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
Thank you to all who participated in the church of the week. Many people donated food items for the week. Others volunteered their time as drivers, meal servers and overnight hosts. Thank you so much. A special word of thanks to Mary Margaret Yaeger for her leadership in the process. Blessings to all!
Over the years, parishioners have sacrificed in order to provide a church building for them to worship in, school facilities to teach their children and help them to grow in their faith, and provide for a place for parishioners to gather and enjoy one another’s company. More recently you have sacrificed to help us maintain these facilities. When special projects arose, you stepped forward.
The recent new carpet in the church and the new cooler and freezer in the school are just two examples. Once again, I am inviting you to consider a special project for our church building. It has come to our attention that the brick on the southeast corner of the church is deteriorating rapidly. The source of the problem has been the water that has flowed from the roof down onto the bricks. After almost 40 years of dripping, the bricks are starting to crumble. A temporary fix to divert the water has been completed. Another water issue with the bricks has also surfaced at the north and south entrances to the Gathering Place. We would like to address these issues next spring before more serious damage occurs.
However, in order to do that we will need to raise around $25,000.00. That amount is not in our budget nor do we have reserves to cover it. So, I am inviting you to consider a special contribution to this project between now and March 1st. Mark your contribution for “church brick repair.” As the money comes in, it will be set aside to be used for this purpose only.
As we move toward the end of the year, I invite you to also consider year end donations to the parish. Check with your tax accountant to see how this might benefit both you and your parish. And finally, if you are working in your estate planning, please remember your parish in this planning. What a lasting testimony that can be. Again, check with your estate advisors to assist you.
Finally, our parish is hosting the annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to gather with other faith traditions as we celebrate this national holiday.