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The Eucharist is a sacrament of Christian initiation.
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
Parishioners with Celiac disease, who wish to receive Communion, should see the celebrant priest prior to Mass, so he can consecrate the low-gluten hosts during the Mass. To regularly receive low gluten hosts, we ask registered parishioners to contact the rectory office, who will place a permission request on your behalf with the Archdiocese.
Parishioners with gluten intolerance often ask why the host needs to be (very) Low Gluten, rather than entirely Gluten free. For more insight on this, we recommend the article entitled Why Wheat Bread? by David P. Lang.
This is not medical advice, as St Irene Parish is not a medical professional organization. Please heed the advice of your doctor as well.
Welcome to the Table.
Should you have (medically important) questions for our supplier regarding ingredients or processes, please know that our supplier as of June 2017 is:
Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration
Altar Bread Department
31970 State Highway P
Clyde, MO 64432-8100