Winter Session Week Five Recap and Midnight Run!!

It’s hard to believe another year of LTP has finished, it sure did go fast!!  The boys enjoyed pizza and soda to begin their final session and reviewing the 10 Commandments with Br Patrick.

Our speaker this week was John Betz, local business man and father.  Mr. Betz talked to the boys about what the 10 Commandments mean to them.  He gave the boys some sage advice, including to Let go and Let God.  He also reminded the boys that integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody’s watching you.

The boys played dodgeball in the gym and then it was time for the most anticipated announcement of the year — the winners!!  The boys and teams were awarded for sportsmanship, tenacity, and leadership throughout the session.

On Saturday several 3rd and 4th graders and a few dads came together for a retreat.  Br Patrick gave a short talk and then the men and boys prayed the rosary.  Then the whole gang put together the bags and boxes needed for the Midnight Run.  They did a great job and when the 5th-8th grade came later that day everything was ready for them to take into the city.

There are very few words that could describe the boys spending their Saturday night downtown visiting homeless shelters and passing out food and clothing to those on the streets if the city.  Please take a few minutes to watch the video from the Midnight Run, it is truly moving:

And here’s a video of the last session, it’s awesome to see all these smiling faces!!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s LTP sessions great!  A special thank you to Fr Zlock for allowing us to take over St Monica Parish Center, it is greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned for information on next year’s session!  See you in the fall!!

 

 

Winter Session Week Four Recap

Week Four began with one of our very favorite snacks — ice cream sundaes!  The boys enjoyed chocolate, vanilla and cookies and cream ice cream with toppings that included oreos, m&m’s, gummy bears, chocolate sauce, sprinkles and whipped cream!  The boys had a great time making and eating their ice cream while enjoying Br Patrick’s discussion on the Commandment: Thou Shall Not Steal.

Our speaker this week was Duane McCarthy, director of marketing for JuicePlus and Tower Garden.  Mr. McCarthy spoke to the boys about character, reiterating to them to be model leaders, set goals, read books and being committed to their own success.  

After the talk the boys did an amazing activity in preparation for the older kids’ trip downtown for the Midnight Run.  Each team was given five empty boxes and they had to make the best “shelter” they could make.  Br Patrick visited each shelter, finding his way in and out of them to see which ones were the “best” and would provide the most shelter to a homeless person.

The boys also had some time in the gym playing soccer.  

Their resolution for the week is:

I will practice obeying all God’s Commandments, especially not stealing.

Here’s a short video of the session:

Thank you so much for all of the items that have been brought in for the Midnight Run.  If you would still like to donate t Shirts (men’s M, L, XL preferred), Socks, Men’s boxers or winter hats, please feel free to bring them on Friday.

Friday is our last session for this year and the awards ceremony.  Stay tuned for news on which team wins the coveted “eagle trophy”.  

 

Winter Session Week Three Recap

Another spectacular LTP week!  Week three focused on the Commandment Thou Shall not Bear False Witness.

The boys had a delicious snack of tastykakes and juice boxes the boys got down to business.  Br Patrick talked the boys about the commandment, and about gossip, speaking poorly of others and telling lies, including lies of omission.  

Our speaker this week was Chris Wolfington.  Chris talked to the boys about being a man of character, telling them that the man who has the character to stand up and admit when he’s wrong, or when he’s done something wrong, is a man who people can rely on.  Chris challenged the boys to proactively admit when they’re done something wrong or told a lie, just to see what happens.  

The boys played a game of whisper down the lane with the quotes becoming more difficult as the game went on.  It was a great lesson in how things people say can be misconstrued and misunderstood, and they had a ton of fun playing!  The boys also played volleyball and had a great time.  Their resolution for the week is:

I will practice obeying all God’s Commandments, especially not repeating the bad things I hear about others.

Here’s a short video of the session:

We could still use a few dads to help each week, please email sziegjr@aol.com if you can help out — remember you must have your clearances ready.

In preparation for the Midnight Run the boys are asked to bring in the following items over the next few weeks:

Week One: T Shirts (men’s M, L, XL preferred)
Week Two – Socks
Week Three – Men’s boxers
Week Four – winter hats

Thanks everyone, we’ll see you Friday!  Be sure to check back here often for updates and information!!

Winter Session Week Two Recap

Thou Shall Not Commit Murder — that was our topic at this week’s LTP session!  And although we don’t have any murderers on our LTP teams, we were still able to talk to the boys about how we can kill someone’s spirit with our words and our actions!

The boys enjoyed a great snack of Philly Pretzels and Sunny D — an all time favorite!  And after doing their team “Cheers” Brother Patrick reviewed this week’s theme.  Our speaker this week was Fr. Zlock, pastor at St Monica Parish.  Fr Zlock had the boys do some trust exercises, and also discussed with them how to be Christ-like in our actions, in our words and in our deeds.

The boys also spent time in the gym playing medic dodge ball.  Their resolution for the week is:

I will practice obeying all God’s Commandments, especially by forgiving all those who hurt me.

We could still use a few dads to help each week, please email sziegjr@aol.com if you can help out — remember you must have your clearances ready.

In preparation for the Midnight Run the boys are asked to bring in the following items over the next few weeks:

Week One: T Shirts (men’s M, L, XL preferred)
Week Two – Socks
Week Three – Men’s boxers
Week Four – winter hats

Thanks everyone, we’ll see you Friday!  Be sure to check back here often for updates and information!!

Winter Session Week One Recap

Wow — what an amazing first meeting for our winter session! The boys were very excited to be back at LTP, catching up with friends and filling up on donuts and chocolate milk. Brother Patrick reviewed the year’s theme — Obedience — and this week’s theme — Be Loyal in Your Relationships (linked to the Commandment thou shall not commit adultery). Then each team made up their very own “team cheer” — and they were creative, funny, and LOUD!!

Then the boys welcomed Paul Isenberg, founder and CEO of Bring Hope Home, as our very special speaker. Paul asked the boys if any of them had ever been to a wedding before, and talked about the promises two people make too each other on that special day — to honor and respect one another. Paul translated that into the boy’s current relationships, emphasizing the importance of respecting friendships and being loyal to those we love. Please take a moment to visit Paul’s website at www.bringinghopehome.org, and hear about his amazing story.

After Paul’s talk the boys headed to the gym for some rousing basketball games.  Their resolution for the week is:

I will practice obeying all God’s Commandments, especially being faithful in my relationships.

Here’s a quick video from this week’s session:

We are very excited to get the winter session underway, some great activities, speakers and sports have been planned. We could still use a few dads to help each week, please email sziegjr@aol.com if you can help out — remember you must have your clearances ready.

In preparation for the Midnight Run the boys are asked to bring in the following items over the next few weeks:

Week One: T Shirts (men’s M, L, XL preferred)
Week Two – socks
Week Three – Men’s boxers
Week Four – winter hats

Thanks everyone, we’ll see you Friday!  Be sure to check back here often for updates and information!!

2014 Winter Session Registration Open

Registration is now open for the LTP Winter Session beginning on Friday, February 21st and running for 5 consecutive weeks. The theme “The Ten Commandments: How are They Relevant Today” will continue through the winter session with a focus on the virtue of Obedience

If your son/s participated in the LTP fall session and you filled out the paperwork in the fall, all you need to do is send a check written out to LTP with your son’s name/s on the memo line and mail it to:

Helen Gabriele 110 Waverly Circle, Phoenixville, PA 19460

COST: $75.00 for first child, $70.00 for the 2nd child, and $60.00 for the 3rd child.

If you are new to the LTP program please download the Registration form and the Permission to Participate form and mail to Helen Gabriele 110 Waverly Circle, Phoenixville, PA 19460 with the correct payment ($75.00 for first child, $70.00 for the 2nd child, and $60.00 for the 3rd child).

Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

We are looking for three fathers to volunteer each week.  If you are available to help out please email Sziegjr@aol.com with the specific dates. All volunteers must have their clearances. Thanks in advance for your help!! Your presence makes a BIG difference!

LTP Fall Session Week Five Recap

Week Five — our final LTP Session for the fall — and what a week it was!  After filling up on pizza, chips and soda the boys were introduced to the Commandment of the week — Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Goods.

This week also included a special speaker, Fr Jason Wallace.  Fr Jason is one of the original LTP planners and was an integral part of the team that launched LTP many moons ago.  While twirling a basketball on his finger Harlem-Globetrotter-style Fr Jason gave a boys a great lesson on being covetous.

Then it was off to some very competitive soccer games!

And finally, the moment everyone’s been waiting for, the awards ceremony!!

For the 3rd and 4th grade teams:

1st Place: Green with 12,950 points

2nd Place: Red with 12,472 points

3rd Place: Blue with 11,851 points

4th Place: Orange with 11,808 points

For the 5th and 6th grade teams:

1st Place: Red with 11, 562 points

2nd Place: Orange with 11,023 points

3rd Place: Blue with 10.151 points

4th Place: Green with 9,346 points

Congratulations to all the teams and all of the individual awards too!  Here’s a video recap of the last session, and a video recap from all 5 weeks:

Week 5 Recap Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gvzsb6iAf4&feature=youtu.be

Fall 2013 Session Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11BZZN9ey8Y

Thanks everyone, we’re looking forward to seeing you all again in February!  Register early, we fill up fast!