Sunday School Updates–Week 24–2023-2024–“Learning About Jesus Through Words and Pictures”

For Parents To Teach To Their Children

February 22, 2023 is Ash Wednesday. Although Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is a profoundly meaningful day in the Liturgical Year. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which extends for forty days.

“What is Lent?”

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – Thursday, April 6, 2022

“Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.”

Our Art Gallery

Learning About The Life of Jesus Through Words and Pictures

Source of Photos for Collages: National Geographic “The Story of Jesus” “Re-issue of a National Geographic Favorite”

 I used photos from a National Geographic magazine, which I had purchased, for use of making a collage with the great photos. I hope to interest my Religious Education class to use their eyes to understand these stories more deeply. My source is the National Geographic magazine, “The Story of Jesus” by Jean-Pierre Isbouts, “Reissue of a National Geographic Favorite.”


Reading for Children and Families–Preparing for Lent and Easter

A Lenten Worksheet

A Worksheet for Children and Families

Our Readings–

Gospel–“Can a blind person lead a blind person…”

“Jesus told his disciples a parable,
‘Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite!  Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.

‘A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.’”

Week 24–Suggested Family Activities

The Corporal Works of Mercy for Kids–This is a poster that children can easily make simply with paper and markers. To jazz it up, buy pre-cut strips of colorful, sturdy paper. A glue stick and Sharpie are the only tools. For fun, add bright stickers. Please give the text to your child to copy: LoyolaPress Works of Mercy:

“Corporal Works of Mercy”

“The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.”

“Feed the hungry

Shelter the homeless

Give thirst to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Visit the sick and imprisoned

Bury the dead

Give alms to the poor”