[quote="JD27076, post:1, topic:332016"]
When I was altar serving one time.. I remember seeing that one family request that the priest place the Consecrated Host in a pyx, and put the pyx in the ciborium, and when my priest is distributing communion, instead of offering the Body, the priest gives each family member of that 1 family a pyx and they consume the Host from the pyx.
What is the point of doing that?
I don't see how its more sanitary because only the priest will even dare 'reach' into the ciborium to retrieve a host.
Unless maybe its a gluten-free host and the priest wants to make sure that the boy only gets gluten free but I believe it was a regular host if I saw correctly.
We could only be guessing an answer for you.
The family may have no problem with you telling them that you notice they receive the Eucharist from the pyx and asking them if they eat "gluten-free" or if they mind sharing their story with you. Celiac may be the reason they do this.
More parishes are beginning to have low gluten host available at Mass. Some parishes will have an announcement in the bulletin that those wishing to receive the low-gluten host should be in a specific "communion line." The pyx with the low gluten host would be available in that line. The person simply points to the pyx before receiving.
The priest most likely consecrates the host in the pyx. Some priest may give the host to the person from the pyx. If the priest is not touching the host to give it to the person, maybe the person is very sensitive to gluten and this prevents the priest from cross-contamination since he has "gluten" on his fingers. Some people who can not have gluten - only receive from the Cup. They may have a separate chalice from which they receive.
Some families purchase their own low-gluten host, store them in the freezer, bring a pyx to Mass with their hosts in it, and place it on the altar before Mass begins.
Some people on the autism spectrum also eat a gluten-free diet.