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
Once again, we prepare to enter the season of Lent. This is the time for us to renew our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus. There are at least two components to this commitment. One part of the commitment invites us to examine where we need to make changes in our lives. It is a realistic assessment of how we are choosing to live our lives. It is a response to Jesus’ invitation: turn away from sin. The commitment begins by our being honest with ourselves where we stand in this relationship. Such honesty does not also come easily and really can occur only when we are committed to prayer. In prayer, we have the opportunity to be in the presence of one whose love for us is constant and strong. Only an acceptance of such love gives us the courage to then take steps to change. Our Lenten journey thus invites us then to an increased time of prayer in which we can bathe in such love.
Once we are convinced of such love for us, we can then take steps to turn from sin.
Our Lenten journey also invites us to a time of fasting. Sometimes fasting involves letting go of certain behaviors that do not help us deepen our relationship with Christ and one another. Other times, fasting reminds us of what truly is important in life which is not always reflected in the choices we make. Hence, fasting helps us to purify our desires, needs and wants.
But fasting also helps us to recognize that our blessings are many and that in fasting we are more free to share with our sisters and brothers, especially those in need. Perhaps that is why fasting and almsgiving have often been closely linked together. In our fasting, we are able to assist others in material ways but also are drawn closer to the experience of many who have very little.
In prayer, fasting and almsgiving we then are provided some tools for renewing our relationship with Jesus and with his body, the Church. We never journey with Jesus all by ourselves. We are always challenged and supported by other disciples of the Lord.
Watch for the Lenten suggestions and materials that have been prepared by staff. They can be helpful tools to enter more fully into this holy season.