Ghost Stories

February 23, 2018     


Maguire Scholar profile: Tomas Vallejo '21  

Tomas Vallejo is one of eight students—four in the Class of 2020, four more in the Class of 2021—who are attending Holy Ghost Prep through the Maguire Independent Schools Scholars programTo read more about Tomas (pictured) and the Maguire Scholar program, click here.   




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Eight more HGP seniors commit to play college sports

On Feb. 21, Holy Ghost Prep held a signing day ceremony to celebrate eight members of the Class of 2018 who have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers in the fall. To read more about them, click here

Mother-Son Dance is Saturday, March 10 -- Please RSVP by March 3

Click here to RSVP.



Lenten Action for Dreamers

HGP continues to develop our Spiritan Charism, a global view, and both in and out of the classroom. In our World Language classes and our Social Justice classes, our teachers and students have been discussing immigration reform and the many challenges surrounding the issue. 

HGP students have debated ways in which our faith should, and can, influence our world. Shared are two links from the U.S. Bishops about the Lenten Action for Dreamers. 

March Madness: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7 p.m.

Join the HGP Alumni Association for the Annual March Madness Event at Chickie's & Pete's in Parx Casino. Dinner and drinks are on us! Click here to RSVP*Must be 21 or older to enter Parx Casino*


Holy Ghost's VEX robotics captures Western Pa. tournament

Holy Ghost Prep’s 242-A team of Mason El-Habr, Jack Pinkstone, Sean Smith, Aiden Schmidt, and James Castner travelled to Western Pennsylvania and bested the other 22 other teams in the competition. To read more about it, click more

Nominations needed for "30 under 40" issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine 

The next issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine will be our first-ever "30 under 40" issue. in that issue, we will spotlight 30 amazing HGP alums under the age of 40. To nominate a young alum, just email Bill Doherty, HGP's director of communications, at with the nominee's name and a brief description of why that person is "30 under 40" worthy.

All-Catholic Orchestra

Three HGP students performed at the All-Catholic Orchestra Festival which was held at Archbishop Prendergast-Monsignor Bonner High School on February 19.

Senior John Schrenk (clarinet), sophomore Benjamin Gollmer (trombone), and freshman Andrew Zubyk (viola) are pictured below with Mrs. Vilsmeier, Mr. Facenda, and the students from Villa Joseph Marie High School. These students, along with the musicians in All-Catholic Band, Chorus and Jazz Band, will perform in a concert of Excellence at Verizon Hall on April 17, 2018!

HGP Band to perform at Philadelphia Soul game on April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. 
The combined bands of Holy Ghost Prep and Villa Joseph Marie HS will perform at the Philadelphia Soul game on Aoril 28. PLEASE SEE THE FORM BELOW FOR INFO ON HOW TO ORDER TICKETS and support our talented students!

Order your 2018 Firebird Yearbook today

The 2017-18 school year at Holy Ghost Prep will end soon, but yearbooks last forever. So please click here to order the 2018 Firebird Yearbook today. 



HGP to host Innovation and Technology Fair at the Sixers game on March 26

Holy Ghost Prep will be hosting an Innovation and Technology Fair before, and during, the Philadelphia 76ers game on March 26th. HGP will be bringing some of our more recent technological achievements and acquisitions, including: VEX competitive robots, a 3-D printer, and a Virtual Reality setup. There will be other local middle schools, high schools, and universities in attendance as well, all showcasing some of the amazing things they have been doing at their schools. Anyone interested just needs to purchase a ticket to the game. This should be done by emailing Brandon Petcaugh (, all tickets can be picked up the week before the event. Ticket-holders are allowed special access to the concourse before the general public (around 5:30 PM). The fair will be located on the concourse, and will run until halftime, at which point the students will be treated to talks by local professional engineers. The focus of this fair is on learning about new and exciting technologies, from the perspective of students of all ages. So get a ticket, and come out to learn something and support our newer HGP programs!  

To learn more the March 26th Innovation and Technology Fair, click here




Upcoming Alumni Events

Forensics Pasta Dinner - Click here to register.

Spring Auction - Save The Date 

*Donate an item*, *Become a sponsor*, *Volunteer*


Ryan Callahan '18 captures BAL bowling title  

Holy Ghost Prep senior Ryan Callahan captured the 2018 Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) singles title on Feb. 14 at Delmor Lanes in Morrisville. To read more about it, click more


2018-19 Course Registration Update     

The 2018-2019 Course Registration process is well underway! Holy Ghost Prep juniors met with department chairs on January 23 and January 31 to hear information regarding electives and course selection. The College Guidance Department has met individually with juniors to discuss options and to register for senior year classes.

All students have received recommendations from their teachers for placement into core courses which were taken home for parent or guardian signatures. Sophomores have begun meeting with College Guidance to select possible seventh or co-curricular courses. Freshmen and their parents or guardians have received a Google Form through email the week of February 12 to select possible seventh or co-curricular courses. That Google Form is due Friday, February 23.

As courses are entered in PowerSchool,  they can be viewed by choosing the “Class Registration” tab on the left upon login. A complete description of the course offerings for the 2018-2019 School Year can be found here: 2018-2019 Program of Study.


Senior class portrait will be taken April 24

FYI: HGP senior students will be photographed April 24th (rain date 4/26) for their commemorative Class Portrait. This image, taken by Catalano Studio, will be created on the school campus with the seniors in their NAVY BLUE BLAZERS, khaki pants and tie featuring the cherry blossoms. To find out more information or to order this keepsake, click here

Athletics News

Winter Sports Update- Visit

Ultimate Frisbee is in need of an assistant coach - Visit for more details.

Grade School Basketball Clinic -- Still 5 left, it's not too late to sign up!  Register at

Additional HGP Mothers' Guild News 

Volunteers Needed For Mother-Son Dance

The Mother-Son Dance Committee has been hard at work planning all the details for this year’s Mother-Son Dance, which will take place on Saturday, March 10.

Volunteers are needed to help transform the Firebird Fieldhouse into the perfect setting for our rock and roll-themed evening for HGP mothers and sons. Also greatly needed is help cleaning up after the dance. Visit our SignUp Genius for the volunteer schedule by clicking here.



Senior Moms/Guardians - Pictures Needed For Mother-Son Dance ASAP!

At the Mother-Son Dance, we recognize the HGP seniors in a special way with a Senior Baby Photo Contest and a Senior Slideshow. We need you to mail or bring to the March 5th meeting an 8x10 baby photo of your son (COPIES ONLY! NO ORIGINALS!) These photos are displayed at the Mother-Son Dance and voted upon by the students for various awards. The Senior Slideshow is a video of pictures of the Class of 2018 from freshman through senior year. The boys really enjoy seeing these pictures, and we need you to email photos to be included in this slideshow. Please click here to view the flyer containing specific instructions on how to submit your photos. The deadline to send your slideshow photos has been extended until March 1.


Next Mothers’ Guild General Meeting - Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Mass

Please join us on Monday, March 5th for our next meeting. We will begin with 7:00 p.m. mass in the Chapel, followed by refreshments and fellowship in the Dining Hall. You could be a winner at our monthly raffle or 50/50 drawings. “HGP MOM” aprons will be available for purchase. Custom Made Comfort will be taking orders for their unique HGP products, and the Aramark school store will be open until the start of the meeting.

We will continue our collection of suits and blazers at the March meeting. If your son has any clean, gently used suits and/or blazers which no longer fit, please bring them to the meeting.

Hospitality volunteers are needed for the March 5 meeting. If you would like to donate a dessert/appetizer or help with set up or clean up, please click here.

Liturgy volunteers are needed. All are welcome to participate in our March 5 liturgy as readers or gift bearers. To sign up, please click here.

Hope to see everyone on March 5th!


Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2017-18 Mothers’ Guild Executive Board will be accepted at the March 5th Mothers’ Guild meeting.  If you or someone you know has been considering joining the Mothers’ Guild Board, now is your opportunity! Volunteering for the Mothers’ Guild Board is a great way to get involved and meet people in our HGP community. Open positions include President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretaries (2), and Alumni Secretaries (2).  Please click here for descriptions of these positions. Voting for these positions will take place at the April 9th general meeting.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to nominate yourself or another candidate for one of these positions, please click here for the nomination form.



Save the Dates

April 9th, 2018 - Alumni Mom Celebration at the Mothers' Guild Meeting.

May 7, 2018 - Senior Mom Celebration at the Mothers' Guild Meeting.

Moms and guardians of all grades are invited to celebrate these special events taking place at our last two general meetings!

Please click here to visit the Mothers' Guild website for additional event information and updates.




HGP Fathers' Association News 

Father-Son Event Survey
We are planning to create a survey to help drive ideas for upcoming HGP Father-Son events.    When you receive the link, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey so that we can collect your thoughts and ideas. Your feedback will help identify 2-3 events for all to enjoy; and while I am not sure if there is a single event that would peak everyone’s interest, I am sure in the coming months we can plan a few events that would help in making sure each of us has at least one event we can participate with our son. To receive a copy of the survey, please forward an email to




Updates and Announcements

March 2018

3/10 – Mother-Son Dance - Parking

3/13 - Fathers Association General Meeting and at 7:00 p.m. in Sager Conference Room


April 2018

4/10 - All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next Fathers Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Sager Conference Room

Father/Son Retreat


May 2018
5/6 – Father/Son Communion Breakfast

5/8 - All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next Fathers Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Sager Conference Room


June 2018

6/1 - Baccalaureate Mass - Parking

6/2 – Graduation - Parking


6/12 - All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next Fathers Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Sager Conference Room. 



Fathers Association Dues Donation
The Fathers Association 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.

Donations can also be sent to school with your son, brought to a meeting or mailed directly to the school at:

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Attn:  Fathers Association
2429 Bristol Pike
Bensalem, PA  19020

Please make your Donation check payable to: Holy Ghost Prep Fathers Association.

Thank you for your support.



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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