Prayer Intentions

One of the things that I plan to do with my students this year is, as soon as they enter the room, to sit down and write down their prayer intention for that day/week. I will encourage them to either give thanks for something or to pray for someone in need or for a need of their own. Of course you can just have them write them down on a piece of scrap paper but what’s the fun in that when you can provide little sheets of paper that say, “Lord God, today I pray…”

Here is a PDF template of these little sheets that you can make copies of and then cut.

Prayer Intentions Template 

Here’s the same file in Word 97-03

Prayer Intentions Template in Word

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


  1. I really appreciate how you provide us with the examples you refer to! Thank you for taking the time to help us on our catechist journey. I was wondering if you plan to read your class intentions aloud or keep them private?

    • Hi Tracy and you’re very welcome!

      Yes, I plan to have them read their intentions aloud as I have them pass a candle (battery operated) from one to another.

  2. Joe,
    I love, love, LOVE this idea! I can’t wait to incorporate it into my weekly get-togethers with my 5th grade PSR class. I always find at least one – but usually many – ideas on your blog. I always come away with something I can use, or at the very least, something to think about. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us and the families we serve!

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