Ghost Stories

November 22, 2017    


HGP senior Anthony Baum is featured in the Northeast Times   

Holy Ghost Prep senior Anthony Baum, who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, was recently profiled in the Northeast Times.  To read the story about Anthony, click here




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Happy Thanksgiving 

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire HGP community. In the spirit of the holiday, here's a a link to a video, created by current senior Chris Corr, of our HGP students serving others during our summer service trip to the Dominican Republic. May your time with family and friends be joyful and blessed.


Signs of respect 

The official naming signs for Fran Nick Memorial Field and John V. Mundy '65 Track are in the ground. In the coming months, a garden bed will be dug around the two signs. The hope is that it will be a place that alums gather and share stories about the lessons learned from these two Holy Ghost Prep coaching giants. 

HGP celebrates its annual Junior Ring Mass

Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2019 received their high school rings during a special Mass in the Chapel of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit on Nov. 5.  To access a full gallery of Ring Mass photos by Catalano Studio, click here



2018-19 Financial Aid applications due Friday, Nov. 24

All Financial Aid applications are due by Friday, November 24th.  The 2018-19 application can be found by visiting the School & Student Service by NAIS website at:   All Applicants are required to provide a copy of their 2016 federal tax return and W2s to the Holy Ghost Prep Financial Aid Committee.  You can upload these forms to the SSS by NAIS website OR fax to # 215-639-9637.
Any questions, please contact the School & Student Services Helpline at 800.344.8328 or by email at or the HGP Business Office at 215-639-2102 ext. 230.

HGP students enjoy annual senior portifolio trip to NYC museums

Holy Ghost Prep's annual senior portfolio trip to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) took place on November 16. To read about the trip, click here


HGP Charity Ball will be held Dec. 9

The annual Charity Ball is December 9th in the Firebird Fieldhouse. 
Tickets are $50 a couple. Checks can be made out to HGP. 
Tickets will be on sale at lunch periods and break until December 1st.
Money raised goes to help the charities HGP students volunteer with. 
Thank you.



#Giving Tuesday - Nov. 28, 2017 

Remember HGP this #GivingTuesday. Support items on our Faculty & Staff "wish list"!

Jim Stewart, 3 HGP student-athletes appear on high school sports show

On Nov. 21, Holy Ghost Prep athletic director Jim Stewart and HGP student-athletes Matt Doucette (pictured), Tim Wolfe, and Pat Cannon, joined radio host Bill Avington for the taping of the High School Sports Show. The episode will air on 990AM in Nov. 26. 

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!


Francis J. Marx '00 Memorial Scholarship Fund

Please support the Frank Marx Scholarship fund that is offered to a rising senior each year in memory of Frank Marx '00.  This fund, run by a separate 501(c)3, collects money each year through several events and fundraisers.  At the end of each year, proceeds are distributed to several non-profits, including Holy Ghost Prep.  Holy Ghost Prep then awards this scholarship to the senior recipient.    
Classmates, parents, and friends of Frank Marx may purchase a raffle ticket by clicking here.  Thank you for supporting the fund and scholarships at Holy Ghost Prep.  

HGP Mothers' Guild News 

2017 Craft Show Thank You!

The Mothers' Guild would like to thank everyone for participating in the 2017 HGP Holiday Craft Show.

A big thank you is in order for our Tri Chairs – Kate Braunstein, Joy Casey, and Denise Wolfe. Congratulations on a job well done! Our gratitude, as well, goes to our Craft Show Committee Chairs who did a fabulous job: Kathy Galasso, Jean Nycz, Colleen Ginetti, Tara Carbino, Teri Seibert, Kim Stone, Keya Watkins, Cheryl Gublo, Jen Cannon, Trish Monaghan, Michelle Beck, Karen Wirgau-Yohe, Terese Martin, Becky Gabriele, Cathleen Parsons, Julie O'Connell, Mary Ann Quigley, Alice Braun, Jen Costigan, Courtney Elliott, Begona Platero, Margaret Finney, Eva Gasiewski, Anne Marie Horgan, Suzette Cunicelli, Allyson Yost, and Helen Booth. Your time, talent and hard work helped to make this year's Craft Show the best yet! Our students will benefit greatly from your dedication.  

Thank you to our Mothers' Guild President, Ellen Rusnak, our Treasurer, Julie O'Connell, and all our executive board members for the countless hours spent planning for the Craft Show and ensuring its smooth operation.

Sincere thanks to the Fathers' Association for all your help, especially with keeping the traffic flowing smoothly all weekend long! 

We could not run this huge event without the support of the school administration and the faculty!  Thank you for your help with communications, planning, space, and organizing student volunteers.

So many in our community volunteered their time, donated generously, baked wonderful treats, and contributed in so many ways! This includes moms, dads, our school maintenance staff, students, bakers, and crafters. To all of you, we say thank you! All of your contributions added greatly to our success!

In keeping with our Spiritan tradition, all leftover food from the Craft Show Cafe was donated to the Trenton Rescue Mission. Thank you to our Cafe Chairs, volunteers, and Judy Krohn for making this donation possible.

Annual Mothers Guild Christmas Dinner and December Meeting - Monday, December 4, 2017 7:00 p.m.

We invite all moms/guardians to join us for our Annual Mothers' Guild Christmas Dinner and December meeting. We begin the evening with 7:00 p.m. Mass in the Chapel, followed by a catered dinner. Please click here to view the invitation. Kindly RSVP by November 28 by clicking here.

Our guest speaker for the December meeting will be Ryan Abramson, director of admissions. Mr. Abramson will share some heartwarming stories about our students' experiences at HGP. Custom Made Comfort will be showcasing their pillows, scarves, and blankets with the new HGP logo. Jeani Grady of Catalano Studio will be speaking about portrait opportunities available to our students and their families. Also, the Aramark school store will be open for holiday shopping. Poinsettia orders will be ready for pick up, and the altar will be ready for your decorated shoeboxes for St. John's Hospice.

Freshman moms/guardians have the honor of hosting this cherished event. If you are a freshman mom/guardian and would like to help by volunteering or donating food items, please click here

We invite those interested to participate in our December liturgy as lectors or gift bearers. To volunteer, please click here to access our Sign-Up Genius.


St. John's Hospice Shoebox Drive

The St. John's Hospice Shoebox Drive is the Mothers' Guild's annual Christmas service project. Shoeboxes are decorated and filled with items needed for homeless men in Philadelphia.

Bring your shoebox to place on the altar at our December 4th Mothers' Guild Mass. If you are unable to attend the December meeting, you may drop off your shoebox at the school office.

Please click here for more information on filling and decorating a shoebox for this Mothers' Guild service opportunity.




Ring Mass Reception Thank You!

Thank you to all the Sophomore mothers and guardians who so graciously hosted the beautiful reception for the Junior Class following their Ring Mass. It was a lovely event and was enjoyed by all.

Class of 2017 Yearbook Party is Tonight! November 22.

If you are unable to attend the party, please contact Mr. McGhee or the main office to pick up your yearbook.

Catalano Studio Portrait Offer - Extended Until December 8th!

If you missed the Catalano Studio booth at the Craft Show, you can still order a portrait Gift Certificate online at the special price of $125 which is good for an 8 x 10 Renoir Portrait ($300 value!) In addition, HGP receives a very generous $50 donation for each gift certificate ordered! The gift certificates may be used immediately for Fall Family Portraits or an "HGP Senior Experience" taken on the grounds of Holy Ghost. Catalano Studio Senior clients will be featured in 6 unique pages of the 2017-2018 yearbook, and also will appear in Ghost Stories. Click here to order online, until December 8th. Gift Certificates expire one year from date of purchase.

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

Catalano Studio is available for individual senior portraits or portraits for any occasion. Call the studio at (215) 604-4000 to schedule an appointment.

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.



HGP Fathers' Association  

Activities/Events through Janaury 2018


  • 12/9 - Semi-Formal Dance [6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.] Parking – 3 to 4 volunteers needed
  • 12/10 - Christmas Blessing – Sponsorship of families and delivery of gifts – for additional information contact , please contact Ron Marcinkowski via email at or phone at 215-416-6826
  • 12/12 – Fathers' Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m.  in Sager Conference Room



  • 1/9 – Fathers' Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Sager Conference Room
  • 1/12 –HGP Dance (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) – Parking volunteers needed
  • Go-Kart Racing – [Father/Son]


For additional information, visit the Fathers Association webpage at or contact Ron Spangler, 267-342-4450 or

The Fathers' Association Chrismas 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 five 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 9:00 a.m. 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.

God Bless!

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.




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 still available for purchase to help support the Mothers' Guild until Dec. 8th.  They can be used immediately for fall family portraits or senior portraits taken on the grounds of Holy Ghost. Click here  to order online



Catalano Studio's "Senior Experience"

Go above and beyond with your son in capturing his monumental high school moments with a Senior Portrait from Catalano Studio. Jeani Grady, award winning Master Photographer and owner of Catalano, has been asked to document the Holy Ghost seniors’ drive for excellence.  Her portraits are more than just photos, they capture the face of Holy Ghost and the components of a strong young man.  Your son's portrait will also be featured in special section in the yearbook. 

You send your son to Holy Ghost for an extraordinary experience, so let Catalano capture their picture perfect senior year in an extraordinary portrait.                            

Contact 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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