May 3, 2022; class # 27 (John 21:1-19)
The Risen Christ appeared to seven disciples while they were fishing in the Sea of Tiberias.

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Let’s begin with the Sign of the Cross:

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 Church’s season of Easter. Father Hammond wore a white chasuble on Sunday.

(Click on the picture to hear the reading from the 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. Let’s read the story in your
special children’s bulletin:

Jesus by the Sea of Tiberias

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 any fish?"

Jesus called out from the shore,
"Throw your net on the right side of the boat."

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.
Jesus said,

"Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?"

Simon Peter said, "You know I love you."
Jesus said,
"Feed my sheep."

REMIND: Remember 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 Jesus.

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.]

ART: (While snacking.)

This painting (above) is part of the giant-sized piece of art that we’ve 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 the painting.

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 other boat.

This week we’ll do Lesson # 26. It begins on page 217. The lesson is called, “How is the Risen Jesus present in his Church?” Now, let’s begin on page 217.


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 Mary.

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. It’s 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.

Holy 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 battle.
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 souls. Amen.


The angel at the door,
when the children arrive for religion class.