One idea/activity that I have highly encouraged catechists to use in their sessions is inviting young people to write down their prayer intentions as soon as they enter the room. This is a good way to get them on task immediately and to begin establishing a climate of prayer, which is key to an effective catechetical experience.
As I’ve been sharing this idea in my presentations recently, I’ve encountered a few catechists who shared a wonderful idea to expand and enhance this practice. In short, their suggestion is to provide the young people with a little notebook in which they can enter their prayer intentions each week. One catechist told me she was inspired to do this when one of her students asked what she does with the prayer intention slips each week when they’re done. She was embarrassed to say that she threw them away! Keeping them recorded in a notebook is a nice way to show more reverence for those prayers and to preserve them, much the way we light a candle as an outward sign of our prayers continuing to be lifted up to God.