Mothers' Guild Newsletter

Sept. 6, 2019 Edition

Mark Your Calendar
  • Book Club, Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:45 p.m., Pomelo at the Orchard, Wine Cellar
  • Chapel Care, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 8:15 a.m., Brophy Chapel
  • Fall Blood Drive, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., Robson Gym lobby
  • Mothers’ Guild Fall Retreat, Oct. 4-6, Manresa Retreat Center
  • L.I.F.T., Thursday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
  • Mothers’ Guild Luncheon Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Harper Great Hall 
  • Let’s Get Together “Socktober,” Friday, Oct. 18, 8 - 10 a.m., The Newton
  • Hiking Club, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8:45 a.m., Phoenix Mountain Preserve
  • Senior Mom Social, Thursday, Oct. 24, time and location TBD
  • Senior Treat Day, Thursday, Oct. 31, 9:50 – 10:10 a.m.
  • Brophy Fashion Show, Friday, Nov. 1, JW Marriott Camelback Inn
  • Advent Prayer Service, Thursday, Dec. 5, 8:45 – 11:15 a.m., Brophy Chapel and Jesuit Garden
Eighth-Grade Information Socials
It’s that time of year! The admissions department is planning Eighth-Grade Information Socials around the valley in September and October for prospective students and their parents. Please spread the word among your friends who have eighth grade boys and may be wanting to learn more about Brophy College Preparatory. See the website or the Admissions eNews page for more information. Contact Shelly Scheuring in the Admissions Department at with questions.

Mothers’ Guild Lifetime Membership – Infinitely Valuable
A HUGE thanks to those of you who have purchased a Lifetime Membership with the Brophy Mothers’ Guild this year. We are SO close to meeting our fundraising goal which will support all sorts of fun and valuable programs for you this year. Please take a moment to become a Lifetime Member, if you haven’t already. Your one-time $200 membership fee will not only get you and a guest into all Brophy athletic and on-campus events for the rest of time, you’ll get a handy-dandy, personalized membership card, plus a coveted Brophy Mothers’ Guild tumbler! Click this link to register today. If you have questions, please contact Lana Holmes at
Brophy Book Club – Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:45 p.m., Pomelo at the Orchard, Wine Cellar
Now that school is in full swing, it’s time for you to grab a good book, take a few moments for yourself, and enjoy a night out with fellow Brophy moms. Our September book is “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, and we will meet at Pomelo at the Orchard. Arrive at 6:45 p.m. if you would like to order appetizers or a beverage. We look forward to an enjoyable evening!

Our next meeting is Oct. 17, and our book is “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage murders and the birth of the FBI” by David Grann.
Brophy Chapel Care – Tuesday, Oct. 1, 8:15 a.m.
As we know, Brophy Chapel is a special place and requires special care to keep it in pristine condition and ready for worship. The Chapel Care committee has it’s first cleaning Tuesday, Sept. 3. Would you like to help? Please contact Christy O’Gara at or Maryanne Haught at Come enjoy cleaning in this beautiful and holy prayer space together. We will begin with a prayer and work together with various cleaning jobs until the Chapel is sparkling clean, taking about an hour. 

Fall Blood Drive – Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Robson Gym lobby
Local blood banks rely on the public to donate blood. Please help us help them! Parents and Brophy boys (age 16 and up) may donate. Please encourage your sons to participate in this life saving gift! If you have any questions, please contact Mary Romero-McHenry at Register online at Home - Vitalant (Sponsor Code: bcp).
Mothers’ Guild Fall Retreat – Oct. 4-6, Manresa Retreat Center 
At this time, the retreat is full. We will surely contact moms on the waitlist if a spot opens up. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Furey, Shannon Dowdall, or Joy Schmidbauer via email at
L.I.F.T (Ladies in Faith Together) – Thursday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Faith Together) is a group of Brophy moms that gathers to pray for each other, the Brophy Community, and beyond. We meet in the Brophy Chapel at 10:30 a.m. before the Mothers’ Guild Meetings, starting Oct. 10. For more information, please contact Christi Sourk at or Grace Dubberly at
October Mothers’ Guild Luncheon/Meeting – Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m., Harper Great Hall
Come join us at our October meeting for a glimpse into the mind of a college admissions counselor. What are they looking for? What factors contribute to their decisions? Our own Gil Martinez, who was previously a college admissions counselor, from Brophy’s Counseling Department will be our speaker. He will provide an overview of Brophy’s program and words of wisdom on how we can support our sons during this process.
Let’s Get Together at “Socktober!” – Friday, Oct. 18, 8-10 a.m., The Newton
We can’t wait to see you at “Socktober,” a fun breakfast event for Brophy moms, where you’ll also have a chance to give back to the community. Join us at The Newton and consider bringing a few pairs of socks to be donated to Andre House.  Look for a digital invitation with details later this month. Tickets are $20. Please contact Erica Adamany, Nikki Black or Donna Cleinman at with any questions. 
Brophy Hiking Club – Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8:45 a.m., Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Join us for our first hike of the year at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve at 40th Street (9200 N. 40th Street, 2.5 mile hike). Meet at 8:45 a.m. for a group photo in the parking lot near the restrooms, and we will start hiking at 9 a.m. Lunch will follow at O.H.S.O. on Tatum and Shea, 10810 N Tatum Blvd. The November hike will take place on Friday, Nov. 22 on the Mormon Trail to Fat Man's Pass, in the South Mountain Preserve.
This year we will once again support the efforts of Mother’s Grace, a local 501(c)(3) organization that supports mothers and their families going through tragic and life-altering situations. We’ll be collecting gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, and Target at each hike in an effort to help Mother’s Grace meet the needs of the community. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Dunnigan at, Libby Murphy at or Christi Sourk at
Senior Mom Socials and Treat Day
Calling all Class of 2020 moms! Save the date for the first of three Senior Mom Social and Treat Day events. The first Senior Mom Social will be held the evening of Thursday, Oct. 24 (location TBD). The first Senior Treat day will be at Brophy during morning break from 9:50-10:10 a.m., Thursday Oct. 31 (Halloween!). Get your "Mother Witch” costumes ready! If you are interested in hosting a Senior Social at your home, please email
Brophy Fashion Show – Friday, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m., JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale
The excitement for the much anticipated 2019 Inspire and Ignite Fashion Show is underway. The first two limited-edition sales items will be live Monday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 23. Be on the lookout for an email with the link to purchase, coming to you Sept. 9. Centerpiece sales are in full swing. Be sure to purchase yours today along with your 2019 Raffle tickets. If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs Leslee Allen, and Michelle Roe
Advent Prayer Service – Thursday, Dec. 5, 8:45-11:15 a.m., Brophy Chapel and Jesuit Garden
Please join us for an uplifting morning of music, prayer, reading and reflection in our beautiful Brophy Chapel. All faiths are welcome. Following the service, a light luncheon will be served in the Jesuit Garden. Look for an Evite closer to the date. If you’d like to help with this event, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Peggy Lanese at or Lisa Gaitan at for more information.          

Pray the Rosary – Thursdays, 8-9:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
Please join us as we pray the Rosary every Thursday for our Brophy Community! We will meet in the Brophy Chapel at 8 a.m. every Thursday until the end of the school year. Everyone is invited ... moms, dads, family members, and friends! If you have questions, contact Susan Pataq at  
“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva
Brophy Prayer Chain
The Brophy Prayer Group is committed to offering prayer support for anyone in the Brophy community who has a medical or personal concern. These prayer warriors are here for you in time of need, and also if you desire to send an intention for prayers. Prayer requests received will be shared by email with the prayer group, along with scripture that will inspire each person that participates. Each member will pray for the specific intention request in their own special way. Please contact Christy O’Gara at with your requests, and please confirm that the family is aware and requests our prayers. Email Christy if you would like to be added to the Brophy Prayer Chain group.

A heartfelt thank you goes to …
  • The dedicated group of Alumni moms who helped plate and serve cookies and drinks at Back to School Night: Mary Ellen Beall, Alicia Cardellini, Thyra Diaz, Holly Keeble, Trescha Peeples, Julie Peterson, Frances Schutz and Catherine Wyman. We loved having you back on campus!
  • A generous team of gals who helped stuff hundreds of envelopes in the Admissions Department as Brophy kicks off it’s admissions process this year: Amy Paul, Dona Whitney, Dina Musselmann, Natalie Meszaros, Suzanne Mirasola and Joy Schmidbauer.
  • Nicole and Tom Roberts for hosting the New Parent Luncheon at their lovely home.  A great time was had by all!
  • The ever creative and organized Hospitality team of Ashley Carlson, Trish Shyman and Kelly Welty for planning and executing a flawless first Mothers’ Guild meeting of the school year. It was a big meeting with lots of moving pieces, and we sincerely appreciate your attention to detail, schlepping of decor, menu planning and so much more!
  • Fr. Juan Pablo del Toro and Mr. Paul Fisko for your help with the Mothers’ Guild Opening Mass. We had record attendance, and the mass was beautiful in every way! We appreciate your support and certainly could not have done it without you.  
  • Adria Renke for sharing beautiful prayers and words of wisdom with us at so many welcome back events over the past few weeks.
  • Bob Ryan for braving a room of 200+ women and  joining us at the opening luncheon. We always love hearing from you!
  • All of the Committee Chairs who decorated their tables and welcomed us back to school. Your creativity and enthusiasm make us all want to get more involved at Brophy!
2019-20 Executive Board: (Left to right in above photo) Jean Cody (past president), Julie Lindholm (recording secretary), Stephanie Papadopoulos (treasurer), Brandi Sutton (second vice president), Lana Holmes (first vice president), Julie Warner (president), Diana Dunnigan (events secretary) and Heather Miller (assistant treasurer)

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