Our Church Opens Minds through awareness about the variety of disabilities that affect people every day. There is no us and them when it comes to disabilities. All people are differently-abled and all people will experience some disability, at least once in life. A parish Opens Minds whenever it takes concrete steps to exercise God's compassion for people who are differently-abled physically, mentally or emotionally.
Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune condition that affects 1 out of 133 people. The disease causes the body to attack the lining of the small intestine as well as other organs. Damage is triggered by exposure to certain proteins, commonly called gluten that is found in grains. Canon law states that the host must be made of wheat and water and contain no foreign materials or impurities. Catholic with celiac can use the approved low-gluten wafers. Please consider the tools and resources provided here for those with Celiac and refer to links for other specific disabilities on the left sidebar.
The Catholic Celiac Society www.catholicceliacs.org - has a three-fold mission to educate Catholic celiacs about their options for Holy Communion as provided for by Canon Law and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; to inform Catholic clergy and lay ministers about the special needs of Catholic celiacs in their dioceses and parishes; and to reconcile those Catholic celiacs who have left the Church through lack of understanding, exclusion from the Eucharist, and isolation from their church community.
For more assistance from the Diocesan Disability Action Team, contact Sharon Urbaniak or call 716-847-5514.