The tradition begins with Jesus Who, at the last supper, used wheat bread and wine made from grapes. He gave His command: “Do this in memory of Me.” The Church has kept this command ever since in every celebration of the Eucharist (usually at Mass). Like Christ, the Church has only used wheat bread and grape wine. The Church teaching has consistently been that it has no authority to change what Christ instituted.
This group is for Catholics:
(1) who've been diagnosed with celiac disease and/or have intolerance to the storage proteins in wheat, barley, and rye, popularly known as "gluten";
(2) who've adopted a "gluten"-free diet; and
(3) who follow all of the Church teachings, including the five requirements for the reception of Communion, and, further:
+ The requirement that we celebrate it once per week (late Sat. or anytime Sun.; 1983 Code Can. L. 1246 and 1248);
+ The precept that we receive Communion once per year—during the Easter season unless we have just cause to receive it at another time of year (Can. 920);
+ The recommendation that we receive Communion during the Mass, unless we request to receive it outside of Mass for a just cause (Can. 918);
+ The recommendation that we receive Communion each time we participate in the Mass (CCC 1388; Can. 917); and
+ Permission for one to receive Communion a second time on the same day, so long as one participates in the standard way in the second Mass held on the day one already received it (Can. 917).
We Catholic celiacs make a conscious effort to nurture body and soul! Besides the five foregoing canonical provisions, there are five Church teachings for the reception of the Eucharist. Finally, our medical condition allows us to take Communion under the form of the Precious Blood and/or the low-gluten Host.
Our social group, like so many others, is sprouting forth on Catholic.com's newly expanded website. Our group's initiation was meant to fall on the 172nd birthday of Samuel Gee, the English physician who established the modern study of the "coeliac affection." Having been initiated at 1 a.m. on Sept. 14th, we're one hour late for Gee's birthday. So, it appears we had to go an extra hour's distance to pick up that gluten-free cake!