Celiac Disease & The Eucharist*** SPECIAL NOTE:Official Vatican documents on this site are quoted verbatim without alteration. All information provided on this site is for background purposes only. Always discuss your particular circumstances with your parish priest. He will provide guidance on what is permissible and what is not and what accommodations can be made to meet your needs with respect to the reception of Holy Communion.If you are concerned about the gluten content in the low-gluten breads, it is also advisable that you check with your health care professional to receive medical advice._______________________The Holy See has made special provisions for those suffering from celiac disease. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has established "Norms for the Use of Low-Gluten Altar Breads" with the proviso that the breads must contain at least trace amounts of gluten (so as to conform to the requirements of Canon Law) and may not contain any non-wheat products.The “Norms” also make a distinction between gluten-free and low-gluten breads.According to the “Norms” established by the Holy See, “hosts (that are) quibus glutinum ablatum est (gluten-free) are invalid matter (and may not be used) for the celebration of the Eucharist”.“Low-gluten hosts are valid matter, provided that they contain the amount of gluten sufficient to obtain the confection of bread, that there is no addition of foreign materials and that the procedure for making such hosts is not such as to alter the nature of the substance of the bread.”Our low-gluten breads conform to these requirements and have ecclesiastical approval of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.Additional documents of interest are available from the menu to the left.
Low Gluten SummaryLess than 20 PPMgluten contentClick here and see the lab results for yourselfEcclesiastical Approval the US Conference of Catholic BishopsMade from wheat starch & water only12 + months shelf lifeLess expensive than other alternativesTraditional look, round and plain white