The education of EMHC should include that anyone with Celiac disease cannot consume wheat products because of their illness.
It is difficult enough to cope with without rudeness from an uninformed EMHC.
For the sake of sufferers of celiac disease and gluten intolerance in your parish, if you feel strong enough to approach the parish office or priest to request that this be included.
Effectively, wheat is poison to celiacs.
The dilemma, Canon Law insists that hosts made only of wheat and water are matter for consecration.
Canon 924: “The Most Sacred Eucharistic Sacrifice must be celebrated with bread and wine, with which a small quantity of water is to be mixed. The bread must be made of wheat alone recently made so that there is no danger of corruption.
It isn’t easy to ask a parish to provide gluten-free wafers, and some parishes erroneously provide gluten-free hosts that are not made of wheat for celiacs.
If there are any other avenues for hosts low enough in gluten to be potentially safe for celiacs other than Congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration,
Clyde, Missouri, I am unaware of them
What every EMHC should know:
God bless. Sad that you were hurt and embarrassed in this way.
As a celiac myself, I don’t like to ask the priests to provide true gluten-free hosts as it is an expensive option for them to import, and one doesn’t like to be a bother especially when various EMHCs are involved, who may not know me anyway.
I consume only from the chali ce as having the smallest effect on anyone else, though possibly have been considered strange, and certain have met with puzzled looks by the person with the hosts.
I don’t give the confusing messages by pausing before them but slip quickly behind the communicant before me straight to the chalice, which is also fully Christ, preferably sitting near the front on the side where I can seamlessly approach the person with the chalice without any fuss.
Many people don’t like to create any kind of fuss or difficulty or confusion for others and can be very tense leading up to Communion or any event.
It it a painful thing to negotiate the issues of celiacs at times, especially at church or public events, even funerals, also sometimes at cafes or restaurants. Best to have something of your own in your bag. Still there are many worse conditions!