LOW GLUTEN ALTAR BREAD
As many of you know, altar breads need to be made from water and wheat flour only. Because of that, people who are gluten intolerant cannot receive Holy Communion. Many of them cannot receive from the common cup because people who drink from the cup before them will have partaken of the wheat altar breads. In recent years, however, the Church has approved low gluten altar breads. These altar breads contain less than 0.01% gluten content. Many people who are gluten intolerant are able to receive these altar breads. However, it is always a good idea for people with gluten intolerance to check with the doctor before receiving them.
We would like to offer these low gluten altar breads.
Here is the procedure we will follow:
1. Before Mass please identify yourself to Fr. Tim that you would like a low gluten altar bread. If at all possible, please try to identify yourself at least five minutes before Mass starts.
2. At Communion time, please come up to Father and identify yourself as needing the low gluten altar bread. this low gluten altar bread will be in a separate pyx (special container to hold the consecrated altar bread) so that it does not touch any other gluten altar breads. The priest will hold up the pyx and say, as usual, “The Body of Christ,” to which you shall response, as usual, “Amen.” The priest will then flip the pyx over so that host is placed on your hand. If there is more than one person receiving the low gluten altar bread, you may be asked to pick up the host yourself after saying Amen. This may be done since the priest cannot hold the low gluten altar bread since his fingers will have touched the other hosts.
If you have any questions about this, please contact me.
From the Pastor's Desk
Our Lenten season provides the opportunity for us to deepen our relationship with Christ and with one another. We know there are always challenges present that seek to draw us away from Christ and his body, the Church.
Lent gives us the tools we need to face those challenges. Though we are half way through our Lenten journey, it is never too late to begin to use those tools. Jesus is always ready to accept us into his strong and loving arms and help us to take up our crosses and follow him to the joy of the resurrection.
At the end of January, I spoke about our financial situation in the parish. As often was the case, it was a combination of good news and not so good news. Since that time, it appears we are holding our own. I am grateful for those who have made changes to increase their contributions to the parish. It speaks highly of your commitment to our parish community.
While the full impact of the coronavirus is not still clear, it definitely has taken a toll on people. It may also impact our Sunday collections as people may need to stay home because of it. If you are looking for a way to maintain your habit of contributing to the parish without worrying about missing a month of Sundays, consider automatic payment to the parish. It is a good way to continue to support our parish community. If you need more information how to set one up, please give Adam a call in our parish office.
As we look to spring and summer, we are committed to ongoing maintenance projects. With money available from our capital campaign, we will move ahead with reroofing of the Gathering Space which includes the music room, the kitchen and part of the area over the baptismal font. If you have not yet made a contribution to this campaign, it is never too late. We still have major roofing projects to complete over the church building. I also asked for donations to do some tuck pointing on the southeast corner of the church and a few areas by the entrances of the church building. I am glad to report we now have the money to do these projects. However, any further contributions will still be accepted in case we run into unexpected challenges with that project. You may ask: are there any other areas that may need attention. And the answer is yes. This winter has been hard on the north parking lot. There are a number of cracks in the pavement that seem to be getting wider.
Once the annual thawing and freezing is done, we will be in a better position to assess the situation and propose solutions to you.
Additionally, the projection system we use in church is showing its age. Right now Mark is doing a great job of keeping things going. But we want to be proactive rather than reactive. So Mark and Adam are exploring options. When we know more, I will let you know. As we are a large family with a rather “large house,” there are always ongoing challenges. But when we as family work together, we can accomplish great things.