A bell from the former Rochester’s St. Lucy Church, which was located on Troup Street, will be dedicated and blessed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at its new home on the grounds of the St. Padre Pio Chapel, 141 Frank DiMino Way, Gates.
The bell was donated to the chapel by a group of former parishioners who meet regularly as the Sons of St. Lucy and the Ladies Auxiliary, said Joe Cortese, director of the Sons of St. Lucy.
"It has been a real close-knit parish," Cortese said.
In 1995 these former parishioners had organized a Mass at Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ, which had purchased the Troup Street building in the 1970s after St. Lucy Parish closed in 1975.
Several years ago, the Troup Street church burned, and Lily of the Valley Church gave parishioners the bell, as well as the original cornerstone and bricks from the church building. The bell, bricks and cornerstone have been placed in a structure on the St. Padre Pio Chapel grounds, and Father William Leone and Deacon Angelo Coccia will take part in the dedication.
The St. Padre Pio Chapel is a privately owned nonprofit chapel, but it is open to the public.