Greetings Lancers

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all safe and at home during this time of uncertainty. We are reaching out today to inform you about what is happening at our school as we begin the spring season. Governor Baker  announced that all schools in Massachusetts will be closed until at least April 7 to help slow down the spread of COVID-19, and Malden Catholic have followed suit.  We will remain out of the building until April 7 and will continue with classroom studies via distance learning.

In fact, distance learning at MC began on Monday and we have been fortunate enough to offer a rich and challenging week of learning for our students. All faculty and staff are fully engaged to support our students through this unique and challenging time. We pray for the protection of our school community and hope that we can return to the building as soon as possible. While these times are uncharted and uncertain, the true constant is the strength and commitment of our MC community. We are blessed by your enduring support.  

Sincerely,

John K. Thornburg
Headmaster

P.S. - We would like to keep in touch with you and ask that you update your email and contact information, if the address we are currently using is incorrect, please reach out to Sarah Hamilton, Director of Advancement at hamiltons@maldencatholic.org.
What's New?
Malden Catholic will Operate Remotely Through April 7
Malden Catholic is taking the necessary precautions regarding the COVID-19 virus and we are thankful that everyone in our community has reported in as healthy. MC students are continuing on with their courses via distance learning. Our teachers are using a variety of remote and digital programs to keep students engaged and on track with the subject material and this will continue until April 7, pending further direction from our health and state and local government officials.

The building and grounds have been closed to all faculty, staff and students. However, this has given us the opportunity to deeply clean the entire facility.
Gala Postponed
In response to news surrounding COVID-19 and how it is impacting our communities, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our 14 th  Annual Gala scheduled for April 30. The safety and well-being of our community are always of utmost importance. Plans are underway to honor this year’s Plus Ultra honoree, Mason Tenaglia, as well as our Brother Sullivan Medal recipients in the fall. As soon as details are available, we will share those with the MC community.
 
If you have purchased tickets or want more information about the rescheduling, please contact our Director of Advancement, Sarah Hamilton at hamiltons@maldencatholic.org.
Class of 2024 Off to a Great Start
Malden Catholic is delighted to announce that we experienced one of the largest enrollment seasons in recent history. Starting with a strong MC Open House in October and a phenomenal turnout at our Accepted Students Night, we are anticipating a very strong enrollment class for 2024. Despite these difficult early months, we feel certain that in fall 2020, Malden Catholic is the place to be!
A Prayer from Brother Puccio

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

The question-and-answer sequence is simple: 
           “Faller ready?” they ask in unison.
           “Ready to fall,” I respond.
           “Fall away,” they shout back, knees braced-but-bending beneath a waiting row of 16 interlocked arms.
           “Falling,” I say, eyes closed, hands tight to my chest.
I lean backwards from my perch near the top step of a six-foot ladder … drop… and 16 interlocked arms from 8 members of our senior class catch me. I’ve completed my annual trust fall! Each member of the team has his turn. For 25 years I’ve enjoyed this little ritual, one of the activities during the “Outward Bound” portion of our MCLI – Malden Catholic Leadership Institute. (Current students have a little more of me to catch today than those 25 years ago!)  And so far, so good! The students are 25-for-25 at catching the Principal! After having done it once successfully, I’ve had no reservation about falling off a ladder into ready arms. But it’s fascinating to me to watch some of our first-time seniors quite reluctant to venture much higher than the second rung of the ladder, and even then, a bit fearful about letting go.

If they don’t do it right, they make it tough for the team to catch them! The idea is that the “faller” stand tall, lock his knees, and go straight back, so his weight is evenly distributed across the receiving arms. If he “pikes” – bends the knees and sort-of just sits down – he leaves it pretty much up to the poor two guys at the base of the ladder to stop his fall!

“Trust” is part of the DNA of Malden Catholic, as it is for the Xaverian Brothers, one of whose mottos is “March on, God will provide.” Along with “simplicity, humility, compassion, and zeal,” trust is one of our Xaverian spiritual values, the social bond that prompts us to work together with confidence.

These are days for standing tall, catching when we need to, letting go when it’s our turn. We can be sure there’s a loving God at the foot of the ladder. In the days ahead, it’s likely that “leaning on our own understanding” won’t always give us the answers we want, but trust in God will always serve us well.  

With that thought in mind, let us pray today from “The Psalm of David” those words that gave him strength:
To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;…
Show me your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.  (Psalm 25:1-2, 4-5)
News Highlights
Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Had an Incredible Season
The Malden Catholic Boys and Girls Basketball Teams both had incredible seasons this year.

The boys finished off the season with a record of 12-8 and two big wins over St. John's Prep. They held a first round MIAA Playoff matchup against Melrose where they won, 59-44.

In their inaugural season, the girls held an impressive record of 16-6. The team also competed in a home playoff game where they beat Snowden, 49-37. Check out the articles in The Boston Globe and The Somerville Journal. ..
Mock Trial Team Advances to the Elite Eight
The Mock Trial team advanced to the Elite Eight for the third time in the last four years. MC won both rounds of the Massachusetts Bar Association's State Tournament and although the final tournament was cancelled, our Mock Trial team is one that can celebrate an extraordinary season! Check out the Mock Trial article here .