The Bryson Family Carillon

By: kcynar

04/03/18 06:54 PM
Category: General

"Grace Church Bryson Family Carillon given by the Bryson Family and their friends."

The Bryson Family Carillon 

During a visit with parishioner Lovey Bryson, she shared with Fr. Walter her childhood memories of Grace Church and expressed that she misses listening to the Grace’s Church bell.  The sound of the bell was always there, first through an actual bell and later through an electronic carillion.  For over 150 years, Grace’s church bell was a consistent reminder for the community that God is present with us.  

After the Church bell fell into disrepair, the community began to get used to the stillness during mid-days and on Sundays.  Years later, when Fr. Walter came to Grace, he asked about the Church bell, but not many seemed to see this project as a priority for our church.  After a few phone calls and estimates to install the pieces, it became clear that the investment would have been too large to repair Grace’s historic bell system.

On another visit with Lovely, she expressed to Fr. Walter her deepest desire to bring the Church bell back.  A few month later, she called the church all excited and committed together with her family to donate a brand new bell system.  She wanted to do something lasting for the Church in remembrance of her beloved husband Gene and the Bryson family.

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, the Bryson Carillon was officially dedicated as part of the 10:00 am Church service.  Joined by parishioners, friends and the Bryson family, Fr. Walter blessed this generous gift that will "sound for generations throughout Massapequa."

We are deeply appreciative of the generosity of Lovey Bryson and her family for this gift that restored a once familiar "voice" to Grace Church within our community.

A plaque was dedicated and placed in the Narthex announcing to all the "Grace Church Carillon given by the Bryson Family and their friends."

Currently the Carillon sounds the call to services on Sunday mornings and strikes at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm seven days a week.  It also sounds at the completion of weddings, funeral services and other special occasions.