LTP Fall 2014 Session Week Four Recap

Another week down — and only one more to go until the fall session is behind us!  Time flies when you’re having a great time!  The boys had an exciting Week Four, with Tastycakes and Gatorade for the snack.  The Gatorade was symbolic since we were discussing the fuel that keeps us going when we’re in a race.  In sports it’s Gatorade, in life it’s PRAYER!

Brother Patrick reminded the boys of our session theme — Run for Your Faith!. This week the boys talked about prayer — why should we pray, how should we pray, and when should we pray?

Our speaker this week was Jim Gabriele, a long time LTP dad!  Jim asked the boys “who knows the most about you? — God”, and gave the boys some great advice on how to pray: Ask for something that will last forever; Pray all the time; Talk to Jesus in your own words; and Believe because the good shepherd never stops listening.

The boys also participated in an activity that involved lots of paper, tons of tape and a leaf blower.  Ask your son to explain how that relates to prayer!!  And, of course, we played some kickball in the gym (the lights are still hanging, a miracle in itself).

Here’s a short video clip of Week Four, please watch it and see all the fun:

The boys’ resolution for this week is:

I am part of a team. I need prayer like I need fuel.

What can I do to better my prayer life?

We’ll see everyone Friday, November 21, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s for our last meeting for the fall session!!

God bless.

 

LTP Fall 2014 Session Week Three Recap

If your son didn’t eat dinner Friday evening, here’s why…our snack was ice cream sundaes with more toppings than any ice cream parlor ever offered!  The boys had a great time making their sundaes, and by far the favorite topping was the whipped cream.

Week Three was another great success.  Brother Patrick reminded the boys of our session theme — Run for Your Faith!. This week the boys talked about teammates — how our families, friends, saints, and others are our teammates and how we can rely on them to help us in the game of life.

Our speaker this week was Fran Sudall, local dad and coach.  Fran talked with the boys about what they think makes a good teammate and the boys said being a good listener, respecting each other, trying your best, having a positive attitude and good sportsmanship.  Fran also talked to the boys about having confidence and always walking off the field knowing you gave it all you had.

The boys also participated in a team building activity.  Using a variety of items like a broom, paper bag and hanger, teams had to work together at their tables to fulfill the challenge of standing a water bottle upside down.  Each time a team completed the challenge they would lose one of the items and had to complete it again.  It was great watching the boys complete this task.  We also played some basketball in the gym.

Here’s a short video clip of Week Three, please watch it and see all the fun:

The boys’ resolution for this week is:

I am part of a team. Together we can do the impossible.

What can I do to be a better teammate?

We’ll see everyone next week, Friday, November 14, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s.

God bless.

 

LTP Fall 2014 Session Week Two Recap

Before getting into the recap of Week Two and Halloween for the Hungry — don’t forget that THERE IS NO LTP SESSION THIS FRIDAY because of Halloween.

Now, on to the good stuff!  Thank you to all of the boys and parents who gathered at the Castaldi’s house last Friday for Halloween for the Hungry.  The boys and chaperones walked through the neighborhood “trick-or-treating” for canned goods for the needy.  The boys collected 18 boxes of canned goods before heading back to the Castaldi’s for pizza.  Great job guys!!

As for the recap, Week Two was another great success.  The snack was soft pretzels and Sunny D, a favorite of the boys.  Brother Patrick reminded the boys of our session theme — Run for Your Faith!. This week the boys talked about Jesus as our coach and what that means — how to listen to Jesus and follow him as a team member might follow a coach’s directions.

Our speaker this week was Mike Tegler, graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep and St. Joseph’s University.  Raised in family with strong Catholic traditions, Mike is a local businessman whose faith in Jesus accelerated as a result of participating in a weekly Gospel Reflection Group.  He also serves as VP of Man Up Philly.  Mike talked to the boys about making sure that Jesus is their coach and prayer.  He also talked about the importance of being a good leader and coach to others.

The boys also participated in a blindfold obstacle course — they had to navigate through the course listening only to their mentor while everyone else made lots of noise.  This was to simulate trying to “listen” while “the world” provides constant distractions!  It was great watching the boys complete this task.  We also played some soccer.

Here’s a short video clip of both Halloween for the Hungry and Week Two, please watch it and see all the fun:

The boys’ resolution for this week is:

I am part of a team. Victory depends on a strong relationship with my coach. How can I be a better friend of Jesus this week?

We’ll see everyone next week, Friday, November 7, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s.

God bless.

 

LTP Fall 2014 Session Week One Recap

Welcome back!  Week One of our fall LTP session was a great success!  The boys arrived and met their teammates and mentors while enjoying a snack of chocolate milk and cookies.  It was great to watch the boys see some old friends and meet some new ones.  We are at full capacity this session — so a special thank you to the mentors and team members who moved teams — sometimes without their friends — so we could ensure fair and even teams.  We appreciate everyone’s flexibility!

Brother Patrick then introduced our theme for the session — Run for Your Faith!, and talked about Baptism, the starting line of our faith.

Our speaker this week was the dynamic, guitar-carrying JP Kasperowicz, a dedicated youth minister who sang his way into boys LTP!

Each of the teams decided on their team name and made a flag reflecting their team and the values that are important to them.  And fo course there was DODGE BALL!!

Here’s a short video clip of the afternoon, please watch it and see all the fun:

The boys’ resolution for this week is:

I am part of a team.  A team is as strong as its weakest link.  What can I do to make myself stronger?

We’ll see everyone next Friday, October 17, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s.  God bless.

 

Fall 2014 Registration Open!

The planning for the fall 2014 LTP session is underway and registration is OPEN!!  The dates for the upcoming session are:

Friday October 10

Friday October 17

Friday October 24 — HALLOWEEN FOR THE HUNGRY — Offsite Location TBD

Friday October 31 — HALLOWEEN — NO LTP!

Friday November 7

Friday November 14

Friday November 21

With the exception for Halloween for the Hungry all sessions will be at St Monica Parish Center, 635 First Avenue, Berwyn, PA, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

To register for the session please click the link above for Registration Forms.  Boys interested in mentoring or leading (7th through 12th grade) do not need to register, simply email Cindy Gilroy at jjgilroy@aol.com.

Be sure to check back here frequently for updates on the session theme and other details.

Have a daughter?  LTP Girls starts this fall too — check out http://www.ltpphillygirls.com for all the information.

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”.