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HGP Ghost Stories -- October 27, 2017

Ghost Stories

October 27, 2017   


2017 Holy Ghost Prep Golf Classic is a success  

Thanks to the generosity of the golfers and the tournament sponsors, the 2017 Holy Ghost Golf Classic raised over $33,000 for Holy Ghost Prep athletics. To read more about the event, click here. (photo courtesy of Catalano Studio) 



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Liam Hart '19 wins PIAA state golf title    

Liam Hart '19 became the second HGP golfer in the past three years to capture the state title, joining Steve Cerbara in 2015. To read more about Liam, click here


HGP students attend Leadership and Ethics Conference 

On October 25, Holy Ghost Prep teacher Pat Hoelzle ’01 and four members of HGP’s junior class—Jimmy Hindley, Tony Carbino, Ryan Spangler, and Alex Kobilnyk (all four students pictured below)—traveled to the Valley Forge Military Academy for the Leadership and Ethics Conference.

At the conference, the students were challenged to ask themselves “How can we be leaders in our school communities?” Additionally, the four HGP students gained valuable insight about how to develop ethical and empathetic leadership skills by participating in small group breakout sessions and listening to the experiences of three keynote speakers: Col. John C. Church, USMCR (Retired), Lt. Col. Eric Stetson (Retired), and Jonathan Childs, a 2002 graduate from West Point.



Senior Class Parent Social 

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Click here to RSVP.


HGP's Junior Ring Mass is Nov. 5th

Just a quick reminder that the Junior Ring Mass will take place on Sunday, November 5 starting at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.  

Lunch with President Geruson 

Holy Ghost Prep president Greg Geruson holds monthly lunches with different HGP student groups throughout the school. On Oct. 26, Geruson had lunch with the following student government leaders: Mason El-Habr (president); Connor DiMarco (vice president); Eric Booth (secretary general); Eric D’Angelo (spirit committee); Michael Calcagni (fundraising committee); and Chris Aileo (dance committee). 

HGP Mothers' Guild Craft Show -- Nov. 11 and 12, 2017  

Please join the HGP community for this fun-filled event. The Craft Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Donations and volunteers are still needed. We are especially in need of some basket items and drinks for Cafe. Please read below for details and links to the various Sign-Up Geniuses.


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



HGP featured in Suburban Life Magazine cover story  

Holy Ghost Prep’s commitment to STEM and a design thinking approach is the subject of the cover story in the new issue of Suburban Life Magazine. The cover of Suburban Life Magazine features current HGP students Robert Braun and Alek Seibel working in the school’s new Brennan Family Innovation Center. (photo by Catalano Studio)


2017-2018 Semester 1 Exam Information Schedule  

For the 2017-2018 school year, Holy Ghost Preparatory School will administer Semester 1 exams the week before Christmas break, December 18 to December 22. This decision came after input from parents, students, faculty, and administration, and final approval by the Academic Committee.

The main advantages to this schedule are that students have a consistent workflow, follow a collegiate model, and have both a true Christmas break without the pressure of upcoming exams, and a fresh beginning with the start of Semester 2 after the Christmas holiday.

Students will have a maximum of two traditional exams per day, but the schedule also offers a number of opportunities for alternate assessments. The daily schedule will begin at 8:00am and end at 2:30 p.m. with assessments occurring in the morning and two classes in the afternoon. The new schedule eliminates any exam conflicts and give students the opportunity to meet with teachers or prepare for final assessments. All classes will meet as scheduled regardless of the type of assessment administered with the exception of co-curricular classes that meet once per cycle.


Last call: 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 



Rowing Parents Social on Nov. 10th 

Any questions, contact Alyson Landers 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.


Senior Ryan Callahan is HGP's 2017 High School Heisman winner

Holy Ghost Prep senior Ryan Callahan (pictured) was recently recognized for his academic, athletic, and community service achievements as the 2017 school winner in the annual Wendy's High School Heisman contest. To read more about Ryan, click more

Congrats to cross country team 

Congratulations to the cross country team for winning their 22nd consecutive Bicentennial Athletic League Independence Division Cross Country Championship last Wednesday, October 18, at Tyler State Park. The team was led by first-team all-league performers Tony Carbino '19, Antonio Camacho '21, and Elliot Puckett '21. Other members of the varsity seven garnering second-team all-league status were Nicholas Polidoro '19, John Horgan '21, Killian Brennan '20, and Paul Watkins '20. Good luck to the team as they compete in the PIAA District One AA championship race on Friday, October 27, at Lehigh University.

LEAP Application Deadline -- Nov. 1 

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

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

On Oct. 24, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Chris Aileo, Ryan Callahan, Sean O'Hara, and Jack Rittenmeyer joined radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show. The episode will air on Oct. 29. 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


  • 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 with any questions.


  • 1/9 - FA General Meeting @ 7:00 PM at Sager Conference Room
  • 1/12 - 7PM  to 10 PM HGP Dance - parking
  • Go-Kart Racing – [Father/Son

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 

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!


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. Thank you to all who have signed up to donate or volunteer. We are still in need of two fruit trays and a gluten-free dessert for the reception. If you are able to donate any of these items, please click here. Thank you!



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.



Mothers' Guild Annual Christmas Dinner - Monday, December 4, 2017
We invite all moms and guardians to join us for our annual Christmas Dinner, which is held in conjunction with the December meeting. Please click here to view the invitation. RSVP here.



St. John's Hospice Christmas Shoebox Drive
Please join us in our annual service project to support St. John’s Hospice by participating in our Christmas Shoebox Drive. Through this program, we provide personal care items to the homeless men of Philadelphia. Bring your decorated and filled Shoebox to the Dec. 4 Mothers' Guild Christmas Dinner. Click here for more information.


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!


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.




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

Fall Teams continue their very successful traditions, including Liam Hart's incredible triumph at the PIAA AAA State Golf Championships!  Read more at
Soccer accolades. Senior soccer captain Connor Fife named BAL Independence Division MVP for the second year in a row. Head Coach Ken Lawson '91 named BAL Independence Division Coach of the Year!  See the BAL All-League Team at
Follow the PIAA District One Postseason (Cross-Country, Soccer) at


Look what's happening in College Guidance  

College Guidance is hosting a "Little-Known Secrets to Paying for College" session with expert Bradley Wood on November 1, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. in the library. All families (every grade level) is welcomed to register and join us! Click here to register. 


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! 


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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