Mothers' Guild Newsletter

Jan. 11, 2019 Edition

Mark Your Calendar…
  • Hiking Club. Thursday, Jan. 17, 9:15 a.m., Pinnacle Peak Trailhead, Lunch at Pinnacle Grille
  • Book Club, Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:45 p.m., Arizona Biltmore Hotel Lobby
  • Mother-Son Communion Breakfast, Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30-Noon, St. Francis Xavier Church and The Great Hall
  • Spring Retreat (All Grades), Friday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. through Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m., Manresa Retreat Center
  • Senior Moms’ Spring Retreat, Saturday, March 2, 11:30 a.m. through Sunday, March 3, 11:30 a.m., Manresa Retreat Center
  • Lenten Prayer Service, Thursday, March 7, 8:45-11:15 a.m., Brophy Chapel and Jesuit Garden
Get Involved … Nominate Yourself/Friends for Mothers’ Guild Leadership!
Please help the Brophy Mothers’ Guild by nominating yourself or others who you feel would enjoy being involved in an executive board and committee leadership position. The nomination form offers a description of all of the positions available during the 2019-20 school year. Click here to go to the form. There are many opportunities to serve with a variety of time and calendar commitments. The deadline for submitting the form is Jan. 13, 2019. We hope you will consider getting involved next year, and we guarantee that you will be blessed by new friendships in the process. Please feel free to contact Grace Dubberly at if you have any questions pertaining to the nominating process.
2019 Fashion Show Planning Has Begun!
Fresh off the enormous success of this year’s 2018 Brophy Fashion Show, 2019 co-chairs Leslee Allen and Michelle Roe are hard at work planning another amazing event for next fall. If you would like to be a part of the 2019 Fashion Show Committee, please contact Michelle Roe at, or Leslee Allen at
Hiking Club
Thursday, Jan. 17, 9:15 a.m., Pinnacle Peak, Lunch at Pinnacle Grille
All you fantastic hikers who registered for the Hiking Club should be receiving emails each month with details about the hikes/lunch. If you are interested in joining us, contact Jennifer Donley at or Katherine Thorsberg at to be added to the hiking group email list. Join us for fun, fitness and fellowship, and let’s celebrate the arrival of beautiful cool weather! Remaining hiking dates are Feb. 12, March 21 and April 9.
January Book Club
Thursday, Jan. 17, Arizona Biltmore Hotel Lobby, 6:45 p.m. cocktails, 7:15 p.m. discussion
Only six days left to complete "The Boy Crisis” (William Farrell, Ph.D. and John Bray, Ph.D.), which brilliantly explores the challenges facing our sons. Be ready for an engaging discussion!
Looking ahead… Our February book is a new release from local author, Karen Odden, "A Dangerous Duet," a Victorian romance. The author will be our guest, and our meeting will be held at the home of Donna Cleinman. More information about our February Book Club will appear in the next eNews, so stay tuned. "Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." ~Mason Cooley. If you have any bookish questions, please contact Corda Colvin at
Mother-Son Communion Breakfast
Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church/Harper Great Hall
An eBlast with registration/payment link was sent earlier this week, and signups started this morning (Friday, Jan. 11 at 6 a.m.). The cost is $39/person. If your family needs financial assistance and your son receives 50 percent or more in financial aid, please do not sign up via the link. Instead, contact Mrs. Ellen McCoy in the business office at 602-264-5291, ext. 6229, or email her at to obtain your ticket. Please email Deidra Gilligan or Abby Kerkhove with questions.
February L.I.F.T. Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
Our L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Faith Together) group now has a box in the Brophy Chapel narthex for students and staff to leave prayer requests! In February, join us for devotional, prayer and fellowship. February’s reflection is God as our supreme example of Love. Please contact Christi Sourk at or Grace Dubberly at with questions.
February Mothers’ Guild Luncheon and Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harper Great Hall
We are so pleased to invite Kristin Venberg, Academic Resource Center coordinator, to speak in February. Kristin will cover the role of the ARC, which is new this year, and will address the always changing teenage brain. How does that gray matter function? Or not?! And she will discuss how parents can assist their children in making better decisions - something that can be challenging for teens due to lack of processing. This is not one to miss! Please contact Jean Cody at if you have questions about the meeting.
Spring Mothers’ Guild Retreats
All Classes: Friday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. to Saturday, March 2, 11:30 a.m., Manresa Retreat Center
It’s time for spring cleaning, and the retreat sign-up process is no exception. We’ve decided to alter the Spring Retreat sign-up process in order to simplify it for you, the retreat attendee. We are getting away from the shotgun sign-up and moving to a random drawing selection process. This applies to the retreat for all classes (March 1-2, 2019). Here’s how it will work:
1. On sign-up day, Monday, Jan. 14, if you’d like to go on the Spring Retreat, you can submit an interest form anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. You’ll need to fill in a few blanks and then you’re officially in the drawing. If you have a sophomore son, you’re registered as a sophomore. If you have a senior son, you’re registered as a senior. If you have more than one son, you’ll be registered as the oldest son.
2. If there are more people signed up than Manresa can accommodate, there will be a drawing to select the attendees. For example, if we have too many junior moms registered, names will be drawn from the junior “pot” to select who goes.
3. Priority will be given to moms who have not been on retreat. Please understand that we’re trying to make sure everyone who wants to go on retreat during her son’s time at Brophy gets a chance. We understand you may have questions, so feel free to ask! Contact
Senior Mom Retreat: Saturday, March 2, 11:30 a.m. through Sunday, March 3, 11:30 a.m., Manresa Retreat Center
The sign-up for the Senior Mom Retreat will be as it has been in the past – sign-up works on a first-come-first-served basis, so be ready to be at your computer at 6 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14. Contact with any questions.
Out of respect for all attending, we ask that you register ONLY if you are able to stay for the entire retreat. NO late arrivals or early departures are permitted, nor may you leave and return mid-retreat. Please check your calendar (and your son's calendar!) before you register.
Lenten Prayer Service
Thursday, March 7, 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. Watch for a digital invitation in February. If you’d like to help with this event, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Orfe Kelly at or Karen Ahearne at with questions.
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 the family is aware and requests our prayers. Email Christy if you would like to be added to the Brophy Prayer Chain group.
Pray the Rosary
Thursdays, 8:30 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 on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. for the remainder 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
A heartfelt thank-you goes to …
  • Our college freshman guests who were willing to share time over their Christmas break to enlighten us: Alex Beall, Sam Fallon, Quinn Funke, Will Graham, Brent Harding, Bennett Houck, Andrew Nahom, Conner Peeples and Luke Tanner. Good luck in the spring semester, guys!
  • Fabiola Ordinez, Brandi Sutton, and Christina Wallen, thank you for decorating the Mothers’ Guild meeting in college-style. 
2018-19 Executive Board: (Left to right in above photo) Stephanie Papadopoulos (assistant treasurer), Renee Cerny (second vice president), Julie Warner (first vice president), Jean Cody (president), Shauna Gliss (corresponding secretary), Marcia Asher (treasurer), Donna Ellis (recording secretary) and Nancy Bates (past president).

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