Examination of Conscience for Children

Did I think I was better than others?
Did I say my prayers without paying attention to them?
Did I purposely not say my morning or night prayers?
Did I not study my catechism?
Did I use God’s name without respect or in anger?
Did I miss Mass on Sundays or Holy Days on purpose?
Did I misbehave, play or talk in church?
Did I treat holy things without respect?
Did I disobey my parents, teachers or those in authority?
Did I talk back to them or was I disrespectful to them?
Did I fight or argue with my brothers, sisters or others?
Did I get angry?
Did I call anyone names?
Did I make fun of others?
Was I lazy?
Did I eat or drink too much?
Was I mean to animals?
Did I give bad example?
Did I look at impure pictures?
Did I watch bad TV, movies, DVD’s or videos?
Did I see bad things on the Internet?
Did I dress improperly?
Did I steal anything? Explain what it was.
Did I purposely break something?
Did I tell any lies?
Did I cheat?
Did I want what others have?
Was I jealous?
Did I eat meat on Friday on purpose?
Did I not go to confession at least once a year?
Did I make a bad confession by purposely leaving out a mortal sin?
Did I not receive Holy Communion during the Easter time?
(Easter time lasts from Ash Wednesday until Trinity Sunday.)

How to Go to Confession

After you enter the confessional, kneel down, make the Sign of the Cross and say:

“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was_______(days, weeks or months ago).”

Tell the priest your sins and how many times you have committed them. Ask the priest if you have any questions. When you have finished, say:

“I am sorry for these and all the sins of my past life, especially (then mention a sin you are sorry for that you have already confessed).”

The priest will talk to you and give you a penance (some prayers) and will tell you to say the Act of Contrition.

Then say the Act of Contrition while the priest recites prayers in Latin that forgives your sins. When the priest has finished, return to your place and say your penance.

The Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.

Explanation of the Words

heartily sorry (sorry from your heart) offended (hurt) detest (hate)
dread (fear) firmly resolve (try real hard) amend my life (try to never sin again)