Sunday School Updates–2023-2024–Week 35–“Palm Sunday”

For Parents To Teach To Their Children

Holy Week–“Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion,” April 2– through Easter, April 9

Palm Sunday (April 2), The Easter Triduum, Holy Thursday-“The Washing of Feet ” (April 6), Good Friday–“Celebration of the Lord’s Passion” (April 7) and Holy Saturday–The Easter Vigil– (April 8), Easter Sunday (April 9)

Our Art Gallery

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

The Lord Jesus Enters Jerusalem Riding On A Donkey

“Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion”

April 2, 2023

The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

( Matthew 21:1-11)

Source: MagnifiKid! April 10, 2022 “Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion”

On Palm Sunday Christians begin Holy Week. It is the most important week of the year because it leads us right up to Easter Sunday. The Church invites us to follow Jesus through his Passion and all the way to the Resurrection.”

Source: Magnifikid! Vol. 19. Part 5. Section 3. Page 4


Our Prayer

Our Readings

“The Entry into Jerusalem” Mark 11:1-11 from The Catholic Bible for Children, Page 186

An Excerpt:

“Large crowds began to gather when they heard Jesus was coming to Jerusalem for Passover. The people stood in the street waiting for Jesus to appear. They gathered palm branches as they would for a returning king.They placed their cloaks in the road, making a rainbow path for Jesus to walk on.”

The Catholic Bible for Children

An Excerpt:

“Riding a little donkey, Jesus entered Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. The people rushed to see him. They waved palm branches along his path and covered the ground with their most beautiful cloaks. They cried out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the kingdom that is coming.'”

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Mark 11:9)

On Holy Thursday We Remember The Last Supper

“The Last Supper” Matthew 26:17-30; Luke 22:14-20 from The Catholic Book of Bible Stories Pages 172-174

Catholic Book of Bible Stories

An Excerpt:

“Jesus told his disciples to go to a certain room in Jerusalem where they could prepare the Passover meal. There they roasted a perfect one-year-old lamb. They made unleavened bread, and they gathered the bitter herbs.”

“Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. He said, ‘Take this and eat it: this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, blessed it and gave it to them. ‘Drink it, all of you,’ he said: ‘this is my blood, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'” 

“Jesus Celebrates Passover”

Faith First

An Excerpt:

“The Last Supper A Scripture Story” Faith First, page 137.

“Jesus was Jewish. Passover celebrates the freeing of the Hebrews, also called the Israelites or Jewish people, from slavery in Egypt. From our readings, we know Jesus came into Jerusalem at this most important time. He celebrated the Passover with his friends, his disciples, on the night before he died. We call this meal, ‘The Last Supper.'”

Here are some things the Jewish people do, say, read, and eat, for “Passover.” In Hebrew “Passover” is called “Pesach.”

The Passover Story From Chabad.Org

1. They (participants) read the story about the Ten Plagues in Egypt.

Moses and his brother Aaron came before Pharaoh. “Let my people go!” they declared. But Pharaoh just laughed. They threatened Pharaoh with 10 terrible plagues if he did not listen to G‑d, but he did not believe them.
Plague after plague soon struck the Egyptians, each one more shocking than the next. Blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, sick animals, boils, hail, locusts, darkness – and the worst plague of all – death of the firstborn.
Finally, Pharaoh had enough. He ran frantically through the streets of Egypt searching for Moses. “Go!” He yelled, “And take all the Jews with you!”
Moses sent word to all the Jews. “The time has come” he told them, “grab your bags and get ready to leave at once. Don’t wait for your bread to rise, just go!”
The Jews left Egypt with sacks on their backs, and faith in their hearts.” Source: Chabad.Org

Things Jewish People Do At Passover:

They listen to the story of Moses leading the people out of Egypt.

They eat unleavened bread, call matzo. Anything with yeast is cleared from the home.

They wash their hands before eating. 

They drink wine from a Kaddish Cup.

They remember the suffering of the Hebrew people before they had freedom.

Jewish Articles for Celebrating Passover

Passover Vocabulary

Pesach The Hebrew Word for Passover
Seder The Passover Meal
Kippah Jewish Head Covering for Men
Kiddush Cup A Cup used for the Blessing, or “Kiddush”


Our Art Project–Palm Sunday

Materials and Method

Painted Palm Branch

“They gathered palm branches as they would for a returning king. They placed their cloaks in the road, making a rainbow path for Jesus to walk on.”

The Catholic Bible for Children, Page 186

This is a craft for children of different ages. Younger children can paint large blocks of color over the palm fronds with a sponge or broad brush, while the older children can use a fine brush to paint with watercolors or they can use colored pencils. The different results are equally beautiful.

Invite your child to write the word, “Hosanna,” in pencil on a page of watercolor paper then trace the pencil in black Sharpie pen. It is easy to erase pencil marks covered with Sharpies without erasing the marker. Now, paint with watercolors. Watercolor paint goes over Sharpie pens without smudging the ink. Then, use the template above as a guide to draw a palm frond, or be creative and invent your own design. Young children might want help and the frond can be greatly simplified. Have your child fill the frond and word, “Hosanna” with colors he or she desires, using liquid watercolors, or dry “cake” watercolors that are easily found at Rite Aid, Target, Walmart,, etc. You could also use watercolor pastels or watercolor pencils that liquify when brushed over with water.