Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,
 
Welcome to February! Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it seems full already. It arrives with a nor’easter headed our way while we celebrate Catholic Schools Week and prepare events for Black History Month. With the weather prediction, it may be challenging for Punxsutawney Phil to dig out of his hole. Hopefully, he will find a way and let us know that spring will be here early this year!
 
As I had mentioned, this week is Catholic Schools Week. It is a time to celebrate our community of faith and a time to recognize that what makes our school community distinct: the foundation of faith upon which it is founded. Despite a pandemic, our faith is not shaken and the object of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Someone once told me that we should live as if Christ died yesterday, rose today and is coming back tomorrow! 

We remember the penalty He paid on the cross, the miracle of His resurrection and His promise for the future. Our faith rises above our circumstances every day. The Amplified Bible captures this in Christ’s own words when He says, “I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.
 
February is also Black History Month. We have a special guest speaker next week, Mr. Caylin Louis Moore, along with several events to help us celebrate. It is our shared history and diversity that creates the fabric of this nation. According our Xaverian Mission, we strive to role-model and teach “students to model Christ by utilizing their talents to respect the diversity of God's creation, seek justice and love their neighbor.”

A few parents have asked if we will be remote after Winter Break (February 15-19). Our plan is to return to Hybrid Model or Yellow Phase after the Winter Break and after Spring Break as well. 
 
February promises to be an exciting month! As always, we appreciate your prayers and support,
 
John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, February 1
Red Phase
Celebrating Vocations

Tuesday, February 2
Gold Day 1
Dress Down Day - Pajamas
Grade 9 Girls Class Activity | 1:00 PM

Wednesday, February 3
Fifth Day
Academic Enrichment | 8:00 AM
Virtual Catholic Schools Week Mass | 10:00 AM
Lunch | 11:00 AM
Clubs | 12:00 PM
Girls ROX Grade 9 | 1:00 PM
Boys Impact Boston Group A | 1:00 PM
Girls with Impact Grades 10 and 11 | 1:00 PM

Thursday, February 4
Blue Day 2
Dress Down Day - Decades (Freshman: 60s; Sophomores: 70s; Juniors: 80s; Seniors: 90s)
Rosary in Spanish | 7:30 AM
Grade 9 Boys Student Activities | 11:45 AM

Friday, February 5
Gold Day 2
Dress Down Day - Characters (Movies, TV Shows and Books.)
Rosary in Spanish | 7:30 AM
Grade 9 Boys Class Activity | 11:45 AM
MC bldg
Gregory Lee
Safety Monitor
leeg@maldencatholic.org
I joined Malden Catholic in the fall as the Boys Safety Monitor. In this role, I have the opportunity to greet the young men at MC every morning. I believe it’s my job to see that the start of their day is cordial and uneventful. Hopefully, this helps the students feel relaxed and ready to start learning. 

I believe in the power of words and do my best to choose my words carefully. The power of the right words at the right time. Words can make your day bright or gloomy. We need to speak, and hear words full of wisdom, understanding and perspective. Based on what we hear and read it effects our mind which plants a seed into our hearts. We want a good seed to take root, to blossom into something that will benefit others, so we must look for words that inspire, give hope, build confidence and support.

Malden Catholic fosters an atmosphere that promotes just that. When you start your day in prayer, the right words are being used at the right time. Putting God First is using true wisdom. He will bring peace and stability, and it will renew our minds. (Romans 12:2) Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by renewing your mind. It is my pleasure to be able to interact with the students and spend time with such a special community.

The people at Malden Catholic have formed an amazing atmosphere. I believe everyone, employees and students go above and beyond to achieve the spirit of excellence that exists at MC and I am grateful to be a part of it.

Mr. Gregory Lee 
What's New?
Catholic Schools Week
The Catholic Schools Week 2021- 2024 theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” As members of the Malden Catholic community, may we all strive to live in active service of Jesus and his mission as we nationally join together to celebrate this week!
Black History Month - February
Malden Catholic is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the Black saints in Catholicism.

For our first week, Dr. Baccari has featured the following Black Catholics as having been recognized as living a saintly life, although not officially designated a saint. Campus Ministry will feature additional inspirational individuals every week throughout the month of February. 
Saints Julian and Basilissa
Though married, Julian and Basilissa lived in chastity by mutual consent in Antioch, which today is in Turkey, during the reign of Diocletian, emperor of the Roman Empire. Julian and Basilissa used all their money in relieving the sick and converted their home into a hospital. Saint Basilissa tended the sick women in one part of the house while Saint Julian ministered to the men in another part. Saint Basilissa died before Saint Julian after several persecutions; Saint Julian lived many years longer. Although they both died in peace, the Church calls them martyrs.
Saint Martin de Porres
Saint Martín de Porres of Lima, Peru, is the only saint, of African origin, in the Western Hemisphere. Born in 1579, as the unwanted son of a Spanish knight and a freed African slave woman, Saint Martín showed signs of the virtues of modesty, humility, and charity for the poor early in his life. As a Dominican Brother, Saint Martín founded an orphanage and a hospital. He also ministered to hundreds of unhappy people from Africa who were forced into slavery in the new western world. Saint Martín is recognized in the Church as both the Patron saint of Peru and the poor. 
Saint Monica
Other than the Virgin Mary herself, no other mother is considered to have had so much influence on the early Catholic Christian Church as Monica of Tagaste, Africa. Saint Monica spent most of her life worrying and praying for her son Augustine's Christian conversion, who eventually became one of the Church’s greatest theologians. A crowning moment for Saint Monica was when she saw her son finally baptized in the Church. St. Monica died in the year 387.
Saint Henriette Delille
Mother Henriette Delille (duh-LEEL) was born in 1812 as a “free person of color.” At the tender age of age 17, she and two companions began evangelizing the large slave and free-people-of-color populations in New Orleans. Their efforts led to the formation of Sisters of the Holy Family, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Sisters of the Holy Family because the nation’s second religious order for women of color in 1842. Their mission is to care for the aged, instruct the unlearned, and care for the poor.
Saint Fulgentius
A member of the Gordiani senatorial family, Fulgentius was born in 462 in Thelepte, Tunisia, modern-day Medinet-el-Kedima. As a young man, he was responsible for collecting taxes. Later in life, he felt a call to religious life and decided to become a monk after reading St. Augustine's Exposition on Psalm 36. A devout follower of St. Augustine, Fulgentius loved the idea of community life and founded several monasteries in Africa while in exile. Fulgentius was elected Bishop of Ruspe in 502. Fulgentius died on January 1, 527.
MC Leadership Speaker Series Features Caylin Moore - Wednesday, 2.10 at 12 PM
We are honored to welcome Rhodes Scholar, Caylin Louis Moore who will speak via webinar to Malden Catholic students on Wednesday, February 10 at 12pm as part of the MC Leadership Speaker Series.
 
Caylin Louis Moore is the author of A Dream Too Big: The Story of An Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford, which has been featured by Good Morning America, ABC News, NBC LA, and Home and Family amongst others. His book was named to the Favorite Books of 2019 by Good Morning America’s Anchors. Caylin grew up in the Compton and South Central Los Angeles area of California. After undergraduate studies in Economics at Texas Christian University, he went on to become a 2017 Rhodes Scholar. Caylin is a 2019 graduate of the University of Oxford in England where he earned his master’s in Latin American Studies. A burgeoning thought leader, Caylin seeks to reform the way we think about and respond to gang membership, education and urban poverty. Caylin began his PhD in Sociology at Stanford University in the Fall of 2020, aspiring to become a university professor. We are thrilled that Caylin will be joining us on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 to share the story of his exodus from an impoverished background and a gang-ridden community. His eye-opening, inspirational story proves that, contrary to what others told him on his journey, there is no such thing as a dream too big

Students can register through this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3391251613795748364
MC Parent Council Events
MCPC February Meeting - February 10 at 4 PM
February Parent Council meeting will be held on February 10 at 4 PM, and feature Bill Raycraft MC Athletic Director as our guest. Please note that the time has changed for this event. You can join the meeting through this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/895316821

Virtual Trivia Night - February 26 at 7 PM
MCPC will be hosting Trivia Night on Thursday, February 25th at 7 PM. Only 500 participants may join this terrific event hosted by an MC alum and we expect to sell out. There will be prizes for the winners, so come join the fun by making a team or coming solo! We will have Trivia Night sign-up information available next week.

Women's Day of Recollection- Hold the Date
The Parent Council will also be hosting the annual Women's Day of Recollection on Sunday, March 7th. This event will be held virtually for all MC mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends. Be sure to mark the date in your calendar and additional details will available soon.

If you have not already done so, we invite all parents to join our MC Parent Council Facebook Group for all the latest school information.
Show Your Game Face - Purchase a Photo Square for MC Games
Be the first fan in the stands at MC home winter sports competitions! Show your support for MC student athletes by having your own personal photo square appear in the gym, rink or pool during home games. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends can join in to show our athletes a familiar face in the stands throughout the winter season!

To participate in this special Game Face opportunity, please indicate which sport you would like to choose (hockey, basketball or swimming), take a clear headshot of your head/shoulders, and email it to: delgenios@maldencatholic.org. Send a check payable to Malden Catholic High School or email Mrs. DelGenio if you would like to pay by credit card. Photo squares are $35/image. Photo submission and payments are due by February 1. Proceeds will support MCPC fundraising for future students, faculty and staff events and performances.
Paying for College, A Premier for Financial Aid and MC's College Admissions Panel
Malden Catholic School and College Counseling department has prepared an informational video to help MC parents prepare for college expenses. Paying for College, A Primer for Financial Aid is now available of MC's YouTube page through this link: https://youtu.be/jc0aDrxUdqk.

MC's Virtual College Admissions Panel will be held on February 10 at 6:30 PM. Admissions representatives from Catholic University of America, Stonehill College, Syracuse University, Tufts University and University of Massachusetts Lowell will provide information about the admissions process and take audience questions at the end of the panel discussion. Please register through this linkhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8551172820778079248
Paul Gillespie '58 Donates A Collection of Irish Books
Last week, Paul Gillespie '58 donated a collection of books and novels regarding Irish history, heritage and culture to Malden Catholic. These books will be available for students in the Boys and Girls Learning Commons. We would like to thank Paul for this amazing collection of literature!
Agape Latte
Agape Latte is a faith storytelling series and last week, MC featured Father Matt Williams as the event's guest speaker. Agape Latte was very well attended by students, both live and virtually, and would like to thank Father Matt for his tremendous support and words of inspiration.
Club Spotlight: Diversity and Inclusion Club
Our Malden Catholic Mission is, in part, “to create a community of faith that promotes the dignity and respects the diversity of all through Gospel values and an environment that fosters the love of God, of self and of others.” How perfectly the goals of the Diversity & Inclusion Club complement that Mission! 

The club exists to develop community, to promote dignity and respect for all, to explore the richness of what makes us unique, to consider the obstacles and challenges that come with that uniqueness, to celebrate the ties that bind us together, to discuss and educate ourselves to contemporary issues of inclusion and equity for people of color, to consider how we can make others in our community feel safe and welcome, to grow in friendship.

All this is done in concert with the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching that proclaims the dignity of the human person, the call to community, the option for the vulnerable, solidarity, and that invites us all to create a world based on love and justice.

To join the Diversity and Inclusion Club, please reach out the moderators:
Br. Tom Puccio tpuccio@maldencatholic.org
Ms. Deidre Foley foleyd@maldencatholic.org
IMPACT Leadership Programming to begin on February 3 for Grade 9 Boys
As part of Malden Catholic’s continued offerings through the MC Center for Leadership, the school has partnered with IMPACT, to provide programming which has been tailored for Boys Division students in Grade 9. The class will be held on Fifth Day and focuses on confidence, safety and empowerment, and features the following topics: 

  • Understanding Healthy Boundaries
  • Verbal Self-Defense
  • De-Escalating Conflicts
  • Defining Healthy Relationships
  • Being an effective bystander: Speaking up in Stressful Situations
  • Understanding Gender Socialization & Healthy Masculinity

This week, students in Round 1/Group A will take part in the program running from February 3 through March 10. Round 2/Group B will begin the program on March 17 and continue through May 5. For more information regarding IMPACT, please visit the website at: http://impactboston.org/.
Valentine's Day Make-A-Wish Candy Grams
If you have not already purchased your Candy Gram, here is a sweet way to say how much you care for your friends and teachers on Valentine's Day! Candy grams are available during lunch for $1 during lunch periods until Tuesday, February 9th and will be delivered to homerooms on Thursday, February 11 for the Blue Cohort and on Friday, February 12 for the Gold Cohort. Let someone know you are thinking of them and help a great cause! 
Donations for Buy-a-Bed
For many years, Malden Catholic has collaborated with Mission of Deeds as a service site for our student volunteers in support of the annual Buy-a-Bed campaign. Mission of Deeds is a non-profit charitable organization in Reading that gives beds, furniture and household items, free of charge, to people in need in over 90 Boston-North communities. In fact, Mission of Deeds provided nearly 1,500 beds and cribs to families in need in 2019 and last year, MC contributed $4,400 to the charity.
 
Members of Malden Catholic's Theology Department are inviting MC students to support this year’s Buy-a-Bed Drive by donating any amount to the charity in Theology class by February 5th. Theology teachers will accept daily donations and every contribution goes a long way toward buying a bed. Let’s see which Theology class can contribute the most!
Praying the Rosary In Spanish -
2.4 & 2.5
MC students are invited to join Campus Ministry this Thursday and Friday morning at 7:30 AM for a live rosary gathering in the cafeteria. This week, the Rosary will be prayed in Spanish.
MC Cafe's February Menu
MC Cafe's February menu is now available. You can also find the menu on the Malden Catholic website by clicking here.
Mission Moment with Brother Puccio
It's Catholic Schools Week, let’s see who answered the questions right and knows our MC History!

1. In what year was Malden Catholic founded?  1932

2. In what country did Theodore James Ryken begin the Xaverian Brothers?  Belgium

3. Who was the founding Principal of Malden Catholic?   Brother Gilbert

4. What name was Malden Catholic also known as in its early years?   Boys Catholic

5. What parish was Malden Catholic originally part of?   Immaculate Conception, Malden

6. Name 4 other Xaverian Sponsored Schools in Massachusetts.   
  Xaverian Brothers HS (Westwood), Lowell Catholic, St. John’s Prep, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

7. How many Xaverian Sponsored Schools are there in the United States? 13

8. Name two other countries where the Xaverian Brothers have some presence.   
Kenya, Congo, England, Belgium, Haiti

9. In what year did MC open its doors for classes in our current building on Crystal Street? 1968

10. What does CFX mean?   
Initials for Latin words meaning Congregation of Xaverian Brothers [Frateri]

11. What was the nickname for Lancers Hockey in the 40’s and 50’s? Blue Blades

12. How many Catholics are there around the world? 
Choices: 1 billion   100 million    2.5 billion   500 million

13. What continent has the highest Catholic population?  South America

14. What country has the highest Catholic population?   Brazil

15. What graduate of Malden Catholic is a US Senator?  Ed Markey

16. What graduate of Malden Catholic won a Nobel Prize?   Dr. Eugene Fama

17. What graduate of Malden Catholic played in the NHL and had two sons playing there?  
Keith Tkachuk

18. About how many Catholic schools are there in the United States?   
    Choices:  1000…..   3000….    6000…   9000…….   20,000

19. What percentage of professional staff at Catholic schools are sisters, brothers, or priests?
    Choices:  0.5%       3%      8%     12%    16%

20. What percentage of Catholic schools are single-gender boys schools?
Choices:  2%    6%      12%     16%      20%

21. What percentage of Catholic schools are single gender girls schools?
Choices:  2%   6%      12%     16%        20%

22. What is the percentage of non-white students at Catholic schools in the U.S.?
Choices:  10%     21%   35%   More than 40%  

23. Which is false? In the 1970s, Malden Catholic
a. generated its own electricity   b. had a swimming pool
c. had tennis courts encircled by a track d. had a television station

24. Of 18 Malden Catholic Headmasters, how many have been Xaverian Brothers?   14

25. Who from this list of MC faculty/staff is NOT an MC alum? Mr. Eamonn Casey, Mr. Jeff Smith, Mr. Dustin Batista, Mr. Robert Bucchino, Mr. Matt O’Neil, Mr. Dave Murray, Mr. Chris Cleary, Mr. Tim Endicott, Mr. Matthew Lee-Masiello, Mr. Sean Hurley, Mr. Nick Hurley, Mr. Mike McCarthy
Sports
Winter Athletics - Spectator Streaming Options
Please review the Winter Athletics Spectator Policy on
the Malden Catholic Athletics Page.

If you are interested in watching the teams play live, there are a variety of streaming resources that will allow you to feel as if you are live at the games. See this comprehensive list of Streaming Services and please note that some require subscription fees for use.
Sports Online Store is Open!
The MC School Store is now open. Please click here to see the latest Malden Catholic apparel. The store will only be open until Thursday, February 4, so make sure to order your apparel this week!

https://championschoice.tuosystems.com/shopping/1426400/mcschoolstore21
Fall II Registration Is Now Open
Fall II Boys Sports: Football and Indoor Track
You can find the registration form for Boys Fall II sports by clicking here.

Fall II Girls Sports: Cheerleading, Girls Volleyball and Indoor Track
You can find the registration form for Girls Fall II sports by clicking here.
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