I believe that bringing back the ringing of bells during the elevation of the Blessed Eucharist is a great idea. For me, the ringing of bells reminds me that the consecration is a very important part of Mass. Although I try very hard to have full attention and awareness throughout the service, my mind do wander and at times need to be reawaken, especially at the moment of consecration. The ringing of bells will call to mind that something very special and sacred is happening at the altar.
It is also a welcome addition for my children. My two girls, 8 and 10 year olds who’s attention span are short, will now have cues to look up and acknowledge Jesus in the appearance of the elevated bread and wine. I no longer need to nudge them and remind them at the moment of consecration (or at least the reminders will be less frequent). For my family and for families similar to mine, I hope that the ringing of bells will return to St. Catherine as an extra aid to call attention to the moment of the consecration.
(While the intention is to have an “unofficial survey” of parishioners about thoughts and ideas, concerns and implications regarding the “ringing of bells during Mass” the venue for such parishioner sharing and exchange of reflections will not be in the Parish Bulletin insert, but here in the St. Catherine’s website. There might be diversity in opinion, but there should always be unity in principle, which is love. Post your thoughts by clicking on “Comments” below.)