Celiac Disease

We welcome Catholics with Celiac Disease to the Table of the Lord. Low-gluten Communion hosts are available at all weekend liturgies to those suffering from Celiac Sprue disease.  The hosts made by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, MO, contain 0.01% wheat gluten, are accepted by the USCCB and are recommended by the journal Gluten-Free Living as “perfectly safe” for sufferers of Celiac Sprue disease. The Church believes that it is impossible to consecrate anything except wheat bread and grape wine. From the time that the Lord Jesus took bread and wine and told his disciples “Do this in memory of me,” the Roman Catholic Church has tried faithfully to fulfill Christ’s command by taking unleavened bread made from water and wheat flour and wine made from grapes for use at the celebration of the Eucharist. St. John Bosco Parish is dedicated to working with families and family members with gluten intolerance. We have developed the following procedure to provide as much protection as possible for those with Celiac disease. St. John Bosco has purchased a pyx specifically for the low-gluten hosts.  The pyx and the low-gluten hosts are kept in the Vault in the Sacristy. When you arrive for Mass, go first to the Sacristy.  Let the Sacristan know that you will need a low-gluten host. The Sacristan will make sure that the pyx and the low-gluten host is placed on the credence table. The pyx will be brought to the altar when it is prepared for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The low-gluten hosts are consecrated at the same time as the regular hosts. When you reach the Presider during the Communion Procession, whisper to him that you will need to receive a low-gluten host.  “After Communion, remain in church as long as you can to thank Our Lord and ask of Him the grace of not dying in mortal sin.” ~Saint John Bosco