So, I did some research and I was happy to learn that there are gluten free Communion wafers!
Celebrate CommunionThe gf Communion wafers from Celebrate Communion are free of all common food allergens. According to the website, they contain sweet rice flour, potato flour, palm fruit oil, and sunflower lecithin.
Ener-G Communion WafersThe wafers offered by Ener-G are free of gluten, dairy, yeast, egg, soy, and nuts. Life the wafers offered by Celebrate Communion, they contain sweet rice flour, potato flour, palm fruit oil, and sunflower lecithin.
Controversy Surrounding GF Communion WafersOfficially, the Catholic Church's stand is that Communion wafers must contain some wheat since that is what the Church believes Jesus ate. Therefore, there are those in the Catholic church who believe that Communion without wheat is invalid and unacceptable. The Catholic Diocese in Ohio has gone so far as to say that gf Communion wafers are unholy. In many churches, parishioners have used the gf wafers with no problems. In others, however, the gluten free options aren't available.
Other Options for Gluten-Sensitive Catholics
Low Gluten WafersThe Vatican has said that Communion wafers must be made of wheat and water and that they must contain enough gluten to make bread. Apparently, bread can be made with a very minute amount of gluten. The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and Parish Crossroads both offer low gluten Communion wafers that meet the Vatican's standards. According to the Catholic Celiac Society, there is no need to eat the entire wafer. They say that consuming 1/4 of it is enough.
It's important to note that even this small amount of gluten can cause reactions in very sensitive individuals. For people with celiac disease, even a tiny bit of gluten may be too much. Please speak to your doctor, pray about it, and weigh the risks before you take this option.