Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,
 
I hope you enjoyed a long and restful weekend. It seems as though October is moving by quickly and as we dive into the fall, we have many opportunities for our students to become fully engaged and give back to the community.

Once again, Malden Catholic is pleased to support the Leonard Florence ALS Walk this year in a "virtual" format. We walk again this year in honor of Xaverian Brother Joe Comber C.F.X. (community member with Brother Cremin C.F.X. and Brother Puccio C.F.X.) and for other members of the MC family touched by ALS. This year, students are invited to participate in a 3-mile walk, done independently, with a donation of $10. We are excited to launch our participation with an on-line ALS Walk Kick-off on Friday, October 23 and we hope as many students as possible will join us and sign up through the link below.

We will also be honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink shirts (and uniform pants/skirts) this Thursday and Friday to help make life-saving breast cancer research and care possible. In addition, after all of the hard work and determination of our MC Make-A-Wish Club last spring, we will be granting our Make-A-Wish gift to a special child next month. Details will be announced soon!

I am so grateful for everyone in the MC community. With your dedication and care, we are creating an extraordinary year for Malden Catholic!

Thank you for your support,
 
John K. Thornburg
Headmaster

Please register for the ALS Walk through this link. (On the registration page, you will select “Join a Team” and then indicate Malden Catholic on the drop down menu.)
At a Glance
Monday, October 12
Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day
No School/Offices Closed

Tuesday, October 13
Gold Cohort
Virtual College Visit: University of Maine | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute | 2:20 PM

Wednesday, October 14
Blue Cohort
Virtual College Visit: Clark University | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Quinnipiac University | 2:20 PM

Thursday, October 15
Blue Cohort
Breast Cancer Awareness: Wear Pink (tops with uniform pants/skirts) 
Praying of the Rosary: MC Cafeteria | 7:30 AM
Virtual College Visit: University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: University of New England | 2:20 PM

Friday, October 16
Gold Cohort
Breast Cancer Awareness: Wear Pink (tops with uniform pants/skirts)
Praying of the Rosary: MC Cafeteria | 7:30 AM
Virtual College Visit: Simmons University | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: U.S. Air Force | 2:20 PM
Reminders from Principal Redman
Dear Families,

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I return to the Malden Catholic family. The last time I was part of the Lancer community I was a math teacher and a football coach. Ten years later, I have returned to MC as the Assistant Principal of Student Life, a husband to my wife Kristen and a father to our 3 year old son, Hunter James. 

There have been so many changes in my life since I last walked the halls of this amazing school, and one thing has remained the same... the welcoming and nurturing environment at Malden Catholic. It has been great to reconnect with so many familiar faces and I look forward to connecting with all of the new ones. I am very grateful to all of you. Thank you for welcoming me and my family back home!

Mr. Jim Grocki
Assistant Principal, Student Life
Jim Grocki
Assistant Principal, Student Life
grockij@maldencatholic.org
What's New?
Breast Cancer Awareness
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear pink this Thursday and Friday to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Students may wear pink shirts with their traditional uniform pants or skirts. 

For more information and ways to contribute, click here.
Malden Catholic Students in the News!
Medford's Wicked Local featured Malden Catholic students, Kayla and Kaden Francillon. We are delighted to have our sports season underway and such dedicated athletes at our school!

To read the full article, click here.
Lancer Pride: Medford siblings Kayla, Kaden Francillon...

Medford High School student-athletes are unable to play competitive sports this fall due to the Greater Boston League's decision to postpone fall sports until late February over COVID-19 concerns.That doesn't mean Medford high school-aged...

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medford.wickedlocal.com
MC Tours and Small Group Information Sessions
We are thrilled to announce that MC will be hosting incoming Class of 2025 families this year in safe, socially-distanced small group gatherings.

Beginning next week, Malden Catholic will hold live, In-person Presentations and Tours for prospective 8th grade families from surrounding communities. These socially-distanced small group sessions will share some exciting admission information along with a brief tour while following all CDC and state health guidelines and practices. The MC facility will receive a deep cleaning after the completion of each event.

If you know of any families that would like to learn more about Malden Catholic, please invite them to sign up on the MC admissions page. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

For more information go to the admissions page or click here for our PDF.
Rosary Prayer Sessions on Thursdays and Fridays
Malden Catholic's Campus Ministry will hold Rosary Prayer Sessions on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 AM in either the Our Lady of the Rosary Courtyard or the cafeteria. No knowledge of the rosary is required and we will have rosary beads and instructions available.

This is a socially-distanced event offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Dr. Stephen Baccari or Ms. Deirdre Foley if your student would like to attend.  
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Mass
Last week, we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a virtual Mass. We were blessed to have Father Michael Della Penna, O.F.M. preside at MC and we thank him for his beautiful Liturgy.

We would also like to thank our Campus Ministers, Ms. Deidre Foley and Dr. Stephen Baccari, along with Brother Puccio C.F.X., and Eavan Flood, Kylie Bragg, Ben Foy and Vincent Carbone for participating in the celebration.

To watch this event, please click here.
FAFSA Night Webinar
Last Thursday evening, MC's School and College Counseling team hosted a FAFSA webinar for Seniors and their parents. The webinar featured guest speaker and facilitator, Patricia Reilly, the Associate Dean of Financial Aid at Tufts. Patricia was able to guide families through the detailed FAFSA application and answer a host of questions regarding financial aid for college.

To watch this event, please click here.
Mission Moment
Sign Up for MC's Virtual ALS Walk
MC's Grade 9 Theology classes these days are starting their journey into the Old Testament. One of the early stories of the book of “Genesis,” you will recall, tells of Cain’s slaying of his brother Abel. To God’s request of Cain to account for his brother’s whereabouts, Cain gives us the memorable, guilt-ridden reply, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The resounding answer, of course, is “YES!” We ARE called to care for one another. Catholic social teaching flows from this bedrock conviction that as brothers and sisters, all children of God, we owe one another care. We each can manifest care in many ways, whether simply in being thoughtful of members of our family, or helping a stranger in need, or even just wearing a mask because helps the common good. At MC, we understand “care” in our spiritual value of “compassion.” We teach it; and we model it.

This week you and your sons and daughters have an opportunity to model care by participating in our annual ALS Walk for Living in support of Chelsea’s Leonard Florence Center, a residence for people with ALS and Multiple Sclerosis. This year, the walk will be “virtual,” done independently, with a donation being made in the name of the Malden Catholic Walk Team. On Friday, October 23, (a Faculty Retreat Day, no classes), we will have an online kick-off event and invite students and others to complete a three-mile walk along a route of your choice. We will ask for a minimum $10 on-line donation. Students donating $15 by this Thursday will receive an official t-shirt. 

Last year's Walk was dedicated in honor of Brother Joe Comber, CFX, a member of the Xaverian community and Brother Tim Hoey, former MC Social Studies Chair and MC veteran of 27 years, who took leave of teaching three years ago to care full-time for Brother Joe. He is, indeed, his Brother’s keeper in humble, heroic way. Other members of our immediate Lancer community have family and friends challenged by ALS, too.

Please help your son or daughter with donating to the Malden Catholic High School Team. (It will require a credit card) Many thanks for caring!

Brother Puccio

(On the registration page, right column, select “Join a Team,” and then use the dropdown menu to select Malden Catholic High School.)
Sports Events This Week
Our sports season is in progress. If you have not already reviewed the guidelines for fall sports, please take a moment and read Malden Catholic's Return to Fall Athletics Plan found on our website. Click here for the Return to Fall Athletics Plan.

If you need MC masks, they are now available though our uniform supplier, Collegiate House.