Staying in Touch as We Practice Social Distancing: A Note to Brophy Moms

No, we didn't see this coming, but here we are and blessed that there are ways we can still connect, maintain friendships, and support our sons. Let's connect online and keep one another, and our sons and families, in our prayers! If you haven't already, please join our Brophy Moms' Facebook Group  (you must request to join — we are watching closely and will accept your request promptly). Please note... We kindly ask that no one sets up a Brophy Mothers' Guild Facebook class page on her own. Brophy Mothers' Guild-branded social media must be established through the executive committee. Thank you! We look forward to providing a positive, vibrant online forum for Brophy moms!

Mothers' Guild Newsletter

 
BROPHY MOTHERS’ GUILD NEWSLETTER | OCT. 16, 2020
 
Mark Your Calendar…
  • Chapel Care, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8–9:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
  • Hiking Club, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8:45 a.m., Phoenix Mountain Preserve
  • Zoom Book Club, Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:45 p.m.
  • Mothers’ Guild Meeting (Virtual), Thursday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.
  • “1+2=3” Days of Christmas, Donation link is now live!
  • Holiday Pop Up Sale, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.–6 p.m, Jesuit Garden
  • Advent Prayer Service (Virtual), Thursday, Dec. 3, 10–11 a.m.
  • Brophy Auction, March 15–21, 2021
  • Brophy Fashion Show, Thursday, March 25, 2021, The Camelback Inn
“1+2=3” Days of Christmas – Contribution Deadline is Nov. 16
More to come on how “2020 math” converted our traditional 12 Days of Christmas for our beloved Brophy faculty and staff into “1+2=3.” Rest assured, we have special events planned! Meanwhile, help us spread holiday cheer this Christmas to our faculty and staff who do so much for our boys every day. Donate via THIS LINK toward holiday gift cards for our 150+ Brophy staff members. No amount of giving is too small or too big! The deadline to contribute is Nov. 16. Our sincere thanks!

Chapel Care – Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8–9:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
Brophy Chapel is near and dear to our hearts and needs special care to keep it in perfect condition and ready for worship. Please contact Kim Kunasek at kimkunasek@gmail.com, Jamaica King at jtahjking@gmail.com or Amy Paul at amyannpaul@gmail.com if you are able to give an hour and a half of your time to help clean our beautiful prayer space. Thank you! 

Brophy Hiking Club – Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8:45 a.m., Phoenix Mountain Preserve  
Hello, Happy Hikers! Fall is here and we are excited to announce that our first hike of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the beautiful Phoenix Mountain Preserve at 40th Street. Meet us in the parking lot for a group photo before we start the hike. All levels of fitness are welcome! If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Diana Dunnigan at diana.dunnigan@gmail.com or Libby Murphy at liv2giv@cox.net.

Brophy Zoom Book Club – Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:45 p.m.
Join us next week as we delve into “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter,” by Kate Clifford Larson. The book provides new insights into Joe and Rose Kennedy’s daughter, Rosemary, and is bound to stir up great conversation on family dynamics! For those who would like to get a head start on reading for the Nov. 19 meeting, our next book is “The Couple Next Door,” by Shari Lapena. Please contact Ellen@AZSchwartz.com if you would like to be added to the Evite list.

Virtual L.I.F.T. Meeting – Thursday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m.
This year L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Faith Together) will be encouraged and motivated by the strong women of the Bible as we learn from their examples of bravery, trust, patience and unwavering faith. Join us as we gather as women of faith for devotional and prayer and for a truly uplifting and encouraging time. L.I.F.T. is non-denominational and alumni moms are always welcome. For more information, please contact Grace Dubberly at robertgrace@msn.com or Ellen Schwartz at Ellen@AZSchwartz.com.  

Mothers’ Guild Virtual November Meeting – Thursday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.
Please join us for our last monthly meeting of the year as we take time to focus on gratitude during this special time of Thanksgiving. Please feel free to contact Lana Holmes at president@brophymothersguild.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you online!
 
Brophy Scarves, T-shirts and a Holiday Pop-Up Sale!
The Fashion Show committee is currently selling beautiful Brophy silk scarves for one of their fundraisers. Purchase yours here and wear it to the next Mothers’ Guild meeting to show your support for the class of 2021! We also have adorable (and cozy) Brophy Mothers’ Guild t-shirts on sale through the Varsity Shop. Pre-order your t-shirt before Oct. 19 as they will not be available in the Varsity Shop! If you are looking for a few more unique Brophy items, save the date for the Holiday Pop-Up Sale on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Brophy’s Jesuit Garden from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. You will have the opportunity to purchase Fashion Show Special-Sales items, including the Simon Pearce trees, plus Varsity Shop merchandise. We hope to see you there!

Advent Prayer Service – Thursday, Dec. 3, 10–11 a.m., via Zoom
“Joy to the World….the Lord is Coming.” Please join us for a special hour that will guide our lives and one another to embrace the joy of the Advent and Christmas season. We will share readings and reflections and will be inspired by a special guest speaker. All faiths and alumni moms are more than welcome to join us at this beloved event. Look for an Evite closer to the date. If you have questions, please contact Jill Bagshaw at jbaggy2@yahoo.com or Christy O’Gara at cmogara@cox.net for more information.    

Nominations for 2021–22 Mothers’ Guild Executive Board and Committee Positions Begin Nov. 2
Now that the boys are settling into their school routine, it is time for us to reflect on our role within the Brophy community. Each year, the nominating committee asks mothers to self-nominate or nominate another to serve on the Mothers' Guild Executive Board or as an event co-chairperson for the following year. Just as we encourage our sons to explore their strengths and interests and get involved, we encourage you to share your talents, enthusiasm and leadership with the Brophy Mothers' Guild community. Please take the next few weeks to consider the personal gifts that you can offer the Brophy community. Nominations for a wide variety of Mothers’ Guild roles will open Nov. 2. We look forward to your enthusiastic involvement with the Mothers’ Guild in order to support all of our Brophy sons. For questions, please contact Kelly Bennan at nominating@brophymothersguild.org.

Brophy Auction – March 15–22, 2021
The Brophy Auction committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the virtual auction to be held March 15–22 in conjunction with the Class of 2021 Fashion Show. Help is needed with acquiring donations to auction, gift wrapping donated items, and prize item pickup after the events.

If you are a business owner or provide services, please consider donating a product or service to the auction. In addition to being recognized in the robust 2021 Fashion Show program, you will help provide financial aid to a deserving young man! Please contact chairs Abby Kerkhove or Donna Cleinman at Brophyauctionchairs@gmail.com for more details.

Brophy Fashion Show – Thursday, March 25, 2021, JW Marriott Camelback Inn
The Fashion Show Special-Sales Items will go on sale this Monday Oct. 19. Our first two items are a beautiful Brophy embroidered pillow and a stationary set with a Brophy Chapel watermark. You will receive an email with a link to purchase on Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. These items will only be available until Nov. 2 so be sure to purchase right away. We are also pleased to offer beautiful Simon Pierce glass trees, perfect for your holiday decorations — available Oct. 19–Dec. 1. The link to purchase the trees will be included in Monday’s email. All sales proceeds go directly to the Brophy Financial Aid Fund.
Senior parents, your sons received the sign-up link to participate in the Brophy Fashion Show on Wednesday, Oct. 14. They have until this coming Wednesday, Oct. 21 to sign up. If they haven’t already done so, please encourage them to sign up before then.
 
Volunteers are wanted! If you are interested in helping us make the Class of 2021 Brophy Fashion Show the best one ever, please let us know by filling out this quick volunteer interest form.
 
For the latest Fashion Show news, please visit www.brophyprep.org/fashionshow. If you have any questions about the Class of 2021 Brophy Fashion Show, please contact chairs Nancy Holben-Bates and Tess Burleson at Brophyfschairs@gmail.com.

Get Involved and Feel Connected with Other Brophy Moms and Make a Difference!
Even in the current socially distanced environment, the Mothers' Guild often needs an extra set of hands to support Brophy events. If you are interested in lending your time and talents to support the students, faculty and staff at Brophy, please fill out this Google form so Lisa Roman can add your name to the general volunteer list! Thank you! 

Connect with Brophy Mothers’ Guild on Social Media
All moms of Brophy students are invited to follow the Mothers’ Guild on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We happily encourage you to write posts, ask for advice, share photos, and make comments. Below is the Facebook link and account names for Instagram and Twitter. You must request to join, but we monitor and grant access quickly. We’d love for you to connect with us!
Instagram – @brophymothersguild
Twitter – @BrophyMothersGuild

Brophy Prayer Chain
The Brophy Prayer Warriors are lovingly committed to offering prayer support for anyone in the Brophy community who has a medical or personal concern. They are here for you in time of need. Prayer requests from our community will be shared by email and each member of the group will pray for the specific intention in their own special way. Please contact Christy O’Gara at cmogara@cox.net with your prayer requests (please confirm the family is aware a request has been made) and also to be added to the Brophy Prayer Chain group.
 
A heartfelt thank you goes to… 
  • The wonderful moms who attended the October Mothers’ Guild meeting! It was heartwarming to have so many moms who took the time to join us.
  • The amazing Kristin Venberg for her wise and thoughtful presentation at our meeting about the peculiar and at times puzzling teenage brain. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to speak to our group!
  • The Mothers’ Guild Executive Board for consistently going above and beyond to ensure that our moms have fun activities, events and meetings to look forward to!    
  • Mary Romero-McHenry, M.D. and Rebecca DeBarros for their efforts with helping plan and lead the Blood Drive. This particular Blood Drive turned out to be the most successful drive since 2010! Lots of gratitude to their team of volunteers — Ana Moran, M.D., Cynthia Pitts, Ellen Schwartz and Brandi Sutton.
  • Grace Dubberly and Ellen Schwartz for leading our Ladies in Faith Together (L.I.F.T.) before each Mothers’ Guild meeting. We are grateful for this time of reflection, prayer, and fellowship.
  • The Brophy administration, faculty and staff, for guiding our sons through the first quarter of the school year. We are so grateful for their time and talents as they help our boys maneuver through an extraordinary year.
 
Banner Photo: The 2020 Mother-Son Communion Breakfast honoring Mrs. Cindy McCain (center) with 2020-21 Mothers' Guild President Lana Homes and Ryan '22 (left) and 2019-20 Mothers' Guild President Julie Warner and Mason '20 (right).

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