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Re: Celiac disease

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:04 pm
by rmrichesjr
In case it might be of some use, there are some wards where the ward leaders are very aware and go to considerable lengths to safeguard the health of those in their wards. The ward in which I live has several people with celiac disease, at times including some who have been in the bishopric.

Re: Celiac disease

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:47 pm
by sbradshaw
I think in most cases, it's that those involved in the sacrament may not fully understand what the issues are, and how to deal with them. I would recommend setting up a meeting with the bishop, sharing resources produced by the Church (General Handbook 18.9.3 would be a good place to start), and following up making sure that issues are communicated from him to the Aaronic Priesthood quorums.

Re: Celiac disease

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 12:10 pm
by sbradshaw
General Handbook, 18.9.3, is the official Church policy from Church headquarters. Information about gluten intolerance has not always been widely available, so there may not have been a clear policy in the past. If it happens that a ward currently is dealing with these challenges, I would kindly nudge them towards the General Handbook, 18.9.3:
If members have gluten intolerance, they discuss with a member of the bishopric what adaptations to make for the sacrament. Members may provide allergen-free bread or another broken bread-like substitute in a sealed plastic bag or cup. They give this to a priesthood holder to place on a separate tray. The bishopric helps those who pass the sacrament know which members to whom the allergen-free item should be passed. The bishopric may modify the procedure as necessary.

They should also consider the section on Food Allergies on the Church website (disability resources section), which goes into more detail:
How can those with food allergies safely partake of the sacrament?

  • Leaders and teachers should be sensitive to the physical and emotional impact food allergies have on an individual and should develop ways to safely include people in all activities and worship—including partaking of the sacrament. The guidelines below may help:
  • Members with food allergies, such as gluten intolerance or other conditions, should inform a member of the bishopric and discuss with him what adaptations may be appropriate for the sacrament.
  • Members may provide their own allergen-free bread or other broken bread-like substitute. Members may bring a prebroken bread substitute in a sealed plastic bag and give it to a priesthood holder to place on a separate tray.
  • During the sacrament, the priesthood holders break the regular bread but do not open the bags or touch the allergen-free bread substitute. The prayer to bless the bread is offered in the normal way.
  • The bishopric sees that the priesthood holders can identify members to whom the allergen-free item should be passed. Those who prepare, administer, and pass the sacrament should receive training on how to avoid cross contamination.
  • Depending on the number of individuals involved or specific circumstances, the bishopric may modify the procedure.

Re: Celiac disease

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 12:06 pm
by jakerose
All wards in our building went all gluten free for sacrament. So much easier.

Re: Celiac disease

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 7:43 pm
by drepouille
jakerose wrote:All wards in our building went all gluten free for sacrament. So much easier.


We tried that, but then another family was allergic to another ingredient, probably dairy, so we tried using some strange hypoallergenic bread for a while, which tasted like white rice foam.

Re: Celiac disease

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:07 pm
by sbradshaw
In case it's helpful, the Food Allergies page from the Church website (quoted above) is now in Gospel Library:
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/disability-services-leaders/food-allergies?lang=eng#title7