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President's Update

Dear Families,

I love to hear the reactions of people who are new to Malden Catholic and to our students. Perhaps they’ve never been in a Catholic school before. Perhaps, after a long career in public education, they’re new members of our own faculty or staff.  Perhaps, they’re guests on a Shadow Day or folks from the neighborhood who have worked with our students on a service activity. What I’ll hear most often is high praise – even amazement – at the generally positive disposition of our students, at the welcoming “feel” to the place, at the way we rather purposefully get things done. I’m well-past surprise at those reactions, but I always enjoy hearing them! They say that we’re doing something right! 

When our Mission has it that we enlist the Xaverian “spiritual values of simplicity, humility, compassion, trust, and zeal,” that “we inspire students to lives of service, leadership, and excellence,” that we aspire to be “an inclusive community of faith,” nurturing “enduring personal relationships and life-long learning,” why should I be surprised!

This week Malden Catholic joins Catholic schools around the nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, taking justifiable pride in what we do.  The theme is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.”

Did you know that:

  • There are 5,920 Catholic schools nationwide.
  • Of those, 4,746 are elementary/middle schools; 1,174 are high schools; a handful are co-divisional!
  • Catholic schools cover a broad demographic swath of our country: 1,814 are urban; 472 are inner-city; 2,411 are suburban; 1,216 are rural; 7 are virtual.
  • Catholic schools are increasingly diverse with 23.1% of students who are racial minorities; of those, 18.3% are Hispanic. Malden Catholic is more than 35% diverse.
  • Catholic high schools have a 98.9% graduation rate, as compared to an 86% public school rate.
  • The percentage of high school students to attend 4-year colleges is 86.2% for Catholic schools; 63.7% for other religious schools; 55.6% for non-sectarian private schools; and 45% for public schools.
  • 80% of Catholic high school students complete their college careers within 6 years, while only 50% of public-school graduates do so.

Thank you for your partnership, which allows us to join you in guiding your children into a promising adulthood! Can you think of a time when we’ve needed Catholic education more? I can’t.  In a world of swirling change and moral compromise, Catholic education at Malden Catholic provides both an anchor and a springboard. We remind students daily that each of us reflects the Creator: we find God in one another. In the tradition of Xaverian spirituality, we conclude that God is ever-present in the common, ordinary, unspectacular flow of everyday experience. As always, in what we do, we continue to need your help! We will be asking you soon, “How are we doing?” as we prepare for our ten-year New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation process. This begins with a “Mission Effectiveness” survey prepared in collaboration with our Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools Office. President Thornburg soon will be sharing more on that. Till then, thanks for being a partner in Mission… and… Happy Catholic Schools Week!


Brother Thomas Puccio C.F.X., Ed.D., H'18

At a Glance

Monday, January 29

Day D

Tuesday, January 30

Day C

Wednesday, January 31

Day B

Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

Catholic Schools Week Mass (Mass attire required)

Thursday, February 1

Day A

Pizza & Prayer - 5 PM

Friday, February 2

Day H

Dress Down Day

Delayed Start - 9 AM

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

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?

MC Parent Book Club - 1.30 at 6 PM

MC's Parent Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30 PM in MC's Campus Ministry Center to discuss The Candy House by Jennifer Egan. Please reach out to Vange Egizi at [email protected] if you would like to attend and if you would like to bring one of the following:

  • Cheese and crackers (or something similar)
  • Something sweet
  • Bottle of red wine
  • Bottle of white wine
  • Still water and sparkling water
  • Paper plates, napkins, plastic glasses, plastic forks

Pizza & Prayer - 2.1 at 5 PM

Campus Ministry will be hosting Pizza and Prayer on Thursday, February 1 from 5 - 6 PM in the cafeteria. During the event, students are invited to expand their spirituality in a communal setting while listening to and discussing scriptures and reflecting upon their personal and shared experiences. Please sign up in MC's Campus Ministry by the morning of February 1 if you would like to attend. All are welcome!

MC’s 18th Annual Gala Celebration Tickets on Sale - Price Increases to $250/ticket on 2.1

Join us for Malden Catholic's 18th annual Gala celebration on Saturday, April 6 at Encore Boston Harbor!

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 through this link.

For more details on purchasing tickets, exploring sponsorship opportunities and being featured in our Gala program book, please contact Sarah Hamilton at 781.475.5331 or [email protected].

Delayed Start - 2.2 at 9 AM

Please note that there will be a delayed opening for a Faculty/Staff Meeting on Friday, February 2. School will begin at 9 AM, and LBK transportation will run on its normal schedule. 

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 until 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.

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 February 8 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. An invitation will be sent to inductees and their families to attend the Ceremony. We look forward to welcoming in the new NHS members and celebrating their accomplishments!

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!

What's Happening Around MC?

School and College Counseling Junior College Kick-Off

The Junior Class Parent/Guardian College Admissions Panel and Kick-Off event for both parents and students can be viewed through this link. An informative question-and-answer session with panelists from Northeastern University, Boston University, UMASS Lowell, Syracuse University, Suffolk University and College of the Holy Cross provided helpful insight into the entire college application process and other information that makes applying to college easier.

March for Life

Bachata Night

MC Leadership Series Featured Speaker, Ndaba Mandela

MC was pleased to welcome Ndaba Mandela, Co-Founder & Chairman of Africa Rising Foundation and author of Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela, as part of our Leadership Speaker Series. Ndaba shared his personal narrative, detailing his upbringing under the guidance of South Africa's inaugural black president, and emphasized the importance of addressing social injustice and equality.

Plus Ultra Awards

MC is proud to recognize the following students/faculty and staff for going Plus Ultra or "more beyond" every day. The December Plus Ultra Award recipients are Sophie Myung '24, Nevin Mustone '26, President Thornburg, Michael Casey '25, and Quinn Martin '27. Way to go!


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.

Monday, January 29

4:30 PM Girls JV Basketball @ Bedford

6 PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Bedford

Tuesday, January 30

3 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey vs Boston Latin

3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball @ Catholic Memorial

5 PM Boys JV Basketball @ Catholic Memorial

6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Catholic Memorial

7:10 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey vs BC High

Wednesday, January 31

5 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs Notre Dame Academy - Hingham

6 PM Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Phillips Academy - Andover

6 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Xaverian Brothers HS

Thursday, February 1

3:30 PM Girls Freshman Basketball vs Fontbonne Academy

5 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball vs Fontbonne Academy

6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Fontbonne Academy

Friday, February 2

3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball @ Xaverian Brothers HS

5 PM Boys JV Basketball @ Xaverian Brothers HS

6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Xaverian Brothers H

Saturday, February 3

9 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Chelmsford HS

9:20 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey vs Marblehead HS

5 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Xaverian Brothers HS

Sunday, February 4

10 AM Boys Freshman Ice Hockey @ Xaverian Brothers HS

11:30 AM Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Xaverian Brothers HS

4 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey @ Boston Latin

Alumni Hockey Game