According to the Vatican, to be a valid Communion host sufficient gluten must be present to bring about confection of the bread. Other substances such as gums or pectin are not permitted and the processing must not alter the nature of the bread. These hosts are deemed gluten-free for the purposes of differentiating them by the Coeliac Society from ordinary hosts. For the purposes of clarity with the Church they are known also as low-gluten hosts. It may be less contentious to describe them to your Parish Priest as ‘low gluten hosts’. The companies listed below all supply ‘low gluten hosts’ but are still under 20 ppm, suitable for Coeliacs.
Another option is to take the communion wine. However, you must ensure that a separate chalice is used to avoid cross-contamination. As an ordinary host could have been dipped into the wine during the ceremony. It may be useful to talk to your parish priest if you are diagnosed and discuss the most appropriate option.
The Catholic Church have produced a leaflet named The Pastoral Care of the Faithful with Coeliac Condition in the Celebration of the Eucharist which was circulated to all Diocese in January 2015. It can be printed off and brought to your local parish to discuss the particular arrangements that apply in that diocese. Click here to download.
Below are a list of outlets supplying low gluten hosts as required by the Catholic Church:
Altar Bread Supplies: Contact: Lorraine Gleeson – Phone 021 430 0227 – Address : St. Finbarrs, Farranferris, Redemption Road, Co. Cork. Email: email@example.com
St Killian’s Candle Store: Contact: Tom Walsh Phone: 052 7441945 – Address: St. Killians Ltd, Cahir Business Park, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Lalor Ltd: Phone: 01 8098600 Address: Lalor Ltd, Unit 45 Rosemount Park Drive, Rosemount Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 11. Email: email@example.com