We’ve been fortunate (I think) at my parish because Parents’ Weekend always and Homecoming usually falls in the month we’re directed to count the people who come to weekend Masses.
My wife said the student sacristan conducting the tally made her nervous.
I got that complaint in my last parish too. The choir (which I didn’t direct or accompany) complained that I came up into the loft during the homily. Not only did I count the people below, I counted them too.
The numbers are difficult to parse. We’re certainly up from last year, but that’s probably more due to the return from the fire than Pope Francis. Our top weekends are, in order, Parents, Homecoming, the first weekend of the Fall semester, followed closely by the second weekend of the Fall semester. Easter, not so much.
The numbers are a bit lower than I thought they might be.
Curious that I see a definite bias to the East side of church–where the entrances are. At 10:30 Mass yesterday, West pews averages 6 people per row, and East was close to 7.
Anybody else in for the count?