Sunday School Updates–Week 2–September-2 -2023-2024– “Learning About Jesus”

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For Parents To Teach To Their Children

Our Gospel Reading

USCCB Matthew 16:13-28

“Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”





Holy Heroes Video

“The Son of God”

“Jesus made enemies because he claimed he was the son of God.

However, many believed he was the Messiah, the special person God promised to send into the world

and whom the Hebrew prophets had predicted would lead Israel to greatness.

The death of Jesus is important to Christians because they believe that, in dying, he was showing God’s love for all people.

For that reason the cross became the main symbol of Christianity.

Christians  believe, however that death did not put an end to Jesus, but that his spirit lives on, especially through through his followers.”

Source:  The Children’s Illustrated Bible By Selina Hastings and Eric Thomas, Page 207


Gold Paint on Aluminum Foil Watercolor Background


“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”



“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God., “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” Rv 1:5-8,—Watercolor Paper, Colored Watercolor Pencils, Liquid Watercolor Paints, Gold Ink Pen

Sunday School Updates–Week 2–September-2 -2023-2024– “Learning About Jesus”

“Our Journey with God”

From Blessed First Reconciliation

Pages 10-13

“God gave you life, and he has designed a great journey just for you.

Along the way there are going to be some very important moments in your journey.”


The Seven Sacraments


Note* Here is the definition of the Sacraments for the little poster!

The Seven Sacraments—For Children Learning about Gifts from God

Each Sacrament has a symbol to represent it.

From the first column on the left:

Water represents Baptism; the Priest’s Violet Stole represents Penance or Reconciliation; The Chalice and Host represent the Eucharist .

The vibrant Cross and Rays of Light represent Confirmation; The Heart with Entwined Gold Rings represent Marriage; The Red Book with a Cross represent Holy Orders; and, the small Vial with Holy Oil represents Anointing of the Sick.

Invite your children to feel free to use whatever art supplies they have on hand at home to make a lovely “7” Sacraments poster!


Our Art Project for Kids of All Ages!  Make a note of the world for a friend or family member.

This is an easy project. I used a cotton paper, a circle-cut sponge, liquid acrylic paint, and a stamp. Spread paint onto a sponge cut into a circle. Use earth colors to paint the sponge. Invert it onto cotton paper (available on When dry, use a stamp pressed into an ink pad, and make a cross.

Cotton Paper, Acrylic Paint, and a Stamp with and Ink Pad

Reading For Children

“Jesus gathered all of his disciples around him. He named twelve apostles to preach the gospel and gave them the power to cast out demons and heal the sick. These twelve were: Peter, his brother Andrew, James, his brother John, Philip, Matthew, Bartholomew, Thomas, James, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot.” My First Communion Bible By Sarah Laurell and Fr. Benedict Groeschek, C.F.R., Page 22

The following books have lovely stories about Jesus “calling his disciples.” The books are arranged starting with books for the youngest children and ending with books for older children.

The Catholic Bible for Children

Jesus and His Disciples

Catholic Book of Bible Stories

My First Communion Bible

The Children’s Illustrated Bible

The Catholic Children’s Bible  (I think this is excellent for children 12 and older.)



“We are all children of God.”



Immaculate Heart of Mary-Watercolor Collage Using Two Sheets of Paper

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.