- Catholics can work with the Jewish community to invite speakers to come and explain the Seder Meal to a group of Catholics at the parish Catholics can arrange to join members of the Jewish community as they celebrate the Seder Meal.
- It is encouraging that Catholics wish to learn more about our Jewish roots and such education will continue to improve Catholic-Jewish relations. I encourage you to move forward, however, in a manner that is respectful to our Jewish brothers and sisters.
- I also encourage you to read what the American Bishops have written on the matter in their important teaching document: God’s Mercy Endures Forever: Guidelines on the Presentation of Jews and Judaism in Catholic Preaching (1988)
It is becoming familiar in many parishes and Catholic homes to participate in a Passover Seder during Holy Week. This practice can have educational and spiritual value. It is wrong, however, to "baptize" the Seder by ending it with New Testament readings about the Last Supper or, worse, turn it into a prologue to the Eucharist. Such mergings distort both traditions. The following advice should prove useful: When Christians celebrate this sacred feast among themselves, the rites of the haggadah for the seder should be respected in all their integrity. The seder . . . should be celebrated in a dignified manner and with sensitivity to those to whom the seder truly belongs. The primary reason why Christians may celebrate the festival of Passover should be to acknowledge common roots in the history of salvation. Any sense of "restaging" the Last Supper of the Lord Jesus should be avoided .... The rites of the Triduum are the [Church's] annual memorial of the events of Jesus' dying and rising (Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy Newsletter, March 1980, p. 12). Seders arranged at or in cooperation with local synagogues are encouraged.Father Thomas Rosica, CSB CEO Salt + Light Catholic Television Network