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I am Catholic and I totally understand. At my home parish, there is a layman who has celiac. He has arranged to have these hosts ordered from the Benedictine sisters of Perpetual adoration.
At the beginning mass, anyone who needs a gluten-free hose can take it from the main receptacle and place it in a special pix. The priest has them and they are consecrated and with the priest. He is handling the gluten and the gluten-free host back and forth. But, I talked to this fellow and he said that he has not had any symptoms of cross-contamination and he is fairly sensitive. I am celiac but really don't get any obvious symptoms so I can't tell you if cross-contamination is an issue or not I also partake in the wine, but I try to sit in the first or second row( to be the first to drink the wine) to limit cross-contamination. I make sure to be aware if the priest Saying mass puts a small piece of bread in each chalice (then I do not partake.)
psawyer is right though. Consuming either form of eucharist is adequate and acceptable. Often times I just take the wine.
I have considered becoming a Eucharistic minister. This would completely eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination. If you were the first person to drink from the chalice, there would be no chance of cross-contamination at all.
Traveling is tough. I often times abstain when I am traveling but many parishes now offer gluten-free hosts so I'm sure you could research it and contact the parish ahead of time. One of my best friends has Ncgs and he can take the gluten-free host with no trouble.
I know a priest whose nephew is celiac in central Texas. . I haven't talk to him personally about the situation (just his SIL) but I'm sure he would be happy to talk about it if needed. I don't know what part of Texas you're in but let me know.
Welcome to the community here.
I am not Catholic, but have been a member here for many years, and a moderator for ten. This topic comes up from time to time.
I am Episcopalian, similar in most beliefs. Talk to your priest. In my church, receiving one form of communion is sufficient to meet the obligation, so I usually just take the cup. I arrange with the priest to be first in line, lest the cup be contaminated from another communicant.
For the wafer to qualify in the Roman Catholic Church, it must be made from wheat. There are some sources of low-gluten wafers, but I have no personal experience with the. The Episcopalian (Anglican) church allows a wafer that does not contain wheat.
What is the best way to phrase an email to a company, when trying to investigate whether or not their product(s) is safe for a super sensitive to consume? here's an example of an email correspondence that turned out favorably:
Thank you for contacting MillerCoors. We appreciate your interest in our products.
Crispin Brown's Lane Cider is brewed and filled with equipment dedicated to only Crispin products. In order for Crispin to be certified as gluten free it has to pass standards set by the Gluten Intolerance Group, this includes gluten free ingredients and elimination of cross contamination. We hope you found this information helpful.
Thanks again for contacting MillerCoors.
MillerCoors Consumer Affairs Department
Ref: Case#N22302690 ------------------------------------------------------------------
hi, i am a super-sensitive celiac and am wondering about any possible trace gluten being present in your products, the brownslane classic dry cider in particular. is this made in a dedicated gluten-free facility or at least gluten-free equipment? also are their any additives/fining agents or anything used in the brewing process that could contain gluten? and lastly, what gluten-free certification organization do y'all use and what ppm level do you test down to?