Greetings all, I’m hoping you will help me as I’m feeling very abandoned. I was born, baptized, and raised Catholic, attended church and cadacism every Sunday, and I joyously took my first communion when I was eight.
My problem is that when I was an infant I was diagnosed with celiac disease (a series of food allergies) and can not digest gluten, specifically wheat. My first communion was done with a rice cracker. Now that I am an adult I’ve moved to a different state, and I’ve taken my family to three different churches in town I have been ostracized by them as my first communion was “invalid” because it was not wheat leavened bread.
Father Vance, who gave me my first communion didn’t think there would be a problem substituting the wafer for a rice cracker, and now the day I received my first communion feels tainted and no longer special. This was a day I held dear for over twenty years. I’ve always loved my religion, but now that my first communion has been invalidated I don’t know what to do. I can’t help that I’m allergic to Jesus, but I don’t want to leave Catholicism. There are no other Catholic churches in my area and I’m really out of ideas.
Yours in Christ,