Using Prayer Intentions Notebooks

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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.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

3 Comments on Using Prayer Intentions Notebooks

  1. Every week I do something different to practice prayer. The first month, I had the kids just be quiet for first 10, then 20, then 30, then 40 seconds. Later I had different practices to illustrate prayer.
    1) I had them write something they were happy for and something they worried about on two separate papers. Then, I passed around a gift bag into which they deposited the papers. I said these were our gifts to God. I then passed the gift bag to the church for inclusion in intentions.
    2) I had ready on the board when they came in different kid problems: grades, peers, parents, etc. Then I had them all erase all the problems, and each write over the cleaned board: “God.” This illustrates a number of ideas. I’ve also done this with small eraser boards I bought at the dollar store, and everyone gets to erase/write on their own.
    3) I passed around small squares of aluminum foil onto which I had pasted hearts with the word God. I told them to focus on it during the silence time. I told them the foil was to remind them that we are mirrors of God.

    • Thanks for sharing your creative ideas, Alicia! You are creating a climate of prayer in your sessions that enables young people to develop an affective relationship with Jesus that is absolutely crucial to lifelong faith!

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