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
I recently returned from a trip to Rome with Bishop Kettler and Fr. Rolfes. Bishop Kettler was there as part of the “ad limina” visit that each bishop is asked to make every five to eight years. As part of that visit, we celebrated Mass at the four major basilicas of Rome: St. John Lateran, which is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome; St. Peter’s, which is the burial place for St. Peter; St. Paul outside of the Walls, which is the burial place of St. Paul; and St. Mary Major. It was a privilege to concelebrate Mass in each of these beautiful churches.
While the bishops of the province, which is composed of the diocese in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, meet with the varying office of the Vatican, we were free to roam the city. I spent extra time at St. Peter’s and stopped at some of the piazzas of the city.
The highlight of the trip was the opportunity to meet Pope Francis. It was humbling to know you were meeting with the leader of the church and a successor of St. Peter. While we as priests did not have much time to visit with the Holy Father, it was a blessing to shake his hand, say a few words and receive from him a rosary.
After we priests and seminarians left, the bishops then met with him for two and a half hours. I would certainly like to have heard that conversation. The bishops did comment on how they felt it was like talking to a brother who cared for them and was very interested in what was happening in their dioceses. I came away ever mindful of the universal nature of the church and the joys and challenges that brings.
He offered to us priests and seminarians these words:
Keep praying and keep a sense of humor. These are good words for us all. Finally, I marvel at how Pope Francis keeps up his pace. Keep praying for him. Parishes exist to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Outside of the celebration of the sacraments, one of the primary ways parishes accomplish this is through formation of our youth. This is accomplished through assisting parents in faith formation of their children through a formal faith formation program and/or a Catholic school. Our parish is fortunate and blessed to have both.
In my humble opinion, both are excellent. As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, I want to thank the administrators, teachers and staff of our school. They go about their ministry with the young folks in mind.
Likewise, I thank you as parishioners. Without your support neither programs would be able to survive much less thrive. It takes sacrifices on the part of everyone to provide for our faith formation program and our school. And it will continue to take sacrifices to keep both of them affordable for all parishioners.
In the end, whatever we do has but one purpose: to know Jesus, stay close to Him and share His love with the world in which we live. I pray we may continue to experience His love and eagerly share it.