Communion questions

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 2:27am
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Yes, I know there are old threads on this topic [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] but I was hoping to get some recent experiences?

For ds making first communion - am I supposed to be asking about the ingredients, or are they known to be safe? Should I speak to the priest and make sure he washes his hands before the service, or is that totally rude? Should I be worried if some of the kids in line before ds take it by mouth, will that contaminate the priest's hands? (Ds will of course take it in his hand.)

I don't want to make this a bigger deal than it needs to be, and of course it seems weird to be so distrustful of such a religious act, but of course, I am [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 3:35am
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I saw your question and had to post mine that I just e-mailed to our local support group yesterday. Our set-up is different than yours but I'm hoping someone has logistics suggestions for dealing with multiple dietary restrictions.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a church to manage distributing alternative bread for communion for those with dietary restrictions?
This congregation is large and is seated during the passing of communion trays. Ener-g Food has communion wafers [url="http://www.ener-g.com/store/detail.aspx?sn=BreadProducts&cat=15&id=21"]http://www.ener-g.com/store/detail.aspx?sn=BreadProducts&cat=15&id=21[/url] that are free of a lot of allergens but does anyone know of any wafers that are individually wrapped? I really doubt the church would switch over completely to new wafers since it's quite a bit more expensive so I'd be very interested in knowing the logistics of how (and if!) other churches manage keeping alternative bread from getting contaminated and getting distributed to those who can't eat the traditional bread being served.
Thanks!
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Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 6:40am
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Hi there, I hope I can be of some help to you. I am almost positve that you would be allowed to bring your own bread/cracker as the bread is blessed before communion so there should be no problem about having a different bread than everyone else. It can be blessed at the same time. It is symbolic of Christs body, so it need not be the same as everyone elses. It is not one type of bread that has to be used as the "body of Christ". generally it is a plain white french bread type though. If I were you, I would talk to the pastor or preist about putting your you bread/cracker on the tray and letting your son pick it up himself. It sounds as if it is Catholic where the communion is shared in the same cup and tray so imo they should be willing to accomadate your son, if not then something is not right. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 7:13am
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DS brings his own in a small container with sections (with a lid). He places it on the alter alongside the communion chalices. The Pastor blesses all, and just hands ds the container when it is his turn. DS opens it up himself. We use Welch's Grape juice and cut a circle out of a Mission Flour Tortilla. We are Lutheran, so it is all cool.
He did react on his first communion (we tried it the regular way) - itchy throat - nothing visible, but he knew he was reacting. It was with a guest Pastor and a very crowded service. I don't know whether it was from the actual communion or cross-contamination at some point (Pastor, people who set up, etc). I gave DS the option of trying the regular communion straight from the box, but he said "no way". So, we bring our own.

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 8:45am
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Jana, have you by chance seen those wafers (in person)? It's just that they look very crunchy, like a cracker, and I know in our church (Catholic) the wafers are more like styrofoam, lol - you are supposed to sort of let them dissolve, not chew them.

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 10:00am
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No, I haven't seen them in person but Ener-g is "in my neck of the woods" and I did a search there. I think the Catholic church does not allow gluten free hosts but I'm trying to include as many dietary restrictions as possible in the alternative and gluten is not necessary in Protestant communion from my understanding.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 10:22am
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This is going to depend on how "liberal" your priest is.
I haven't taken communion for years...I think it is too easy to pass peanut protein on this way.
Even if the priest does wash his hands...he touches lots of things before he gets to the communion host.
This is just too risky for me....

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 3:29am
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There was a story (In Mass, I think) where the little girl was Celiac, and the best the church could 'offer' was a low-gluten wafer.
Not safe enough for the child.
Bad press for the church at the time, when they needed much better press...
Dunno how it ended. Not thinking about it for a while (a yr or 2) for Caitlin.
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Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 3:38am
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I was thinking maybe I should ask if ds could be the first to receive that day, that would lessen the chances of anything on the priest's hands from other kids' mouths (ugh).
I know there are pther PA kids in our parish, but I would bet a million I am the first and only one to worry about this. My SIL is the president of her her (Lutheran) and she knows where locally her church buys their wafers, she thinks my church likely gets them from the same local supplier. I am going to call the sister in charge of religious ed today and ask her some questions, and ask if I can speak to the priest personally. SIL said in her church, they would just let me bring on my own wafer, but I wil have to see what our priest says. He's new and youngish, so maybe he will be lenient [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 7:07am
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Quote:Originally posted by jtolpin:
[b]There was a story (In Mass, I think) where the little girl was Celiac, and the best the church could 'offer' was a low-gluten wafer.
Not safe enough for the child.
Bad press for the church at the time, when they needed much better press...
Dunno how it ended. Not thinking about it for a while (a yr or 2) for Caitlin.
jason
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Yes, I was thinking of this story too. It's really sad that the church is so inflexible when it comes to the health and safety of one of their own members. Last I knew, the church was still refusing to bend.
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Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 9:57am
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mcmom,
Go to your Priest or the Religious Ed. coordinator for 1st Communion. They need to be aware of the situation in time to make adjustments. They can also give you the name of the Convent, or other source, that makes your wafers. That way you can check with out the raw materials. (It's usually a group of local nuns, and made in a very stringent manner, but that way you can check the brand of flour they're using.)
You can even asked for a wafer to test beforehand, to avoid any unseen issues. They often have the kids "taste" the wafers at one of the Communion classes.
Other things suggested on this site are reminding the Priest about the allergy. They are *supposed* to wash their hands, but who knows if they've just had PB toast for breakfast or a snack between Masses. Never hurts to remind them.
Also, a parent may participate as a Eucharistic Minister. I think this is the best way of overseeing the whole process, and also a very special way to celebrate a 1st Communion.
Take care,
Daisy

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