President's Update
Dear Families,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years celebration! With the new year upon us, I took a moment to reflect upon an experience I had right before the holiday break.

It had been a good day. Work had gone smoothly; my evening meeting had been canceled, and I was able to get home in time for dinner. My wife was happy to have me home earlier than usual, and the dog pranced around the house, barking to announce my early arrival. My wife and I enjoyed dinner while the dog patiently waited for attention. After dinner, the dog grabbed her frisbee and waited by the door for me to play.

We went out into the dark winter evening and I threw the frisbee into the neighbor’s yard. This was our usual routine. After I threw the frisbee, I noticed a dark shadow moving in our direction - it was someone walking their dog. I just knew my extremely friendly dog would run over to say hello on her way back from retrieving her toy.

“Thanks a lot!” said the dark figure in a somewhat angry, exasperated tone.

I recognized the person who was walking in the dark. It was a woman who strolled regularly and owned one of the meanest dogs I have ever met. It didn’t matter what side of the street she walked; her large black dog would suddenly lunge with a growl and snap its teeth every time the animal saw a person or pet. In fact, the owner could barely restrain the dog. I usually avoided her and her pet whenever possible.

“Sorry,” I replied. “I didn’t see you in the dark, or I wouldn’t have thrown the frisbee.”

As expected, my dog ran over to say hello and her dog snarled, snapped and lunged. Fortunately, my dog was quick on her feet and avoided the attack. She ran back to me, and I motioned for her to go inside to let the woman and her dog pass before we played any further. I opened the door and let my dog in as the woman spoke again.

“You know,” she snarled, “there is something called a leash law!”

I calmly closed the door after my dog was inside and then turned towards the woman and snapped, “You know... there is something called dog training!”

We stared at each other for a moment.

“Well!” she said, “have a nice day!” and turned and left.

I went inside, frustrated that I had not kept my cool. My good day had just been ruined. It wasn’t like me to respond in anger.

Several weeks later, I brought my dog to a dog park. There, I told the other owners how friendly my dog was and let her off the leash. The dog ran with wild abandon across the park, greeting other dogs like they were long-lost friends. She then picked up a toy football from the ground and ran to a nearby bench to chew on it. The other dogs decided the football was also a great new toy and moved to take it away. My overly friendly dog let out a guttural growl, showed her canines and proceeded to snap and snarl at the approaching dogs. I was shocked.

The other dog owners looked at me with chagrin and cast us out of the dog park because of my dog was vicious. I felt embarrassed and frustrated that the other dog owners judged my perceived my dog to be an "angry beast. "This was unfair.

Then I remembered my earlier encounter with the woman in the neighborhood. Our Lord teaches us in Matthew 7, “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” This verse took on new meaning as I thought about my reaction and behavior with the woman. The same behavior I had condemned - was now mine. It was wrong for me to judge another person’s experience and feel as if my behavior was superior. It was a humbling event, and I am sure the Lord was using it to point out my self-centered reaction, which was not how the Lord would expect me to act.

As we move into 2023, may we ask the Lord to continually show us where He desires us to grow and how we can show compassion for others.

Thank you for your support,

John Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, January 2
Christmas Recess - No Classes

Tuesday, January 3
Day E
Classes Resume
Coat Drive Begins

Wednesday, January 4
Day D
Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

Thursday, January 5
Day C
Lancers in College Day - 2:30 PM

Friday, January 6
Day B
Weekly Mass - 7:20 AM
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.
January Lunch Menu
We are providing the MC weekly dining menu 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.
What's New?
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 - 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.
Junior Class College Planning Kick-off and College Admissions Panel - 1.19 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 Q&A session with a college admissions panel, provide the framework of the admissions landscape, an overview of the entire college application process, and other information that will make applying to college easier.
What's Happening Around MC?
Advent Prayer Service/Lancer Toy Drive Pick Up
Posadas Navideñas Celebration
Faculty/Staff Holiday Celebration
MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party
Spirit Week
Environmental Science Lab
Homeroom Door Decorating Contest
Boys Division Winners - Room 210
Girls Division Winners - Room 122
MC Christmas Concert
DECA Club Competition
MC had 44 students compete in the first DECA competition along with 1,000 other students from 15 different schools. Congratulations to the following MC students who placed in the competition, earning top medals in the principles of business/marketing management and finance:

Principles of Business Management:
  • 1st - Sarah Job '25
  • 2nd - Isabella Mejia '25
  • 3rd - Charles Lemieux '24
  • 4th - Erynne McNulty '25
  • 6th - Alexander LaMarca '25

Principles of Marketing Management:
  • 3rd - Delilah Putnam-Bagley '26

Principles of Finance:
  • 1st - Vi Vu '25

These 7 students will go on to compete in the DECA state championship in January! Way to go, Lancers!
November Plus Ultra Awards
The Plus Ultra Awards program is MC's monthly initiative to recognize students and faculty members who have gone Plus Ultra, or "more beyond" and exemplify the Xaverian charism. This month, Malden Catholic is proud to recognize the following individuals who have demonstrated one of the following five spiritual values - humility, simplicity, compassion, trust and zeal. Congratulations to all!
November Plus Ultra Awards:
  • Emelle Jacob '23 - Humility
  • Sean McCobb '23 - Simplicity
  • Elizabeth Foy '24 - Compassion
  • Isaac Toscano '23 - Trust
  • Dr. Lora Tamagini - Zeal
Humility - Emelle Jacob '23 

According to Malden Catholic Administration, "Emelle is an incredibly humble member of the MC community. Whether her success is in the classroom, on the stage or in the choir, Emelle quietly recognizes her own talent and continues on without calling for attention or praise. She is a great example of someone who puts forth energy and effort - but does not seek recognition."
Simplicity - Sean McCobb '23

Malden Catholic Administration said, "A staff member was looking for a faculty member on the second floor and passed Sean in the hallway. Sean went out of his way to assist and asked if there was something he could do to help. This simple act of kindness is an example of something that Sean provides to our community on a daily basis."
Compassion - Elizabeth Foy '24 

Malden Catholic Administration stated, "Lizzy is one of MC’s nicest and friendliest students. She goes out of her way to greet classmates, teachers and staff members in the building on a consistent basis. She cares deeply for MC and our community, and she is absolutely deserving of being recognized for her efforts."  
Trust - Isaac Toscano '22

Malden Catholic Administration said, "Isaac expressed trust when offering to meet with members of the Mock Trial Team to stay after school and work on routines even after the team's practice was cancelled . This trait is not new to Isaac. He is an MC student who is always willing to lend a helping hand in everything he does."
Zeal - Dr. Lora Tamagini

According to Malden Catholic Administration, "Anyone who has ever met Dr. Tamagini knows that she is a shining, sparkling example of Zeal. Her energy and spirit are contagious not only for the members of the programs she leads but for all who come in contact with her. She works tirelessly to make those around her better and perform to the best of their ability. She does this in such a positive way that you can’t help but smile when you are in her presence." 
Winter Sports
Senior Banners may be purchased from Dracut Threads until January 6 through this link.
Monday, January 2
5:00 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey Home vs Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading

Tuesday, January 3
3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball Home vs St. John's Prep School
5:00 PM Boys JV Basketball Home vs St. John's Prep School
6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Home vs St. John's Prep School

Wednesday, January 4
3:15 PM Boys Varsity Swimming Home vs St. John's Prep School (Senior Night)
3:50 PM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey @ St. John's High School
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ St. John's HS
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling Xaverian Brothers High School
7:00 PM Boys JV Ice Hockey @ St. John's HS
7:10 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Haverhill High School

Thursday, January 5
No Events Scheduled

Friday, January 6
3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball @ Boston College High School
4:30 PM Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ Catholic Conference Indoor Track Meet at New Balance
5:00 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Belmont HS
5:00 PM Boys JV Basketball @ Boston College HS
6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Boston College High School

Saturday, January 7
9:00 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling Haverhill High School
9:20 AM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey Home vs Austin Preparatory School
10:30 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey Home vs Austin Preparatory School
7:50 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Archbishop Williams HS/MS

Sunday, January 8
4:20 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Boston College High School