Isn't it wonderful; that church are getting involved and offering the gluten free wafers for us now. It so bets the ridicule that I received for some many years and the comments that if I prayed for it then the wheat of the wafer would not bother my. I am also happy that I am now in a church that accepts that not all people are the same and have restrictions.
I've been gluten-free since I was diagnosed with Celiac 2 1/2 years ago. I didn't partake in the bread of life for 2 years and was very sad about that. Luckily the church I attended also offered the wine, and I did partake of that. Many other churches in the area offered only the wheat wafers. About 6 months ago I moved. One day I told the priest in my new church that I was "allergic" to wheat. He said no problem, he already had a supply of gluten-free wafers and told me that I wasn't the only one with this issue. Now when I come into church he tells me he'll get my wafer and he puts it in a separate little container so it doesn't touch the other wheat wafers. I am so thankful that I can partake of both the bread and wine now. I wonder if I had made my need known ealier I could have been recieving both all along.
After my diagnosis, I just "sat out" communion the first week... It made me very sad and feel quite alone. But then I did some google searching and found the gluten free wafers that have already been referred to here.
I called my church's office during the day, and said "I have a bit of a strange question to ask..." - I didn't have to say anything more than "I have celiac disease" because the office manager's own daughter has celiac too. Thankfully, our church keeps the GF wafers "in stock", so before mass each week, I just go get one from the freezer in the church office, and then when I receive communion, I always just point to the pyx that holds the GF wafers - our priests get a kick out of when they see me coming so they have the wafer ready for me!
I would suggest just calling your church and seeing if they already do something for people who are gluten free - you never know!
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MANY Roman Catholic churches in New England ONLY serve the bread (wafer), so it's surprising that someone would judge/condemn you for not taking the wafer, but still taking the juice. I am on staff at my church and we have offered a gluten free option, but so far no one has taken it. Maybe they are shy? I can take the bread (Matzo crackers in our case) because I am only sensitive and the little bit I take fortunately does not affect me. Blessings to all!! Sharon
This was always an emotional topic for me. I went for years having to fake taking the bread. I was a member of a church that had no understanding of what wheat would do to me and was told to just pray to God and he would make it safe for me to eat (they are very ignorant people). Well! It didn't work. I would get sick no matter how hard I prayed. If I just skipped taking it I would always be confronted that I was not not taking the full sacrament and in violation of the scriptures (again it showed their ignorance) so I started to fake taking it so I would not have to be confronted.
I was very sick for several years and was unable to go to church. Then last year we were invited to a different church. I was feeling somewhat better but I was reluctant at first but I went. The very first day there I told the Priest about my condition and he said it was all right for me to take just the Fruit of the Vine, but he would try to get me some gluten free wafers. About a month latter I was able to take the full sacrament for the first time in 18 years. And as it turned out when the Priest announced that they now had gluten free wafers, four other people came forward and said they also needed them. They had just never told the priest their special needs and had just been skipping the Lord Supper all together. So I felt good that I had helped others as well.
I have heard of some churches actually making the whole communion gluten free so that it didn't draw any attention to it. But most people don't mind because it is the process that counts not what you use.
I had been wondering about that - I've only taken the wine since I realized gluten is such a problem. I don't attend as often as I should, so I feel bad asking for separate bread. Thats great that they took care of you like that!
I think any church family would certainly want to make it possible for everyone to partake in communion if at all possible. And it can be as simple as buying a frozen loaf of GF bread at the store and cutting a slice up for communion. I had offered to do that in my case. Perhaps you could suggest that.
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I told the clergy person that I am gluten intolerant. After a few weeks and a couple of times not being able to take communion except the wine/grape juice, which is an acceptable way to receive communion, btw, the people who prepare the bread made some rice bread which was fine for me. I also told them I do not eat eggs or dairy, so I was even more "high maintenance." When I went up to the front to receive, the person with the "regular" bread saw me and immediately turned and got the rice bread for me which was on a plate behind her. She seemed very pleased that the church had made this change so I could "be fed" like everyone else. Truth be told, there are others who are like me in that church. I don't know why they have never spoken up.
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