Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,

I hope you and your family have been staying safe and warm. Over the past week, the New England winter has finally brought some temperatures that were well below freezing and spring is still a couple of months away. Fortunately, time is passing quickly, February is almost here, and the days are getting longer. All of this reminds us that there are many good things ahead of us and it is important that we press forward in our faith. As the writer of Hebrews 11:1-6 states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Cold winter days provide an opportunity for us to walk by faith to instill us with the hope we desire.

Researcher Brené Brown has spent two decades studying human traits such as courage, resilience and hope. She has found that hope is a cognitive process rather than an emotion. In other words, hope is not dependent on how we feel, but how we think. She suggests that to walk in hope we must do three things - set realistic goals, establish a pathway to those goals and believe we possess the ability to reach those goals. In simple terms, we must reframe our circumstances in such a way as to know we can not only survive, but also succeed. She adds that our capacity to hope can sometimes be the greatest in times of adversity.

Our Lord has stepped into human history with His love so we can always find hope, despite our circumstances. Romans 8 states, "Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us."  

My prayer for our school community is that we can continually rest on the hope we find in our faith in Christ.

Thank you for your support,
John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, January 25
Blue Day 1

Tuesday, January 26
Fifth Day
Academic Enrichment | 8:00 AM
PSAT for Grade 10 | 7:45 AM
Clubs for Grades 9, 11, 12 | 12:00PM
ROX - Grade 9 | 1:00 PM
Girls with Impact - Grades 10 and 11 | 1:00PM

Wednesday, January 27
Gold Day 1

Thursday, January 28
Blue Day 2
Rosary | 7:30 AM
Sports Jersey Dress Down $5

Friday, January 29
Gold Day 2
Rosary | 7:30 AM
Sports Jersey Dress Down $5
MC bldg
Ivonne Moguel
Spanish Teacher
mogeli@maldencatholic.org
Dear Malden Catholic Community,

Life presents us with new challenges every day, but turbulent times also provide an opportunity - the chance to help a fellow neighbor, to encourage one another with a greeting or a word of encouragement, to improve what we do and to transform ourselves. The warmth and enthusiasm of the Malden Catholic community has allowed me to experience these opportunities in action. I see this growth in my students as they learn and improve their Spanish language skills in class. They have been able to learn and expand despite the added layers of technology and other potential difficulties presented by the pandemic.

As someone who grew up in another country (Mexico) and raised two bilingual daughters, I believe and appreciate the importance of communication. What better way to be able to understand each other than in another language? During this COVID-19 outbreak, communication has been especially significant. Speaking Spanish, or any language, helps us to better understand our neighbor. Every day, I admire the efforts my students make to speak Spanish and communicate their life experiences in class, and I am encouraged by the way they accept the day-to-day challenges. I am also very grateful to grow in the midst of this beautiful community of faith.

Mrs. Moguel
What's New?
XBSS Retreat Application for the Class of 2022 - 1.25
Applications for the Class of 2022 XBSS Retreat are due today, January 25.Students who would like to participate should submit the retreat application provided by Principal Redman to all of the following individuals via Google Docs:

Grade 10 PSATs - 1.26 and Virtual College Admissions Panel - 2.10
On January 26, Grade 10 Malden Catholic students will take the PSAT at 7:45 AM. This is mandatory for all Grade 10 students. 

The next College event will be our Virtual College Admissions Panel 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 link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8551172820778079248
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

To provide more focused attention, students will be divided into two groups. Students in Round 1/Group A will take part in the program beginning February 3 through March 10. Students in Round 2/Group B will begin the program on March 17, continuing through May 5. For more information regarding IMPACT, please visit the website at: http://impactboston.org/.
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 future MC Parent Council initiatives.
Lucky Lancer MC Cafe Raffle Winner
Congratulations! The MC Cafe Raffle Winner from last week's lunch raffle is 091461. The lucky student who holds the winning ticket should see Mr. Grocki in the main office during his/her next cohort day. 

The winner must present the matching ticket to claim his/her prize. We would like to thank Ms. Cheryl Manucci and her entire staff for donating the amazing camera and film. This created for our student body over the past week!  
Habitat for Humanity Sports Jersey Dress Down Day - 1.28 and 1.29
This Thursday and Friday, Malden Catholic Student Council is sponsoring a Sports Jersey Dress Down Day to support Habitat for Humanity. With a $5 donation, students can wear their favorite jersey, give a shoutout to their team and contribute to Habitat for Humanity, one of MC's sponsored charities!
Valentine's Day Make-A-Wish Candygrams
Here is a sweet way to say how much you care for your friends and teachers on Valentine's Day! From January 25 to February 9, Malden Catholic's Make-A-Wish Club will sell Valentine's Day candygrams for $1 during lunch periods. Candygrams 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! 
Agape Latte - 1.28
Agape Latte is a faith storytelling series that​ invites guest speakers to share personal stories about times they saw God working in their everyday life. The upcoming session will be held on January 28th at 5 PM and feature Fr. Matt Williams.

This will be a live event and up to 35 students from the Blue Cohort can attend in person. Any student interested in attending, please email Ms. Foley at foleyd@maldencatholic.org to sign up. A link will be sent to the Gold and Red Cohorts so that they can attend virtually and participate in the Q&A.
Club Spotlight: Drama Club
Drama Club’s first production of this year is, Anxiety is Orange by Lindsay Price. This is a one act, vignette play in which characters navigate the world, each other and the energy reflected in the greens, greys, blues, reds, pinks, yellows and oranges around them.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the club will not be able to perform in front of a live audience. However, we are thrilled to announce that the play will be filmed and released to community in early February. This will give everyone an opportunity to enjoy and support the production!

For more information regarding Malden Catholic's Drama Club, please contact Ms. Keith at keithe@maldencatholic.org
The Angelus - Daily Prayer of Reflection Video
The Angelus is beautiful tradition of the Catholic faith that offers a prayer as an opportunity to meditate for a few minutes on Mary’s discipleship and her radical obedience to God’s will. Campus Ministry has created an opportunity for students to share in the tradition by creating a video tape of themselves reading a few lines of Scripture, one Hail Mary and a concluding prayer.   

This week, Campus Ministry with feature a video highlighting a different MC student reciting the Angelus each day on CCampus Ministry's Instagram account. If you are interested in making a video, please contact Ms. Foley at foleyd@maldencatholic.org for the information and video submission instructions.
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.
 
From January 19 - February 5, 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. 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 - 1.28 and 1.29
MC students are invited to join Campus Ministry this Thursday and Friday morning at 7:30 AM for a live rosary gathering. This event will take place in the cafeteria before school.
"Raising Boys to Men" Free Virtual Workshop for Adults - 1.26
The Melrose Alliance Against Violence invites parents and guardians to "Raising Boys to Men," on Tuesday, January 26th at 7 PM. This virtual, moderated discussion is designed to support parents in raising healthy young men. The hour-long panel discussion, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session, will focus specifically on parents’ roles in supporting the growth and development of our boys so that they can become responsible, respectful, and successful men. The panelists will offer tips and strategies for parents, advice for tough conversations, share examples of how to model healthy behaviors and provide guidance for dealing with difficult situations. To register, please fill out the Google form at: https://tinyurl.com/y6sr4d6g.

The panel will include local licensed clinical social worker, Sam Healey LISCW, Heidi Randall, Program Director from the organization Maine Men to Boys, and the Coordinator of the Children’s Trust and the Fatherhood Initiative, Michael Ramos. The conversation will be moderated by Craig Nordberg-Bohm, Consultant and Founder of the North American MenEngage Network.
Pleasant Auto School - Driver Education
Pleasant Auto School in Revere works in partnership with Malden Catholic to provide driver's education classes for students. Pleasant Auto has been in business for 70 years and is currently offering online classes and live driving instruction by experienced instructors. To register for the next class please call 781.284.4388.
Mission Moment with Brother Puccio
As we approach Catholic Schools Week at the end of this month, let’s test some of our MC-and-Catholic-Schools knowledge! We’ll share answers next week! Bet you can’t get them all! 😊 

1. In what year was Malden Catholic founded?  

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

3. Who was the founding Principal of Malden Catholic?   

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

5. What parish was Malden Catholic originally part of?   

6. Name 4 other Xaverian Sponsored Schools in Massachusetts.   

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

8. Name two other countries where the Xaverian Brothers have some presence.   

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

10. What does CFX mean?  
 
11. What was the nickname for Lancers Hockey in the 40’s and 50’s?

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?  
 
14. What country has the highest Catholic population?  
 
15. What graduate of Malden Catholic is a US Senator?   

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

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

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?

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.

One spectator per athlete may attend Boys and Girls Basketball Home games starting on 1/25 with a lanyard. Due to facility restrictions, no spectators will be permitted at any Hockey or Swim meets during this current phase. These policies will be adjusted as restrictions change.

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.
Malden Catholic Boys Basketball Win!
MC's Boys Basketball beat St. Johns of Shrewsbury last week and was featured by the Boston Herald. Way to go, Lancers! Keep up the great work this sports season. 

To read more about this, click here.
Malden Catholic boys romp over St. John's of Shrewsbury

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Mass. Girls HS Hockey - This Week's Highlights: Malden...

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Malden Catholic Hockey Highlights
MC's Girls Varsity Hockey had their first win on the ice! Way to go! We are thrilled to see where this season takes us. You can read more about the Hockey Highlights by clicking here.
Boys Basketball Featured in Boston Globe
Congratulations to MC's Boys Basketball! With a score of 60-50 Lancers won the Catholic Conference game. Way to go, Lancers! Read more about this in the Boston Globe or click here.
Tony Felder's game-high 24 points leads Malden Catholic...

The Malden Catholic boys' basketball team endured a frigid start from beyond the arc Sunday afternoon, comparable to the biting winds whipping outside their home gymnasium. But the Lancers endured, and using a 23-4 third quarter explosion, pulled ...

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