Mary Lou Garcia-PeredaJanuary 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM...They might also consider ways to promote awareness of and belief in The Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. One simple way is to restore the use of the bells at the Elevation of the Host and Chalice during the Consecration. I once asked a priest why the bells were no longer used and was told "We don't want people to think one part of the Mass is more important than the other parts." Guess what? That part of the Mass when Jesus become Truly Present on the altar IS more important! Fool that I was, I accepted the word of that priest.
150. A little before the consecration, when appropriate, a server rings a bell as a signal to the faithful. According to local custom, the server also rings the bell as the priest shows the host and then the chalice.
While it is true that the ringing of the bell at the consecration probably originated out of a practical concern - most of the canon (the eucharistic prayer) being silent in the "old Mass" - the fact that so few Catholics believe in the only reason to be Catholic - the Real Presence of Christ in the consecrated bread and wine * - we probably should add fireworks.
* Nine in ten weekly Mass attendees (91 percent) say they believe that Jesus Christ is really present in the Eucharist, compared to two-thirds of those who attend Mass less than weekly but at least once a month (65 percent), and four in ten of those attending Mass a few times a year or less (40 percent). Among Catholics attending Mass at least once a month, the youngest generation of Catholics (born after 1981) has similar beliefs about the Eucharist as Pre-Vatican II Generation Catholics (born before 1943). http://cara.georgetown.edu/sacraments.html
NOTE: It might be easy to discount my contention that "most" Catholics do not believe in the real presence by getting excited about the belief of the 91% who attend Mass weekly. However, the same report tells us that only 23% of Catholics attend Mass weekly. Thus the number of believers in the Real Presence is probably only about 20% of all Catholics. Given that the Real Presence is the only reason to be Catholic - otherwise you might as well stay home and read your bible - pastors need to seriously ask why. Could it be that the elimination of such practices that made the central act of the Mass (the consecration) outwardly special had something to do with it?
Note the good news about those born after 1981.