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COVID-19 Bell Toll

February 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Tonight at 5 p.m. St. Peter’s Church will mark the 500,000 U.S. lives lost to COVID-19 by tolling a bell in its tower. Join us as we toll the bell 500 times, once for every thousand lives lost.

While visiting our grounds please remember that masks and social distancing are required.

Altogether the bells in the St. Peter’s Church tower are being repaired and the bell clappers have been removed, St. Peter’s parishioner Ben Cornelius has figured out a way that we can still ring one bell this evening to mark this solemn milestone. He will use a hand-held clapper from a diesel-locomotive to ring our No. 2 bell in the tower, which has not yet been disconnected from its yoke.

Help us Repair the St. Peter’s Bells!
We have discovered that the eight historic bells in the tower of St. Peter’s Church, which were cast in England in 1842, are in urgent need of repair. An inspection of the bells revealed the bell clappers and support bolts are failing and unsafe and must be replaced. That repair work, which began two weeks ago, will take 60-90 days and will cost $55,000.

We hope that our parish and our neighbors can come together to raise money to support this project. Please contribute to our “Let the Bells Ring!” fundraiser so we can repair the bells and keep them ringing!

Donations can be made on the St. Peter’s Facebook page or directly through our website here.


February 22, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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St. Peter’s Church
Third and Pine Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States