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President's Update

Dear Families, 

This week was Founder’s Week for all Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools (XBSS). Founder’s Week is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Theodore James Ryken as the founder of the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier (the formal name for the Xaverian Brothers).

Founder’s Week was celebrated through a variety of student activities throughout the week, including the morning prayer centered around the Xaverian spiritual values, a Xaverian-themed Pizza and Prayer, a school-wide scavenger hunt, and a homeroom poster contest. Additionally, students wrote thank you cards to the Xaverian Brothers and enjoyed Belgium waffles in the cafeteria to recognize Xaverian Brothers Foundation Day in Bruges, Belgium. The week concluded with our St. Francis Xavier Founder’s Day Mass, which included the presentation of the Theodore James Ryken Award.

Our theology classes have been discussing the history of the Xaverian Brothers, the 13 American schools in our network, and the fundamental principles. During one of my many walks through the hallways, Mr. Gregory asked me to come into his class. The class was discussing the origins of Malden Catholic and how the Brothers came to form our school. Mr. Gregory asked me what it was like in the '90s when there were so many Brothers still living and teaching at MC. This led to a deeper discussion about the impact the Brothers had on me as a student and my classmates. We then talked about their ability to positively impact the whole community including parents, faculty, staff, coaches, and alumni. 

We are blessed to have active Brothers on campus, such as Brother Tom Puccio, who serves as MC’s Director of Mission Integration and teaches theology classes, Brother Ed Rice, whose art is displayed around the school and Brother Tim Hoey who lends his guidance to our Mock Trial Team.

From the beginning, the Brothers instilled in all students the values of Humility, Simplicity, Compassion, Trust, and Zeal, shaping our daily routines at school and home. Under the guidance of the Xaverian Brothers, our XBSS Student Leaders light the path, continuing this way of life in our now codivisional school.

The Fundamental Principles of the Brothers of Saint Francis Xavier call us to be “ready to answer when asked if you are available for God to become more present in your life and through you to the world.” The Brothers provided us with examples of how to be present and ready to do whatever is necessary for the good of the community. We encourage students to participate in a variety of cocurriculars, service projects, and athletics. This serves as a reminder of how students continue to receive a Catholic education in the tradition of the Xaverian Brothers and allows them “to be formed by God through the common, ordinary, unspectacular flow of everyday life,” both inside and outside of the classroom.


Jeffrey P. Smith '95, P'24, '26

At a Glance

Monday, December 4

Day A

Tuesday, December 5

Day H

MC Parent Club: Wreath Decorating and Bow Making Get-Together - 6 PM 

Wednesday, December 6

Day G

Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party - 6:30 PM

Thursday, December 7

Day F

Dress Down Day - $5

Friday, December 8

Day E

Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass

All students must arrive to school in Mass Day attire. 

MC Weekly Dining Menu

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.

School and College Counseling

AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam at Malden Catholic

Deadline to register: Friday, December 22

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 through this link. The exam will be administered during the school day and during

the week of February 6 at Malden Catholic.

Please register for the 2023 - 2024 MA AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program Exam through this link. Resources for the exam can be found here:

College Affordable FAFSA Webinar - December 7 at 6:30 PM

College Affordable will be hosting its next webinar for MC families on Thursday, December 7, which will focus on the new FAFSA layout. Participants will learn the language of the form, gain a better understanding of the application process and review how to complete the FAFSA. To register, please complete the form using this link. To check if you are already registered, please refer to emails from Zoom. For any questions, please email College Affordable at [email protected] or contact your School Counselor.

Junior Class College Planning Kick-off and College Admissions Panel - January 18 at 6 PM

The Junior Class Parent/Guardian College Admissions Panel and Kick-Off event will be held on Thursday, January 18 at 6 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?

MC Parent Club: Wreath Decorating and Bow Making Get-Together - 12.5 at 6 PM 

Come join the Christmas festivities on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 PM for a fun Wreath Decorating and Bow Making Get-Together hosted by Nurse Paquette. The group will decorate live evergreen wreaths and learn how to make spectacular bows. Please bring a potluck appetizer. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Nurse Paquette P'02, '07 at [email protected].

MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party - 12.6 at 6:30 PM

The MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 PM at MC in the Campus Ministry Center. The December MC Book Club will be discussing The Twelve Topsy Turvy Very Messy Days of Christmas by James Patterson, an easy-to-read delightful Christmas story.

Book Swap

Please bring a wrapped book for the Christmas Book Swap.

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 and still water
  • Disposable cups, plates, and napkins

Dress Down Day - 12.7

MC's Campus Ministry will be sponsoring a Dress Down Day to support the Lancer Santa Toy Drive on Thursday, December 7. Please bring a $5 donation if you would like to participate. All Dress Down Days must follow Dress Down Day protocol which can be found through this link.

Grade 10 Student Retreat - 12.11 & 12.12

Next week, Grade 10 students will experience a Retreat Day. The Boys Division will participate in the retreat on Monday, December 11 and the Girls Division will experience the retreat on Tuesday, December 12. Students will not attend classes on these days. The retreat will provide students with a day of reflection, prayer, games and community interactions. Students will participate in a set of forums designed to help them understand the Xaverian Mission and the school, while getting to know each other better as they strengthen their relationship with God.

Christmas Concert - 12.13 at 6 PM 

Seats for the MC Christmas Concert are now sold out. The Christmas Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at 6 PM and the event will be livestreamed on MC's YouTube Channel for those who would like to watch the concert remotely.

Lancer Santa Toy Drive - through 12.14

The 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 and we look forward to continuing this holiday tradition. The 2023 Lancer Santa Toy Drive will run until Thursday, December 14.

Please drop off new, unwrapped toys in the MC sleigh in the main lobby. The toys will be picked up by DCF following the Christmas Prayer Service in December. All donations will be given to DCF Metro North in Wakefield.

MC Travel Club Tour of Italy Parent Meeting - 12.14 at 6 PM

The MC Travel Club will be taking a trip to Tuscany and Rome, Italy, during April Vacation, from March 12 - March 20, 2024, and all students, parents, alumni, and faculty/staff are invited to join!

The 9-day, 7-night tour will visit Montecatini, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, and Rome. The cost for the trip is $4,799 per person if paid by cash/check or $4,899 if paid by credit card. A deposit of $699 is due on January 3.

There will be an informational meeting for parents on December 14 at 6 PM in the MC cafeteria. More information can be found on the MC website through this link.

Please contact Mr. Caristinos at [email protected] or Mr. O'Connor at [email protected] with any questions.

XBSS Student Leadership Retreat Application - Due 12.15  

Our Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools Office annually invites each sponsored school to name 6 Grade 11 student-representatives for a Leadership Retreat which will be held March 3 - 7, 2024 in Connecticut. The retreat intends to inspire a year-long team commitment to service and mission-driven action in the spirit of the Xaverian Brothers.

Grade 11 students who would like to apply can find more information on the qualifications and commitments of an XBSS Leader on the MC website through this link.

Applications can be downloaded here and are due by Friday, December 15 to Brother Puccio at [email protected].

Lancers in College Day - 1.4 at 3 PM 

The second annual Lancers in College Day for the MC Classes of 2020 - 2023 will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2024, from 1:30 PM - 4 PM in the cafeteria. We will distribute the 2023 yearbooks and alumni can catch up with former classmates, teachers and administrators. Please register by January 4 through this link. 

MC’s 18th Annual Gala Celebration Tickets on Sale

Tickets for Malden Catholic's 18th annual Gala celebration are now on sale. General admission Gala tickets are $200/person through January 31. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly and the ticket price will increase to $250/ticket on February 1, so be sure to purchase your ticket soon! Please use the attached link to purchase tickets and/or become a sponsor.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Encore Boston Harbor and includes dinner, the Plus Ultra Award presentation and dancing. We are delighted to celebrate this Gala's Plus Ultra Honoree who personifies the Xaverian Brothers' pillars and remains dedicated to the Malden Catholic mission - Dan Passacantilli '90.

What's Happening Around MC?

Founders Week

Salute to Belgium Waffles

St. Francis Xavier Feast Day Mass

Scavenger Hunt

Pizza & Prayer

Theodore James Ryken Award

Thanksgiving Pep Rally

Christmas Tree Decorating

C.A.P.E. (Covenant of All People of Every Kind) Speaker


Winter Sports

Stay updated on the athletics schedule and events by visiting the MC website or subscribing to text alerts through this link.

Monday, December 4

No events scheduled

Tuesday, December 5

No events scheduled

Wednesday, December 6

No events scheduled

Thursday, December 7

No events scheduled

Friday, December 8

4 PM Girls JV Basketball @ St. Mary's

Saturday, December 9

10 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey vs Catholic Memorial

10 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Woburn Quad

11 AM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey vs Catholic Memorial

Senior Athlete Photos

Senior Athlete photos will be taken afterschool on Monday, December 4 at 2:30 PM in the Athletics hallway. Seniors must be in their home uniforms.

Senior Athlete Banners

Senior Banners may be purchased from Dracut Threads through this link. Banners will require a two-week turnaround. The banners will be hung for the fall season and then hung outside with the senior banners from all the seasons. Seniors will be able to take their banners home following graduation. Any questions about Senior Banners may be directed to Athletics Director, Bill Raycraft at [email protected].

Powder Puff Football Game

Alumni Fun Run

The 37th Alumni Thanksgiving Fun Run 2-mile race on the Brother Myles track was a huge success. Thanks to all the runners for participating! Photos from the event can be found through this link.

November Athletes of the Month