Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.
In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is asked to cure a man who is deaf. Simply, he cannot hear. Jesus first removes his patient away from the crowd and then proceeds to heal the deaf man. This episode is heavy with implications for those of us who hear but do not listen, or do not hear with awareness. Whether it be the noise of the crowd, or the many voices competing for our attention, or God forbid, those voices who are saying something we do not agree with or which contain opinions which threaten our security. It is curious that this cure is worked outside of the geographical comfort level of Israel, to the district of Decapolis, which would have been a new kind of culture to the followers of Jesus and to traditional Jews. What can we learn from people who might be considered foreigners to our American comfort level, from immigrants, even visitors to our shores, to our city and to our church communities?
The Broncos opened their season August 21st at Sandra Day O’Connor High School facing the home team Eagles on a windy but hot summer night. In fact, the half time was lengthened to allow the teams to handle the intensity of the heat. Heat there was a plenty. But the heat came from the potent Bronco offense balanced off by devastating running and accurate passing. The defense held up its own share of responsibility by shutting down the home town team to no score. In fact, for the fourth quarter, AIA rules provided for a running time exception because of the one sided score. The game was an exciting preview for things to come.
The Broncos traveled to California August 29th to play the Cathedral High Lancers from Carlsbad with confidence after the previous week’s O’Connor victory. The final score of the second game was a convincing 30 – 12 win by the Broncos. Quarterback Cade Knox completed 24 passes for 124 yards and Ryan Velez carried the ball 18 times for 187 yards. The Lancers were victimized all night long by mistakes, three of which came on the center-quarterback exchange. Still and all, the Bronco defense showed significant improvement as it approached the Brophy first home game vs. Liberty.
On September 4th, the Broncos captured their third straight win with a convincing defeat of Liberty High School 31-10. The offense looked superb, with a deft blend of passing and running. One of the unique features of the game was the celebration of Coach Scooter Molander’s 100th win at Brophy. The customary Gatorade drenching overshadowed the dramatic display of lightening that caused a delay at the beginning of the second half.
Service Project with Circle the City
The Alumni Board and Circle the City are most grateful for the generous time (over 136 hours this past quarter) and care our Brophy alumni have brought to the Circle the City mission. It’s an honor to have each of you on board. To our volunteering alumni family, please save the date (November 21st) for a social in thanks for you being Men for Others in a time and place to heal. More details to come. If you have not yet signed up as a volunteer and are interested in doing so, please contact Tom McCabe at email@example.com
Annual Mass for Deceased Alumni
Mark your calendars to join us for our annual Mass for Deceased Alumni, Saturday, October 31st at 10:00am. We will honor our deceased alumni with a special picture presentation of those alumni who have died within the last year.
Dallas Alumni Gathering
If you are a Brophy alumnus currently living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, consider attending our second annual gathering on Thursday, October 1st. For location information and to RSVP, contact the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Every year, the school officially and spiritually begins its academic year with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking the assistance of God on the academic program of the school. This year, our special presider at mass was a visiting Jesuit priest who just happened to be a Brophy alumnus, Fr. Michael Michaelson, S.J. The faculty was also thrilled to listen to Fr. Michaelson at an additional luncheon presentation later in the day. It truly was a significant beginning of the school year as we thanked God for our blessings and asked his spirit to bless our educational effort for the forthcoming year. Incidentally, in 1931 during the era of the “Old Brophy” the school opened the “scholastic” year with the Mass of the “Holy Ghost.”
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Bit of History
Whenever I see the new light rail pass in front of the school, I am reminded of a picture I have seen of a street car that used to bring students to the neighborhood of Brophy. The “trolley” came out Third Street to Indian School Road. It is rumored that one student used his car to shuttle several students the rest of the way to school, for a nickel.
Robert Bayless ’60
Stephen W. Burns ’72
John Fay ’79 – uncle of Christopher Baca ’11, brother of Melanie Baca XCP ’81 and Martha Moneypenny XCP ’84
Eric Gustafson ’68
Marilyn Osborn – grandmother of Mark Grant ‘05