For Parents To Teach To Their Children
As parents begin to prepare for Back- to- School, I am preparing for the start of Religious Education for a First Holy Communion class of seven and eight-year-olds. I will do three more summer posts on the life of Jesus so the families and children getting ready for First Reconciliation this fall will know important events in Jesus’ life. On September 4, Sunday School Updates will begin to focus on First Confession and later, First Holy Communion. My goal is to enhance and enrich the learning process for children through art and readings. Our Religious Education program uses the Dynamic Catholic series, Blessed, First Reconciliation and Blessed, First Holy Communion. If you don’t have a religious education program in your church, these two books are available on Amazon.com and are excellent. Holy Heroes, a free source that teaches the “Liturgy of the Word” portion of the Mass each week, offers the Readings, a quiz which can be done “open book” and has a video and art project that are optional. In the Religious Education program at my church, parents are their children’s primary teachers and the church’s teachers meet with children and parents four times together at church before First Reconciliation. I communicate by e-mail or ZOOM if parents and children want to discuss something or ask questions. Readers of SundaySchoolUpdates.com are welcome to email me for any questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a happy end of summer vacation. Best wishes to you all. Connie Goldin
Our Art Gallery
“Jesus Walks On Water” and “The Transfiguration of Jesus”
All four of these fun paintings above are watercolors painted onto watercolor paper. To add some interest to them, I add squiggles and lines in black ink using a tiny brush onto the dry watercolors. Here are materials that were used:
“The Transfiguration of Jesus.”
USCCB.Org Matthew, Chapter 17:1-8
USCCB.org Mark, Chapter 9:2-8
“Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John,
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
‘Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
‘This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.’
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.”
“Jesus Walks On The Water”
USCCB.org, Matthew, Chapter 14:22-33
“Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side of the sea,
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.
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.’
After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized him,
they sent word to all the surrounding country.
People brought to him all those who were sick
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak,
and as many as touched it were healed.”
Our Art Project–Cross and Heart Samples