On Sunday evening I had the privilege of celebrating Mass with participants in the annual gathering of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) held here in Cleveland this year. We gathered in a celebratory mood at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel to recall the life-changing event of salvation the Church identifies as Pentecost. It was quite apt that I should rejoice in the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church with those called to the role of instructing others in the faith. This is exactly what the followers of Jesus did at the first Pentecost.
The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, which is the founding religious community of the Sisters of Charity Health System, recently elected Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA to the position of congregational leader. Also elected to serve with Sister Judith Ann are Sister Katherine Andrews, CSA as first assistant and Sister Marian Durkin, CSA as councilor. As a result of the elections, Sister Judith Ann has announced her resignation as the Sisters of Charity Health System's president and CEO, effective July 26.
Padua Franciscan High School Senior, Thomas Hamzik, has received the prestigious Philip W. Porter Scholarship awarded annually by the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to the outstanding high school journalist in Northeast Ohio.
Gluten Intolerance and the Reception of Holy Communion
A low-gluten host has been developed. Its contents are unleavened wheat and water and it is free of additives, which conform to the requirements of the Code of Canon Law (canon 924, §2). This low gluten content is still enough to obtain the confection of bread for the Eucharist. Many gluten-intolerant persons may be able to consume it, or some portion of it. Such persons, however, are strongly advised to consult in advance with their physicians.