Thu 17 Mar, 2011
Tags: Altar Breads, Celiac Disease, Eucharist, Low-gluten, wheat allergy
We feel that God has blessed us in so many ways, but few are as rewarding as our low-gluten altar bread ministry.
When we receive a phone call or letter or note on our Facebook or Twitter accounts from those who use our low-gluten breads, it brings nothing but pure joy to our hearts. Recently we received a beautiful letter from Gretchen in Seneca Falls, New York. In part, it reads:
“My life changed for the better nearly a year ago. Thanks to the careful planning of Marie Leo, faith formation coordinator, and the willingness of Father Jim Fennessy, my dream came true. It was my son Samuel’s First Holy Communion. Although my First Communion took place as a child, this Commnion was like receiving for the very first time.
Samuel and I have Celeac Disease, and in order for us to safely receive Communion we needed a low-gluten host made by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.”
She continues, “I pray that all those who suffer from Celiac Disease – or those who cannot have wheat – receive these wafers. To do so is truly life changing! Every time we receive these low-gluten Communion wafers I thank God for His Greatness, the Benedictine Sisters for creating these wafers, the Catholic Church for accepting these wafers and for Father Jim, Father Roy and Marie Leo for making it possible for my son and I to safely receive the Body of Christ.”
To Gretchen, her son, Samuel, and to the thousands of other low-gluten patrons of many faiths, we are humbled by your gratitude and are blessed to help you all sit at Christ’s table.
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