“Sir, give us this bread always,” they tell Jesus in this weekend’s gospel (John 6: 32-35). Little did they know what they were asking for was Holy Communion because when we receive Holy Communion we are receiving the divine life of Jesus Christ resurrected as He is truly present—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—in the Sacred Host. “Sir, give us this bread always,” they said. Many others today continually say this, yet they know what they are asking for—the ability to commune with their Savior and receive sanctifying grace. After all, Jesus says to the same crowd later on, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (v.53).
If you are someone (or you know someone) whose body has a negative reaction to the bread used for our Sacred Hosts due to the amount of gluten in them, please let us know. There are ways to allow you to receive our Lord in Holy Communion safely and painlessly. But if you don’t tell us, we won’t know. Holy Mother Church says in order to validly consecrate the Holy Eucharist we have to use what is considered real bread made solely of wheat and “contain enough gluten to effect the confection of bread.” The idea is to be as close to what they had at the Last Supper as possible. The catch is they don’t say how much gluten has to be present. They just say there has to be gluten present. So, I have found bread made by some holy religious sisters for use in the Holy Mass that has such a small amount of gluten in it that you supposedly can’t even tell it’s there.
If you suffer celiac disease or some other negative reaction, please let us know in the church office so that we can try accommodating you. Once we obtain this bread and know who needs it, we can devise a plan to make sure it is consecrated separately from the other bread and made available for you at the time of Holy Communion.
Fr. Scott and Fr. Mark plan to trade months in offering a weekly reflection or catechesis in our future bulletins. Be sure to check out what they have to share!.
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Scott Thomas – Group Leader: Erica Unz, DHS
September 27 – October 6, 2021
*Optional Pre Tour to Jordan: September 24 – 28, 2021
Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed - your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!
For more information visit Father Scott's webpage.