Dear Sister, there is a friend of mine who keeps on arguing with me that we Catholics do not celebrate Passover especially during the designated time of the year like when the Jews used to. Please help me.
Where in heaven's name did you get the idea that we Catholics DO celebrate Passover? Does your family have a Seder? After Temple? Does the youngest child ask what's going on with this dinner and then someone explains the flight of the Israelites from Egypt? Then you ate apples and honey and bitter herbs? Is this plate in any way familiar to you?
I am utterly baffled by this question. Certainly, we come from a JUDEO-Christian tradition. Jesus and just about everyone He knew were Jews. Everyone that started the Catholic Church was Jewish. St. Peter and St. Paul had a huge argument about letting non-Jews become Christians at all. (Guess who won?) The Last Supper was actually a Passover Seder. But on Holy Thursday, when we recall the Last Supper, Seder has nothing to do with the Mass we celebrate. We celebrate the New Covenant Jesus has brokered with God for our Salvation. We recall moment when Jesus gives us the Holy Eucharist (which happened at this Seder dinner). The Old Covenant is over, along with sacrificing doves and Yom Kippur.
And our "Elder Brothers", as the Pope calls them, still celebrate Passover every year. What's this "like they used to" thing? Pretty soon now, you'll see Matzo go on sale at the grocery store. And that wine.
I hope your friend keeps on arguing with you. There are Catholics who celebrate Seder for, I guess, historical re-enactment purposes or in the spirit of ecumenicalism. But they're on their own.