Over the years, I've heard that in some parishes (and a few I've visited) some hippy priest at some time decided bells weren't needed. Most irritating. Yes, I know the use started because centuries ago Mass attendees were milling in the big cathedrals while the priests couldn't see them and Giovanni and Maria would be playing footsie over by the candles so finally someone said "You know it would be a really good idea if we rang some bells so Giovanni and Maria would pay attention right here." So they did, and they rang for centuries. The custom is still alive and well and unaltered in many parishes -- but in some the hippies have been at it.
LEAVE OUR BELLS ALONE, DAMMIT.
Even when you creeps don't ring the bells thinking you are cool and hip by not doing so, there are quite more than a few of us who think, "why aren't they ringing the bells, what, have we got some hippy freak celebrating Mass ... doesn't he know any better? Did he go to a mail-order degree seminary?" MOST DISTRACTING.
Digihairshirt, has come up with a unique way to see if something can be done in her parish. In some quarters this is called: PLAYING HARDBALL. JUST GO HERE. JUST DO IT.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to ring-a-dem-bells yourself.