I almost jumped out of my skin the first time I heard (LOUD) bells at the consecration. Before that I never even knew the practice existed. That was a shocking moment.
Perhaps we need a new local custom of having Puppi's (LOUD) bells
rung between the end of the homily and the beginning of the Creed in order to wake up folks who fell asleep. This falling-asleep would be a Eutychus-like incident, but without the falling out.
There is a very interesting (and very surprising to people who have never seen or heard it before) incident reported in the Acts of the Apostles. St. Paul, supposedly a great preacher, could still put some people to sleep with his preaching (under certain conditions). It is in one of the so called "We" passages in Acts and deals with an incident at Troas. I guess long, boring sermons could be considered an ancient biblical and apostolic tradition. [For some reason(!), this passage (Acts 20:7-12) does not seem be be read in the regular Roman Catholic Lectionary cycles.]
<Acts 20:7>On the first day of the week when we gathered to
break bread, Paul spoke to them because he was going to leave on
the next day, and he kept on speaking until midnight. <8>There
were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were gathered
<9>and a young man named Eutychus who was sitting on the window
sill was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. Once
overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and when he
was picked up, he was dead. <10>Paul went down, threw himself
upon him, and said as he embraced him, "Don't be afraid; there is
life in him." <11>Then he returned upstairs, broke the bread, and
ate; after a long conversation that lasted until daybreak, he
departed. <12>And they took the boy away alive and were