Okay, so I have a problem and I want to make sure I go about this the right way.
I was at our churches lenten soup-supper tonight. I overheard a woman next to me talking to her friend about getting “gluten free hosts” from the church office for those with a wheat allergy. I assumed the best and figured she meant low gluten - that is, hosts made with less wheat or something. So I rudely butted into the conversation with “gluten free? How is that possible?” She said “They are made from rice, not wheat.” And seemed to be agitated that I just butted in…or frustrated with my ignorance… I admit, I shouldn’t have just butted into her conversation. :o
At any rate I waited for a less rude time to follow up with questions. Apparently my parish office makes rice based hosts available for people with gluten allergies so they can still take “communion” but uses regular hosts for the general congregation. Forgive me, but based on what I have read here and in other places, isn’t that an abuse? Doesn’t the host HAVE TO BE wheat flour and water only?
I know that with this knowledge means I really should do something about it. How should I go about this in a delicate way so as not to possibly embarrass someone who may not have known better, and so as not to step on any toes? I also don’t want to be publicly known as “that girl who took communion away from those with allergies.” Is there a way to do this properly? Please advise, wonderful community!