(quote) Lenn-1017174 said: The lay people were doing headcounts on who donated in the plate. I felt like the Pharisees had moved in...What the...do you think you're doing?
Just responding to your comment... "The lay people were doing headcounts on who donated in the plate."
Obviously, I was not at that Mass that you attended, but it could very well be that they were doing a headcount for an entirely different reason. I live within the Diocese of Sacramento (California). I can recall at least two different years when the bishop directed every parish at every Mass on a particular Sunday to do a complete headcount of those attending Mass in the Diocese. The entire reason was because they were running one of the "Catholics Come Home" advertising campaigns throughout the Diocese in all sorts of media (secular & religious radio, TV and print, mostly). In order to properly evaluate the effectiveness of such a campaign, they did a Diocese-wide headcount both before and after the campaign (several months apart, I believe).
Perhaps I am wrong in my assessment, but the headcount may be unrelated to contributions to the collection plate.