LTP Winter 2015 Session Week One Recap

Welcome back!  Week One of our winter 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 — Character: What Separates the Men from the Boys?  For this year we’re going to cover the four main virtues of Prudence (good judgment), Justice (fairness), Fortitude (courage), and Temperance (self-control), along with the virtue of charity, in order to help the boys live their faith in their daily lives.

Our speaker this week was the incredible, long time LTP supporter Rob Longo, founding member of Stewardship Mission.  Rob spoke to the boys about making good choices — make sure you ask your son what Rob asked his “volunteer” to do (hint: it involves a basketball hoop…).

Each of the teams decided on their team name and made a shield reflecting their team and the values that are important to them.  And of 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 will slow down and think first before I act. WWJD?

We’ll see everyone this Friday, February 27, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s.  God bless.

 

LTP Winter Session Registration Now Open!

Happy 2015 everyone! It’s that time again, and we’ve started to plan the 2015 Winter LTP Session.

Here are the details:

The session will run 5 consecutive weeks, from Friday February 20, 2015 through Friday March 20, 2015 at St Monica’s Parish Center, Berwyn, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Midnight Run will be Saturday March 21, more details to follow.

Our session theme this winter will be What Separates the Men from the Boys, and we will focus on 5 virtues in real life: Prudence, Fortitude, Justice, Temperance and Charity.

If your son participated in the Fall session and your paperwork is on file you only need to send in your payment of $75 ($70 for 2nd son, $60 for 3rd son).

If you are new to LTP please fill out the Registration Form and Permission to Participate Form found under Registration Forms. Mail to Helen Gabriel, 110 Waverly Circle, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

If your son is a mentor just email Cindy Gilroy at jjgilroy@aol.com, no payment necessary.
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We invite all 3rd and 4th grade boys to join our Junior teams and all 5th and 6th grade boys to join our Senior teams. 7th and 8th graders are invited to serve as mentors, and high schoolers are also needed to serve as group leaders, referees, etc.

Registration will be limited to 40 Juniors (3rd and 4th grades) and 40 Seniors (5th and 6th grades). Both teams filled quickly last session!

We look forward to having your boys join us for LTP this winter. Please feel free to pass this information along to your friends and family.

God bless.

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.