SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish has low-gluten hosts (.002% or <20ppm) available for parishioners who have wheat-related allergies or intolerances. If you or a loved one have not been receiving communion because of gluten levels in the hosts, you can now request low-gluten hosts prior to Mass. The Catholic Church firmly believes that because Jesus used wheat bread at the Last Supper, communion hosts must be made with wheat. The low-gluten hosts we are using are produced in strict adherence to Canon Law. Individuals who are gluten intolerant can request a low-gluten host using the following procedure:
Procedure: Please come into the sacristy at least 15 minutes before Mass and ask the Sacristan for a low-gluten host. The low-gluten hosts are consecrated in a special container (ciborium) and are physically separated from the other hosts.
Reception: At Communion time, please join the line for the Priest-celebrant of the Mass. He will be holding the special container of low-gluten hosts. When you approach the celebrant, after you bow to the Blessed Sacrament, request a low-gluten host. The Priest will then offer you the Body of Christ from the special container.
Please consult your personal physician prior to consuming the low gluten host. More information can be found through the Catholic Celiac Society: www.catholicceliacs.org.