One of my sons was diagnosed with celiac disease and has been on a gluten-free diet for 11 years now. The other had one antibody test out of range but didn’t meet the other diagnosis points so we call him gluten intolerant. He’s been on the gluten free diet for about 7 years. They both receive only the Precious Blood, by their own choice. We have kept a gluten-free home so they can have a haven where they can eat anything and not worry about getting sick.
I had heard about the Benedictine Sisters attempting to make a low-gluten host quite soon after my younger son was diagnosed. Since he was 7 at the time, he would have been preparing for his First Eucharist that year. But when we went to talk to our parish priest, we were told in no uncertain terms that a GF host was not valid to be consecrated, not even once. I was so angry about that…it seemed there was no way for him to safely go through the classes, because one of the exercises was to MAKE BREAD…It ended up being 2 years before we figured out how to keep him safe and let him receive.
But during that time, I was calling the Sisters in Missouri to see if they had been successful. At one point, they told me they had all but given up, and my heart sank, not only for my own son, but for all of those other celiacs too. I gave up calling and became my son’s Extraordinary Minister, brought a small chalice to Mass with us each week, and he was served only from that.
I can’t even remember how I heard that the Sisters had actually succeeded…Maybe a forum for celiacs that I belong to…The key was whether it would be declared valid matter for consecration - the problem was always how to include enough wheat to qualify as confection of bread, but not enough to activate a person’s celiac antibodies. Well, they did it! Here is their website that describes the process.
Low Gluten Altar Bread
By that time, our other son was also gluten-free, but neither of them wanted to go through the hassle of trying to receive the low-gluten host. (Basically, you bring the host with you in a pyx which is then placed up on the altar or the paten as the other hosts are consecrated. Then someone has to bring the pyx down and hand it to you, you open it yourself, take out the Body, and consume it.) I still have some in my freezer.
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