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President's Update

Dear Families,

A lot of Happy-New-Yearing and hugs and handshaking accompanied our return to classes this past Wednesday. It’s always fun to be back with friends! Though a short week, it was a busy one, marked by several special occasions on Thursday alone. That day, we welcomed back friends, indeed: members of our last several graduating classes, primarily those from the Class of 2023, who were catching up on the past 6 months and picking up their yearbooks. Our young alums enjoyed some pizza, and chatted among themselves and the couple dozen faculty and staff who greeted them in the cafeteria.

Schools that value relationships and take pride in caring for their students, like anxious parents, send their graduates into the world with hope -- and a prayer --  that they will do well. We hope that the seeds of academic training and moral development will grow. It’s great on a day like this past Thursday to get the affirmation from the smiling faces of our recent graduates that they’ve been well prepared and that things are generally going well for them on the newest leg of their life journey! 


The second special occasion this past Thursday was our hosting of Holocaust survivor Janet Singer Applefield for an evening conversation about her World War II experiences. Thanks to arrangements made by our Dean of Community, Culture, and Equity Erga Pierrette, Mrs. Applefield joined us to share riveting stories of the atrocities to which she was witness, as well as the kindnesses that saved her. Born on June 4, 1935, in Krakow, Poland, she was 4 years old when World War II began. In 1942, she saw her mother transported to the death camp at Belzec and her father assigned to forced labor. At the end of the war, a Polish family, unaware of her Jewish identity, saved her, and she was ultimately reunited with her father, though her mother did not survive. 

Janet will be publishing her oral history as a book this spring. Her story cautions us all about the horrors that hate and prejudice can unleash. It reminds us all to be active forces for “good” in our world. In an important way, too, it also affirms what we are about as a Catholic school and confirms the ongoing need to “send out” graduates with strong moral compass.   


Thursday morning, we happened to start our school day with this prayer, reminding that the “work of Christmas” needs to renew itself every day: 


When the carols have been stilled, 

When the star-topped tree is taken down,    

When family and friends are gone home, 

When we are back to our schedules, 

The work of Christmas begins: 

 To welcome the refugee, 

 To heal a broken planet, 

 To feed the hungry, 

   To build bridges-of-trust, not walls-of-fear, 

   To share our gifts, 

   To seek justice and peace for all people, 

   To bring Christ’s light to the world.  Amen. 


May our New Year prayer be that God grant us the wisdom and courage to carry this Christmas message with us each day! Happy New Year! 


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

At a Glance

Monday, January 8

Day B

Winter Essentials Drive Begins

Tuesday, January 9

Day A

Wednesday, January 10

Day H

Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

MC Parent Club - 6 PM

Thursday, January 11

Day G

Pizza & Prayer - 5 PM

Friday, January 12

Day F

Second Quarter/First Semester Ends

Delayed Start - 9 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

College Affordable Financial Aid Webinar - January 11 at 6:30 PM

College Affordable will be hosting its next webinar for MC families on Thursday, January 11, which will focus on college aid awards and appealing an offer. To register, please complete the form using this link. To check if you are already registered, please refer to emails from Zoom. For any questions, please email College Affordable at [email protected] or contact your School Counselor.

Junior Class College Planning Kick-off and College Admissions Panel - January 18 at 6 PM 

The Junior Class Parent/Guardian College Admissions Panel and Kick-Off event will be held on Thursday, January 18 at 6 PM in the MC cafeteria. This event will include a question-and-answer session with a college admissions panel, provide the framework of the admissions landscape, an overview of the entire college application process, as well as other information that will make applying to college easier.

What's New?

MC Parent Club Meeting - 1.10 at 6 PM

The Malden Catholic Parent Club January Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10 at 6 PM in the cafeteria. President Thornburg and Principal Smith will provide an update regarding the state of the school.

Pizza and Prayer - 1.11 at 5 PM

Campus Ministry will be hosting Pizza and Prayer on Thursday, January 11 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 January 11 if you would like to attend. All are welcome!

Delayed Start - 1.12 at 9 AM

Please note that there will be a delayed opening for a Faculty/Staff Meeting on Friday, January 12. School will begin at 9 AM, and LBK transportation will run on its normal schedule. 

Winter Essentials Drive - through 1.22

Malden Catholic's Campus Ministry department has teamed up with the Malden Warming Center for the annual Winter Essentials Drive. Students are encouraged to bring in winter items for each grade listed from January 8 - 22. All items should be dropped off in homeroom.

  • Grade 9 - Lip Balm and Deodorant
  • Grade 10 - Hand Sanitizer and Nail Clippers
  • Grade 11 - Hand/Foot Warmers and Combs/Hairbrushes
  • Grade 12 - Toothbrushes/Toothpaste and Mouthwash

MC’s 18th Annual Gala Celebration Tickets on Sale

We are more than halfway there to selling out for Malden Catholic's 18th annual Gala celebration! 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! Please use the attached link to purchase tickets and/or become a sponsor.

What's Happening Around MC?

Senior College Panel

MC's recent graduates shared their college experiences with the Senior class in a Q&A session facilitated by the School and College Counseling department. During this session, they provided valuable insights to help guide current seniors in making their college plans.

Thank you to the following MC alumni who joined us for the discussion:

  • Nicole Uribe Lopez '23 - Harvard College
  • Isaac Toscano '23 - Duke University
  • Ashley Reardon '23 - Catholic University
  • Lorianna Luongo '23 - Fairfield University
  • Jared Desimone '23 - Northeastern University
  • Gia Polci '23 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Winter Sports

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

Spirit Store

The MC Spirit Store is now open until Sunday, January 14 through this link and items will be shipped in late February. Many items are customizable with name, number or sport. There are also many green items for St. Patrick's Day.

Monday, January 8

No events scheduled 

Tuesday, January 9

3:30 PM Girls Freshman Basketball @ Notre Dame Academy--Hingham  

3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball Home vs Boston College High School  

4 PM Girls Varsity Indoor Track vs Archbishop Williams/St. Mary's at Reggie Lewis Center 

5 PM Girls JV Basketball @ Notre Dame Academy--Hingham 

5 PM Boys JV Basketball Home vs Boston College High School 

6:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Home vs Boston College High School 

6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ Notre Dame Academy--Hingham 

Wednesday, January 10

3:45 PM Boys Varsity Swimming @ St. John's Prep School 

4 PM Girls JV Ice Hockey @ Winchester High School 

6 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling Home vs Catholic Memorial School (5:00pm Weigh-in) 

7:10 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Home vs Catholic Memorial School 

Thursday, January 11

No events scheduled 

Friday, January 12

TBA Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ New Balance Track 

Saturday, January 13

9 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Woburn Tournament 

Sunday, January 14

7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball @ Worcester North High School Tournament at 

Emmanuel College 

12 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey vs Boston College High School at the Catholic Conference 

Showcase, Canton Icehouse