Sunday School Updates–2022-2023–Week 10–“Calming the Seas and Walking on Water”


For Parents To Teach To Their Children

Our First Holy Communion class, seven and eight-year-olds, is about to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We have spent time learning about the meaning of Reconciliation and are about to do a “practice confession.” I also want to teach about the miracles of Jesus so the children remember the awesome power of God. So, next class I will teach the students about “Raising the Dead” with Lazarus emerging from the tomb, and the raising of the daughter of Jairus after death.

Our Art Gallery

Jesus’ Miracles on Water

Our Readings

“The Walking on the Water” USCCB Matthew, Chapter 14:22-33-

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

“Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.

Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.

During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea

26. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “’It is a ghost,’ they said, and they cried out in fear.

At once [Jesus] spoke to them, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.

Peter said to him in reply, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’

He said, ‘Come.’ Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.

But when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’

Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’

After they got into the boat, the wind died down.

Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.'”

I used a sheet of 12″ by 12″ watercolor paper, gouache watercolor paint and a fine point black Sharpie pen. I also used a second sheet of watercolor paper, paint and pen to make a painting of Jesus. I cut it out and pasted it onto the first painting of the sea and sky. I use Mod Podge glue because it adheres and dries quickly.


“The Calming of a Storm at Sea” USCCB Luke, Chapter 8:22-25

“Where is your faith?”

“One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, ‘Let us cross to the other side of the lake.’
So they set sail, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A squall blew over the lake, and they were taking in water and were in danger.

They came and woke him saying, ‘Master, master, we are perishing!’ He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves, and they subsided and there was a calm.

Then he asked them, ‘Where is your faith?’ But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, who commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?'”

Here are the Disciples with Jesus in the boat. I painted it with gouache paint, and blue ,white, and ocher ink on a 12″ by 12″ watercolor paper and outlined it with a fine point Sharpie.

Our Art Projects–

Here are two paintings that were done on large rectangular watercolor paper, using watercolors and a large paintbrush. They are about the miracle of the “Calming of the Seas” on the Sea of Galilee and are from an earlier time in my art development.

Walking on the Water. USCCB John, Chapter 6:16-21

“When it was evening, his disciples went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.

It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.

When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid.

But he said to them, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid.’

They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.”

Our Materials

For Extra Art Supplies

I use “Gouache,” a creamy watercolor that you can rub with a paper towel or “wash” off. I am using this paint most of the time. I also use a Sharpie or another super fine point pen for outlining. A great tool for editing, is Acrylic Painter,  a “White Out” type of pen that is a lifesaver for going over mistakes. I don’t receive any renumeration when I recommend something. All of the art supplies and books I buy are for my own collection.

A Watercolor Painting of the River Jordan

River Jordan Watercolor Sprinkled with Large Grains Salt