Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays 3:00 PM-4:00 PM, or by appointment.
To make an appointment for Reconciliation please call 417-887-6472.
A Guide to Making an Examination of Conscience and a Good Confession
An Examination of our Responsibilities to God
Have I gone to Mass every Sunday?
Have I participated at Mass or have I day dreamed or been present with a blank mind?
Have I prayed every day (15-20 minutes)?
Have I read the Bible?
Have I studied the truths of our faith and allowed them to become more part of the way I think and act?
Have I read any spiritual books or religious literature?
Have I told God that I want to love him with my whole heart, mind and strength?
Do I hold any resentments toward God?
Have I recognized my need for Jesus and his salvation?
Have I asked the Holy Spirit to empower me to live the Christian life?
Have I been financially generous to the Church?
Have I participated in parish or religious activities?
Have I held resentments toward the Church or Church authorities?
Have I forgiven them?
An Examination of Conscience for Married Persons
Have I cared for my spouse?
Have I been generous with my time?
Have I been affectionate and loving?
Have I told my spouse that I love him or her?
Have I been concerned about the spiritual well-being of my spouse?
Have I listened to my spouse?
Have I paid attention to his or her concerns, worries, and problems?
Have I sought these out?
Have I allowed resentments and bitterness toward my spouse to take root in my mind?
Have I nurtured these?
Have I forgiven my spouse for the wrongs he or she has committed against me?
Have I allowed misunderstanding, miscommunication or accidents to cause anger and mistrust?
Have I nurtured critical and negative thoughts about my spouse?
Have I gossiped about my spouse?
Have I been moody and sullen?
Have I bickered with my spouse out of stubbornness and selfishness?
Have I lied or been deceitful to my spouse?
Have I been financially responsible?
An Examination of Conscience for Single Persons
Have I been rebellious, disobedient or disrespectful to anyone in authority?
Have I lied to or deceived others—friends, boss, or coworkers?
Have I been arrogant and stubborn?
Have I gotten angry or nurtured and held grudges and resentments?
Have I refused to forgive others—parents, relatives, employers, former friend, a former spouse?
Have I cultivated hatred?
Have I felt sorry for myself or nurtured self-pity?
Have I read pornographic literature or looked at pornographic pictures, shows or movies?
Have I gossiped about others? Have I slandered anyone?
Have I told lies about others? Have I mocked or made fun of others?
Have I been a Christian witness to those with whom I work or associate?
Have I spoken to anyone about the Gospel and how important it is to believe in Jesus?
Have I allowed the Gospel to influence my political and social opinions?
Have I had a proper Christian concern for the poor and needy?
Have I paid my taxes?
Have I fostered or nurtured hatred toward my ‘political’ opponents, either local, national or international?
Have I been prejudiced toward others because of race, color, religion or social status?
An Examination of Conscience for Young Adults
Have I gossiped about others?
Have I slandered anyone? Have I told lies about others?
Have I mocked or made fun of others?
Have I lied or cheated?
Have I stolen anything? Have I paid it back?
Have I been selfish or spiteful toward others?
Have I been jealous?
Have I gotten drunk, or taken drugs?
Have I been patient, kind gentle and self-controlled?
When my conscience told me to do something good, did I do it or did I ignore it?
An Examination of Conscience for Children
Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?
Have I lied or been deceitful to them or to others?
Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults?
Have I pouted and been moody?
Have I been selfish toward my parents, brothers, and sisters, teachers, or my friends and schoolmates?
Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them names?
Have I used bad language?
Have I stolen anything? Have I returned it?
Have I performed my responsibilities, such as homework and household chores?
Have I been kind and generous with my friends?