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President's Update

Dear Families,

Last weekend, my wife and I decided to get a fast-food breakfast sandwich. It has been a while since I have visited a fast-food restaurant. I had trouble at the drive-thru because I didn’t have the “app” for the restaurant. I was even more puzzled when I entered because there were self-order stations instead of cashiers waiting to take my order. I spied what looked like a front counter and headed towards it, hoping to get some help.

An elderly woman cut in front of me and slammed a half-opened breakfast sandwich on the counter. She turned towards me, waving a piece of bacon, “Does this look done to you!” She then berated the young woman working at the counter about the finer points of crispy bacon and demanded a full refund. The cashier left to get her manager and the elderly woman turned to me and said, “It’s terrible what they have done to this restaurant.” It took me a few seconds to understand what she meant. It was then that I noticed most of the employees were ethnically different than the woman.

The manager appeared with a receipt and the cash refund. The elderly woman took the cash, threw the receipt at the manager, and stormed out. The young woman left the counter area and found an empty booth. She sat down, put her head down on the table and remained there by herself. It was difficult to witness the hurt caused by one person to another.

Ndaba Mandela recently visited Malden Catholic. He is the grandson of Nelson Mandela, the revered anti-apartheid activist and the first president of South Africa (1994-1999). Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison for his views on equality and reconciliation before being released, and played a major role in ending South Africa’s racial segregation, ushering in a peaceful transition to majority rule. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993 for his efforts. His story is quite incredible.

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Our Xaverian charism calls us to seek to establish inclusive communities of faith while we embrace the challenges and opportunities of dialogue between cultures. Ndaba Mandela, when he visited, echoed the words of his grandfather, calling Malden Catholic to fulfill its calling.

Back to the story at the restaurant. The bacon was not the issue. The elderly woman’s reaction towards a group of people based on her own perceptions was at the root of her anger. The result of her actions left a young woman, trying to earn a living at a fast-food restaurant, sitting alone, dejected. A limp piece of bacon did not merit such an outcome.

Yet, something happened almost immediately after the angry woman had left. The restaurant was filled with regulars, elderly folks the same ethnicity as the elderly woman. Several of the customers approached the booth and comforted the young woman. It was clear they knew her by name and had a relationship with her. As they spoke with her, she eventually smiled. They reassured her of their support.

Watching the story unfold made me reflect on how the difference we are called to make (which Nelson Mandela made his life work) happens within us to demonstrate Christ’s love to others.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20-21)


John K. Thornburg

At a Glance

Monday, February 5

Day G

Buy-a-Bed Drive Begins

Tuesday, February 6

Day F


Wednesday, February 7

Day E

Delayed Start - 9 AM

The first class of the day will begin at 9 AM. LBK transportation will run on its normal schedule. 

Thursday, February 8

Day D

National Honor Society Induction - 6:30 PM

Friday, February 9

Day C

Mass - 7:25 AM

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

2024 - 2025 FAFSA Information

The 2024 - 2025 FAFSA application is now available on studentaid.gov. Due to the form enhancements, the application is available for limited periods as the Department of Education monitors the site. An email was sent out by School and College Counseling with additional information. Please reach out to College Affordable with any questions at [email protected].

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?

Buy-a-Bed Drive - 2.5 to 3.1

Campus Ministry’s annual Buy-a-Bed drive to support Mission of Deeds in Reading will begin on Monday, February 5 and run through Friday, March 1. The drive provides beds for homeless children in the area. Donations of any denomination can be made during Theology classes. Please see Mrs. Connolly or your Theology teacher with any questions.

Delayed Start - 2.7 at 9 AM

Please note that there will be a delayed opening for a Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, February 7. School will begin at 9 AM, and LBK transportation will run on its normal schedule. 

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony - 2.8 at 6:30 PM

The induction ceremony for the newly accepted members of the National Honor Society will be held on Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. The ceremony will be livestreamed on MC's YouTube channel. We look forward to welcoming in the new NHS members and celebrating their accomplishments!

Grade 11 Student Retreats - 2.12 and 2.13 at 8 AM

Next week, Grade 11 students will experience a Retreat Day. The Boys Division will participate in the retreat on Monday, February 12 and the Girls Division will experience the retreat on Tuesday, February 13. 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 Brothers Mission and the school, while getting to know each other better as they strengthen their relationship with God.

Class of 2028 Celebration Rally - 2.15 from 6 - 7:30 PM

Malden Catholic will celebrate the Class of 2028 accepted students at the Celebration Rally from 6 – 7:30 PM in the MC gymnasium. This is one of the school’s largest events and it will honor over 300+ accepted students who will be recognized individually on stage. 



Malden Catholic’s current students and parents are invited to join in welcoming the incoming students and families by signing up to be part of the festivities through the attached SignUpGenius link. We hope to see you there!

"Tracks" Drama Club Production - 2.29 & 3.1 at 6 PM

MC's Drama Club will host two performances of "Tracks" by Peter Tarsi at 6 PM on Thursday, February 29 and Friday, March 1 in the Thomas '66 and Olivia McDonough Performing Arts Center. Tickets are limited, so be sure to purchase them through this link for the February 29 show and through this link for the March 1 show.

What's Happening Around MC?

School and College Counseling Junior College Kick-Off Recording

The recording of the Junior Class Parent/Guardian College Admissions Panel and Kick-Off event can be viewed through this link. Thank you to all who attended the informative session!

Pizza & Prayer

Catholic Schools Week Mass

Gabrielle Pedneault '26

Kendall Belloise '26

Student Artwork

BNY Mellon Mentorship Program

MC students Charlie Lemieux ‘24, Julia Smith ‘24, Joshua Castano ‘25, and Destiny Fotabong ‘25 attended a financial mentorship program at BNY Mellon in Boston last semester where they explored topics in foreign exchange, capital markets, and technology.


HOOPs MC vs CM Alumni Get-Together - 2.9 at 6:30 PM

MC will host the HOOPs MC vs CM Alumni Get-Together on Friday, February 9 at 6:30 PM, as MC's state championship basketball team takes on our longtime rival. The game will be followed with a social gathering. Please register through this link if you plan on attending.

Winter Sports

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

Livestreaming for MC athletic home games held in the Doherty Gymnasium and on the Donovan Field, accessible on MC's YouTube channel through this link or through Hudl TV.

Varsity & JV Girls Lacrosse Coaches needed! Please contact Bill Raycraft at [email protected] for more information.

Monday, February 5

No events scheduled.

Tuesday, February 6

5 PM Boys JV Basketball @ Millbury HS

5 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Ursuline Academy

6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Millbury HS

6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Ursuline Academy

Wednesday, February 7

9 AM Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ Catholic Conference Championship

3:30 PM Girls Freshman Basketball @ Central Catholic

5 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs Duxbury HS

Thursday, February 8

4 PM Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ Central Catholic League Championship

Friday, February 9

3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball vs Catholic Memorial

5 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Catholic Memorial

6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Catholic Memorial

Saturday, February 10

9 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ MIAA Sectionals

9:20 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey vs St. John's Prep

10 AM Girls JV Ice Hockey @ Austin Prep

10:30 AM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey vs Austin Prep

5:30 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Bishop Feehan

7:20 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ St. Mary's

Sunday, February 11

TBA Boys Varsity Swimming @ MIAA Sectionals

Girls Hockey Senior Night

Boys Swim Senior Night