President's Update
Dear Families,

Russell was our homeless person in our small Wisconsin town… kind of. He did have an apartment but spent almost all of his time walking the sidewalks, smoking a cigarette and looking for someone to tell one of four stories he repeated over and over again. Russell had suffered a brain injury in the Vietnam War, and the government provided him with a place to live and enough financial support for a modest living.

Russell and I established enough rapport that he remembered my name (after I had reminded him numerous times.) Eventually, I invited him to church, and he agreed to accompany our family. The next Sunday morning, Russell arrived on time and jumped in to my Suburban with all of the kids. The children were none too happy because Russell’s hygiene was somewhat lax and his cigarette fragrance was overpowering.

We all attended church that morning, which Russell seemed to enjoy and afterwards, I stepped outside the building to wait for my family. While standing there, a well-meaning church member came up and asked to speak with me privately. We moved over a few yards and the man pointed to Russell, who was enjoying a cigarette and none the wiser. He said, “That guy’s testimony is terrible, Look at him, smoking in the church parking lot!”

One of our Xaverian values is compassion. It can be defined as the capacity to feel deep sympathy or empathy for another individual. I recently heard a well-known Catholic speaker, Dr. Edward Sri, describe compassion in a way that I had not heard before. He said that compassion is offering Christ’s love despite what we see or understand. In other words, only God knows the true journey of each human soul, and final judgment is reserved to Him; our role is to offer His love even when we may be hesitant to do so.

This definition of compassion made me think of my church friend. On the one hand, he was correct. Russell was not a typical churchgoer. His testimony could be questioned due to his look, dress and smell. However, Russell was more than the sum total of his appearance. He had been through some things most of us will never encounter, and his experience in the war left him with challenges. Since I knew Russell's background, it was easier for me to have compassion. I might have judged him as the lay leader did if I had not been previously informed.

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. His example of compassion is nothing short of miraculous. Christ didn’t wait until we had cleaned up our act or were able to manufacture a good testimony. He paid the ultimate price even though he knew who we were. While knowing everything about us, his compassion or sympathy for us is beyond my comprehension.

We each have the capacity to receive and give compassion. It’s one of the ways we are created in His image. One of the most important ways we can minister to others is by meeting each individual where they are and extend compassion. In fact, this can often be one of the most transformational moments in our lives. As we move into the Christmas season, may we grow in a deeper understanding of the character trait of compassion in our lives and the lives of our students.

Thank you for your support,

John Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, December 12
Day C

Tuesday, December 13
Day B
Posadas Navideñas Celebration - 3 PM

Wednesday, December 14
Day A
Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

Thursday, December 15
Day H
MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party - 6:30 PM
Christmas Concert - 7 PM

Friday, December 16
Day G
Weekly Mass - 7:20 AM
Lancer Santa Toy Drive Ends
Advent Prayer Service/Lancer Santa - 1:15 PM

Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2
Christmas Recess - No Classes

Tuesday, January 3
Classes Resume
MC Attendance Policy
Due to an increased number of absences and tardiness, MC Administrators ask that you review the Attendance Policy. We have included additional details regarding the policy and proper procedures for contacting the Main Office. 

Dismissal Policy
Students who do not feel well need to report to the MC Nurse’s Office. One of the nurses will call parents if a student’s condition warrants dismissal. MC students should not be calling their parents to come and dismiss them if they feel ill. Students must be seen by one of the MC Nurses first. Thank you for your understanding.
We are providing the MC weekly dining menu in the President's Update to make it easier for students to plan lunch throughout the week. The menu is also available through the Malden Catholic Mobile App along with easy access to the online portal for adding money to student lunch accounts. Search for "Malden Catholic" in the app store on your phone.
From the Nurses' Office
Christmas Break COVID-19 Testing
In homeroom next week, all students will receive a box of two COVID-19 test kits from iHealth. Before returning to school after Christmas break, we ask that each student take a COVID-19 test. We hope that everyone in our community will test negative for COVID-19, However, if your student tests positive, please notify the Malden Catholic School Nurses at [email protected] or by phone at 781-475-5318 or 781-475 5312.

Please note that COVID-19 test kits can be obtained with no copay through your insurance at any pharmacy where you have your prescriptions filled.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to maintain a Culture of Health at MC. We wish you a happy and healthy Christmas!

Mrs. Elizabeth Paquette, RN, P'02, '07
Ms. Carol Olive, RN
School & College Couseling
Deadline to register: Friday, December 16

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO and affiliated unions are proud to award financial resources each year to high school seniors pursuing trade union programs or college/university study. ­Individual awards range from $500 to $16,000. To qualify, Seniors must take a Labor History exam. Information on the Scholarship and Exam can be found on the Learn Labor History website. The exam will be administered during the school day and during the week of February 6 at Malden Catholic.

Please register for the 2022 - 2023 MA AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program Exam through this link. Resources for the exam can be found here:
Junior Class College Planning Kick-off and College Admissions Panel - January 19 at 6:30 PM

The Junior Class Parent/Guardian College Admissions Panel and Kick-Off event will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 PM in the MC cafeteria. This event will include a question-and-answer session with a college admissions panel, provide the framework of the admissions landscape, an overview of the entire college application process, as well as other information that will make applying to college easier.
College Acceptances
MC School and College Counseling would like to remind Grade 12 students to update Naviance with college acceptances. Please reach out to Ms. DelGenio with any questions at [email protected].
What's New?
Spirit Week - 12.12 to 12.16
Charity Dress Down Days
In the spirit of Christmas, next week we will have dress down days Monday - Thursday to support various causes within our community. Each day, $5 will be collected in homerooms and all dress down rules apply. Students who choose not to participate must be in dress code.
  • Monday - Toy Drive for DCF and Housing Families
  • Tuesday - Limbs 4 Life
  • Wednesday - Friends for Earth (MC 4 Earth Club)
  • Thursday - Irish Red Cross (Irish Heritage Club)

Free Dress Down Day
  • Friday - free Dress Down Day

Student Council Christmas Movie
Student Council is hosting a Christmas movie viewing on Friday, December 16 at 4 PM in the cafeteria. The movie is "Home Alone." There will be a hot chocolate bar and bake sale items that can be purchased with proceeds going to a charity.
Posadas Navideñas Celebration - 12.13 at 3 PM
Between December 16 and December 24, towns and villages across Mexico celebrate “Posadas Navidenas,” traditional Christmas parties, which recall the events leading to the nativity of Jesus. The MC Foreign Languages Department, supported by Campus Ministry and the Latinx Club, is hosting a MC Posada, on Tuesday, December 13, at 3 PM and all are welcome to attend. 
“Posada” is Spanish for “inn.” The celebration enacts the journey that Joseph and Mary had to make to Bethlehem. Participants act as pilgrims journeying with Mary and Joseph as they look for lodging, and they are turned away at “the inn.” When they are finally given permission to stay in a stable, there is a celebration with singing, breaking a piñata, and eating (hot chocolate and snacks). Participants will assemble outside the chapel, process down the main corridor, with some singing of Spanish litany and make their way to the cafeteria for piñata and snacks.
Christmas Concert - 12.15 at 7 PM
On December 15 at 7 PM, the Malden Catholic Theater Department invites you to attend the annual MC Christmas Concert in the Performing Arts Center. You won't want to miss this exciting performance from the Malden Catholic Choir and the Malden Catholic Dance Company! Seats are limited, so please reserve your spot through this link.
MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party - 12.15 at 6:30 PM
The MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 PM at MC in the Campus Ministry Center. The December MC Book Club will be discussing A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, a series of five short stories that capture the magical moments of the holidays. Parents are invited to write a paragraph about a Christmas memory of their own that they can share at the meeting if they wish.

Yankee Swap
For those who wish to participate, the theme for the Yankee Swap will be "angels." You may find a unique, angel-related gift for under $10.

Please R.S.V.P. to Vange Egizi at: [email protected] if you can attend, and/or would like to bring one of the following refreshments:
  • Something savory
  • Something sweet
  • Bottle of red wine
  • Bottle of white wine
  • Sparkling water
  • Disposable cups, plates, and napkins
Lancer Santa Toy Drive - through 12.16
Our annual Lancer Santa Toy Drive that supports Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Housing Families, Inc. is in full swing. Please drop off new, unwrapped toys at the MC Christmas tree in the foyer. The toys will be picked up following the December Christmas Prayer Service on Friday, December 16.

Housing Families, Inc. is an organization that works in the Greater Boston area to provide housing and shelter for families and individuals experiencing homelessness, including emergency shelter and permanent, stable housing. 

Department of Children and Families (DCF) is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities north of Boston to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. MC has been supporting DCF for over 30 years. We look forward to continuing this holiday tradition!
Gift Card Giving Tree
Instead of donating a toy this holiday season, consider donating a gift card to families in need. An ornament will display the store name and amount on the Giving Tree in MC's front lobby. Gift cards will be delivered as they are received to Salemwood School in Malden.
Winter Coat Drive - 1.3 to 1.17
Malden Catholic's Campus Ministry department has teamed up with Malden Warming Center, Salemwood School, and Coats for Kids and Families for the annual Winter Coat Drive. Students are encouraged to bring in gently used coats for kids, long underwear, and handwarmers from January 3 - January 17, 2023. Collection boxes will be located in the lobby and in the Campus Ministry Center. This is an ideal time to look in your closet and donate a coat that you no longer wear.
Lancers in College Day - 1.5 at 2:30 PM
The first annual Lancers in College Day for the MC Classes of 2019 - 2022 will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 2:30 PM - 4 PM in the cafeteria. We will distribute the 2022 yearbooks and alumni can catch up with former classmates, teachers and administrators. Please register by January 3 through this link.
What's Happening Around MC?
National Roman Civilization and
National Classical Etymology Exams
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass
Christmas Holiday Cards for the Elderly
MC's New Laser Cutting Machine
Wrestling Blessing and Mass
Introduction to Engineering Class
Christmas Ornaments
Theodore James Ryken Award
Congratulations to Eamonn Casey '94, P'25 on winning Malden Catholic's 2022 Theodore James Ryken Award!
In recognition of the devotedness of the adult members in Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools, the Theodore James Ryken Award has been established to recognize an adult member of the school community who by his or her commitment and dedication lives the mission of the Xaverian charism of education.

For over 20 years, Eamonn has gone above and beyond to ensure that our time-honored Xaverian and Catholic traditions are upheld in the classroom. His ability to see beyond daily circumstances and embrace our community through the eyes of faith has furthered the faith formation of every person he has encountered. By possessing a persevering personality combined with instrumental leadership, Eamonn is a person Malden Catholic is fortunate to have as a faculty member. In every task he has been involved with and in every cocurricular club he has led, Eamonn has demonstrated "Plus Ultra" time and time again. We are grateful for Eamonn's contribution to our school community and to the school's success!
Crystal Hi-Lites
The Fall edition of MC's annual report, Crystal Hi-Lites, is now available for viewing on the MC website. The magazine features engaging stories, alumni interviews and updated information regarding the 2022 school year.
The MC DECA Club competes against other schools in business-focused simulations. The competitive environment prepares students for careers and higher-educational opportunities in entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and hospitality.
Students Enjoy "A Company Celebration at Pops"
We thank the Catholic Schools Foundation for providing tickets for eight MC CSF scholarship students to attend “A Company Celebration at Pops.” Girls Division Leader Ms. Jeanne Lynch-Galvin and Brother Puccio joined the students for a meal at the Fairmont Hotel, followed by a Christmas Concert with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. It was a very special evening for all!
MC Parent Club Wreath Decorating and Bow Making Get-Together 
We would like to thank Mrs. Elizabeth Paquette for hosting a wonderful MC Parent Club wreath decorating and bow-making get-together! Our parents had a fantastic evening decorating live evergreen wreaths and making festive holiday bows. The next MC Parent Club meeting will be held on February 8 from 6 - 7 PM.
Catholic Schools Foundation 2022 Corporate Trivia Night
Last week, MC Faculty members Chris Cleary '05, Eammon Casey '94 P'25, Felim Clancy, Darian Radzidowski, Sheila Foley, Tim Endicott '06, Nick Hurley '00, and Jared Belliveau '97 attended the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) 2022 Corporate Trivia Challenge. The "Voice of MC" came out on top in a tiebreaker as the new CSF Corporate Trivia Masters! The event helped raise nearly $25,000 to provide a life-changing education for students in need across the Greater Boston area.
Mission Moment
And Wonders of His Love...

I love Christmas carols! Do you? I don’t start listening right after Halloween though. I’ll wait till about now, early-mid-December and will try to stay in the mood through mid-January. One of my favorites is “Joy to the World.” The song shouts out, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her king!” I wonder whether the lyricist Isaac Watts had evangelist Luke in mind when he penned the famous words in 1719. Luke expressed similar sentiments: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.”

For Romans of the day, Luke’s words would not have been at all joyful nor comforting; in fact, they’d be considered treasonous taunts! Threats to Caesar! Only Roman emperors claimed to be sons of god; only Caesar was Lord. Roman legions sent formal announcement of military victories with the proclamation “We bring glad tidings!” (good news!) The word “host” is derived from a Hebrew word meaning “army.” The “heavenly host” of angels that stood watch at the birth of Jesus was an army of angels. Caesar beware! In ways that readers or listeners of the day would have understood, Luke was announcing that there was “a new sheriff in town.” That’s why Herod the Great, King of Judea, called for the murder of all baby boys under two years of age in the vicinity of Bethlehem. Eliminate the threat. 

The Jews had been waiting for centuries for a powerful political savior to lift them from enslavement and political oppression, a messiah, a king; and now he had come in Jesus! But our God is a God of surprises. The king came as a powerless baby. Laying in a manger used to feed animals, he would one day feed the world with his own body. He came to replace the power of the great nations, the power of violence, with the power of love. His kingdom was elsewhere, and it would be easy to miss it. Advent invites us to attune ourselves as best we can to God’s amazing love for us, to immerse ourselves in the wonder of His love.

“He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
& wonders, wonders, of His love.”
What sort of God would bother with his creatures in such a caring way as to send a son to re-establish a broken friendship with them? What sort of God would suffer every indignity and die for his creatures? Hard to imagine! We can, of course, never come even close to understanding fully a God such as that. At best, we can wonder with gratitude at His love. Knowing, too, that this God has created us in his image, we would do well to direct our wonder into action: transform gratitude into love for our fellow creatures. Jesus – baby, king, and judge -- is our model. May the wonder of God’s love fill us with joy and direct us along loving paths this Christmas! Merry Christmas!
Brother Thomas Puccio, CFX, Ed.D., H'18
NLI Signing
Congratulations to Brendan Zinck '23 who signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Merrimack College on the Division I Golf team. Way to go, Brendan!
Christie Serino Christmas Hockey Tournament - 12.27 to 12.28
An annual tradition, The Malden Catholic community will honor the late Mr. Christie Serino Jr. at the Christie Serino Christmas Hockey Tournament on Tuesday, December 27, where we will welcome members of the Serino family to join us for the puck drop. Tournament participants will include MC, Weymouth High School, St. Mary's High School and Franklin High School.

Chris Serino was the Athletic Director and Head Hockey Coach at MC who passed away in October of 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Coach Serino’s determination, commitment and love of the game made the Malden Catholic hockey program one of the best in New England. The Malden Catholic community and hockey world will be forever grateful to Coach Serino. 
Winter Sports
Senior Banners may be purchased from Dracut Threads until January 6 through this link.
Monday, December 12
3:30 PM Girls Freshman Basketball @ St. Mary's
5:00 PM Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ Reggie Lewis Center

Tuesday, December 13
5:00 PM Girls JV Basketball @ Ursuline Academy
5:00 PM Boys JV Basketball @ Charlestown HS
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Ursuline Academy
6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Charlestown HS
7:10 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Boston Latin Academy

Wednesday, December 14
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Burlington HS

Thursday, December 15
3:15 PM Boys Varsity Swimming Home vs St. John's High School
Friday, December 16
3:30 PM Boys Freshman @ Basketball South High Community School
4:30 PM Boys Varsity Indoor Track Catholic Conference Indoor Track @ NB Track
5:00 PM Boys JV @ Basketball South High Community School
6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ South High Community School

Saturday, December 17
9:00 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Wakefield Wrestling Tournament
9:20 AM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey Home vs Boston College High School
10:00 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Austin Preparatory School
2:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Newburyport HS

Sunday, December 18
6:30 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey @ Canton HS

Monday, December 19
5:00 PM Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ Reggie Lewis Center
8:15 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Arlington HS

Tuesday, December 20
3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball @ Cathedral HS
5:00 PM Boys JV Basketball @ Cathedral HS
5:00 PM Girls JV Basketball Home vs Fontbonne Academy
6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @Cathedral HS
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Home vs Fontbonne Academy

Wednesday, December 21
4:30 PM Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ Catholic Conference Indoor Track NB Track
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Boston Latin Academy 4/5:00pm
Thursday, December 22
3:15 PM Boys Varsity Swimming Home vs East Boston HS
3:30 PM Girls Freshman Basketball Home vs Burlington High School
5:00 PM Girls JV Basketball Home vs Burlington HS
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Home vs Burlington High School

Friday, December 23
1:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Home vs KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School
3:10 PM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey @ St. John's Prep School
3:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Central Catholic High School
8:40 PM Boys JV Ice Hockey @ St. John's Prep School
Saturday, December 24
9:15 AM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey Home vs Xaverian Brothers High School
10:30 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey Home vs Xaverian Brothers High School

Tuesday, December 27
3:00 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey Home vs St. Mary's
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Christie Serino Christmas Tournament Weymouth vs St. Mary's
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Franklin High School Christie Serino Christmas
Tournament Malden Catholic vs Franklin Home
Wednesday, December 28
9:00 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Pentucket Tourney
2:30 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Bishop Feehan High School
2:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball MC Christmas Tournament Arlington vs Arlington Catholic
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Christie Serino Christmas Tournament Consolation Game
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Christie Serino Christmas Tournament Championship Game
12:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Concord Carlisle High School Bob Bigelow @ Winchester HS

Thursday, December 29
TBA Girls Varsity Basketball @ Bob Bigelow Torun - Winchester HS
10:00 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Watertown Quad
2:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Malden Catholic Christmas Tournament Game
Saturday, December 31
9:20 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey Home vs Natick HS
10:30 AM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey Home vs Natick High School
1:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Notre Dame High School-West Haven
2:00 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Burlington High School