Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,
I want to thank you again for your partnership with us. Your understanding and support have played an important role in our successful first semester. This week, we will hold our next Parent Council meeting (details are below) and I would like to encourage all of our parents to attend. We will be introducing some additional structure and support to further engage our parents and deliver value-added programming to our students. The Council will benefit from your gifts and talents!

I am also very thankful for Mr. James Pelosi and those on our leadership panels who have provided us with such rich examples of perseverance and dedication. I would like to congratulate Mr. Pelosi, who has been at Malden Catholic for 17 years and received our Theodore James Ryken Award last week. Mr. Pelosi has distinguished himself as an excellent educator and role model at our school. He is an amazing gentleman and I truly admire his strength, skill and commitment to our students. I thank him for his many contributions to MC! In addition, we hosted our Alumni Leadership Panels last week for the Boys and Girls Divisions. Each and every panelist shared their insightful and inspirational messages with our students. I was truly moved by their stories.

As we move further into the Advent Season, I encourage our entire community to reflect on the following words from the Gospel of Matthew (1:23) – Behold, the Virgin shall be with Child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us.” Our Lord is with us! This is great news and a great comfort during these challenging times.

Thank you for all you do for Malden Catholic!

John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, December 7
Red Phase

Tuesday, December 8
Red Phase
Fifth Day
Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass| via link

Wednesday, December 9
Red Phase
Parent Council Meeting | 4:00 PM
Adult Advent Virtual Retreat | 7:00 PM

Thursday, December 10
Blue Cohort Day 2

Friday, December 11
Gold Cohort Day 2
Karla Dos Santos
Assistant Controller
dossantosk@maldencatholic.org
Dear Malden Catholic Families,

I work as Assistant Controller and I am thrilled to be part of Malden Catholic’s finance team. I have a B.S. in Management Studies from Cambridge College (2012) where I began my accounting career, and I am pursuing a M.S.A. in Accounting from Nichols College. I have been working in the accounting field since graduating from college in 2012. At MC, my responsibilities include preparing and consolidating financial statements, managing general ledger transactions and ensuring an accurate accounting and reporting of the business.  

I began my role at MC in March at the height of the pandemic when classes were remote, and all of the faculty and staff were working from home. Despite the challenges, I feel welcomed and included in this tremendous community. It is an honor to be part of the MC family. 

In addition to finance, some of my other interests include reading novels, running and travel. Europe is my favorite destination to explore and I look forward to the day in the near future that travel restrictions will be lifted, and I can begin to plan my next adventure!

Enjoy this beautiful season,

Ms. Dos Santos
What's New?
Feast of The Immaculate Conception Mass- December 8
Tomorrow, Malden Catholic will celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This is a holy day of obligation and through the centuries, the Church has honored Mary, "full of grace" who was redeemed from the moment of her conception. As Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed on December 8, 1854: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." — Catechism of the Catholic Church

MC Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass will available for viewing at 7:30 AM on MC's YouTube channel.
Center for Leadership Welcomes Sister Helen Prejean on December 16
As leaders, especially servant leaders, it is our responsibility to be cognizant of current local, national and global events. Through our MC Leadership Speaker Series we have the opportunity to share important topics with our students that reflect our Xaverian values.

The next featured presenter is Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. Sister Helen is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty and has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions. Sister Helen will be joining us virtually on Wednesday, December 16th from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 P.M., hosted by Mr. Thornburg, Mrs. Reardon and Mr. Batista.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the 1930s, Sister Helen grew up in the segregated Jim Crow South. At the age of 18 she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph. She worked as a high school teacher and religious education director in New Orleans before moving into the St. Thomas Housing Project in the early ’80s.

In 1982, Sister Helen began corresponding with Patrick Sonnier, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of two teenagers. Two years later, when Patrick Sonnier was put to death in the electric chair, Sister Helen was there to witness his execution. In the following months, she became spiritual advisor to another death row inmate, Robert Lee Willie, who was to meet the same fate as Sonnier.

After witnessing these executions, Sister Helen realized that this lethal ritual would remain unchallenged unless its secrecy was stripped away, and so she sat down and wrote a book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. That book ignited a national debate on capital punishment and spawned an Academy Award winning movie, a play, and an opera.

Sister Helen’s second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, in August 2019. She is currently collaborating on a graphic retelling of Dead Man Walking, to be published by Random House.

Be sure to register for MC's Leadership Speaker Series through this link.
Santa Toy Drive
MC has been supporting the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing this holiday tradition. The 2020 Malden Catholic Santa Toy Drive begins today, December 7th and runs through Friday, December 18th. Please drop off the following new, unwrapped gifts at the MC Christmas tree in the foyer. Due to the challenges of the pandemic, DCF staff would like to ensure that every child has their basic needs met, so the DCF staff is requesting basic clothing and games as the focus of this drive.

  • Basic clothing​ such as socks, t-shirts, underwear, and pajamas are especially needed in pre-teen and adolescent sizes.
  • Board games and educational games​ for children who are learning remotely.

If a family has the desire to purchase any other toy/gift, DCF staff will gladly accept such treasures as well!
Students-In-Action Coat Drive
Do you have any coats that don’t fit anymore? Malden Catholic's Students in Action Club is collecting gently used winter coats (pre-teen/adolescent sizes) from December 7 - 14 to donate to ​local children in need. Collection boxes are located outside the Campus Ministry offices in the Learning Commons. This is an ideal time to look in your closet and donate a coat that you no longer wear!
MC Club Highlight: Mock Trial
The Malden Catholic 2020-2021 Mock Trial team is excited to announce that they have received this year’s long-anticipated trial packet featuring a criminal case. Intriguing, timely and fun, this case does not disappoint!  This week, practices are planned for 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7, and 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. All who are interested are encouraged to join us. No prior experience is necessary. Bring an open mind, your personal experiences, detective skills, creativity and readiness to learn. The link will be sent out to those interested by Mr. Gregory, so feel free to reach out to him for more information at gregoryr@maldencatholic.org
Advent Virtual Retreat for Adults- December 9 at 7 PM
The Adult Advent Retreat last week was hosted by Dr. Stephen Baccari and attended by a group of parents, faculty and staff members. This hour-long session was enjoyed by all and included readings, prayers and a discussion regarding the topic of "Saying Yes to Incarnation."

Our next retreat will be held this Wednesday, December 9 at 7 PM and discuss the topic of Joseph, the Role Model for Fatherhood. Subsequent retreat sessions will be held on the 16th and 23rd. Everyone is invited to join us for the Advent retreat gatherings!

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 186-889-277 
Founders Day Service and Theodore Ryken Award Winner, Mr. James Pelosi
On the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, each of our Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools presents a Theodore James Ryken Award, which recognizes a devotedness to Gospel values among adult members of our school communities. Malden Catholic is pleased to present this award to Mr. James Pelosi in recognition of his commitment to our Xaverian Founder's vision and dedication to our MC Mission.

Mr. Pelosi is a man of character, a caring and considerate person who has made many sacrifices, both professionally and personally for the good of our school. As one colleague commented: “He answers our school’s call to educate the whole person/student… mind, spirit and body and he does so effortlessly with no fanfare. He is a dedicated, compassionate, talented and selfless Christian educator, who has modeled his faith at Malden Catholic for 17 years.”

A caring mentor to other teachers, and a conscientious instructor with tremendous classroom presence. In his own quiet and unassuming way, he motivates countless students both in the classroom and on the track. Two years ago, he was an MC representative in the Archdiocesan Catholic School Office “Outstanding Teacher” recognition contest, where he was among 20 finalists. For years he has volunteered his time to oversee the detention program, outdoor track and field and Campus Ministry events. It is apparent that he lives the Xaverian values. Everyone in the MC community extends their congratulations to Mr. Pelosi on receiving this special award!

If you were not able to join us for the virtual Founder's Day Service, you can watch the celebration on MC's YouTube Channel.
MC Parent Council Meeting
We will be hosting our next Malden Catholic Parent Council meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 4 PM. In the meeting, we will discuss several new committees that are being formed to create greater opportunities for student and parent engagement throughout the year.

Zoom Meeting link​ ​: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88117032689
Meeting ID: 881 1703 2689 

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting on Wednesday may fill out this google form if they are interested in helping out.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdM-f7oYIUd7q7kSR1GbaNXSMXEbziaapJALwu57m_abjcGNw/viewform
Senior Portraits
Senior portrait sittings will be held on Monday, December 14 for the Blue Cohort only and Tuesday, December 15 for the Gold Cohort only. There are only a few spots available on these dates, so please sign up right away through this link.

There will be additional dates scheduled in January for students who have not yet taken their Senior photos and for Red Cohort students. We will send an updated link as soon as it becomes available.
Bread of Life Donations
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Thanksgiving food drive for Bread of Life, an organization focused on ending hunger and homelessness! Malden Catholic students donated boxes filled with non-perishable food for those in need! Way to go MC!
MC Thanks the Alumni Leadership Panelists
We would like to thank the eight members of the Malden Catholic and Girls Catholic alumni panels for joining our Malden Catholic Center for Leadership events last week. MC students benefited from the amazing personal journeys, insights and career experiences shared by: Joseph Sheehan MC’89, Michael Mini MC’89, Christopher Caprio MC ’95, Robert Bucchino Jr. MC’10, Pat McWade GC' 65, Rosemary Phalen GC' 69, Pamela Leete GC' 89 and Elle Gallo GC' 89.

With discussions led by Headmaster Thornburg and Mrs. Reardon, these esteemed alumni discussed the long history and relationship between MC and GC, the benefits of a single-gender education, personal leadership journeys and advice, potential career paths, as well as helpful tools and tips in a multitude of areas including business, medicine, education, finance and a host of entrepreneurial occupations.
 
For those unable to attend, the Leadership Panel links are available for viewing below!

Boys Leadership Panel
Girls Leadership Panel
Agape Latte Was a Success
Our Campus Ministry team introduced Agape Latte, a virtual retreat for students last week and over 30 students joined us for the event. Fr. Michael Zimmerman spoke to the students about listening to God when he calls us to serve. This was a very special way for the Malden Catholic to launch Founders Week. The next Agape Latte will be held in January. 
Mission Moment
Raise your hand if you think the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the virgin birth. If you raised your hand…. Wrong! It doesn’t. But with the word “conception,” and the timing just weeks before Christmas, and Luke’s Gospel where the angel Gabriel tells Mary she is going to have a child, and she says, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man,” who could blame you, if you got it wrong!

The Feast, established in 1854, is really about Mary herself having been conceived without sin: pure. It precedes her September 8th birthday by nine months.
Gabriel’s first line, which we pray every time we say a “Hail, Mary” sets us in the right direction: “Hail, full of grace!” he says. We all know what “full” is, right? You can’t fit even the tiniest bit more. Well, in anticipation and honor of the role Mary would play as Mother of Jesus, God filled her with grace. No room for sin – either Original Sin (our inclination to assert self over God), or any other sin during her life. From the time Mary was conceived, she had God’s special favor: she was immaculate, a second Eve. You and I participate in grace, God’s gift of love. It’s available to us; but Mary’s full person is graced.

It is this fullness of grace that allows the teen-aged Nazorean girl without husband to accept unquestioningly the angel’s incredible message. She says, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” We all know Christmas as a “season of giving” at many levels. Mary models that attitude perfectly in “giving” herself wholly, unconditionally, selflessly, courageously to God and His plan for our salvation. Her love brings her to the foot of the Cross 34 years later. Looking for a heroine for today? Look to Mary
Malden Catholic Sports Information
Winter Athletic Policies
Students must be actively enrolled in either the BLUE or GOLD cohort by 12/10/20 to participate in Winter Athletics. Students in the RED cohort ​will not be​ allowed to participate in in-person activities including athletics. However, those students who wish to move from RED to in person learning must request this change to Mr. Smith (Girls Division)/Mr. Bucchino (Boys Division) prior to December 9th. Students who go RED for a particular school day or week, may NOT participate in athletics and/or extracurriculars.

Teams will be allowed to practice from the MIAA start date 12/14 - 12/23. Varsity teams that would like to resume team activities on 1/11/21 will need to participate in COVID testing. This means members of the team, including coaches, will need to have 2 negative tests beginning 1/2/21. Results must be given to Nurse Paquette or Nurse Olive in writing by 1/10/21. All sub-varsity teams will be permitted to resume team activities on 1/16/21. 
Sports Registration
FamilyID Winter Athletic Registration is open now for Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Ice Hockey and Boys Swimming. The deadline for registration is Sunday, December 13th. Winter try-outs will begin on Monday December 14th. The links for registration can be found below or on the MC athletics website page. Information regarding times and locations for try-outs will be posted as they become available.