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December 4, 2015




We hope you will join the Mothers’ Guild as we celebrate our Annual Christmas Mass and Dinner this Monday.   Remember to bring your St. John Hospice shoebox to place on the Altar.   

Click here to RSVP for the Dinner.


CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS PROJECT is in the final week!!

With just one week to go, we have 25 families remaining to be adopted.

Please consider sponsoring a family in need this holiday season.  Help restore dignity, provide opportunity and build hope within their family. 

Please visit our web page here for information and access to the on-line signup sheet. 

Please contact Joe Pawluczyk at or 610-952-2667 with any questions.

Don’t forget the drop off will be Sunday December 13th.  There will be Mass in the Chapel at 9 am.

Drop off will follow in the dining hall from 10 am to Noon.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!   God Bless!




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HGP Politics Club Holds First Debate in Front of a Packed Audience

The first debate in the Politics Club 2016 Presidential Election Debate Series was held today at Break in the Library and focused on immigration policy.   Juniors Sean Terry and Pat Taylor represented candidate Donald Trump's immigration policy and senior Collin Quigley and junior James Nycz represented candidate Hillary Clinton's immigration policy.

HGP Alum and SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel '80 Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

SEPTA police chief Nestel adds social-media savvy to traditional policing

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Executive In Residence Program at Success

Returning to a Holy Ghost Prep classroom a little more than 40 years since first arriving as an incoming freshman, Dr. Raymond Glemser took his place this time in front of HGP students as part of the School’s inaugural Executive in Residence program on Nov. 20.

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Christmas Ornaments Now On Sale

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HGP Drama to Hold Auditions for Spring Musical

 The HGP Drama Society will hold auditions for its spring musical, Curtains, a musical comedy that kicks off when the unlikable leading lady mysteriously kicks the bucket on opening night of a new show. Can a musical-loving detective, a no nonsense producer, and this cast of aspiring performers turned murder suspects solve this mystery and save the show before it's curtains for everyone? 

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th at 5:00 p.m. in the music room. You only need to come to one audition date. Be prepared to sing. A song from the show will be taught at auditions. No experience required! 

New Fieldhouse Traffic Pattern Coming Soon

As many of you are probably aware, the construction of a new driveway near the Fieldhouse has been ongoing this fall.  As this project nears completion, we wanted to make you aware of the new traffic pattern for all vehicles that will be instituted in conjunction with the opening of the new driveway.   This new traffic pattern is detailed on the attached PDF file. When the new driveway is opened, the existing driveway near the baseball field will be closed.  Click Here to Read More.

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West Virginia Mission Trip Sign Ups Again

Beginning December 8th, seniors can begin claiming spots for the 2016 West Virginia Mission Trip.  In order to do so, students must submit a $50 deposit (cash or check to HGP).  Any spots still unclaimed by January 4th will be opened to members of the Junior class.  For more information, please Click Here or email Mr. Fitzpatrick at 

HGP Second Entrance Exam - Sunday, December 13th - Register Today!

The HGP Admissions Office will hold a second entrance exam on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Click Here to Register

HGP Fine Arts News:

Senior Portfolio trip to NYC

Eighteen Senior Portfolio students traveled to NYC on Monday November 23, 2015.  The students had guided tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. The museum educators at MoMA took the students to see and discuss such works as Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World”, van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Cezanne’s “Bather” to name a few. The educators led students through discussion and analysis of the works to help them better understand the significance of the art on the context of when, where and by whom it was done.

The docents at MMA bring students to a vast selection of works ranging from pre-historic to contemporary works. This seventeen acre museum holds over 2,000,000 works in the collection. In both museums HGP art students had time to self-tour.

School president Greg Geruson and David Smallen accompanied art teacher Karen Smallen and the students.

Day of Figure Drawing 

Monday November 30th was an all day figure drawing workshop in the art studio. Sophomores, juniors and seniors used their class time and free periods to work on their observational drawing skills. Several students produced drawings that will benefit their portfolio presentations to colleges. In the past, this has been offered as an after school one time class. The all day workshop allowed more students the opportunity to participate. 

Music Department Annual Christmas Concert - Monday, December 14th
The Music Department of Holy Ghost Prep will present the Annual Christmas concert on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 7 PM in the Chapel of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The evening will include performances by the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, String Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble. Several students will also be featured soloists.We welcome our parents, alumni, friends, and faculty to this night of beautiful Christmas music.
The HGP music students will perform at Philadelphia Protestant Home for the Aged on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7PM. Each year our musicians provide Christmas entertainment for the senior residents. The boys have become very popular!

HGP Athletics News:

HGP Winter Sports Look Forward to their Seasons. Read more at

Ice Hockey off to an undefeated start as they look forward to Jamestown.  Read more at

Mothers' Guild News and Announcements

Thank You to All Moms and Dads

 A great big THANK YOU to all the Holy Ghost Moms and Dads for your help with the Mothers’ Guild Holiday Craft Show!  We cannot begin to thank you enough for whatever you were able to do to make this show one of the best in our 30+ year history.  As the saying goes, "many hands make light work" and this year's show was "EASY" with all the wonderful hands we had helping.  Thank you again and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

HGP Begins to Review Prospective Transfer Students

Each year, HGP recieves transfer applications for students entering the 10th and 11th grades.  Families interested in considering HGP should contact the admissions office to learn more about the transfer process.

HGP Blankets for Sale

Interested in HGP Blankets? 

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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: 

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.  

Archbishop's Christmas Party for Children

Holy Ghost Prep has been invited this year to help support the annual Christmas Party sponsored by the Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  The event consists of a holiday party for 400 children within the Archdiocese. 

In conjunction with our family oriented Christmas Blessing program and in the spirit of kids helping kids, the Fathers’ Association is coordinating a gift drive with the HGP student body.  We have been given the names and a wish for 30 children (ages 5-7) whom will be participating in the Christmas benefit.

There will be a signup sheet located in the office of Mr. Fitzpatrick for the boys to select a child.  We ask that when a student selects a child that they use the wish as a guide to purchase a toy that will be distributed to that child during the party.  The suggested maximum amount for a gift should be $25.00.

Please return the wrapped gift to Mr. Fitzpatrick’s office during school hours or you can return them at the Christmas Blessing drop off on Sunday December 13th from 10am to noon. This will be the absolute deadline for we need to deliver the gifts to Philadelphia by December 16th.   Please affix the label that you received on the package.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Joe Pawluczyk at 610-952-2667 or 

Thank you in advance for your generosity!   God Bless! 

Reminder to All Seniors - Applications Due - Report Decisions on Naviance

The last day to submit a request for a transcript, before Christmas, is Friday, December 11, 2015. Make sure you look to see if you have any January 1st deadlines as they must be submitted by 12/11/15.  You will be able to request transcripts again on January 4, 2016 when we return from Christmas break. 

Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral and scholarship awards should be brought to or emailed to Ms. Kudla - in the College Guidance Office.  This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.

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


Catalano Studio Day in the Life Pix at HGP 

Click Here to See HGP Day in the Life Photos from Catalano Studio

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.



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