Question about receiving First Communion

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 7:48am
Linda-Jo's picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

My dd is receiving her First Communion in April. I am concerned with the ingredients in the host she will be receiving. I checked with our director and she told me that it is just unleavened bread, made of either flour and water or wheat and water. She said she would check with the company for the exact ingredients.

I do recall someone here posting years ago about their dd who received. I think she said there was no problem with the host, but they had to leave the church because the priest used a peanut for a visual aid or something during his sermon. I mentioned this to our director and she told me she would alert the priest not to eat PB before the ceremony. That's OK for that day, but what about if she continues to receive thereafter? I can't be guaranteed that every priest or eucharistic minister didn't have PB for breakfast before mass!

I was wondering if someone had any experience with this they could share. If it comes down to her not receiving thereafter, then that's what I'd do to assure her safety. I'm sure God will forgive!

Thanks for your help!

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 9:41am
Jazz It Up's picture
Joined: 08/19/2002 - 09:00

Hi Linda-Jo,
I remember that thread started by Greg a few years ago...I will try and find it for you as I posted in that thread as well & re-raise it for you.
My son made his First Communion last year and everything went great!
Have you thought about becoming a Eucharistic Minister? That way your daughter could receive Communion from you and know it would be safe! I haven't done it but is always in the back of my mind.
I'll go and find that thread for may be on a different board.
Found's on the *Living with Peanut Allergy* board. [img][/img]
Stay Safe!
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Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 9:52am
Jandy's picture
Joined: 05/21/2001 - 09:00

Hi Linda-Jo,
My son is 12 now and has been receiving host since 1st C. We had concerns too as at the time he was allergic so many foods. It was one for the times that someone other than we called and checked were the church gets the hosts from. He's been fine eating this. The wine I had questions/ concerns about but evenually he had a sip of that and has been fine. I have discouraged dinking the wine re don't know what others have eaten.
Take Care,

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 10:17am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Posted in this thread:
"I have discouraged dinking the wine re don't know what others have eaten."
When we were catholic, and received communion we never drank the wine. We were worried about communicable diseases.
In our church they now use little individual cups and no one drinks off anything.
I will note that the shared chalice had nothing to do with our conversion. We do find the non-shared method nice, however.

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 10:31am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

I think there would be a risk of cross contamination from the ministers and priest handing out the First Communion. I have seen them (not intentionally) touch other people's mouths plus you don't know what they have eaten.
I guess I am a worry wart but I don't take communion anymore.
Also, another thing to be concerned about is if you are allergic to berries,melon should check out in detail what wine they are using.
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Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 11:23am
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

Woiuld it be unreasonable to put a piece of safe bread in a Baggie and have it consecrated on the altar along with the rest of the bread, then have the child receive it in the Baggie and then take it out and eat it? This is what I'm thinking we're going to request for DD when the time comes. I hope and pray we would never have to let food allergies prevent DD from participating fully in the sacramental life of the Church!

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 11:31am
Jazz It Up's picture
Joined: 08/19/2002 - 09:00

Cathlina, I don't know about the rituals in your church but in ours, they allow you to take communion in your hand, which is what my son does. (He does not take the wine because we don't know what others have eaten and we don't want him drinking behind them, even though they wipe the Chalice after each sip).
Linda-Jo, before my son made his First Communion last year, I met with the director of CCD and she is a phenominal person anyway and we made sure there were no peanut ingredients in the bread. My son has never had a problem receiving communion. [img][/img]
I wish your daughter all the best in the receiving of this Sacrament!
Stay Safe!

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 12:31pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

My daughter made her first communion last year and takes both species (bread and wine) and has never had an issue. We are front pew sitters anyways (my son likes to be able to see the priest) and so invariably my daughter is the first or second person to take communion which reduces the risk of contamination.
You may wish to ask about the procedures for Eucharistic Ministers - in our parish they all clean their hands with antiseptic wash and wipes at the back of the Church before proceeding to the altar to assist with the consecration of the bread and wine. I imagine that most parishes have some sort of similar procedure. It has not been a concern for us, however, because we make sure we receive from the priest himself (who, of course, also washes his hands during the Eucharistic Prayer).
I think you should do what is best for you, but perhaps think of this as a way to become more involved with your parish.
take care

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 1:42pm
Linda-Jo's picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

Connie, thank you for re-raising that thread. It's been very informative.
Very good suggestions by all. I like the idea about always going directly to the priest. He does wash his hands during preparation and he knows me and my situation.
Becoming a Eucharist Minister is a great idea. Unfortunately, I sing the mass my daughter attends so I couldn't do both. Maybe someday in the future I'll be able to Minister at a different mass.
A few weeks back, we had to attended a church other than our own. During mass, we all went up to receive communion when I noticed my dh stayed behind. When we got back to our pew, I asked him what was up? He said as he was getting up he noticed that the Eucharistic Minister that was handing out the communion had just wiped her nose and he didn't have time to stop me before I went up! Gee, thanks honey!! He ended up going over to a different aisle and getting it directly from the priest! So, I guess you never know what's going to be on their hands!
Thank you all for your wonderful advice! I'll let you know how everything turns out!

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 2:37pm
AlwaysAvoidAnaphylaxis's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

My DH and I discuss this all the time!
If God were to protect you, then you could receive all the time and not even think about the ingredients. But that is not the case.
In our church, there is bread and also the body of Jesus. The body is received by all those who choose to receive USING THE SAME SPOON. Obviously that is not safe and none of us go up there to receive ever. Their feeling is that God will keep you safe from the germs/nuts that the previous people who received have.
I don't think so. If we won't eat in a restaurant, what makes this so safe?

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 11:52pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

My personal belief? (This is directed at no one in particular, just what I believe.) God has set into motion certain cause and effect relationships on this planet. Expecting God to waive them for me(expecially if I am aware) is, in my opinion, tempting God so to speak. I live by faith, yes, but also by understanding, instinct, and good old fashion common sense. As I remember, Jesus didn't jump off the cliff.
Side note, If there was a situation that influenced or prohibited me from participating in something Jesus set as an example and commanded me (as a believer) to do, I would discuss it with my pastor. I hope I haven't made anyone feel excluded, but it is a thread about The Lord's Supper.
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