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Jul 14, 2014 05:21 PM

Celiacs, Sacraments, and High Holy Days?


This is probably an odd question, but how do true celiac sufferers deal with Catholic communion? Do you get a dispensation? Same question with Seder meals? I was raised Catholic, but have fallen out of the habit (hurr hurr) and for some reason this question occurred to me today. I assume (with absolutely no knowledge) that one can participate in a Seder meal without eating the bread, but it's kind of important in the Catholic mass. Weird question. Anybody know?

  1. Last resort, a "spiritual communion"...learn something new everyday 'round here.

    1. You mean transubstantiation doesn't get rid of the gluten? Well shoot, that'll test your faith. ;)

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      1. re: babette feasts

        Transubstantiation only works on calories.

        1. re: babette feasts

          OMG, I almost choked while snorting my martini:) Too hilarious funny. Well, for those of us who truly understand it.

        2. I'll be following this discussion to see if it takes off, but I'll be thrown off of CH if I comment - !

          1. My cousin, who is a daily Communicant and has celiac disease, takes a sip of the consecrated wine that is kept aside from the wheat wafer; the priest sweeps the Host crumbs into the chalice after Communion only. My understanding is that just as one can receive communion union without sipping wine, one can also do so without eating the host.

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            1. re: pinehurst

              The same as a teetotaller or diabetic, then?

              1. re: Kris in Beijing

                Certainly the same as anyone in recovery, yes, Kris, for sure...or for kids. It can be either form (bread or wine) or both.

                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                  Or the same as was the norm prior to Vatican II in the western church.

              2. In Jewish practice one considers one's health.

                Passover is not a High Holy Day.

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                1. re: magiesmom

                  Nope. I was completely wrong on that.