Sunday School Updates–Week 27–2023-2024–“Love Your Enemies”


For Parents To Teach To Their Children–

“This is a post from 2016 that began my “Sunday School Updates” to let the parents know what material was covered in class. I have updated it, 2/14/2023.”

The Sixth Commandment : “Thou shall not kill.” USCCB Exodus 20

The children in my class are ages 7 and 8. They are in second grade and even though we have read and talked about, the Ten Commandments several times in class, it is something that requires lots of help to understanding the language and content.  The Sixth Commandment is short and clear–Don’t kill.
Jesus tells us to love your enemies:

“When someone hits us, we usually want to hit right back.It doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus isn’t saying that we should be wimps who let others abuse us. He’s inviting us to love like God. Like the sun that shines, we can love everyone. Like the rain that falls on the good and the bad, we can love even those who don’t love us back. This is perfect love of the Father, and the Father wants to give us his power to love.”

MagnifiKid! by Lisa Reno, Page 3, February 19, 2023

“I say to you, love your enemies.”

Our Readings

Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 (15b) USCCB

“Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full. Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings. But I in justice shall behold your face; on waking I shall be content in your presence.”


“That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out ‘Lord,’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

USCCB Luke 20:27, 34-38

Our Discussion

We talk about important words and names.

“Grace is a share in God’s life.”   Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 40

“Choir of Angels”   Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 45

“Heaven” The place of reward for those who were good and asked God to forgive their sins. In Heaven we see God and are happy with Him forever.”  Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 425

“Sin is disobedience to God’s Law.” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 57

We talk about angels.

“Angels are creatures. An angel is a messenger between God and man. Angels have rational souls and are free. They do not have a gender. Every person has a guardian angel, but there are other types of angels. Each angel is its own species. The angels are present with us. At Mass, they gather around the altar to worship God.”   Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 45

Nine Choirs of Angels In Order from Greatest to Least:

Seraphim * Cherubim * Thrones * Dominions * Virtues * Powers * Principalities * Archangels * Guardian Angels

An Introduction to the St. Michael Prayer:

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

We Learn about The Mass–Getting Ready for First Holy Communion!

We practice the gestures and different bows for the altar and Tabernacle. We practice using our thumbs to cross our forehead, lips, and heart before the passage from the Gospel is read by our priest and say : “In my thoughts, in my words, and in my heart.”

We review our vocabulary words:

Host, Monstrance, Cross, Tabernacle, Monstrance, Chalice, Paten, Host, Altar Lamp,

We learn about a saint– Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Thirsting for God Daily Meditations Mother Teresa  (For the Grownups.)


Mother Teresa of Calcutta said this simple prayer every day:

“The Simple Path The fruit of silence is PRAYER. The fruit of prayer is FAITH. The fruit of faith is LOVE. The fruit of love is SERVICE. The fruit of service is PEACE.”

What is a Saint? “All those who have attained heaven.”

A Saint is a Friend of God who Lives with God in Heaven.

We Sing:

“When the Saints Come Marching In”

Refrain: Oh, when the saints go marching in, Oh, when the saints go marching in; Lord, I want to be in that number, When the saints go marching in.

“Good Morning,  Jesus” by the Rennas

Our Lenten Song and Video–“The Glory of These Forty Days”



We learn about Lent.



Meanings of Liturgical Colors–Violet: Penance and Preparation During Advent and Lent



Our Art Projects–Noah’s Ark, and Moses: “Saved from the Water”


Watercolors, Watercolor Paper, Brushes, Natural Sponges, sponge daubers on sticks

Hint: Cut a new sponge into an half circle. Cover with lines of rainbow colors–(R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.) Use to make rainbow prints for Joseph’s coat. Rinse and cover with earth tones to print a “basket” for Baby Moses.

For the Paper Cut Collage: A piece of paper for background. Watercolor second piece of paper in lots of colors. Cut and glue painted pieces to background.

Fun for a Homeschool Classroom, too!

For Young Children–Make Apple Prints

Paint a half of an apple in washable tempera paint and use as a stamp to accompany the reading quotation:  “Keep me as the apple of your eye…”