I often have been asked for a recommendation for altar wines and wafers. After tasting and testing many varieties for flavor, texture, shelf-life, and price, the Holland-made St. Michael’s whole wheat or white wafer (available in several sizes) gets my endoresement for wafer of choice.
“St. Michael’s Bakery was founded in 1844 by the Roman Catholic Instituut voor Doven (Institute for the Deaf) at Sint-Michielsgestel, Holland to generate funds to provide food and lodging for deaf and hearing-impaired children. Today, St. Michael’s Bakery provides occupational therapy for deaf and hearing-impaired adults and revenue for the International Assistance Program, which is a hallmark of the Instituut voor Doven. The goal of the Institute is to enable the deaf and hearing-impaired to function as independently as possible”. The product arrives in a heavy plastic cannister which keeps the contents fresh and crisp even in humid summer sacristies. To order please contact Meyer Vogelpohl (also request a catalogue) at this link: http://www.mvchurchgoods.com/listing.lasso?id=stMichael&label=communion
We have discussed good altar wines on the site before, but St. Michael’s RED from New York’s Onehda Vineyard has long been a favorite of our bishop, and has found favor among congregations all over the state. It may be ordered by the case (12 bottles) from Egan’s( links on the right side of the website page). The vineyard does not sell direct to churches, only through church suppliers. We will be sampling St. Michael’s bread and wine at the upcoming Altar Guild Gathering on March 28th.