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April 12, 2017    Happy Easter


Groundbreaking ceremony marks beginning of The Holt Center project    

On April 11th, Holy Ghost Prep held a ceremony that served as both the groundbreaking for The Holt Center as well as the official naming of the building's theater as the Frank Frederico Performing Arts Theater. To read more about the event, click more. (photo by Catalano Studio)




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Make plans to attend HGP's Spring Auction on Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Holy Ghost Prep Spring Auction will take place on Saturday, May 6. Last year, 332 people attended this can’t-miss event, so please make plans to join us. Some of the highlights of the Spring Auction include mobile bidding;  a tuition raffle (full tuition for 2017-18 school year or $10,000 in cash; $100 per ticket or $200 for 3 tickets); catering by Carlucci’s; cool HGP items; and a wide array of great silent auction items.

In addition, there is a live auction with must-have items such as:

  • Authentic Italian dinner prepared by Chef Greg Geruson ’79 (pictured below, photo by Catalano Studio):  Due to popular demand last year, two dinners were auctioned off. Don’t miss the opportunity to have HGP’s world-class chef prepare an Italian dinner for eight people in your home. 
  • Unforgettable vacation to St.Maarten: One-week stay at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort.
  • Golf at the Union League: Foursome and complimentary lunch at MacAlester's Dining Room.

Authoring a surprise ending 

Edna Ramirez wrote "The Rabbit on the Moon," a children's book, years ago. Her husband had it secretly illustrated (by Philadelphia artist Zack Bird, pictured here with Raimirez) and published as a 50th birthday present. To read more about Edna and her book, click here



HGP alum Robert McDonough awarded a Fulbright scholarship   

Robert McDonough '13 (pictured below) has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and will spend the next academic year studying in Austria. To read more about Robert, click more

Tony Chapman '71 honored at Coaches vs. Cancer Legends Dinner

Holy Ghost Prep head coach Tony Chapman '71 was honored at the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer High School Legends Dinner April 5 at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken. To read more about the dinner, click more

Important News from the Finance Office

2017-18 Enrollment Contracts Due
Enrollment contracts for all returning students for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year were mailed out in the beginning of March. Signed contracts along with your deposit of $1,000.00 were due back to the Finance Office by March 31. Click on the link at the start of this message to access a form. 

2017-18 Transportation Request Forms Due 
Transportation request forms are also due back to the Finance Office by March 31. Once all forms are received, bus designations and stops will be assigned. Contracts and bus fees will be sent out at a later date.



Job opening: Assistant Director of Admissions  

Holy Ghost Prep is looking for a new Assistant Director of Admissions to work with Ryan Abramson and Cindy McDonald. To look at the full job description, click here.  

Mothers' Guild News 

Monday, May 1, 2017 - Final Mothers’ Guild Meeting, Senior Mothers Dinner, and Remembrance Mass - 7:00 p.m.

All are invited to our final meeting on Monday, May 1st. It's Senior Mom Decision Day! We will honor our Senior moms with a light dinner, dessert, and wine.

Senior moms, feel free to wear your college spirit wear and tell us where your graduate is intending to head! Click here to RSVP.

Junior moms, help us make this a memorable occasion for Senior Moms. Click here to access the Sign-Up Genius. We will need help setting up, serving, and cleaning up. Donations of dessert and wine are also requested.

Please join us for our annual Remembrance Mass at 7:00 p.m. on May 1st in the chapel. Following mass will be the final Mothers Guild Meeting of the school year.

If you have a loved one you would like us to pray for at our Remembrance Mass on May 1st, or if you know of any past or present HGP student that has lost a loved one, please click here to submit their name.



Senior Class of 2017 Portrait and Video

Click here to order the senior portrait from Catalano Studio. The deadline for portrait orders is Friday, April 21. 


Click here to print and mail the order form for the senior memory video through All Occasion Video Productions. The video will include footage from the Charity Ball, Mother-Son Dance, Prom, Graduation, etc. The deadline for video orders is April 30.



Graduation Reception - June 3, 2017

Graduation is right around the corner! Traditionally, the junior, sophomore, and freshman mothers join together to host a reception honoring our graduates and their families after the ceremony.

We invite all moms to participate in this event. Help is needed setting up the Field House on Friday June 2, serving and cleaning up on Saturday June 3, and donating cases of water, desserts, and fruit. A Sign-Up Genius will soon be posted on the Mothers' Guild webpage. Please save the date and check back on the website to sign up!


Alumni Dinner Thank You

Thank you to our senior reps, alumni reps, and all who volunteered and donated items for the Alumni Dinner on April 3rd. It was a lovely evening and we were happy to welcome back our alumni moms.


Mothers' Guild Dues Reminder

We will continue to collect dues throughout the remainder of the school year. These dues help to fund the many community building social events for both students and Mothers' Guild members. Dues may be brought to the May 1st meeting or can now be paid conveniently online. Click here to submit your dues  and read more about the events funded by the dues. Thank you!


Thank you to Catalano Studio

The Mothers' Guild wishes to extend a warm thank you to Jeani Grady of Catalano Studio for your generous support of the Mothers' Guild and HGP this year!

To view the full HGP photo gallery on the Catalano Studio website, please click here. If you see a photo you like, you may order it through the studio.



Give Back Greetings

Consider Give Back Greetings personalized stationary for all your special events this spring. It is a great alternative to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and other online greeting card companies, with 10% of each order going back to HGP! 

April 20/20 Promotion: This offer includes a 20% discount for the purchaser in addition to a 20% discount given back to HGP! Click here to view the offer.


Enjoy 35% off their entire selection through June 30 using discount code HGPSAVE. The website for the fundraiser is http// 


Custom Made Comfort

Custom Made Comfort sells unique, personalized HGP products. If you would like to order a blanket, pillow, or other item for graduation, please place your order by April 15 to have it delivered to the May 1st Guild Meeting with no shipping charges. If you order after April 15, regular shipping rates will apply. Visit their website by clicking here.



HGP Alumni Home Run Derby  

Join Varsity Baseball Coach Vince Rossomando '02, the HGP Alumni Association, and former baseball teammates on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Click here to register.

11:00 a.m. - HGP vs. Archbishop Wood HS

2:00 p.m. - HGP Alumni Home Run Derby

It's a great time to come together and reunite with fellow alums and former teammates. Invite your friends and family to help cheer you on!



Pre-order the HGP Class of 2017 portrait today

Catalano Studio will once again be taking the Class of 2017 Senior portrait order. If you are interested in pre-ordering the portrait, please click here


Catalano - HGP sports and event photos

Catalano Studio also takes photos of important school events and team sports. To browse through the Catalano photos from this school year that are available for purchase, click here



Athletic News 


Spring Sports Teams in Full Swing!  See the updates at


2017 Athletic Recognition Night - Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Chapman Arena.  Read the information letter at


Save the Date!  Fall Sports Registration - Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Founders Hall.  See more information at


Bucks County Courier Times Announces the 2017 Winter Golden Teams! See who was nominated from HGP at


Nominees for the 2017 HGP Athletic Hall of Fame are being accepted now.  Read more at 


April Cafeteria Menu


HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events 

Fathers’ Association General  Meeting: Just a reminder that our final meeting for the year has been scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m.  in the Sager Conference Room at Founders Hall. Look for a meeting reminder email and directions for the post-meeting gathering from Joe Pawluczyk.


Communion Breakfast -- Sunday, May 7: Join parents, alumni and members of the Holy Ghost community at the Communion Breakfast to recognize the Service Award recipients. 

Order your 2017 Firebird Yearbook today

The 2016-17 school year at Holy Ghost Prep will end soon, but yearbooks last forever. So please click here to order the 2017 Firebird Yearbook today. 

HGP's Spring Auction on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Silent Auction Items Needed 

Donate an item(s) to our auction. All types of gifts are important to the overall success of the auction. Event tickets, restaurant gift cards, theme baskets, vacation homes. To donate please visit  or contact Christine Seighman, coordinator of special events, at 215 639-4225 ext.231

Decorating and Gift Packaging Needed  

To volunteer to decorate or help with gift packaging for HGP's Spring Auction, please contact Christine Seighman at



Save the Dates for Spring Show: Anything Goes 


Important News from College Guidance

Important Reminder to All Seniors

Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral as well as scholarship awards should be brought to or emailed to Ms. Kudla - in the College Guidance Office NO LATER THAN APRIL 26, 2017.  This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.

New Coffee Talk Series  

In an effort to provide more College Guidance information to you, we have introduced our new Coffee Talk Parent Series!  As a pilot program this spring, the first “Coffee Talk” was held on March 10th and covered things that parents need to know if your son wants to play a sport in college. The second talk, which took place on March 31, was a discussion of Naviance as a parent resource. The materials from the first two talks are available on Naviance for anyone who was unable to attend.

We will be offering one more “Coffee Talk" and the details are below.  Feel free to join us!

To ensure we have enough space, coffee and snacks, please RSVP using this Google form:

Application Next Steps (Sager Conference Room, Library) - April 28th, 8-8:45 a.m., for Junior Parents

Topic Details

Application Next Steps (Juniors only)

As we head into summer break, things can be forgotten by September.  This session will provide parents with a “checklist” of student next steps/things to think about to include (but not limited to): recommendation letter requests, application next steps, essay next steps, college visits, and testing plan.  Q&A will be encouraged.  We will include a handout of these topics.

Should you have any questions ahead of time, please contact Bryn Campbell or 215-639-2101 x 229.  We hope you can join us!





Summer Class: Indie Film and Theater 

Spots are filling up fast! Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at 

Overview: This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of classic and contemporary film and theater. We will take both a critical and experiential approach to these films and plays. In other words, we will study and research them critically, and then see them performed. We will follow various works from page to stage, studying them first in the classroom and then watching them come alive on stage and screen.

Class Schedule: Tuesdays through Thursdays for 5-6 weeks in the first half of the summer. The class should be completed by the third week of July at the latest. In scheduling those 5-6 weeks, we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s summer plans. Last year, we scheduled around the service trip to the Dominican Republic. We can do the same for the week of July 4 if necessary.  

Classes meet from 9:00-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesdays are field trip days. On those days, we will meet between 10:00-11:00 and return to school between 4:00-6:00, depending on the activity. Trips will only be planned on class dates. One Wednesday trip will be an overnight trip to New York. We will leave Wednesday morning from Holy Ghost and return to school by noon of the following day.

Summer 2016 Field Trips

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY

Film: Under the Sun (documentary), Film Forum, New York, NY

Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Ritz 5 Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Play: Hillary and Clinton, Philadelphia Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Play: 36 Views, Lantern Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Museum Exhibit: The Science of Pixar, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Museum: National Museum of American Jewish History

Reading: Rutgers Summer Writing Conference, Camden, NJ

In-Class Screenings

The films that we watch in class are chosen to expose students to a range of styles, genres, cultures, and subjects. Some films we watched last summer:

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)

Chinatown (Roman Polanski)

Shane (George Stevens)

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)

Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at mjordan@holyghostprep for more information.




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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