Sunday School Updates–Week 38–2023-2024–“The Lord is My Shepherd”

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Source: Psalm 23

For Parents To Teach To Their Children

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Art for Psalm 23

Artist of Original “The Lord is my Shepherd”  Fine Art Print is:

  Kristofer Bjorklund 

 Psalm 23

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.”

“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord”– “Jesus said: ‘My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.’” Source: USCCB, John, Chapter 10:27-30 This is a simple painting on watercolor paper using colored watercolor pencils, a black fine point Sharpie, washed with watercolor paint.

“The Lord Is My Shepherd”


“The Acts of the Apostles”

Readings for Children

“During the Easter season,  the first reading from the Old Testament is replaced with a text taken from the Acts of the Apostles. The book recounts the lives of the Apostles, who were among the first witnesses of the Resurrection of the Lord. Groups of believer’s formed around the Apostles. These were the first Christians and the beginning of the Church.”

Source: MagnifiKid! May 3, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Easter Vol.17. Part 6. Section 2. Pages 4-5

Learning About the Apostles Through Song

Here is an easy-to-remember way to learn the names of the apostles from 

Sung to the tune “Jesus Loves Me”
“Jesus called them one by one,
PeterAndrewJames, and John
Next came PhilipThomas too
Matthew and Bartholomew
Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
He called them one by one.
James, the one they called the less,
Simon also Thaddeus
Twelve apostles Judas made
Jesus was betrayed by him.
Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them, He called them one by one.”

Our Prayer

Source: Common Catholic Prayers from

The Apostles’ Creed

“I believe in God, the Father

almighty, Creator of heaven

and earth, and in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord, who

was conceived by the Holy

Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was

crucified, died and was buried; he

descended into hell; on the third

day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven, and is

seated at the right hand of God

the Father almighty; from there

he will come to judge the living

and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy

catholic Church, the communion

of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and

life everlasting. Amen.”

Our Readings

From “Acts, chapter 2:14”

“Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
‘Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.’

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other apostles,
‘What are we to do, my brothers?’
Peter said to them,
‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.’
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.”

Gospel  “The Good Shepherd”

Source: John, chapter 10

“Jesus said:
‘Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.’
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.’”

Our Art Project–Marker Art for Psalm 23 Vocabulary

Psalm 23 Vocabulary

Read Psalm 23 with your children, then discuss the words in bold in the psalm: verdant, pastures, restful waters, right paths, and the dark valley. Provide paper and fun writing tools. Tell your child to make four columns in any size or shape, and add the vocabulary words above, under, or inside the columns.  My new art tools this month are Art-n-fly white gel pens. No need to buy them.  A dark marker will be perfect for wring the words.

Homework Week Twenty-Nine–Suggested Homework Activities

Please help your child learn “The Apostles’ Creed” by heart. Reading the prayer out loud is a fast way to memorize. Try reading it out loud 3-5 times a day. You can also try learning 3 lines a day until the prayer is memorized.

Discuss the job of “shepherd,” with your child. My grandfather grew up on a cattle ranch in Northern California, then after a career in business, he retired and raised sheep on his ranch. He took great care of his sheep and would protect the babies from predators such as eagles, coyotes, and even dogs. He used an old Army Jeep to cover the rugged terrain. Sometimes he would have to put an injured sheep or abandoned lamb in his Jeep to bring it to his house and care for it. He was an excellent shepherd.