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President's Update

Dear Families,

A native of Somerville, he attended a Xaverian school– he was known for his humility, courage, sincerity and simplicity. His two great loves were his faith and baseball.


He became a math and science teacher while finding any opportunity

to coach baseball. His goal was to “sanctify himself and to pilot youth in safety and virtue on the road to eternity.” 


He possessed a great heart as a servant leader. He was

cheerful and humorous and said to be a great speaker but an even better listener. He established himself in the classroom and the athletic field, making a difference in the lives of many young people.


He had an uncanny knack for understanding and guiding young people to success. One day while watching some youth playing baseball, a player caught his eye. The student’s name was George, and he played catcher

without any of the standard protection except for a pair of blue overalls. 


The young teacher noticed that George threw the ball harder than any other player and hit more home runs during the game. He brought the young player to the coach of an amateur team and asked him to see what George could do. The coach looked at George and then turned back to the young teacher responding, “Another one of your babes?”


George’s full name was George Herman Ruth. After hearing the coach’s reference, George adopted Babe as his first name. Maybe you have heard of him – Babe Ruth


Babe Ruth went on to play ball, while the young teacher continued his regular duties, touching the lives of many others. He made such an impact wherever he went that one person reported, “a little of him there, a little of him there, all of him everywhere.” 


A sought-out speaker due to his inspirational style and witty remarks, the teacher often told groups that the world needed “longer backbones and shorter wishbones,” commenting on the value of hard work and perseverance. 


This young teacher eventually was eventually called to lead a school as the first principal – Immaculate Conception High School – an all-boys school in Malden, Massachusetts. You might know it as Boys Catholic

or, as it is known today – Malden Catholic.


You know this man’s name because his name is on our football stadium and our chapter of the National Honor Society – Brother Gilbert. He passed away in 1947 while in prayer. 


After his passing, a poem was found in his personal belongings:

Lord, help me to live from day to day

In such a self-forgetful way

That even when I kneel to pray

My prayer shall be for Others


Help me in all the work I do

Ever to be sincere and true

And know that all I do for You

Must be done for Others


And when my work on earth is done

And my new work in Heaven begun

May I forget the crown I’ve won

While thinking still of Others


Brother Gilbert exemplified the charism and spirit of the Xaverian

Brothers, who founded our school and formed the network of schools we belong to

- along with the Brother who is currently at our school – Brother Thomas Puccio.


P.S. This week’s note is based on my comments at our National

Honor Society Ceremony this winter.


Thank you for your support,


John Thornburg

At a Glance

Monday, March 27

Day A

Tuesday, March 28

Day H

Wednesday, March 29

Day G

Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

Thursday, March 30

Day F

International Culture Night - 5 PM

Friday, March 31

Day E

Weekly Mass - 7:20 AM

Grades 9 & 10 Semi-Formal Dance - 7 PM

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].


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

What's New?

Culture Week - 3.27 to 3.31

Malden Catholic will be celebrating Culture Week from March 27 - 31 and featuring MC's first annual International Culture Night on Thursday, March 30. A variety of themed days have been planned to celebrate the ethnic cultures that join to make up the MC school community.

Monday, March 27

  • Write a greeting in your native language on a poster board located in front of the cafeteria during lunch periods.

Tuesday, March 28

  • Write what language you speak and what ethnicity you are on a name tag in front of the cafeteria during lunch periods.
  • Lancer's United Karaoke Night - 5 PM in the cafeteria. Pizza and drinks will be served. If you are interested in attending, please sign up in Campus Ministry.

Wednesday, March 29

  • 5V5 Soccer Tournament - 2:30 PM in the gym. Please show up in teams of 5 with a team name. 

Thursday, March 30

  • Dress Down Day - Students may wear traditional cultural attire or the colors of your ethnicity's national colors. (Please refrain from wearing derogatory or divisive clothing.) Please bring a $5 donation if you would like to participate. All proceeds will go toward Malden Elder Services.
  • International Culture Night - 5 PM to 7 PM in the gym and cafeteria. ​

Friday, March 31

  • Spirit Wear Dress Down Day - Students, faculty, and staff may wear MC spirit wear to represent our unity and strength.

School and College Counseling Grade 11 College Financial Aid Webinar - 3.29 at 6:30 PM

MC School and college Counseling has partnered with Campus Bound to provide tools and support to help families navigate the process and minimize the costs of college.

Campus Bound's first live webinar for Malden Catholic Grade 11 students and families will be held on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 PM. The Webinar will be recorded but you must register to receive the recording through this link.

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, along with a candy bar for the students.

Attire Policies

Information regarding the Semi-Formal attire policies can be found in the MC Parent/Student Handbook through this link

Permission Slip and Code of Conduct Form

Outside guests in Grades 9 and 10 who will be attending the dance must sign a permission slip available at the front office or through this link. Students who are attending the Semi-Formal Dance must have the attached Code of Conduct form signed by a parent/guardian and returned to Ms. Foley.

Please note that all students must be in school on Friday, March 31 in order to attend the dance.

Easter Basket Drive - through 4.3

Campus Ministry will be putting together Easter Baskets for families in need at parishes and shelters throughout East Boston and Lynn until Monday, April 3. Items that are needed for the Easter Baskets include chocolate bunnies, all kinds of candy, Easter grass and small toys. Donations can dropped off in homerooms, 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 Brother Puccio with any questions.

Club Photos for the 2022 - 2023 MC Yearbook - 4.3 and 4.5 at 2:30 PM

Club photos for the 2022 - 2023 yearbook will be taken on Monday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 5 immediately after school in the gym. All students who have participated in clubs throughout the year should report to the gym on the assigned day. Please see attached list.

Class of 2027 Orientation - 4.3 and 4.5 at 6 PM

The Grade 9 Girls Orientation will take place on Monday, April 3 from 6 - 8 PM and the Grade 9 Boys Orientation will take place on Wednesday, April 5 from 6 - 8 PM.

Any current parents who are interested in assisting these exciting events are asked to send their name, email and telephone number to Mrs. Jeannine Reardon at [email protected].

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 over 110 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.

MC's 91st Gala Celebration Tickets on Sale - 3.27

Tickets for Malden Catholic's 17th annual Gala celebration will go on sale Monday, March 27. General admission Gala tickets are $175/person. Malden Catholic family member tickets are $100/person, which is a $75 discount. Please use the attached link to purchase tickets and/or become a sponsor.

The Leading Beyond Gala will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 6 PM in the Doherty Gymnasium and includes a Plus Ultra Award presentation, dinner and dancing. We are delighted to celebrate our Plus Ultra Honorees who personify the Malden Catholic pillars of character, leadership and success - Dick ’64 and Lolli Sumberg. The Sumbergs are longtime loyal and generous benefactors of Malden Catholic. They are members of the Plus Ultra Society, the SFX Society and the Brother Gilbert Legacy Society. The Sumbergs were also strong supporters of the Essential Malden Catholic Campaign. Dick additionally served on the Malden Catholic Board of Trustees for over 9 years.

Gala Online Auction Donations

Starting on April 20, Malden Catholic will begin auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise money in support of MC students and school programs. 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!

What's Happening Around MC?

Math Team Contest

Anime Club

Boys Division Junior SFX Scholars Visit to Holy Cross

Last week, MC's Boys Division Junior SFX Scholars visited Holy Cross for a tour and admissions presentation.

La Colaborativa 3V3 Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to the winners of La Colaborativa's 3V3 Basketball Tournament - Aboubakar Nimaka '26, Ruben Rivera '26, Dermas Habtom '25, and Clara Ortiz '25!

Student Artwork


Boys Basketball Championship Win

The Malden Catholic student body celebrated the Boys Varsity Basketball MIAA State Champions at a schoolwide assembly. Photos from the Malden Catholic championship game can be viewed on MC's SmugMug through this link by using the password - maldencatholic99.

Malden Catholic Boys Basketball Championship Apparel

Orders for MC's Boys Basketball Championship apparel can be placed through the following link through April 3.

NLI Signing

Congratulations to Mia Mitchell '23 who signed a National Letter of Intent to participate on the softball team at Endicott College. Way to go, Mia!

2023 MIAA Sportsmanship Award

Congratulations to Brendan Zinck '23 for being selected to receive the 2023 Boston Bruins MIAA Sportsmanship Award! Brendan was presented with the award at the Boston Bruins game and was acknowledged for exemplifying high standards of fair play and sportsmanship.

MIAA Student Workshop - 4.4 at 9 AM

The MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) Student Advisory Committee is hosting a free, in-person, workshop for student-athletes focusing on life after sports, community service and mental health on Tuesday, April 4 from 9 AM - 1 PM at the MIAA Headquarters - 33 Forge Pkwy, Franklin, MA. Students interested in participating should register in MC's Athletic Office as there are limited spaces available.

Spring Sports

Spring Sports Senior Banner Photos - Thursday, March 30 at 2:30 PM

Senior athlete photos will be taken on Thursday, March 30 at 2:30 PM outside of the athletic office. These photos will be used for Senior Banners for spring sports and may be purchased from Dracut Threads through this link. All student athletes must be in team home uniform for the photos. The banners will be hung for the spring season in the gym and then hung outside with the senior banners from all the seasons. Seniors will then be able to take their banners home following graduation.

Any questions about Senior Banners may be directed to Athletics Director, Bill Raycraft at [email protected].

Monday, March 27

4:30 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse Scrimmage Home vs Arlington Catholic HS

Tuesday, March 28

No events scheduled

Wednesday, March 29

3:30 PM Boys Varsity Baseball Scrimmage Home vs Stoneham High School

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse Home vs Northeast Metro Regional Vocational

Thursday, March 30

4 PM Girls Varsity Tennis @ Mount Alvernia HS

Friday, March 31

No events scheduled

Saturday, April 1

1 PM Boys Varsity Baseball @ Bishop Feehan HS