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November 10, 2017   


Holy Ghost Prep lacrosse captains sign with Division I schools  

Holy Ghost Prep senior captains George Rusnak and Matt Rueter (pictured here with athletic director Jim Stewart) both signed national letters of intent this morning to play Division I lacrosse at Siena College and NJIT, respectively. Rusnak, who notched 30 goals and 23 assists, and Rueter, who won 73% of his faceoffs, both played key roles in HGP’s bounceback season last spring. Congratulations to George and Matt and to their families!  




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The Craft Show is This Weekend: Nov. 11-12  

The HGP Craft Show will be held this weekend. The Craft Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Volunteers are still needed for many Sunday time slots. If you can offer an hour or more of your time, please click here to sign up. Our volunteers are the best!

Please help us keep the Bake Table stocked! In keeping with tradition, we kindly ask all families to donate three home baked treats. For helpful hints on baking, wrapping, and dropping off your baked goods, please click here.


HGP's Class of 1987 enjoys 30-year reunion 

Thirteen alums from the Class of 1987 returned to campus last weekend for a 30-year reunion. The group took a campus tour, enjoyed dinner and drinks in Founders Hall, and swapped HGP stories until after 10 p.m. A great time was had by all. 


Sign up ASAP for College Guidance's three-day college tour of Boston  

Dear Parents,

The College Guidance Team has arranged for a 3-day, 2-night college tour of schools in the Boston area. This trip will include schools like Tufts, Harvard, Northeastern, Boston College, Boston University, and Yale.  This trip will take place April 3-5. 

The cost of the trip is dependent on sign-ups and will include all transportation (starting and ending at HGP) by a fully insured and licensed travel company, hotel and food costs.  It is an  economical way to have your son see the Boston area and some of the schools it has to offer!

Please click here for all of the details as well as how to sign up! If you would like to have your son join us, we will need a $100 deposit check made out to “IST Campus Tours” and brought to Mrs. Campbell by November 15th!  This deposit is non-refundable unless we do not have enough participation, at which time, checks will be returned.

Space on the tour is first come, first served!

All questions should be sent to Mrs. Campbell at or 215-639-2102, ext. 229. 


The College Guidance Team

Alumni Networking Event: Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. 

Click here to RSVP to see who's coming!



Rowing parents social: This evening in Founders Hall 

#Giving Tuesday - Save the Date

Parent chaperones needed for 2018 West Virginia trips 

In the spring of 2018, Holy Ghost Prep is hoping to offer not one, but two “Taste of Mission” trips to West Virginia. While in West Virginia, HGP groups usually help with home repair and maintenance projects. The school is seeking four parents of junior and senior students (to whom the trip is open) to assist the faculty chaperones with driving and general supervision. No previous construction experience is required.  

Two parents will be needed March 27- March 31, and two more will be needed April 2-6. Parent chaperones must have a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance. Parents will also need to acquire necessary background checks/clearances, as well as complete online training modules for the school’s youth protection program. All costs for parent chaperones are covered by the school.

Details about the trip were unveiled to students on October 31.  Interested students can obtain an information sheet from Mr. Fitzpatrick.

If interested in being a chaperone or to make inquiries, please contact Mr. Fitzpatrick at by December 15 so that planning for the trips can proceed as necessary.  Thank you!


HGP student needs assistance this weekend with Boy Scouts project  

HGP student Kevin James Trusdell is building a prayer garden this weekend as his Boy Scouts project at Holy Family University's Philadelphia Campus (the one down the street from HGP) and could use some volunteers to help him.  This Saturday and Sunday, work will begin at 10:00 a,m, and end at 2:00 pm, with a half-hour lunch break starting at 12:00. The group will be digging the area out to place the polymeric sand and stones to create a good foundation for the pavers that will make up the walkway and the wall surrounding the mulch bed.
Volunteers should bring their own work gloves, if possible. Tools will be provided by a contractor brought on to the project as an onsite advisor and by Trusdell's family. A pizza lunch and water bottles will be provided. 

HGP Mothers' Guild News 

Mothers’ Guild Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser - Deadline Extended! Place Orders by November 14

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. Orders must be received by November 14 for December 4 delivery. For details and order form, please click here.



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.



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.






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·         Saturday, 11/11 - Craft Show parking, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – volunteers are need to assist with the parking.  Coffee, water, soda, doughnuts and lunch will be provided.

·         Sunday, 11/12 – Craft Show parking, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - volunteers are need to assist with the parking.  Coffee, water, soda, doughnuts and lunch will be provided.

Please click here to access the SignUp Genius for volunteer to park cars for an hour two during this weekend's Craft Show. 

·         Tuesday, 11/14 – Fathers’ Association General Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sager Conference Room – Jeff Danilak will join us with updates and announcements.




·         Saturday, 12/9 - Semi-Formal Dance [6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.] parking

·         Sunday, 12/10 - Christmas Blessing – Sponsorship of families and delivery of gifts - Please contact Ron Marcinkowski at or 215-416- 6826 with any questions.  

·         Tuesday, 12/12 – Fathers’ Association General Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sager Conference Room

Fathers Association announcements are also being disseminated on Facebook and Twitter.  Be sure to friend HGP on Facebook and Twitter.

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. 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.



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 




Holy Ghost Prep is well represented on fall All-BAL teams  

The Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) announced its all-league teams for the fall sports season, and Holy Ghost Prep was well represented on those lists. To read more about those honored, click here

HGP Christmas Ball sales to benefit hurricane victims 

In the coming weeks, the annual HGP Christmas ball will become available for sale. Proceeds from the sales of the HGP Christmas ball will benefit Magnicat Houses in Houston (, a Spiritan group that is helping hurricane victims in Houston to put roofs over their heads and put their lievs back together. 

Mark Whartenby, our Director of Campus Ministry and Service,  will provide more information on the Christmas ball and Magnicat Houses in Houston in the weeks ahead. 




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

Winter Sports begin one week from today!  All interested students and their parents need to read the winter sports information at


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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