President's Update
Dear Families,

We were saddened to learn of the passing of 6th-grade student Sebastian Robinson, a student at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers. St. John’s Prep is a fellow Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School with whom we share a strong connection. It has been very challenging to witness thus tragedy in our community and to watch the news reports. We stand in solidarity with St. John’s Prep and are working to support them as much as possible. We ask that you remember Sebastian, his family and the St. John's Prep community in your thoughts and prayers. I have included our Friday morning prayer below.

Friday Morning Prayer
Our Malden Catholic community was deeply saddened to have learned yesterday of the tragic death of Sebastian Robinson, a 12-year-old middle school student at St. John’s Prep, a fellow Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School. We pray for the repose of the soul of Sebastian and for his family, and we extend to the St. John’s Prep community our deepest sympathy and prayers that they be consoled in this sudden loss.  
As a show of support and solidarity- in-faith, we will have Malden Catholic representatives at the services for Sebastian. We invite each of you to sign today a large sympathy card that will be located outside the cafeteria.
Almighty and merciful God, we remember before you your faithful servant Sebastian and pray that as you have brought him to your nearer presence, he may continue in your service. Angels of heaven, receive his soul and present it to God, the Most High. May he share in your eternal life.  
Grant the St. John’s Prep community peace and consolation in their loss, and grant all of us faith in the sure expectation of a joyful reunion with those that we love. We ask these things through Jesus, our brother. Amen.
I would like to thank Brother Thomas Puccio for developing the prayer.

Thank you for your support,

John Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, February 13
Day A
Delayed Start - 9 AM
Mission of Deeds Buy-A-Bed Begins

Tuesday, February 14
Day H

Wednesday, February 15
Day G
Delayed Start - 9 AM

Thursday, February 16
Day F
Accepted Students Rally - 6:30 PM

Friday, February 17
Day E
Weekly Mass - 7:20 AM
Monday, February 20
President's Day - No Classes/Offices Closed

Tuesday, February 21 - Friday, February 24
Winter Recess - No Classes

Monday, February 27
Classes Resume
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. Search for "Malden Catholic" in the app store on your phone.
School and College Counseling - Naviance Reminder
MC’s School and College Counseling department would like to remind Grade 12 students to contact their school counselor, as well as update their Naviance account with all college decisions (acceptances, deferred, wait listed and denied). Please reach out to Mrs. DelGenio with any questions at [email protected].
What's New?
Make-A-Wish Dress Down Day - 2.13
MC's Make-A-Wish Club will be sponsoring a Dress Down Day on Monday, February 13. Please bring a $5 donation to homeroom if you would like to participate. Students must follow Dress Down Day protocol which can be found on our website at
Mission of Deeds Annual Buy-A-Bed - 2.13 to 3.10
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.
Members of Malden Catholic's Campus Ministry team are inviting MC students to support this year’s Buy-A-Bed Drive by donating any amount to the charity in Theology class by March 10. Theology teachers will accept daily cash donations. Every contribution goes a long way toward buying a bed. Let’s see which Theology class can contribute the most!
Accepted Students Rally - 2.16 from 6:30 - 8 PM
The Accepted Students Rally will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 - 8 PM in the MC gymnasium for over 200 incoming students and their families. We are very excited about welcoming the Class of 2027 into the Malden Catholic family!
MC Drama Club Performance - 3.1 at 7 PM
The MC Drama Club will perform a preview of the 2023 Drama Fest production of Nirvana on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM in the Thomas '66 and Olivia McDonough Performing Arts Center. The ensemble cast will perform an original piece that captures a “true life story” of the impact of cyberbullying on young people. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.
President's Holiday - 3.3
During Cardinal Seán O’Malley's visit last week, President Thornburg granted a schoolwide President's Holiday on Friday, March 3. There will be no school for students, faculty or staff on that Friday.
MC Make-A-Wish Club & Parent Club St. Patrick's Day Celebration - 3.10 at 7 PM
Malden Catholic’s Make-A-Wish Club and Parent Club are teaming up for a fun St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Irish American Club in Malden on Friday, March 10 from 7 PM - 11 PM. This 18+ event will include live music by local musicians (The Emersons, Eamonn Sheehan and Ned Rhinelander), Irish Step Dancer’s, DJ Scott Elias in addition to a photobooth, appetizers, raffles and a cash bar. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish ® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Kids for Wish Kids Program. Tickets can be purchased through the following Eventbrite link for $30 each (+ $3.85 Eventbrite fees). Don't forget to wear your green!

Please contact Brother Thomas Puccio with any questions at [email protected].
Women's Day of Recollection - Save the Date - 3.26 at 11 AM 
The annual MC Women's Day of Recollection will be held on Sunday, March 26, from 11 AM - 3 PM and will feature a guest speaker: The Honorable Regina Quinlan Doherty (retired Massachusetts Superior Court Justice) sharing her life's journey through her reflection "A Future Shaped Like a Question Mark." The Day of Recollection will also include a Mass and luncheon along with relaxing opportunities to pause to socialize, reflect and pray. Tickets will go on sale toward the end of February. Please contact Brother Puccio at [email protected] with any questions.
What's Happening Around MC?
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
The National Honor Society is dedicated to advancing the attributes of scholarship, leadership, character and service in schools. Last week, Malden Catholic inducted 82 new members into the Brother Gilbert Chapter of the National Honor Society. On behalf of the faculty and staff of MC, we would like to congratulate every new NHS member on their hard work, dedication to their studies, commitment to service and student leadership!
MC Parent Club Social: Trivia Night
Model Bridge Competition
Nursing Home Valentine's Day Cards
99 News
Cardinal Seán reflects on his visit with Malden Catholic
Malden Catholic was featured in Cardinal Seán's Blog about visiting MC during Catholic Schools Week. He complimented our students, the atmosphere and the school's unique educational model. You can find the blog post here:
Cardinal Seán's Blog

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Student Artwork
Matthew Gaffney '25
Caitlin Conroy '25
Ashlin Boyle '25
MC Summer Internship Video - Urban Media Arts
MC's 2022 Summer Internship with Urban Media Arts investigated invasive plants along the Malden River and created a video to share their findings. MC students Sofia Cavuoto ’23, Grace Damico ’23, Mariana Hincapie ’24, Luna Murray ‘24 and Frederika Noel ’22 participated in the project along with Educators Karen Buck (Friends of the Malden River) and Natalia Bayona (Mystic River Watershed) with help from City of a Everett Landscape Architect, Planning Specialist and more.
Mission Moment
Black History Month

I got home late from this Friday night’s Girls Varsity Basketball win at the end of a long, busy week. Earlier in the day, Annie Harrington ’24 and Grace Ryan ’24 had helped me hang some Black History Month posters in the school’s main corridor, and I knew I still had writing an article on that theme on my “To Do” list. But, I’d save it for the morning. In our Brother’s living room, a bag of Doritos in hand, I plopped down on the couch in front of our TV, ready to go brain-dead for an hour or so before bed. It’s only because Brother Hoey had been watching some PBS program after supper that the station that happened to come on was not the Sci-Fi channel, which would have been my default when shooting for “brain-dead”! So instead of “Cowboys and Aliens” or “John Wick” for the umpteenth time, I took in a fascinating conversation with Brown University economist and author Glenn Loury on Margaret Hoover’s program, “Firing Line.” Those old enough to remember will recall that conservative, intellectual columnist William F. Buckley had hosted the original “Firing Line” (1966-99), where, coincidentally, Loury was once a guest 30 years ago, when he had become Harvard’s first black tenured professor of economics.

Loury reflected eruditely on wide-ranging topics that are part of today’s conversation about race in America: affirmative action, reparation, mass incarceration, institutional racism ... the list goes on. It was interesting to watch a clip from his first appearance on the show as a younger man and to contrast his views then with views that he evolved over time. If the conversation revealed anything, it was that the topics we grapple with today about race are incredibly complex and not static: they are dynamic, evolving over time from one generation to the next, part of an ebb-and-flow of our daily lives and of what some would call the “culture wars” of the day. What does it mean, then, to celebrate Black History Month, when in the same month we can have in the news two black quarterbacks in the Super Bowl (Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts) and five black officers charged with the brutal murder of a fellow human being?

Even in our Xaverian Brothers Congregation, we can recognize the inadequacy of imagining that we can neatly place “black history” in a box and celebrate it – whatever “it” is! – in a month. For Xaverians, there is a “black history” that reaches back to the 1950s with our ministry in Africa. That ministry continues today, and the greatest promise for vocations to the Congregation now rests in Africa. Glancing at this week’s Congregational bulletin, I see a request for prayers for protection of our Brothers at St. Patrick's School in Nadapal, South Sudan, where there is regional conflict at the border and shootings are just outside the school compound. Another article references a student at our Sant Zaveryen School in Haiti and a gathering of religious Brothers and Sisters in Nairobi, Kenya, where we have a presence.

So, this month we can put up posters, and we will have our black history “facts of the day” in our MC announcements, and we will have some conversations about black achievement in our classrooms. There is, indeed, a richness to celebrate! But the vital questions we might ask our students to think about – and to take on their life journeys are, “What does it take to recognize that we are all one race, the human race?” “How can we lift one another, nurture and raise up what is good in each of us?” “What does justice demand of us in sharing the resources of our world?” .... and for our students of all colors, “Will the history you create make you and others proud?”

Brother Thomas Puccio, CFX. Ed.D., H ’18
Winter Sports
The MC Spring 2023 Spirit Store is open until Wednesday, February 15 with exclusive St. Patrick's Day items. A portion of all sales from the Spring Spirit Store will go towards Mental Health Awareness. You may visit the school store through this link.
Registration for Malden Catholic spring sports is now open. All parents/guardians must register students through Family ID at by March 13 and tryouts will begin on March 20.

In order to participate in spring sports, all students must have a current physical on file in their FamilyID account or must have completed one in the last 13 months. All physicals must include the date of exam, an indication of clearing for activity/sports, and a doctor's signature. Physicals may be given to the Nurse’s Office or Athletic Trainer. Please do not give copies of physicals to any athletic coaches.
Senior Banners may be purchased from Dracut Threads through this link. Banners require a two-week turnaround so please order soon! The banners will be hung for the winter season and then hung outside with the senior banners from all the seasons. Seniors will then be able to take their banners home following graduation.
Monday, February 13
4:00 PM Girls Freshman Basketball Home vs Newton South High School
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Westford Academy
5:00 PM Girls JV Basketball Home vs Newton South High School
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Home vs Newton South High School

Tuesday, February 14
4:00 PM Boys Indoor Track @ Rising Stars Meet at Reggie Lewis
5:00 PM Boys JV Basketball Home vs Charlestown High School
5:00 PM Girls JV Basketball @ Cohasset HS
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Cohasset HS
6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Home vs Charlestown High School Senior Night
6:30 PM Winter Cheerleading Senior Night

Wednesday, February 15
6:05 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey Home vs Andover HS

Thursday, February 16
4:00 PM Girls JV Basketball @ Burlington HS
4:00 PM Girls Freshman Basketball vs Burlington High School @ Burlington
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Burlington HS

Friday, February 17
6:50 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Notre Dame Academy--Hingham

Saturday, February 18
1:45 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Spartan Tourney vs Lynn English
10:30 AM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Spartan Tourney vs Bedford HS
TBA Boys Varsity Wrestling OPEN Wrestling States TBA Away
9:50 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey Home vs Xaverian Brothers High School
12:20 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Smithfield High School Senior Night

Sunday, February 19
1:00 PM Indoor Track Division 3 Championships @ Reggie Lewis Center Bus TBD
3:00 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey @ Longmeadow HS
4:40 PM Boys JV Ice Hockey @ St. Mary's
6:40 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Bishop Feehan High School Senior Night
TBA Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ MIAA Divisional Meet Away

Monday, February 20
1:45 PM or 3:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ St. Mary's Tournament 2/18-21
12:00 PM or 5:15 PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Spartan Tourney
9:00 AM Boys JV Wrestling @ North Attleboro Futures Tournament 8:00/9:00am

Tuesday, February 21
TBA Girls Varsity Basketball @ Spartan Tourney
10:00 AM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ St. Mary's Hingham Showcase
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Masconomet Regional HS

Wednesday, February 22
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Brookline High School

Thursday, February 23
10:00 AM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Hingham Showcase (TBD from Tue game)

Friday, February 24
No events scheduled

Saturday, February 25
TBA Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ MIAA All State Meet

MIAA Tournament Central is the place to get the latest information of state tournament seeding and playoff brackets at:
January Athletes of the Month
Maya Plant '23
Varsity Girls Hockey
According to Coach Hingston, “Maya has been phenomenal on the blue line for the Lancers this winter, often times shutting down our opponents’ top players. She never gets rattled on the ice and holds herself with dignity and class in both victory and defeat.” Coach said, “She is a lead-by-example player whom all teammates look up to for guidance. Maya was stellar in our game against Burlington on January 18, and she was voted on by her teammates as the MC Lancer Hard Hat which is a designation given at each game to the player who works the hardest and puts the team first.” Congratulations, Maya!
Nicholas Martinez '23
Varsity Boys Basketball
A standout Senior athlete, Nick, is the captain of the Boys Varsity Basketball team which is currently ranked #1 in Division 2. Nick has averaged 20 points per game along with 7 rebounds. He has also made honor roll twice this year. Nick achieved a career high in points during the January 3 opening Catholic Conference with a 32-point performance. Leading the Lancers to a 7-2 record in conference play, Coach Walsh said, “Nick has made a significant impact on this program and this past month was no different. He is a leader on and off the court and team members know they can always count on him when needed." Congratulations, Nick!
January Lancer of the Month
Grace Carroll '26
JV Girls Hockey
Coach Coughlin stated, "Grace has been a first line center all season, strong on the puck in all zones, and wins face-offs and puck battles.” Coach added, “Grace works hard and plays a heavy game; she is always one of the first on the ice at every practice and one of our leading goal scorers. Grace had a big month offensively with goals at Canton, versus Peabody, at Waltham and at St. Mary's. Grace represents Malden Catholic in an outstanding- manner both on and off the ice." Congratulations, Grace!