PCM Harmony April 2019
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Praying College Moms

Keeping Us in Harmony
April 2019
Catholic moms joined in prayer 
for our college-aged young adults.
In This Issue

...And So We Pray - The Perfect Gift

 Announcing Spanish Version of ASWP

Rosary at St. Bernadette's ~ May 1

Spring Social ~ May 5

Pilgrimage to the National Shrine ~ June 8

Reflections on February Prayer Retreat


Feeling, Seeing, Listening

There are many ways that we can respond to Scripture in our quiet reflection. Often we are distracted. When extraneous thoughts come, always return back to Jesus, or go back to the line in Scripture you last remember. Gently return to Jesus. At first, the most difficult part of prayer is to listen, get out of the way, and let God lead the prayer session!  This is not the time for petitioning God; just allow oneself to be led from Scripture to Jesus Himself. In silence He reveals Himself; between the words. His love for you cannot but help draw Himself to you ... and you to Him.

Frances Chamberlin, OCDS

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift!
The Perfect Graduation Gift!

.  . . And So We Pray: Guidance for Moms with College-Aged Young Adults by Maribeth Harper

"Anticipation" of, or for something ... Waiting for our children to return home for Summer Break, wondering how best to be welcoming (with God's help and some fortitude). Does this gentle anxiety stop us from enjoying the "moment" of their return, or separate us from allowing the Holy Spirit to work within us?  Praying College Moms exists to help us manage the inevitable changes (good or bad) that our young adults trigger in our families. 

If you or your closest friends haven't yet ordered . . .  And So We Pray, NOW is the time. The book is the perfect Mother's Day or Graduation gift! Published in August 2018, author Maribeth Harper offers 33 chapters to read and reflect upon. Weaving sound Catholic doctrine with real life stories shared by women of faith, . . . And So We Pray is ready to accompany moms. Available at in paperback and Kindle.

Now Available in Spanish!

Praying College Moms is proud to announce that ...Y Ohora Oremos, the Spanish version of ...And So We Pray, is available now on Amazon and Kindle. We are grateful for the ability to provide this important book for our Spanish speaking PCMs. We offer a special thank you to St. Mark's in Vienna for their generous grant and to our sponsors.

...Y Ahora Oremos fué escrito con la intención de acompañar a los padres a lo largo del año escolar en su totalidad. Contiene capítulos de historias verdaderas contadas de madres para otras madres, consejos basados en la Sagrada Escritura, con preguntas para reflexionar y espacio suficiente para hacer anotaciones diarias. Ya sea que lo lea individualmente o en grupo, mi esperanza y la de Madres que Rezan por sus Hijos Universitarios ( es que puedan encontrar palabras de sabiduría y consuelo en estas páginas.

 Pray the Rosary With PCMs 

A blessed Rosary
May 1
at 7:30 pm
The Chapel at St. Bernadette's
7600 Old Keene Mill Rd.
Springfield, VA 22152

We pray for over 600 young adults who are either in college, in military, discerning a vocation, working and going to school, unemployed and searching.

Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Our Annual Spring Social

Come join fellow Praying College Moms for a spring social at Paradise Springs Winery and enjoy live great music by local artist Patrick Wray.

Bring your own food and enjoy a bottle or two of wine sold at the winery. Spouses and friends are welcome so come and enjoy! The fun starts on Sunday, May 5, at 1:30pm. Please let us know if you plan to join us. RSVP to Gamela.

1:30 - 4:00 at Paradise Springs Winery
13219 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124

Photo courtesy of Paradise Springs Winery


The Basilica in the Easter Season! Celebrate the Risen Lord!
Praying College Moms will gather for Mass, lunch and the Rosary on Saturday, June 8. Meet at 10:45 am  in the parking lot at St. Mark's in Vienna to carpool to the Basilica. We will worship at the 12:10 p.m. mass. We plan to return to St. Mark's  by 3:30 p.m. If you would like more information about America's Catholic Church, click here. To RSVP for this special day, email Liz.

Reflections On Our February Prayer Retreat with Martha and Mary; Balancing Prayer with Life…Seeking Joy in Jesus’ Presence

Martha and Mary are two women we know very well from the Bible. Their sisterly tussle is one we easily identify with!  Two Bible passages (Luke 11:38-42 and John 12:1-8) about them provided a stimulating theme for Praying College Moms, who often are tempted to “over-Martha” our young adults. Twenty-two women gathered on Saturday, February 16,  at Mount Tabor Retreat House in Vienna, VA,  for mass with Father Bill Quigley. Afterwards they were led into contemplative prayer by Frances Chamberlin, Secular Carmelite of the Discalced Order,  and Maribeth Harper, author of ... And So We Pray: Guidance for Moms with College-Aged Young Adults. This was followed by small and large group discussions, and then adoration of the Eucharist. 

Maribeth reassured the retreatants: “Jesus takes and absorbs as much as you can worry. Turn back to Him. You do have a choice. There is time.” Francis added:  ”Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Mt. 11: 28. One can hear Jesus saying this to us Marthas, who strive to know God as Mary did!”

Contributed by Kathy A.

Don't Miss the April Edition of Maribeth Harper's Blog at

Click here for Maribeth's April 2019 Blog - YOUR way to interact with Maribeth, to hear ...  and ask for ... her wisdom. Subscribe to receive her monthly blogs!

 Support Your Ministry with Your Gifts 
Annual Prayer Retreat, Monthly Rosaries, Socials, Publicity, Book Series Promotion, Day of Prayer for College-Age Young Adults in August, Annual Care Package Event in October, and Guardian Angels for our Homeless and Foster College Students -- all fabulous and enriching opportunities to work side by side with other praying moms. You will be serving the Lord in profound ways. Thank you for considering what you can do! 
We pray that you will say "Yes" to volunteering with PCM!

Contact PCM's Founder, Laurel, at for more information.

Thank you to Karen and Kathy
Our wonderful Karen  has once again used her grant-writing skills to support PCM's growing ministry. We are so grateful to have Karen serving with us!

Thank you, Kathy, for preparing and sending twenty Spring Care Packages to our sponsored homeless college students in Virginia. These students love the warm messages and goodies that arrive in their mailbox.

Want to start a ministry in your parish?
We developed a short, dynamic video for new ministries as they jumpstart their first small group meetings. Look for this and more amazing resources on our website, under Start a New PCM Group. We do our very best to support all our volunteers! Contact us at to learn more!

Praying College Moms App

The Praying College Moms App is now available for download on your mobile device. Find the link for the App by visiting our website. You will need to be on your mobile device to download the App. Get going on all things PCM! News, Prayers, Inspirations, Group Locations, How to Donate, Parent Resources and a lot more. 

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