In the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your
faithful. Light the fire of your love in them.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
and you will renew the face of the earth. We ask
this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Liturgical calendar: Sunday (two days ago) was the 3rd Sunday of the
Churchs season of Easter. Father Hammond wore a
white chasuble on Sunday.
(Click on the picture
to hear the reading from the Gospel.)
GOSPEL: At Mass this weekend, the gospel reading was from the
Gospel of John. The reading tells about one of the times
when the disciples saw Jesus after he rose from the dead.
Lets read the story in your special childrens
Jesus by the Sea of
Jesus appeared to His
disciples when they were fishing, but because he
stood on the shore, they couldn't recognize Him.
Jesus called out to them.
What did He ask?
"Friends, haven't you
Jesus called out from the
"Throw your net on the right side of the
When they did, the disciples caught so many fish
they couldn't haul the net in!
They caught 153 fish!
The disciples realized it was
Jesus and turned toward the shore to join Him.
As soon as Simon Peter heard one of them say,
"It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer
garment around himself and jumped into the water.
The disciples came to shore.
Jesus cooked them breakfast.
After they ate, Jesus and
Peter had an important conversation.
"Simon, son of John, do you love me more
Simon Peter said, "You know I love
"Feed my sheep."
that, on the night when the Roman soldiers arrested Jesus
and took him away to be crucified, Simon Peter denied
being a disciple of Jesus three different times. In this
conversation by the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus gave Simon
Peter another chance, a chance to say that he loved
SNACK: Remember our
prayer before meals?
Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to
receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Sea of Tiberias
cookies, made by the children with graham crackers, blue
cake frosting, and goldfish crackers.]
This painting (above) is
part of the giant-sized piece of art that weve
looked at before, the Maestą. If you look at
the Maestą, this painting is at the top, 3rd from the
left. The artist was Duccio, and he named the painting,
"Appearance on Lake Tiberias." Jesus is
standing on the left. Count the number of disciples in
This painting (above) was
made by the artist Raphael. He named it The
Miraculous Draught of Fishes."
This painting (above) is
by the Flemish artist named Dierec Bouts.
"Flemish" means that the artist was from
Flanders, a place in the country of Belgium. Belgium is a
small country that is northeast of France. The painting
was made in the late 1400s. It is called "Third
Appearance of Christ." There is something confusing
about the painting: Jesus is standing on the shore,
wearing a brown-colored robe. But there is a man standing
in the boat wearing a blue robe, and the faces of the two
men look the same. Perhaps the artist painted Jesus in
two places in the painting.
The painting (above) is by
an unknown artist. It was painted in the 1600s, by a
Spanish artist who was living in South America, in the
country of Peru. One disciple is painted twice in the
painting. Perhaps it is Simon Peter who jumped into the
water to get to the shore quickly, after he heard another
say, "It is the Lord." The artist appears to be
showing movement of that disciple.
This last painting (above)
is by the artist James Tissot. We have looked at some of
his paintings before. He made his art first by drawing
with pencils. Then, he would paint over the pencil
drawing in water color. The painting shows Jesus on the
shore, with a small campfire. There are two boats in the
water, with three men in one boat and four men in the
TEXTBOOK: This week well do Lesson # 26. It begins on
page 217. The lesson is called, How is the Risen
Jesus present in his Church? Now, lets begin
on page 217.
COLORING: The month of May is special for the Blessed Mother
Mary. For many centuries, Catholics have dedicated the
month of May to the Blessed Mother. We remember all that
Mary did for Jesus, her joy and her sorrow as Jesus'
mother. At many Catholic churches, there is the custom of
putting a crown of flowers on a statue of the Virgin
CLOSING PRAYERS: Time to say goodbye. Remember to read the words as you
say them, and remember to listen to others and try to say
the words when other people are saying them. Its
like dancing: We all try to stay together.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to
the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is
now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Saint Michael the Archangel, please defend us in
Be our protection against the wickedness and
snares of the devil.
May God rebuke the devil, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by
the Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all
the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of