Catholics believe that Eucharist
is the person,
the very real body and blood
of Jesus Christ.
It is a sacrament of love, of unity, of harmony.
It is a sacrament that consoles us in our suffering; it challenges us in our comfort.
It is the Source and Summit of our Catholic Life.
Reception of Communion
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion.
We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. Fellow Christians are welcome to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us.
As Catholics, we believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship. Therefore, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion.
Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law.(C.844)
Participants in the celebration of the Eucharist who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with Jesus and with one another.
Persons who do not share the Catholic faith in Jesus Christ are welcome to the celebration of the Eucharist. While they are not permitted to receive Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and unity of the human family.
Communion for Those Unable to Consume Normal Bread and Wine
The Liturgy Committee of NCCB has indicated it is not permissible to use anything except wheat hosts for the Eucharist. Persons with celiac disease need to receive from the cup only and they should not receive from the presider=s cup because he has placed a fraction of host in the cup. A separate chalice must be used for these recipients.
Hosts that are
completely gluten-free are invalid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist.
Partially gluten-free hosts are valid matter, provided they contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the confection of bread without the addition of foreign materials and without the use of procedures that would alter the nature of bread.
The Bishop may give permission for an individual priest or layperson to use low-gluten hosts or mustum for celebration of the Eucharist. Permission can be granted habitually, for as long as the situation continues which occasioned granting the permission.