Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Rose Redman
Principal
RedmanR@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,
 
Welcome to our first Sunday edition of the Headmaster Update. We (Principal and Headmaster) have joined our weekly communications to create one, comprehensive document. Our hope is that this combined format will provide our families the ability to find information in a single document to prepare for the week ahead. 
 
The upcoming week promises to be an exciting one! I hope, everyone is delighted about “springing ahead” into Daylight Savings time and having more hours of sunlight to enjoy as we move into spring.

This is Spirit Week! We will provide our school community with an opportunity to show support for the school throughout the week. We also will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph's Day (March 18) with a virtual Mass on Wednesday at 11:15 AM. Our girls' volleyball team has had a great start to the season, and we are looking forward to our first football game on Friday at Malden Catholic. Plus, be sure to mark your calendar for our State of the School Address on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 PM.

Information regarding the Address is below. Finally, as a pleasant surprise, we are also granting a “Headmaster Holiday” on Friday, March 19! This holiday will be a day off for students, faculty and staff so that everyone can take a day of rest during this long month.

The legacy at Malden Catholic is filled with rich traditions and experiences that have spanned more than 85 years. This past Wednesday, we celebrated our legacy with our Seniors by spending time together at school in the first of three planned Senior Days. We reminisced, we laughed, we snacked, we listened to advice of sage teachers, and we played dodgeball in the gym. The Class of 2021 will forever be remembered as the last all-boys class at Malden Catholic. It was when Brother Dan showed the boys the many “props” he has kept since their freshman year and sang them Bob Dylan's, Forever Young, that these gentlemen realized they are true legacies of Malden Catholic. The next two Wednesdays will focus on events that impact the boys’ present and future lives. Each and every one of boys in the Class of 2021 are special, and we celebrate their impact on the legacy of Malden Catholic High School!
 
Thank you again for your support,
 
John K. Thornburg, Headmaster
and Rose Maria Redman, Principal
At a Glance
Monday, March 15
Blue Day 1
Dress Down Day - students may wear green apparel

Tuesday, March 16
Gold Day 1
Dress Down Day - students may wear green apparel

Wednesday, March 17
Fifth Day
Senior Day Blue Cohort | 9 AM
Senior Day Gold Cohort | 12 PM
Academic Enrichment Grades 10, 11, 12 | 8 AM
Virtual Mass celebrating the Feast Day of St. Patrick (3.17) and the Feast Day of St. Joseph (3.19) | 11:15 AM
Lunch | 12:00 PM
Clubs | 12:30
Girls ROX Grade 9 | 1 PM - Mandatory
Boys Impact Group B Grade 9 | 1 PM - Mandatory
Girls with Impact Grades 10 and 11 | 1 PM - Mandatory

Thursday, March 18
Blue Day 2
Rosary in the Cafeteria | 7:30 AM
Dress Down Day - students may wear MC apparel

Friday, March 19
Headmaster Holiday - day off for students, faculty and staff
MC bldg
Teacher Spotlight
Pauline Giannantonio
Spanish Teacher
GiannatonioP@maldencatholic.org
Dear Malden Catholic Community,

Even though this is my first year teaching Spanish at Malden Catholic, I feel like I have come home! I was born and raised a few minutes away in Everett. I went to Boston College, where I studied Spanish and history and then taught at Girls Catholic High School for many years. It amazes me that I am back teaching in Malden at MC, a school that has such a tremendous history with Girls Catholic. Being here has brought back so many happy memories!
 
I now live in New Hampshire with my husband and “children,” our three rescue cats Sherman, Onyx and Shelly.

In addition to Spanish, I love animals, sports, mystery books and coffee. I am very happy to be a part of the MC community, and I look forward to a enjoying the rest of the year with our amazing students!
 
Mrs. Giannantonio
What's New?
Senior Days - March 10, 17 and 24
MC Seniors gathered at school last week to participate in the first of their Senior Days activity series. We are delighted to have our Class of 2021 get together at school on Fifth Days to celebrate Acknowledging the Past on March 10, Accepting the Present on March 17 and Looking Forward to the Future on March 24.

Wednesday, March 17
  • Blue Cohort 9:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Gold Cohort 12:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Red Cohort must send in a request to attend to Principal Redman.
Spirit Week - March 15 - 19
Welcome to Spirit Week at Malden Catholic!

Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16
  • Dress Down Day - students may wear green apparel in honor St. Patrick's Day
  • St. Pat's themed lunch in the MC Café
  • Keep an eye out for the Leprechaun

Wednesday, March 17
  • Mass celebrating both the Feast Day of St. Patrick (3.17) and the Feast Day of St. Joseph (3.19) at 11:15 AM. Please use this link.

Thursday, March 18
  • Dress Down Day - students may wear MC Spirit apparel to school and online classes.
  • Thursday is the beginning of the NCAA March Madness tournaments! TVs will be turned on during lunch to watch the games.

Friday, March 19
  • Headmaster's Holiday -During the long month of March with no days off, AP tests and exams, Headmaster Thornburg has granted a day off for students, faculty and staff to rest and rejuvenate!
State of School Address - March 18 at 6:30 PM
The Malden Catholic State of the School Address will be held on Thursday, March 18th, at 6:30 PM. The State of the School Address serves to update our families regarding Malden Catholic's accomplishments and progress in the areas of summer construction, strategic planning, the UnGala, end of the school year activities, summer programs, and more. We look forward to seeing you there! This will be a virtual event. Please join through the attached link.

Malden Catholic magnets were recently mailed to every family, and we hope you proudly display them in your home or on your car! We have a few extra magnets, so if you would like another magnet for your car, please see Mrs. Tracey at the front desk.
Servant Leadership Service Opportunities
With spring approaching and three months left in the school year, it is an ideal time to give back to those who are less fortunate. The Malden Catholic Campus Ministry team has compiled a list of potential organizations and activities for students to give back to the community. Please click on the link below for ways that you can participate.
Praying the Rosary
In addition to the full school praying of one of the Stations of the Cross every morning as a Lenten devotion, the MC Campus Ministry gives students an opportunity to Pray the Rosary on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 AM before school and to pray the Angelus at noon.
NACAC Virtual College Fair
NACAC is offering a Virtual College Fair on Sunday, March 21 at 1:00 PM with over 600 colleges represented. The virtual fair allows students to drop into a live Zoom session with the college of their choice to listen, ask questions and connect.

For more information, please check out virtualcollegefairs.org.
Agape Latte - March 23 at 5:30
Campus Ministry will host our next Agape Latte for the Gold Cohort on Tuesday, March 23, at 5:30 PM. This live monthly faith-sharing series that was founded at Boston College will be led by Father Eric Cadin, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Boston. Father works to create a Culture of Vocations throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and will share stories about how God works in our everyday lives.

Students should email Ms. Foley at foleyd@maldencatholic.org if you plan to attend in person.
MC STEM Innovation Fair - March 24
Members of the Malden Catholic STEM Research course have been hard at work conducting research to find answers to problems in the world around them.

Congratulations to the following students for earning an Honorable Mention Award and advancing to the next level of competition in the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair. We are very proud of these students and their inspiring projects!
  • Daniel Rodriguez '22
  • Samuel Sanzone '22
  • Stacie Gomes-Akmal G'22
  • Charles Dilman '22

In addition, 22 MC students will participate in Malden Catholic's Stem Innovation Fair on March 24 from 3 - 6:45 PM. The projects presented at the STEM Fair will be judged by a panel from the Greater Boston area who work in the fields of engineering, biotech, pharmaceuticals and defense. The STEM Fair schedule is as follows:
  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Students set-up and judges arrive
  • 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM | Projects judged
  • 5:15 PM to 5:30 PM | Student break
  • 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM | Open to parents (one parent per student) and teachers/staff
  • 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM | Winners announced
MC Parent Council Events
MCPC T-Shirts
The MC Parent Council has created t-shirts for all proud Malden Catholic parents and grandparents. They are available for only $10. Please order your MC shirt on the MCPC website page.
Malden Catholic Book Club
The next Malden Catholic Book Club meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 16th, at 6:30 PM. The Book Club will be reading Untamed by Glennan Doyle.

The club is open to all MC parents, faculty and friends, and we encourage you to join. If you are interested in being part of this engaging group, please contact Missy Barrett at missybarrett727@gmail.com.
Mock Trial Playoff Win
Congratulations to the MC Mock Trial team for their Sweet 16 playoff win on Thursday, March 11 over Gann Academy! With the win, the team moves on to the statewide Elite Eight. MC continues to make history by taking part in a criminal trial completely on a Zoom format. We are very proud of the team’s performances!
National Honor Society
This year is truly a historic one for the Brother Gilbert Chapter of the National Honor Society. Based on the current COVID-19 gathering limitations, we will induct 100 members into the NHS with two live ceremonies in the MC Auditorium, one for the Blue Cohort on March 29 and a second one for the Gold cohort on March 30th.

In order to celebrate together, we will share the event on Facebook Live and once it concludes, the students will process outside where parents can take pictures and enjoy a socially distant reception. Congratulations to all of our inductees!
Mission Moment with Brother Puccio
Joseph and Toxic Masculinity: Celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph

The penalty for adultery in 1st-century Judea was death by stoning. This could have been Mary’s fate, for she was pregnant during her betrothal. “Betrothal,” according to the laws of the day, “was the first part of the marriage, constituting a man and woman as husband and wife. Subsequent infidelity was considered adultery. The betrothal was followed some months later by the husband’s taking his wife into his home, at which time normal married life began.” (The New American Bible (Fireside), Mt. 1 note). 

The Gospel of Matthew tells us, though, “Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her’” (Mt. 1:19-20). So, Joseph chose to stay with Mary. In today’s idiom, one could say that Joseph was “a stand-up guy.” He did the right thing.

To read more, please click here.
Sports
MC Online School Store
Lancers, the MC online school store is open until March 15th! You can purchase a wide variety of new and classic MC apparel through this link: Champions Choice Apparel
Fall II Sports Games Schedule