Wednesday, February 11

1948: Two New Bells

February 11th is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, principal patron of the Diocese of Lancaster. It was on this day in 1948 that two more bells were consecrated by Bishop Flynn; their addition to the tower brought the total number of bells to ten - something of a rarity, especially in Catholic churches in England. Strangely the notice books do not appear to mention the event, though perhaps little attention was drawn to it for another reason - February 11th 1948 was also Ash Wednesday, so not a day for public celebration (in fact, the notice book records the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes being transferred to the 12th). It seems strange that this day was chosen for the consecration. Perhaps the Bishop was already due to be at the Cathedral for Ash Wednesday Mass, though this is not mentioned in the notice books either. If anyone can shed any light on this little mystery, do let us know!