Prayer for My Parents Dropping Me Off at College

May you see me in your mirror
as you drive away.
May you know who I am.
As you know where I’ve been.
May you save my room for the days
I’ll be home, for the guest I’m becoming.
May you see me studying
in the heart of the library.
Sometimes I can tell you I plan
Not to study. Isn’t the heart
Its own study?
May we still be party to each other.
You know I know how to party
And parting is no Southern Comfort.
May you turn to each other
For comfort. It’s hard to be comfortable.
May I drive the convertible,
When I walk down the driveway
In May? Maybe you couldn’t tell
I’ve learned how to pray any day
I might want to and I can’t tell you
Everything. Maybe we’ll survive
A low grade and the play I’m not
Called back for, the team I don’t
Make.  Maybe I’ll fall
In love, with whomever I see
In the mirror, that shadow walking
By my new door.
Maybe I’ll call you later,
When all my Mays
And the Force is with you.

A Parent’s Prayer


“God, another rite of passage has come and gone. The child you have given, has taken another step into the world. I am thankful, proud, delighted, relieved, and yet more than a little apprehensive. It’s a familiar mix of emotions, one I’ve known all the years I’ve shared this precious child with you. Today, I know you share many of these feelings, for you are a father of great passion and joy. You share all perhaps except the apprehension. You never fear, because you are love, and perfect love drives out fear. You are a parent who knows no fear! I need that today. I need some of your parental boldness. As my child walks out now into a new season of responsibilities and challenges, in a world of struggle, I once again choose to release him/her to you. I have had to do this many times already: the first day of kindergarten, when the driver’s license came in the mail, on that first date, at high school graduation, when we drove off that first day of college, and when that journey is completed and they step out into the world as we know it, full of tough, dog-eat-dog battles. All we can do it pray for your hand, which reaches to protect when ours cannot. I say in faith,

‘God, bless and keep her, make your face shine upon her and be gracious to her, and look on her with favor and grant her peace.’ In the name of Jesus…”

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Below are some web sites resources to help you with your music ministry:

Busted Halo

Interfaith Youth Core   

PowerPoint from NPM National Convention 2010 (pdf file)

Catholic Campus Ministry Association

College Campus Ministry Web Sites

Ontario, Canada
King's University College at the University of Western Ontario Music Director/Campus Minister: Janet Loo

District of Columbia
Georgetown University Musician/Director: Russell Weisman

Northwestern University Musician/Director: Angela Stragmalia

University of Toledo

Mercyhurst University Musician/Director: Daniel Cabanillas
St. Vincent University Director: Rev. Vincent Zidek, OSB

Old Dominion University Director: Fred Johnson

Prayer Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Zenit: The World Seen From Rome

Center for Action and Contemplation


Sacred Space: Daily Prayer Online

The Text This Week

Hermanoleon Clipart

Marty Haugen

GBOD: General Board of Discipleship

World Mission Rosary

Send your College Campus Ministry Web Site to Stephen J. Steinbeiser, We will include it in our listing.