Ghost Stories

October 13, 2017   


Holy Ghost Prep holds annual Career Day for its senior class

Holy Ghost Prep recently held its annual Career Day which provided the Class of 2018 with the opportunity to learn about different career paths from these distinguished HGP alumni. To read more about the event, click here.  (photo courtesy of Catalano Studio) 



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Anthony Baum '18 achieves highest possible ACT score  

Holy Ghost Prep senior Anthony Baum (pictured), one of the top students in the Class of 2018, has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.  To read more about Anthony, click here.  


HGP Golf Classic  

Please join us at the HGP Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 23rd to support HGP Athletics! 

Guest Speaker:


Member of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Single-A team in the Cleveland Indians organization


NEW this year! Cocktail Hour and Dinner only $85 per person.

To Sponsor or Register to Golf





Senior Class Parent Social 

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Click here to RSVP.

GP featured in Philadelphia Magazine private school story

Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson '79 and current HGP parent Melissa Behr are quoted in a Philadelphia Magazine feature on finding the right private school for your children. To read the story, click here. (Illustration by Angela Rio)

Clocking fast times at Six Flags

Congratulations to the HGP cross-country team for placing third in the Varsity “D” Race at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational. The team was led by Tony Carbino ’19 (12th place), Killian Brennan ’20 (13th), Antonio Camacho ’21 (17th), John Horgan ’21 (18th), and Nicholas Polidoro ’19 (21st). In that race, 17 different HGP runners turned in personal best performances. Good luck to the team as they attempt to defend their consecutive streak of 21 Bicentennial Athletic League Championships on Wednesday, October 18, at Tyler State Park.

Class Notes needed for next issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine 

HGP alums, we are interested in hearing about the sweet promotion you just landed, your weddings, new babies, your retirement travels, or your latest get-together with other Ghost alums. Please take a moment to send us an update and a photo for possible inclusion in the Class Notes section of the next issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine.  Please email your update (including a high-res photo) to Bill Doherty, our director of communications, at 



Class of 1987: 30-Year Reunion 

To RSVP for the 30-Year Reunion, click here



Hurricane Relief Opportunities

Our thoughts and prayers are with the many victims impacted by the recent hurricanes. As a school community, we have made a concerted effort to reach out to Spiritan organizations in Puerto Rico and Houston who are working closely with those who have been affected by these storms. More importantly, we are working with our students in different classes to get our relief efforts off the ground. This has taken communication, organization, and action with those directly involved in the hurricanes. Two Spiritan organizations who have begun to communicate serious needs are Magnicat Houses in Houston ( and Espiritanos in Puerto Rico (


Both mesh perfectly with who we are at Holy Ghost Prep and provide a greater sense of service and learning for our students. The Magnicat Houses’ needs are both big (houses need to be re-roofed) and small. Our students are going to put together hygiene kits to address a few of the simple needs, and we are going to fundraise to help to put a new roof on a Houston house. We are still working with Espiritanos in Puerto Rico to best ascertain how we can help them. Mark Whartenby and our student leaders (i.e peer ministry group) will continue to communicate the needs of those in Houston and Puerto Rico as our plans take shape. We are eager to help and hope you will join us in our student-led efforts moving forward.


Class of 2019: Take the LEAP

The Leadership Externship Advantage Program (LEAP) initiative targets juniors (Class of 2019) who have interest in pursuing a particular field of study with Holy Ghost Prep alumni who will provide real-life experience in the work environment. In order to apply, juniors must submit their apllications online here or to the College Guidance office by Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Any questions, please contact AnnMarie Dougherty, director of college guidance, at, or Alexis Gettings, director of annual giving and alumni engagement, at

Three more HGP students will appear on area high school sports radio show  

On Oct. 17, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Mark Seibert, Brett Sternberg, and Ryan Staropoli will join radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show. To read more about it, click here.    


Alumni Soccer Game & Dedication of Fran Nick Memorial Field

The October 7th alumni soccer game and dedication of the Fran Nick Memorial Field was a rousing success. Thanks to all of the players who came back home to HGP to honor Coach Nick. It was terrific day honoring a great man. To access the Catalano Studio galley of photos, click here



HGP Fathers' Association  

Activities/Events through January 2018


  • 10/13 – HGP Dance 7 p.m.  to 10 p.m. – parking -  4 volunteers are needed
  • 10/21 - Chapel  Clean-up [Father/Son]  - 9:00 a.m. – 5 or 6 volunteers are needed.  Sons are encouraged to participate.
  • 10/22 - Open House 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – parking – 3 or 4 volunteers are needed


  • 11/11 - Craft Show parking, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 10 to 12 volunteers are needed
  • 11/12 – Craft Show parking, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – 10 to 12 volunteers are needed
  • 11/14 - FA General Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sager Conference Room


  • 12/12 - FA General Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sager Conference Room
  • 12/9 - Semi-Formal Dance [6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.] parking – 4 volunteers are needed
  • Christmas Blessing – Sponsorship of families and delivery of gifts – contact Ron Marcinkowski via email at or phone at 215-416-6826.


For additional information visit thee Fathers' Association webpage at or contact Ron Spangler, 267-342-4450 or


The Fathers’ Association Christmas Blessings Program

Once again, the Fathers’ Association of Holy Ghost Preparatory School will be sponsoring the annual Christmas Blessings Program. This program reaches out to aid nearby parish families that are truly in need of assistance. For several years now, the overwhelming generosity of the HGP community has enriched the lives of hundreds of families during the Christmas season.

Imagine for a moment that you were unable to provide a simple gift for your children or a simple holiday meal to share with your family. How might you feel?  For some local families, this is a reality. Last year, we embarked on a new mission with Christmas Blessings. A mission to restore parental dignity by affording parents the opportunity to shop for their family through the use of donated gift cards.

This year, we are continuing that mission. We are petitioning members of the HGP Community to graciously consider adopting a family in need and provide them with the opportunity to shop for their family with donated gift cards. We ask that gift cards be from designated local retail stores and that a gift card to a designated local food store also be provided such that the family may purchase the necessary ingredients for a holiday meal. Donating pharmacy or even gas cards would also be very helpful. In some cases families provided some wish items. Please consider them in your generosity.

Information regarding family selection and registration can be found here

For larger families of 5 or more, we encourage two HGP donor families share in the effort together.

Our collection for all Christmas Blessing donations will be Sunday, December 10, 2017. Please join us in the Chapel for Mass starting at 9:00am. Gift cards and presents will then be collected from 10:00 am until noon in the dining hall. All donations must be delivered to HGP by noon so that we may then deliver the packages to the various parishes that afternoon. We thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Ron Marcinkowski via email at or phone at 215-416-6826.

Thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity!   It will make a difference in the lives of those in need.



Mothers' Guild News 


Saturday, November 11 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 12 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The HGP Mothers' Guild runs the most successful craft show in the area. Planning is well under way for the Craft Show, which is our largest fundraiser, but we do need some help from our HGP families to make it a success. Below are the links to sign up for Volunteering and Donations.  


We need lots of help the weekend of the Craft Show.  Please consider volunteering a little of your time and have fun with your fellow HGP moms.


Please consider donating an item from the list for our café.  Drink donations can be dropped off at the field house between 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9th or 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, November 10th. Monetary or gift card donations can be brought to Mothers' Guild meetings or sent into school anytime - Attn: Craft Show/Cafe.  Please contact Keya Watkins at (267) 228-2433 or with any questions.


Each year, the Basket Committee puts together several large themed baskets that are raffled off, generating nearly $13,000 in funds to directly help our boys. Please consider donating an item from the list or cash/gift card to cover an item. Please send the item with your son to drop off at the main office (no alcohol sent in). For alternate arrangements, please contact Becky Gabriele at (215) 499-7750 or


The Center Stage Committee is seeking some “big ticket” items to be raffled off at the Craft Show.  Please see the Sign-Up Genius for more details and examples.  Contact Colleen Ginnetti at (215) 519-6690 or with questions.


The Bake Table is one of the most popular areas of the HGP Craft Show, proving that baking never goes out of style!  HGP moms, grandmoms, aunts, etc. have the reputation of being the best bakers in the county!  The Bake Table sells out every year.  In keeping with tradition, we kindly ask that all families donate at least 3 home baked goods for the Bake Table. Please click here for details and helpful hints on baking, wrapping, and dropping off your delicious treats.

All your time and donations are greatly appreciated!  Thank you!  

Kate Braunstein

Tri-Chair Craft Show


Mothers' Guild General Meeting - Monday, November 6, 2017

Please join us for our next meeting of the year on Monday, November 6, 2017. We will begin with 7:00 p.m. Mass in the Chapel, followed by our meeting and refreshments in the dining hall.

We welcome Mr. Gregory Geruson as our guest speaker. This past summer, our President, Mr. Geruson, joined five faculty and 26 of our HGP students on a service immersion trip to the Dominican Republic.  Please join us as he shares his photos, experiences, stories, and lessons learned on one of our most popular service immersion trips - Esperanza, the service immersion trip to San Juan de la Maguna in the Dominican Republic.


In addition, Custom Made Comfort will be showcasing their pillows, scarves, and blankets with the new HGP logo. Jeani Grady of Catalano Studio will be presenting us with a special portrait offer. Also, the school store will be open so you can get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping. We will have information about the upcoming Craft Show and other future events.

Volunteers are needed to help with food donations, set up, and clean up. If you would like to help out with the November meeting, please click here to sign up. Thank you!

We invite any interested volunteers to participate in the Mothers' Guild liturgy as readers, gift bearers, and eucharistic ministers. Please click here to sign up.


Class of 2017 Alumni News

Spread the word to your recent HGP Grads! The HGP Class of 2017 Yearbook Party will take place on Wednesday, November 22. Please click here to view the invitation. To RSVP on behalf of your 2017 Grad, and to volunteer or donate needed items, click here.

Alumni Moms: We want to stay in touch! Please visit the Alumni Moms page by clicking on the "Important Information for Alumni Moms" tab, complete the contact information form, and check the Mothers' Guild website frequently for updates.


Junior Ring Mass and Reception - Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Sophomore moms have the honor of hosting a light fare reception for the Junior Class and their families in the Dining Hall after the celebration of the Junior Ring Mass. Sophomore moms, please click here to volunteer or donate needed items.


Mothers' Guild Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser - Order Now

Take this opportunity to purchase high quality poinsettias for your home or as holiday gifts for friends and family while supporting HGP!  In keeping with Holy Ghost tradition, you can also donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one to decorate the Chapel altar. Order by November 10th for December 4th delivery.  For details and order form please click here.


Catalano Studio Portrait Offer

Catalano Studio Gift Certificates are now available for purchase to help support the Mothers' Guild and can be used immediately for Fall Family Portraits or Senior Portraits taken on the grounds of Holy Ghost.  Click here to order online, and be sure to visit the Catalano Studio table at the Craft Show!

Webpage link:


Mothers' Guild Dues Donation

The Mothers' Guild would appreciate a suggested donation of $15 per son/class to assist with offsetting the costs of the various community-building events we host each year, such as the Graduation Reception, Ring Mass Reception, Alumni Mom and Senior Mom Celebrations, and Christmas Dinner. To read more about the dues and conveniently pay online, please click here.



HGP's next dance is tonight 

HGP's next dance is TONIGHT from 7-10 p.m. in the Firebird Fieldhouse.  Tickets will be on $10 at the door.  Guys from other schools MUST have a presale ticket bought for them by a HGP student in order to attend.  Girls can purchase them at the door.  All attendees must be a valid high school ID.


Catalano Studio gift certificates -- HGP Craft Show fundraiser 

Catalano Studio gift certificates are now available for purchase to help support the Mothers' Guild and can be used immediately for fall family portraits or senior portraits taken on the grounds of Holy Ghost.  Click here  to order online.  



Athletics News

Catch HGP's soccer team at the Philadelphia Union's stadium.  HGP's red-hot soccer team will play William Tennent at Talen Energy Stadium Friday, October 20th at 7pm.  Free admission and parking!

Winter Sports Information - important information can be found at

Junior Liam Hart qualifies for PIAA Golf Regionals! Read more at

Fall Sports Updates at


Important News from College Guidance  


Thursday, October 19 Junior College Night (Junior Parents and Student), 7:00 p.m., Librrary

Friday, October 27:  Coffee Talk- Institutional Methodology in Financial Aid, 8:00 a.m., Library

Kaplan SAT Prep Class

Holy Ghost Prep is partnering with Kaplan to prepare our students for the SAT test. Through this partnership, Kaplan will provide, at a discounted price, a Fundamental SAT Test Preparation course for students at Holy Ghost Prep. This prep class will be for the December 2017 SAT Test.

To find out more information and if you are interested in registering for this SAT Course, please see the attached flyer.   If you have any further questions please contact AnnMarie Dougherty, Director of College Guidance at


Follow The College Guidance Office on Twitter. You will get the latest college information, scholarship updates, deadline reminders and much more! Join them on Twitter now, @HGP_College.


Catalano Studio's "Senior Experience"

"Going to Holy Ghost Prep has been the best decision I made.  It has changed who I am and set me on a path where I feel confident to pursue my goals. "     Shane Stevens (pictured above)

Call Catalano Studio today to schedule "The Senior Experience" session for your son! 


HGP Class of 2018: It's time to register for Senior Retreats 

It is time to register for senior retreats. The HGPACT retreat is an opportunity for seniors to reflect on their time at HGP, grown their spirituality, and experience time away with their class. 
The three retreat dates will be:
Oct. 18-21, 2017
Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2017
Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2018
Students can register for the retreats now by  "Click here to access the HGPACT Registration form and then simply fill it out and return it to the Campus Ministry office. There is limited space on each retreat.
If you have any questions, contact Mark Whartenby at



Baby on the way?

Know an alum who recently had a baby? If/when you get the news about the child, can you pass along that information (boy/girl & name) to Advancement? We can be sure that our database gets updated while taking the opportunity to send a gift to the newborn! 

Contact Alexis Gettings:




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