Restoring Bells On Staten Island’s Oldest Catholic Church

By | September 7, 2019


HE WAS HOSPITALIZED TWICE THIS YEAR, BOTH TIMES FOR PNEUMONIA AND RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS. THE BELLS ON TOP OF THE STATEN ISLAND’S CHURCH HAVEN’T BEEN FULLY FUNCTIONAL IN DECADES. THAT IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. TWO RETIRED ELECTRICIANS VOLUNTEERED TO FIX THE BELLS THAT WERE ROTTED OUT FROM THE WEATHER AND TIME. ONE DAY A WEEK, MICHAEL KAVANAUGH AND TOM BINDER HAULED TOOLS, CABLES AND THEMSELVES TO THE TOP. ON MAY 12TH, BINDER UNEXPECTEDLY DIED IN HIS SLEEP. CAVAH’S SON FRIEND — KAVANAUGH’S SON, DANIEL, A FIREFIGHTER STEPPED IN TO HELP FINISH THE JOB. IT WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT WHEN WE HEAR THE BELLS RING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS. FATHER AND SON HOPE TO HAVE THE BELLS RINGING AGAIN SOMETIME WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. I LOVE TO SEE THAT SON

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