President's Update
Dear Families,

My daughter was afraid of being alone in her room at night when she was two years old.

Our home was equipped with old steam radiators. During the winter evenings, as the outside temperature dropped, the boiler would kick on and start heating the water in the pipes. The expanding water would clang, bang, and make all kinds of noises. It usually coincided with bedtime and my daughter would assume it was a monster set on coming after her.

Night after night, I’d find myself racing back to her room after hearing her cries for help. Falling asleep was impossible because she would hear the radiator and start crying. Eventually, I decided to station myself just outside her door. The radiator would clang, and just as she began to cry, I would calmly say from around the corner, “It’s okay. It’s just the heat.” Hearing my voice, she’d settle down… but not for long. Five or ten minutes would pass, the radiator would begin to clang, and we would repeat the process. It typically took four or five cycles before she would fall into a deep sleep.

After several nights of this, I became too weary of crewing my station and decided to try and go to bed. Ten minutes passed, and the radiator clanged. I waited for my daughter to cry but instead heard a small voice in the darkness, “It’s just the heat.” She soon fell asleep by herself. A transformation had occurred that I hadn’t expected. My little girl had adopted my belief - the sound from the radiator would not harm her.

We each have a significant ability to influence those around us. Humans are wired in such a way that interactions with each other have lasting and profound effects. Parents influence children, teachers influence students, and coaches influence athletes. Each of us is a change agent: our actions and words affect others in ways we can’t always see.

Our Lord Jesus Christ recognized this hallmark of servant leadership; each person can significantly influence the world in which they live. He invested in people (disciples) and prioritized time with them rather than programs. He used everyday life to teach them, and His love transformed them. I believe He asks us to do the same today.

II Timothy 2:22 states, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
As we all invest in our students, and as we do our best to teach and model servant leadership, may we remember the influence each of us possesses and prioritize our time with each other.  

Thank you for your support,

John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, February 27
Day D

Tuesday, February 28
Day C

Wednesday, March 1
Day B
Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM
STEM Fair - 5:45 PM
MC Drama Club Performance - 7 PM

Thursday, March 2
Day A
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - 5:30 PM

Friday, March 3
President's Holiday - No School/Offices Closed
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
What's New?
Mission of Deeds Annual Buy-A-Bed - through 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!
MC Parent Book Club - 2.27 at 6:30 PM
The MC Parent Book Club will be held on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 PM at MC in the Campus Ministry Center. The February MC Book Club will be discussing Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before - Caroline Ingalls, who is "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.

Please R.S.V.P. to Vange Egizi at: 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
  • Bottle of still and sparkling water
  • Fruit
  • Disposable cups, plates, and napkins

If you have not yet voted for the MC Parent Book Club March book discussion, please do so through this link.
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 earlier this month, 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
Women's Day of Recollection - 3.26 at 11 AM 
Join us for the Women's Day of Recollection on Sunday, March 26 from 11 AM - 3 PM which is dedicated to the moms and women of Malden Catholic. A time for friendship, reflection and community, this event will include a lovely brunch, Mass, raffle and speaker. Our speaker this year is the Honorable Regina Quinlan Doherty, a retired Massachusetts Superior Court Justice and a very close friend of the MC community. She will share her life's journey through her reflection, "A Future Shaped Like a Question Mark."

Tickets for the Women's Day of Recollection are $35 and can be purchased through the following Eventbrite link. For more information, please email Kathleen McGourthy at or Regina Lawless at
Save the Date for MC's Annual Gala - 5.4 at 6 PM 
Please mark your calendar for Malden Catholic's 17th Annual Gala which will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 6 PM in the Doherty Gymnasium. This amazing evening will include a Plus Ultra Award presentation, dinner and dancing to the sounds of the band, Soul City! 

In this tradition, we are delighted to celebrate our Plus Ultra Honorees who personify these pillars - Dick ’64 and Lolli Sumberg.

Tickets will go on sale in March. If you are interested in donating items, services or experiences valued at $500 or more to the Gala online auction, please contact Sarah Hamilton at We greatly appreciate your support!
Senior Events Update
As we prepare to celebrate our Class of 2023 at the Malden Catholic Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, we have emailed important information regarding the content, resources and updates available last week to our Senior families. This information can also be found on the Senior page of the website. Please note, the date for the Senior Prom has moved from Friday, May 12 to Saturday, May 13.
What's Happening Around MC?
Accepted Students Rally was a Huge Success!
This year, the Malden Catholic Accepted Students Rally truly exemplified the tremendous spirit and zeal of the MC community! Over 300 student, staff, and parent volunteers joined together in the gymnasium to welcome in the Class of 2027 which included a speech from Mr. Smith and President Thornburg, several presentations from the cheerleading squad, gifts and confetti cannons! Thank you to everyone who participated in this amazing event!
Please be sure to check out the Accepted Students Rally video and SmugMug photos! Use the password - maldencatholic99.
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Individual student photos from the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony can be viewed on MC's public SmugMug channel through the following link (password - maldencatholic99).
January Math Team Winner
Congratulations to Xinyang Xie '26, MC’s top scorer in the January New England Mathematics League contest. Way to go, Xinyang! New members are always welcome to join the Math Team.
Harvard MEDScience Visit
Quiz Bowl
Ski Club
Portuguese Club Carnaval
Malden Catholic Hires New Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach & New Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
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Girls Soccer Letter of Intent - Kayla Francillon '23
Congratulations to Kayla Francillon ’23 for her Letter of Intent to Emmanuel College and her plans to continue her academic and soccer career. Way to go, Kayla!
Winter Sports
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.
Winter Sports Awards Night
The Winter Sports Awards Night will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 6 PM in the Doherty Gymnasium followed by team award breakout rooms.
Senior Banners may be purchased from Dracut Threads through this link. Banners will 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.
MIAA Tournament Central is the place to get the latest information of state tournament seeding and playoff brackets at: