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Edith Robus wrote:

Hi, guys —

My six-year-old granddaughter has just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and will probably be making her First Communion next year.

We are concerned as many of the hosts contain gluten/wheat and this makes her very sick.

  • Is there an alternative we can offer to the parish priest in this situation?

We have heard other Catholics with this disease just refrain from receiving Holy Communion. What a shame it has come to that for them. We hope there is an option that can be used for her at least for her First Communion.

God Bless!


  { Is there an alternative for my granddaughter who has Celiac disease for her First Communion? }

Bob replied:

Dear Edith,

Most parishes have no trouble providing hosts that will be gluten-free. It is kept apart from the other hosts, usually in a small pix, and distributed as needed.

At subsequent Communions, the person(s) with the allergy generally check in with the priests ahead of the scheduled Mass time to ensure that gluten-free bread is consecrated along with the other unleavened wheat bread and distributed to the individual at Communion time.

Check with your priest, but my guess is you are not alone in your parish and they have already learned to accommodate to your granddaughter's needs.


Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Edith,

I just wanted to share this posting in addition to what Bob has said.

As he suggested, talk to your pastor about the best resolution.


Edith replied:

Thank you.


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