A church I attend is hosting a Jewish congregation for the month of September. I’m unclear as to why…I think it has something to do with they have outgrown the temple they are in currently and don’t have the funds to move to a larger space just yet. (I could be wrong about that though, that’s just what I seem to remember reading.)
So the church is “hosting” them during their holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The bulletin made clear that our Mass and confession schedule will not be affected by this, but the reality is they have been. During the times of the Jewish celebrations (which has amounted to, so far, 5 different days) Catholics are barred from the sanctuary, the narthex and the bathrooms. We are restricted to the Adoration Chapel only, which is where I’m assuming the church is keeping Jesus during these celebrations. Also Saturday morning confession has been cancelled to accomodate the temple congregation’s use of our church.
Anyhow…I was just wondering, is this ok for the church to do? My fiance was distressed and said that it wasn’t allowed. But then he looked up some documents online that say it is allowed under certain circumstances with the permission of the bishop. Since then, we’ve tried to locate these documents again, but we can’t seem to find them lol.
I don’t know. I’m not anti-ecumenism but I don’t like how the Christians are being restricted from use of our own church and Sacraments, even on a limited basis.