“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1422)

Each Advent and Lent, the Reading Parish Pastoral Region celebrates a Communal Reconciliation Service, which includes a Liturgy of the Word, communal prayer and song, and a time for individual confession and absolution from one of multiple priests available to celebrate the sacrament.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes called Confession or Penance, brings us back to grace and life in Christ. While Baptism takes away original sin, the effects of that sin stay with us. As humans we will always be tempted, and we will always sin. Reconciliation calls us to conversion, to turn away from sin and back to God, our Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally. We confess our sins to the Priest, who by the Sacrament of Holy Orders, has been given authority by Jesus Christ to absolve (forgive) our sins in his name. The Sacrament of Reconciliation may be celebrated many, many times throughout our lives, and this is strongly encouraged. Precepts of the Church state Reconciliation should take place at least one time per year, preferably during Lent.

If you find yourself in a state of mortal sin, having knowingly committed a grave sin, Reconciliation is needed before returning to the Lord’s Table in Communion.


“Preparation for Penance must take place prior to preparation and reception of First Communion…It is important for parents/guardians to have an understanding of and appreciation for the Sacrament of Penance. Only then will the newly formed penitent grow in his/her fidelity to the sacrament. Thus, sacrament preparation meetings are essential and provide an opportunity for good solid adult faith formation.” (Excerpted from Sacraments for Young Children)  The policy of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is that children in the 2nd grade and above, about age 7 or older, be prepared for and celebrate the sacrament of Penance before they are prepared for and celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist.  Therefore, children are prepared for and celebrate the two sacraments in the same year.  Contact Beth Pettigrew at Sts. Peter and Paul for more information at 554-1010.

Reconciliation is celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursdays from 6:30 pm until the line is through, and Sts. Peter and Paul every Saturday from 9:00 am until the line is through, prior to the 3:00 Mass. Reconciliation is celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on a rotating basis.  Call the parish offices for dates.  You may also call the office to schedule an appointment with the pastor.