LTP Winter 2015 Session Week Four Recap

Well, it was ice cream sundae week.  The excitement and sugar levels was palpable!!  Once the boys had their sundaes, piled high with Oreos, m&ms, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, cherries and whipped cream, they settled in for this week’s virtue — temperance (self-control).

Our speaker this week was Fr Chris Redcay from St Pat’s in Malvern.  Fr Redcay spoke to the boys about temperance, and showed them that a large part of self-control is being happy with what we have in our lives at any moment – not wanting what someone else has or simply just always wanting more.  Fr Redcay used dominoes to make this point — ask your sons how he did it!

Br Patrick spoke to the boys about how to practice self-control in their daily lives, in what we say and do at school and at home.  The boys’ activity this week was building homeless shelters.  Each team was given a few cardboard boxes and asked to make the best homeless shelter they could make.  Br Patrick got into each shelter, making sure he would be warm if he slept in it, and that it offered the right shelter from the elements.  The boys had a good time doing this while learning what it might be like to have to live in a cardboard box, and also how thankful we should be for the gifts that we have in our homes.

Then the boys were off to the grotto outside for some serious relay race challenges!

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 won’t let my feelings stop me from doing what is right. What Would Jesus Do?

Thank you to everyone who was able to bring socks, t-shirts and men’s boxers for the homeless to be distributed during the Midnight Run.  If anyone would still like to donate any of these items we will collect again this Friday.  Here are the details of the Midnight Run, in case you missed them before:

Saturday March 21
3rd and 4th Grade Lenten Service Project
10 am – 11:30 am
The younger boys gather at St Monica’s to prepare the snack bags and other items for the homeless shelters in Philly.  Then they play some dodge ball.  We have found that the younger boys do not fare as well on the Midnight Run, so this is a way for them to be involved without going downtown.
5th to 8th Grade Father/Son Lenten Retreat

1:30 – 3:45 pm
The older boys and their dads gather at St Monica’s for a retreat – along with some fun activities – before the Midnight Run.
The Midnight Run 5th Grade through High School and available Dads
3:45 – Midnight ($30 to pay for bus transportation)
The bus departs St Monica’s by 4:00, loaded with the items the LTP teams are collecting over the next few weeks, food the planning team will make, and the snack bags the younger kids make earlier in the day.  The boys will visit several shelters and/or retirement communities, serving food, playing games and bingo, and visiting.  Then the boys will go to mass at St Augustine’s in Philadelphia, and then on to Love Park to pass out some items to the homeless there.
We need some information ASAP to prepare for the weekend and make sure we have enough buses and food!  Please email patellencorr@gmail.com asap if:
You are attending the 3rd/4th grade retreat (10-11:30)
You are attending the father/son 5th-8th grade retreat with your father (1:30-3:45)
You are attending the Midnight Run (3:45)
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 last year’s retreat and Midnight Run to give you an idea of the event.
Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks everyone, hope to see you there!

We’ll see everyone this Friday, March 20, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s for our final LTP Winter 2015 Session.  God bless.

 

LTP Winter 2015 Session Week Three Recap

Not even a snowstorm could keep us away from LTP last week!!  Week Three was great!  We started with a snack of tastycakes and water, and then moved right into this week’s virtue — Fortitude (courage), and how the boys can live this virtue and their faith in their daily lives.

Our speaker this week was Bob Sewall, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and Senior Program Director at Vencor Services and Solutions in Maryland.  Bob told the story of Michael “Murph” Murphy, a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan.  Bob spoke to the boys about fortitude and courage, and what that means in our lives and our striving for heaven.

Br Patrick spoke to the boys about how hard it is to keep going when we are faced with a difficult situation, a challenge in our lives.  The boys learned some fortitude during the dynamic activity.  Each team was given a box, a paper bag and a roll of packing tape.  they wrapped the box and taped it up as tightly as they could, and then traded boxes with another team.  Then each team member took a turn trying to open the taped box — while wearing oven mitts!  Difficult for sure, but they persevered and got the job done!  The video shows it best, see below!  Then the boys were off to the gym for some soccer fun!!

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 finish any project that I start, even if it is difficult. What Would Jesus Do?

Thank you to everyone who was able to bring socks and t-shirts for the homeless to be distributed during the Midnight Run.  This week we are collecting men’s boxers (feel free to bring t shirts and socks as well!)  Here are the details of the Midnight Run, in case you missed them before:

Saturday March 21
3rd and 4th Grade Lenten Service Project
10 am – 11:30 am
The younger boys gather at St Monica’s to prepare the snack bags and other items for the homeless shelters in Philly.  Then they play some dodge ball.  We have found that the younger boys do not fare as well on the Midnight Run, so this is a way for them to be involved without going downtown.
5th to 8th Grade Father/Son Lenten Retreat

1:30 – 3:45 pm
The older boys and their dads gather at St Monica’s for a retreat – along with some fun activities – before the Midnight Run.
The Midnight Run 5th Grade through High School and available Dads
3:45 – Midnight ($30 to pay for bus transportation)
The bus departs St Monica’s by 4:00, loaded with the items the LTP teams are collecting over the next few weeks, food the planning team will make, and the snack bags the younger kids make earlier in the day.  The boys will visit several shelters and/or retirement communities, serving food, playing games and bingo, and visiting.  Then the boys will go to mass at St Augustine’s in Philadelphia, and then on to Love Park to pass out some items to the homeless there.
We need some information ASAP to prepare for the weekend and make sure we have enough buses and food!  Please email patellencorr@gmail.com asap if:
You are attending the 3rd/4th grade retreat (10-11:30)
You are attending the father/son 5th-8th grade retreat with your father (1:30-3:45)
You are attending the Midnight Run (3:45)
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 last year’s retreat and Midnight Run to give you an idea of the event.
Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks everyone, hope to see you there!

 

We’ll see everyone this Friday, March 13, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s.  God bless.

 

LTP Winter 2015 Session Week Two Recap

Donuts.  SunnyD.  Basketball.  Tying our friends up with rope.  What could possibly be better than all that??  Week Two was another success!  After a well deserved snack of donuts and SunnyD Brother Patrick reviewed 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 Conestoga High School junior Jack Corr, long-time LTP participant, mentor and leader.  Jack spoke to the boys about fairness and justice — how to treat others fairly and with justice, and also how to have a faith-filled response when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly.

Both Br Patrick and Jack spoke to the boys about what happens when we treat others unfairly — it ties us and them up in knots!  Being unjust keeps us from being like Christ and being the best person we can be.  And what better way to show this to the boys than having them tie someone up and then try to unravel him!  The video shows it best, see below!  Then the boys were off to the gym for some basketball!!

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 treat others as I would like to be treated. What Would Jesus Do?

Thank you to everyone who was able to bring socks for the homeless to be distributed during the Midnight Run.  This week we are collecting white t-shirts (feel free to bring socks as well!)  Everyone should have received an email this week regarding the Midnight Run scheduled for Saturday March 21.  Here are the details in case you missed it:

Saturday March 21
3rd and 4th Grade Lenten Service Project
10 am – 11:30 am
The younger boys gather at St Monica’s to prepare the snack bags and other items for the homeless shelters in Philly.  Then they play some dodge ball.  We have found that the younger boys do not fare as well on the Midnight Run, so this is a way for them to be involved without going downtown.
5th to 8th Grade Father/Son Lenten Retreat

1:30 – 3:45 pm
The older boys and their dads gather at St Monica’s for a retreat – along with some fun activities – before the Midnight Run.
The Midnight Run 5th Grade through High School and available Dads
3:45 – Midnight ($30 to pay for bus transportation)
The bus departs St Monica’s by 4:00, loaded with the items the LTP teams are collecting over the next few weeks, food the planning team will make, and the snack bags the younger kids make earlier in the day.  The boys will visit several shelters and/or retirement communities, serving food, playing games and bingo, and visiting.  Then the boys will go to mass at St Augustine’s in Philadelphia, and then on to Love Park to pass out some items to the homeless there.
We need some information ASAP to prepare for the weekend and make sure we have enough buses and food!  Please email patellencorr@gmail.com asap if:
You are attending the 3rd/4th grade retreat (10-11:30)
You are attending the father/son 5th-8th grade retreat with your father (1:30-3:45)
You are attending the Midnight Run (3:45)
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 last year’s retreat and Midnight Run to give you an idea of the event.
Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks everyone, hope to see you there!

 

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

 

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.