This church offers the Blood even on weekdays. Every other day except Good Friday, the cup is present.
It’s just been easier for them, less hassle, if they can receive from the cup without going into all the hoo-hah of contacting the priest, getting the procedures down, etc. These are very large parishes, over 3,000 families - I think the one today may have as many as 12,000 families. Neither boy wants to stand out or cause a fuss or inconvenience. That’s just their character, and the age/stage they are in.
I was the younger son’s EM for years, he had his own dedicated cup that I took home after he received. The older one has always just been careful to go through the line that did not include the Priest’s cup. Now the younger one doesn’t go to church and so I am not his EM any longer. We worked out his routine when he had his First Communion, with the Pastor.
They have the option of using a pyx and the low-gluten host, but it takes contacting the priest and working out some kind of routine, and then you always take the risk that something could go wrong.
I wonder what other celiacs at this parish do when there is no cup? I didn’t see anyone get a pyx but then we were pretty far back in the pews so…
I sure will contact the eucharistic ministers between now and next year to see what we can do. There is every possibility that they deal with this on a routine basis, since the parish is so large, and it will be no problem whatsoever.