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President's Update

Dear Families,


My family moved to a new neighborhood when I was in third grade. Across the street from our new home lived a boy named Scott. He was a year older than me. I quickly learned that in order to survive in the neighborhood, I had to be friends with him. Anyone kid who was not Scott's friend would be subject to teasing or other antics. Since I was the “new guy” - I made sure we were friends.

 

However, there were risks to being friends with Scott because he like to put his friends in challenging situations without disclosing the truth. One day, he enthusiastically told me about a wrestling club he had just joined. I told him it sounded like fun and he immediately invited me to the club to wrestle. He said, “There is this guy at the club that even you could beat.”

 

Once I entered the gymnasium where the wrestling club was held, it became apparent that the “guy even I could beat” was fictional. I was the smallest wrestler in the room and Scott was the second smallest. He invited me to join him because he needed a person he could beat and that is exactly what happened. Scott was two inches taller and twenty pounds heavier than me and he threw me around the gym effortlessly. That day, I remember spending most of my time staring up at the gym lights as I lay on the wrestling mat.

 

I tried a few wrestling moves the coach had demonstrated when I first arrived. No matter what moves I tried, Scott would counter, pick me up over his shoulder and slam me down on the mat. I gave up trying to engage and focused on finding the best way to gracefully survive repeated body slams. Then, as Scott was coming in for another thrashing, he suddenly stopped. The coach, watching my fate, had decided that enough was enough. The coach threw Scott around the gym, much like Scott had done to me. When the coach had finished, Scott was much more subdued. I found wrestling much more enjoyable when the coach acted as referee and kept his eye on us.

 

Life is full of circumstances over which we have no control. Even though we try a new strategy or put forth more effort, sometimes we still can get thrown around – just like Scott did to me. Yet, we have a Heavenly Father who sees and understands our challenges. Much like the wrestling coach he watches us and promises to be there with us... and at certain times, he intervenes on our behalf. 

 

The writer of Ecclesiastes outlines the trials all of us encounter. He ponders the existence of a loving God while living in a world of pain and death. The author concludes that we should enjoy the beautiful moments of life while loving God and keeping His commandments. We are, after all, made for an eternal relationship with our Lord.

 

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

 

Thank you for your support,


John K. Thornburg

At a Glance

Monday, March 20

Day F

Easter Basket Drive Begins

Spring Sports Tryouts Begins


Tuesday, March 21

Day E


Wednesday, March 22

Day D

Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

Winter Sports Awards Night - 6:30 PM


Thursday, March 23

Day C


Friday, March 24

Day B

Third Quarter Ends

Weekly Mass - 7:20 AM

Grade 11 Prom - 7 PM


Sunday, March 26

Women's Day of Recollection - 11 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. 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 [email protected].


Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are posted outside of School and College Counseling, as well is in Naviance.

What's New?

Easter Basket Drive - 3.20 to 4.3

Starting on March 20, Campus Ministry will be putting together Easter Baskets for families in need at parishes and shelters throughout East Boston and Lynn. Items that are needed for the Easter Baskets include chocolate bunnies, all kinds of candy, easter grass, and small toys. All donations can be placed in the Easter Basket in homerooms, in the front lobby, or in the Campus Ministry Center. The Easter Basket Drive will end with a basket filling party on April 3. Please see Mrs. Connolly or Br. Puccio with any questions.

La Colaborativa 3V3 Basketball Tournament - 3.23 at 2:30 PM

Be sure to sign up for La Colaborativa’s 3V3 Basketball Tournament which will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 2:30 PM in the Doherty Gymnasium. Teams can sign up during lunch periods and at the front desk for $20/team. Teams will need to register with a team name and fees will be collected at the time of registration. The following rules apply:

  • 3 – 4 players may register for each team
  • No more than 1 varsity basketball player may be on a team
  • Teams must have at least 1 player from each Division
  • Teams may include faculty/staff
  • Teams can wear team uniforms
  • Donations will be recommended for spectators and all proceeds from the 3V3 Tournament will go to support La Colaborativa.

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 Mass, luncheon, 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.


Parent Volunteers

The Women's Day of Recollection Committee is seeking parent volunteers to put together raffle baskets, prepare and set up for the event, check in guests, participate in Mass, and help clean up after the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the following SignUpGenius link.


Raffle Basket Donations

As part of the Women's Day of Recollection, raffle baskets are a very special part of the event, and proceeds help to cover expenses. If you are interested in donating a raffle basket or gift card, it would be greatly appreciated! In the past, sports teams have donated a themed basket which the committee can help put together. Baskets or donations can be dropped off at MC's main office for the Women's Day Committee. 


For more information, please email Kathleen McGourthy at [email protected] or Regina Lawless at [email protected].

MC's First Culture Night - 3.30 at 5 PM

The students of Malden Catholic, together with Campus Ministry, are pleased to host MC’s first annual International Culture Night on Thursday, March 30, starting at 5 PM. Parents and students are invited to come join in celebrating the ethnic cultures that make up the MC school community.


The night will begin in the Doherty Gymnasium, where students representing over 15 nationalities will have displays and presentations highlighting their culture. With the assistance of parents, a potluck dinner will be served in the cafeteria featuring samples of foods from the various cultures. 


If you plan to attend, please sign up through the following survey link and indicate if you will bring a dish. If you bring a dish, please write down the list of ingredients and the role the dish plays in the culture. We look forward to seeing you there!

Grades 9 & 10 Semi-Formal Dance - 3.31 at 7 PM

The Malden Catholic Semi-Formal Dance for Grades 9 and 10 will be held on Friday, March 31 from 7 PM - 10 PM in the MC gymnasium. There will be a DJ, photobooth, pizza and refreshments, and a candy bar for the students. Tickets are priced at $25/per person and will be sold all next week after school outside of the cafeteria. Please bring cash or a check made payable to Malden Catholic High School. Information regarding the Semi-Formal attire policies can be found in the MC Parent/Student Handbook through this link. Please note that only students in Grades 9 and 10 are allowed to attend the dance and any outside guests must sign a permission slip available at the front office.

College Fair - 4.4 at 6 PM

Malden Catholic School and College Counseling will host the MC College Fair on Tuesday, April 4 from 6 - 7:30 PM in the gymnasium. Representatives from approximately 100 colleges and universities will attend the event. All students and their parents are encouraged to attend.


This event provides an opportunity for students to make direct connections with college representatives and gather information for the college planning process. Please see Mrs. Parker or Mrs. DelGenio with any questions.

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! 


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 on March 27. 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 [email protected]. We greatly appreciate your support!

Grade 11 Prom - Parent Volunteers Needed

Student Council is looking for parent volunteers to assist with setting up of the Grade 11 Prom on Friday, March 24 from 5:30 - 6:15 PM at Spinelli's in Lynnfield. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the following SignUpGenius link.

What's Happening Around MC?

Spirit Week

Make-A-Wish Club and Parent Club St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Grade 11 Student Retreat

Guitar Club

Merrimack College Visit

DECA State Finals

Last weekend, 8 MC students competed at the 64th DECA State Finals SCDC (State Career Development Conference) against 3,000+ students from over 100 schools across Massachusetts in MC's first year as a DECA Chapter.


Delilah Putnam-Bagley '26, Alex LaMarca '25, Devin Melly '25, Erynne McNulty '25, Isabella Mejia '25, Sarah Job '25, Vi Vu '25, and Kayla McAuliffe '24 qualified for the SCDC by finishing in the top 6 at their district event in December.


Congratulations to Delilah Putnam-Bagley '26 and Vi Vu '25 for qualifying as finalists at the SCDC! Delilah has also qualified for the ICDC (International Career Development Conference) and will be attending the conference next month in Orlando, FL. Congratulations, Delilah!

Habitat for Humanity

Malden Catholic is a registered Campus Chapter for the non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity, which raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world. Habitat's Disaster Response also works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.


MC's Habitat for Humanity Club spent a day on Main Street in Malden working on their first build of the year order and helping a family in need.

National Classical Etymology Exam

Congratulations to Quinn Olbrot '25 and Sara Leonard '26, for earning Bronze Medals on the National Classical Etymology Exam. The national exams are voluntary for students and incorporate content outside the scope of the standard Latin curriculum. Way to go!

Mission of Deeds Buy-A-Bed Drive

Malden Catholic collaborated with Mission of Deeds as a service site for our student volunteers in support of the annual Buy-A-Bed campaign. This year, MC's Theology classes raised a total of $3,025.20 which will be mailed directly to Mission of Deeds at their request. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this amazing cause!

MC's Crystal 99

The most recent issue of the Crystal 99 is here! Editors-in-Chief Katelyn Cirame '24 and Emerson Tully '24 and Managing Editor Orlando Putnam-Bagley '23, as well as Editors Jared DeSimone '23, Lily McDonough '23, Isaac Toscano '23 and Jonathan Tran '23, worked extremely hard to edit and layout student-written articles regarding school news, sports and the arts along with opinion pieces. Copies of the paper can be found in the main lobby and in the Boys and Girls Learning Commons. A digital copy of the Crystal 99 is available on the MC website.

Sports

Malden Catholic's Boys Varsity Basketball Team Wins Second Consecutive State Title

Congratulations to MC's Boys Varsity Basketball team for winning Malden Catholic's second consecutive MIAA State Championship with a 72-54 victory over Mansfield this past weekend. Way to go, Lancers!

Malden Catholic tops Mansfield, repeats as state champs

Nick Martinez scored a game-high 28 points while Malden Catholic's defense stifled what had been a prolific Mansfield offense as the No. 1 Lancers won their second consecutive Division 2 state title with a 72-54 win over the No. 2 Hornets on Friday night at the Tsongas Center.

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NLI Signing

Chris Gill '22 returned to MC (after completing his PG year at Phillips Exeter Academy) to sign his National Letter of Intent to play Division I Football and Track and Field at Stonehill College. Chris' brother, Anthony Gill '15 signed his NLI to Stonehill College in 2015, and Chris is shown in the photo below as a young child, hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps. Congratulations, Chris!

New Date - Winter Sports Awards Night

The Winter Sports Awards Night that was scheduled on Wednesday, March 15 has been postponed to Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM in the Doherty Gymnasium followed by team award breakout rooms.


Senior Banners

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.

Spring Sports

Spring Sports Tryouts

Spring sports 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.


Boys Rugby (Conditioning Only)

March 15 - 17 from 2:30 - 4:30 PM on Donovan Field


Baseball

March 20 - 24 from 2:30 PM - 4:45 PM at Rotondi and Maplewood Field

March 25 - Jamboree TBD


Softball

March 20 - 24 from 2:30 PM - 5 PM at Linden Park


Boys Lacrosse

March 20 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM on Donovan Field

March 21 from 4:15 - 5:45 PM on Donovan Field

March 22 from 2:30 - 4 PM on Donovan Field

March 23 from 4:15 - 5:45 PM on Donovan Field

March 24 from 5:45 - 7:15PM on Donovan Field

March 25 - Jamboree @ Winthrop at 11 AM


Girls Lacrosse

March 20 from 4:15 - 5:45 PM on Donovan Field

March 21 from 5:45 - 7:15 PM

March 22 from 4 - 5:30 PM on Donovan Field

March 23 from 5:45 - 7:15 PM on Donovan Field

March 24 from 4:15 - 5:45 PM on Donovan Field


Boys Rugby

March 20 from 5:45 - 7:15 PM Donovan Field

March 2 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM Donovan Field

March 22 from 5:30 - 7 PM Donovan Field

March 23 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM Donovan Field

March 24 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM Donovan Field


Boys and Girls Track & Field

March 20 - 24 from 2:30 - 4:00 PM


Boys and Girls Tennis

March 20 - 24 from 2:30 - 4:15 PM (Boys)

March 20 - 24 from 3:30 - 4:45 PM (Girls)


Girls Golf

March 20 - Meeting Only in Room 201

March 22 from 2:30 - 4 PM at 50 Crystal St.