peter and Paul church in Naperville. The church is using a gift to refurbish its bells.

      The Rev. Tom Milota of Ss. Peter and Paul church in Naperville. The church is using a gift to refurbish its bells.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

More than 27 years have passed since the historic bells of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church have pealed through downtown Naperville. Thanks to a generous gift bequeathed to the church from two former longtime patrons, the two historic bells and one new bell will chime again this spring. The 167-year-old parish is restoring the two bells in its tower and adding a third to commemorate what Pope Benedict XVI has deemed the Year of Faith.

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