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AP Economics students gain real-world experience at New York Stock Exchange  

Sixteen of Holy Ghost Prep's AP Economics students toured the financial district and visited the New York Stock Exchange for the closing bell on Dec. 15.  To read more about the students' trip to New York City, click here.   




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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to the entire HGP community. May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year! 

8 Holy Ghost Prep seniors gain early-decision acceptance into top-tier colleges

Eight members of Holy Ghost Prep's Class of 2018 recently received early-decision acceptance into some of the country's most prestigious universities. To read more about them, click here.  

Year-End Giving & Tax Savings

This Christmas season, please consider joining fellow HGP alumni, parents, and friends by making your 2017 year-end charitable gift in support of Holy Ghost Prep. Your generosity gives the gift of education to every student!

All gifts directed to Holy Ghost Preparatory School and postmarked by December 31 will be eligible for 2017 tax purposes. Please take a moment to review our end-of-year giving opportunities and tax savings tips. Gifts can also be made online via Holy Ghost’s secure website by clicking here

If you need help with your end-of-calendar gift now while the School is closed for the holidays, please call our office at 215-352-6972 and leave a detailed message. One of our staff members in the Development Office will return your call as soon as possible. We are happy to help you in any way we can and look forward to speaking with you!

14 Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes earn Golden Team recognition

The Bucks County Courier Times recently named its annual Golden Teams for the fall 2017 season and a total of 14 Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes earned spots on these all-area teams. To see the list of HGP honorees, click here

Upcoming HGP alumni events 

HGP Veterans' Association Happy Hour - Thursday, December 28th, 5:00 p.m. Register here.




HGP Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet - Saturday, January 27th, 6 p.m.: Register now at holyghostprep/hallofffame.




HGP Alumni Basketball Game - Saturday, January 27th, 2:30 p.m. (following the 1 p.m. varsity game against Devon Prep). Click here for details and to register. 



11 Holy Ghost Prep musicians earn All-Catholic honors  

Eleven different HGP musicians will represent the school at the All-Catholic music festivals at various high schools and at a Concert of Excellence later this upcoming spring. To read more about them, click here


HGP Mothers' Guild News 

The Mothers Guild would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Mother-Son Dance

Save the date! The Mother-Son Dance will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Click here for more information.

Senior moms, start gathering up pictures of your sons! At the Mother Son Dance, there will be a Senior Baby Photo Contest and a Senior Tribute Video. More information will be posted in January.


Next Mothers' Guild Meeting - Monday, February 5, 2018

All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next general meeting on Monday, February 5. We begin our gathering with 7 p.m. Mass in the Chapel, followed by our meeting and refreshments in the dining hall. At the February meeting, we will be treated to a presentation by our HGP Forensics team. We will also have raffle drawings and 'HGP Mom' aprons for sale.

Our Hospitality Committee is in need of volunteers to donate refreshments and to assist with setting up and cleaning up. If you would like to help out, please click here.

All are welcome to participate in our February liturgy as readers or gift bearers. To sign up, please click here.


Mothers' Guild Christmas Dinner Thank You

Special thanks to the Freshman Moms and Representatives, volunteers, and the Junior and Senior Vice Presidents for hosting the very festive Mothers' Guild Christmas Dinner on December 4th.

At the dinner, we celebrated the success of our 2017 Craft Show by presenting Mr. Gregory Geruson with a check. The proceeds from the Craft Show will help to provide for installation of the audio technology system in the Holt Center Theater. This year's Craft Show raised a record-setting $45,000! 

Our poinsettia fundraiser was a success again this year. Special thanks to Rita Charlton for chairing the sale, and to all who purchased poinsettias. The chapel altar, as the picture below shows, looked beautiful adorned with the donated poinsettias.

Also, thank you to Jodi Zelinsky for chairing the St. John's Hospice Shoebox drive. We appreciate the generosity of all who donated the shoeboxes for homeless men.

There will not be a general meeting in January. The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018.


HGP Mom Aprons

If you would like to purchase an 'HGP Mom' apron, please contact us at They will also be available at the February meeting. The cost is $20.

Give Back Greetings Fundraiser Update

Give Back Greetings is an ongoing HGP fundraiser. Be sure to order your holiday greetings, invitations, announcements, and thank you cards from Give Back Greetings. It is a great alternative to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and other online greeting card companies, with 10% of each order given back to Holy Ghost Prep. Now through December 31, enjoy 40% off when you order through the HGP link and use Discount Code JOY933. To visit their website, please click here.   

Catalano Studio News

Thank you to Jeani Grady of Catalano Studio for your support of Holy Ghost Prep! 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. Catalano Studio Senior clients will be featured in six unique pages of the 2017-2018 yearbook, and also will appear in Ghost Stories. Call the studio at (215) 604-4000 to schedule an appointment.



Custom Made Comfort

Custom Made Comfort sells pillows, blankets, and scarves with the HGP logo, perfect for gift giving! You can view the full HGP product line by clicking here


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 

The Fathers' Association is a service organization.  Membership is open to fathers and guardians of students and alumni of Holy Ghost Preparatory School.  Monthly membership meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 7:00 PM at the Sager Conference Room.


  • 1/9 - FA General Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sager Conference Room

  • 1/12 - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. HGP Dance - Parking assistance is needed

  • Go Kart Racing – [Father/Son]


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


Important News from College Guidance  

Reminder to All Seniors

Transcripts will resume being sent out to colleges on Monday, January 8, 2018. 

Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral as well as scholarship awards should be brought to or emailed to your College Counselor.  This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.

The Maguire Foundation

Holy Ghost Preparatory School is a partner with the Maguire Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise  founded by James J. and Frances Maguire in October, 2000 that focuses its resources on education. The Maguire Foundation provides grants to grade school, high school, and college students so that they may have an opportunity to benefit from a quality education.

The Maguire Foundation’s mission is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola of being men and women for others. The foundation believes that partnering with educational institutions to provide scholarship assistance to children and young adults will help build a strong foundation for success.

HGP’s partnership with Maguire Foundation brings unprecedented value and opportunity to students. The partnership provides scholarship assistance to freshmen each year and supports them through four years of high school, as well as college students with scholarship opportunities to support students in selected institution’s through four years of matriculation.  The goal of the Maguire Scholars Program is to support and enrich the leaders of tomorrow.

The Maguire Scholars Program

These need-based scholarships are available to seniors in high school who are applying to select colleges that are members of the Maguire Scholars Program.  All applications should be submitted online.  The deadline is February 15, 2018

To read more about the Maguire College Scholars program, click here.  




Athletics News


HGP Athletic Hall of Fame Night set for Saturday, January 27, 2018More information at

Winter Team Updates:

Assistant coach position: Rowing seeks an assistant coach: Read more at

Student spots remain for 2018 West Virginia service trips

In the spring of 2018, Holy Ghost Prep is hoping to offer not one, but two “Taste of Mission” trips to West Virginia. The first trip is scheduled fior March 27-31; the second one for April 2-6 . While in West Virginia, HGP groups usually help with home repair and maintenance projects.  

Twelve of the sixteen spots for the March 27-31st trip have been claimed.  The trip scheduled for April 2-6th is still completely open.  The school is hoping for a minimum of eight students to offer the second trip.  Interested students should see Mr. Fitzpatrick for a handout.  




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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