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November 6, 2015








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HGP Mothers' Guild Craft Show - November 14-15

We need your help to fill our Bake Tables at the Craft Show next weekend.  Please drop off your THREE baked goods Friday 11/13 from 3-7, or Saturday and Sunday mornings.    Please also remember to drop off your SODA donations for the Café on Thursday 11/12 from 7am-3pm or Friday 11/13 7am-7pm in the Fieldhouse.  Click below for a list of the drinks to bedonated by class and helpful hints for your baked items.   

Fathers' Association Christmas Blessings Project

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.  Click Here for More Information and to Sign Up

Dr. Raymond Glemser '79 - The Inaugural HGP Executive in Residence Speaker

Dr. Raymond Glemser ’79, founder and chief executive officer for Glemser Technologies ( in Bethlehem, PA, will return to his alma mater on Friday, November 20 as Holy Ghost Prep inaugurates its Executive in Residence program.

The Executive in Residence initiative, which debuts as a pilot program this academic year, is modeled from similar experiences found on the collegiate level.  As part of the day he will spend at HGP, Dr. Glemser will be speaking to two classes and will also spend another school-day period with student leaders.

A graduate of Lehigh University, where he has often spoken extensively, Dr. Glemser specializes in the development of effective approaches for the application of software to solve complex business challenges.  He also serves the community in which he lives and works through his contributions on non-profit boards that focus on education. 

A native of Warminster, PA, Dr. Glemser was active in student council and the student newspaper at Holy Ghost Prep, and also was a co-captain for the Firebird track and field team.  In collaboration with several HGP classmates, he had played a key role in the establishment of the Class of 1979 Scholarship Fund, which supports three partial scholarships during the current academic year.

Alumni Event: Sunday, December 6th

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? Join the HGP Alumni Association for the Eagles vs. Patriots game on Sunday, December 6th at 4 p.m. Friends and family are also more than welcome to join us at High Tides Restaurant, Bar & Banquets (1067 Totem Rd, Bensalem, PA  19020). Go Birds! 

Please RSVP here. 

LEAP for the Class of 2017

Now that the application deadline has passed, we'd like to thank all students in the junior class who applied for the Leadership Externship Advantage Program. We had over 50 applicants for our pilot year of this initiative. Students who applied will receive follow-up information in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Alexis Gettings, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, at, or AnnMarie Dougherty, Director of College Guidance, at

Mothers' Guild News and Announcements

Mothers’ Guild General Meeting and Annual Christmas Dinner

December 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please join us as we embark upon the holiday season at our annual Mothers’ Guild Christmas dinner! Come to mix-and-a-mingle, and celebrate this special time of year with fellow HGP moms. Mass will be celebrated at7pm, followed by a festive feast.



Mothers' Guild Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser – Last Chance to ORDER

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, donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one to decorate the Chapel altar. Deadline extended to November 18 for December 7 delivery.   For details and ORDER FORM, 

St. John’s Hospice Christmas Shoebox Drive – Attention all Moms!

Please join us in the annual drive to support St. John’s Hospice by participating in our Christmas Shoebox Drive which provides personal care items to the homeless men of Philadelphia. Bring your decorated Shoebox to the Dec. 7 Christmas Dinner.

Parent Education Series

On Tuesday, November 17, at 7:00, we present the first session of our Parent Education Series. John and Kelly Halligan lost their thirteen year old son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003.  At the time of his death, Ryan was a student at a middle school in Essex Junction, Vermont.  It was revealed in much greater detail after Ryan’s death that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and on-line. 

John will share the lessons learned from his tragedy and address the latest social media problems facing preteens and teens.  Handouts are provided with recommendations for parents regarding technology use by teens.  

Parents of juniors and seniors, please note that attendance at any one of these lectures by at least one parent is required for current juniors and seniors to be able to attend the 2016 Prom.

Alumni Business Card Exchange - Wednesday, 11/11 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The HGP Alumni Association invites alums to join President Greg Geruson ’79 and fellow alumni for appetizers, drinks, and conversation during our Alumni Business Card Exchange networking event. Join us at Katie O’Donnell’s Irish Pub at 4501 Woodhaven Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154 on Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP here:

HGP Art Students Visit With Victoria Wyeth at Holy Family University

 The Senior Portfolio class was invited to Holy Family University on Wednesday November 4, to hear Victoria Wyeth speak about her grandfather Andrew Wyeth and his work. Her engaging, dynamic talk gave real insight into the work and the process of this important American artist. 

Financial Aid Night for Parents of the Class of 2016 

A Financial Aid Information Night for Parents of HGP Seniors will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Dining Hall.  Fran McKeown from PHEAA will present. This evening is filled with important information regarding the current financial aid situation and the financial aid application process.

The College Process and Athletics at HGP

Mark your calendars!  Parents of the Classes of 2017 and 2018 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 

Dining Hall  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A panel discussion to  provide HGP Student-Athletes and their parents information about the college athletic recruiting process that will assist them in the selection process of a college or university.  Any questions contact - AnnMarie Dougherty, Director of College Guidance.  Please complete this FORM if you plan to attend.

One Additional Chaperone Needed for Mission Trip to West Virginia
Are you the parent of a junior or senior?  Would you like to experience one of HGP's mission trips with your son?  If so, consider chaperoning for the West Virginia Trip March 22-26, 2016. Construction experience is not required, and there is no cost to parent chaperones, but background clearances are required.  For more information, click here or email Mr. Fitzpatrick at jfitzpatrick@holyghostprep,org

Prepare for the New March SAT

Holy Ghost Prep is partnering again next semester with The Princeton Review.  Through this partnership, The Princeton Review will provide a Fundamental SAT Test Preparation course for students at Holy Ghost Prep. This prep class will be for the New SAT beginning in March 2016.

If you are interested in registering for this SAT Course, please register at or call (888) 248-7737 x5162.  The Princeton Review is offering this program to Holy Ghost Prep students at a reduced rate of $449 per student, which is a $250 discount.  Please use the promo code HGP2016 when registering to receive the discount.  If you have any further questions please contact AnnMarie Dougherty, Director of College Guidance at

HGP Spring Gala - Friday, April 22, 2016
Mark your calendar for the HGP Spring Gala and Auction, honoring the Mothers' Guild 50th Anniversary.  . Watch for further details.

Class of 1990 Gathering

Last month, members of HGP's Class of 1990 held a local gathering to celebrate their 25th year anniversary.

National Art Honor Society Raises Money for NAHS Scholarship
The National Art Honor Society sponsored a dress down/dress up day for Halloween. Proceeds benefit the NAHS Scholarship awarded to a rising (art) senior at Honor's Convocation. This year NAHS will donate a portion of the proceeds to a Spiritan school in Kenya. Pictured here are some members of the NAHS.

Catalano Studio Family Portraits Available for Purchase at the Craft Show - Proceeds Help Support HGP

Catalano Studio once again looks forward to giving back to the Holy Ghost Mother's Guild.  Celebrate your family and let us capture this treasured time in your life.  Gift certificates are available by calling the studio or visiting our table at the craft show.  Click Here for More Info

Kaplan Offers Free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test

From November 7th -15th there will be Free New SAT/ACT Combo Practice Tests held by Kaplan Test Prep to help students decide between the New SAT or ACT. The practice tests will be held in various locations throughout the Philadelphia region and also live online. Please visit for more information and to sign up.

Please keep the following in your prayers:

In Memoriam:

Christine Goulet, mother of HGP faculty member Justin Goulet `99

George Lewis Kaercher '77

My Luu, spouse of David Ventresca ‘87 

Bernard Reneski ‘64

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