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President's Update

Dear Families,

My grandmother was known for her secret recipe for chocolate fudge. Most of our family gatherings included her tasty dessert. Sadly, by the time she passed away, she had not shared the recipe with anyone in the family. We searched her recipe book but the ingredients were not written down. For many years, my relatives would attempt to recreate my grandmother’s fudge recipe but they were not able to do so. It seems to me that often times we don't realize the special things that grandmothers (and mothers) do!

My mother is known for her chocolate chip cookies. In fact, I still have high school friends back home in Minnesota who visit my mother now as adults for the sole purpose of having some of her cookies. Not wanting history to repeat itself, I asked my mother (who is 83) for her recipe. 

“I just use the recipe on the chocolate chip package,” was her reply.

I knew this was not entirely true. In the past I had used the package recipe and the cookies were nowhere near as good as my mom’s cookies. I also know that my mom (who can be somewhat stubborn), did not want to share her signature recipe - even with the family.

I decided to try another tactic to get the recipe and paid her a visit. We were standing in the kitchen together and I suggested we make cookies. She hesitated at first, but I am her oldest child and only son (I have three younger sisters) and she eventually relented. We took off to the grocery store to get the ingredients and she insisted the whole time that “it was just the recipe on the package.”

It was not just the recipe on the package

Although the ingredients were nearly the same, after spending time with my mother baking, I realized key things about her that I had not known before. She measured some ingredients like the flour and baking soda to the exact amount like a chemist. She didn’t use all of the ingredients that were suggested– for example, she used Crisco vegetable shortening instead of butter. Like an artist, she also mixed and added other ingredients at a specific time throughout the process. Carefully, she placed a perfectly round dollop of batter on a light gray cookie sheet because according to her - “dark sheets burn the cookies.” Once the cookies were in the oven, my mom watched them bake, ignoring the suggested time. When the cookies were “light brown and spongy to the touch” out of the oven they came. 

Even though I learned a lot about baking her style of chocolate chip cookies that day, I learned more about my mother. It seemed to me as if the way she baked cookies mirrored how she had raised my sisters and me. She made sure we had a healthy home environment with love and care for each of us. She was involved in our lives and made decisions that were the best for us as she watched us grow. Behind all of her actions were acts of care and love that a young boy never understand. But on that day in the kitchen, as an adult, I was just beginning to.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, I encourage all of us to celebrate and thank our mothers who have made such an incredible difference in our lives.

Thank you for your support.

John Thornburg

At a Glance

Monday, May 15

Day E

Senior Girls Division Awards Ceremony - 6 PM

Tuesday, May 16

Day D

Senior Boys Division Awards Ceremony - 6 PM

Wednesday, May 17

Day C

Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

Mandatory Senior Prayer Service, Breakfast and Commencement Rehearsal - 8 AM

Senior College Sweatshirt Photo

Thursday, May 18

Day B

Mass - 1:15 PM (Mass attire required)

Friday, May 19

Day A

Baccalaureate Mass - 4 PM

Saturday, May 20

Commencement - 10 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.

Malden Catholic's 17th Annual Gala and 91st Anniversary Celebration

We would like to thank the entire Malden Catholic community for joining us at our 17th Annual Leading Beyond Gala and for helping us reach our goal of $400,000 for the MC fund which supports student scholarships and programming. 


We were honored to celebrate Dick '64 and Lolli Sumberg with the Plus Ultra Award! Please see the photos from the event on MC's Public SmugMug album through this link (password - maldencatholic99).

What's New?

Grade 11 MCLI Parent Meeting - 5.18 at 7 PM

MC's Campus Ministry will hold an informational meeting for parents to discuss the MCLI retreat details and answer any questions about the retreat on Thursday, May 18 at 7 PM via GoToMeeting. The GoToMeeting link will be sent to parents a few days prior to the meeting.

Please contact Mr. Eamonn Casey '94, P'25 at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

MC Parent Book Club - 5.24 at 6:30 PM

The MC Parent Book Club will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 PM at MC in the Campus Ministry Center. The May MC Book Club will be discussing The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li, a magnificent, beguiling tale winding from the postwar rural provinces to Paris, from an English boarding school to to the quiet Pennsylvania home where Agnès can live without her past. The Book of Goose is a haunting story of friendship, art, exploitation, and memory by the celebrated author Yiyun Li.

Please R.S.V.P. to Vange Egizi at [email protected] if you can attend.

Fine Arts Night - 5.25 at 7 PM

Join us for Fine Arts Night on Thursday, May 25 at 7 PM in the Thomas '66 and Olivia McDonough Performing Arts Center. This Broadway-themed event will feature student art and performances from the Malden Catholic Art Department including student singers, dancers, visual and digital artists. 

Senior Event Updates

Monday, May 15

  • Girls Division Awards Ceremony - The Girls Division Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 15 at 6 PM in the Doherty Gymnasium. Please refer to the dress code for the event through this link.

Tuesday, May 16

  • Boys Division Awards Ceremony - The Boys Division Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 PM in the Doherty Gymnasium. Please refer to the dress code for the event through this link.

Wednesday, May 17

  • Senior Prayer Service/Breakfast/Commencement Rehearsal - Seniors will gather in the cafeteria at 8 AM, followed by a prayer service in the Thomas '66 and Olivia McDonough Performing Arts Center and breakfast in the cafeteria. The day will conclude with a mandatory Commencement rehearsal. Seniors are asked to wear their college sweatshirts on Wednesday, May 17 for a class photo.

Thursday, May 18

  • Senior Class Event - Parents from the Class of 2023 have organized a Senior event at Kowloon in Saugus on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 - 9:30 PM. The cost is $50 and payment may be submitted to Mrs. Flaherty via Venmo @Chrissie-Flaherty or PayPal @chrissie0304. Please note that this is not a school sponsored event.

Friday, May 19

  • Baccalaureate Mass - The Baccalaureate Mass will begin at 4 PM and will be held on the Brother Gilbert Stadium field. Please refer to the dress code for the Baccalaureate Mass through this link.

Saturday, May 20

  • Commencement Ceremony - The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10 AM on the Brother Gilbert Stadium field. Please refer to the dress code for Commencement through this link. Please note that students are not allowed to decorate their graduation caps.

Additional Resources

Additional resources regarding Senior Events can be found on the MC website through the following links:

Please contact Mrs. Jeannine Reardon Esq. GC'89 P'23 with any questions regarding Senior events at [email protected].

The Class of 2023

We are delighted to share the Malden Catholic Class of 2023 matriculation plans for the following year. Please see the attached links featuring our Senior class.

Check out the Girls Division Senior Matriculation page and the Boys Division Senior Matriculation page on the MC website.

Any Grade 12 students who have not contacted their school counselor and updated their Naviance account with all college decisions including acceptances, deferred, wait listed and denied should do so ASAP. Please reach out to Mrs. DelGenio with any questions at [email protected].

2022 - 2023 Yearbook Purchase for Grades 9 - 11 - 6.5

Any students in Grades 9 - 11 who are interested in purchasing a 2022 - 2023 yearbook, please create a Jostens account and order your yearbook through this link. The deadline to order a yearbook is Monday, June 5. (The cost for Senior yearbooks are included in Senior fees that were collected at the beginning of the school year.)

Register for MC Summer Camp 2023!

Summer is right around the corner! Malden Catholic is once again pleased to offer onsite sports camps and classes this summer. These classes typically fill up quickly, so be sure to enroll soon!

Register today on the MC website to secure your sport in MC Summer Sports Camps and engaging classes in HSPT Test Prep, Math and more!

What's Happening Around MC?

Praying of the Rosary - May Crowning of the Blessed Mother

Project Lead the Way Engineering Course

Aviation and Maritime Expo

New England Regional Botball Tournament

MC's Robotics Team competed in their 18th New England Regional Botball Tournament where the team won the Outstanding Documentation Award and the Judge's Choice Award for best programming code. Way to go, MC Robotics!

National STEM Honor Society

Congratulations to Amanda Cooper ’25 and Grace MacDonald ’25 who won 3rd place winners in the 2023 NSTEM Project-Based Learning Showcase! Special thanks to MC's STEM Director, Mrs. Abbas, for supporting them through their National STEM Honor Society Chapter!

National Latin Exam Results

We would like to congratulate the following students for their outstanding National Latin Exam results!

Latin 1

  • Ronan Sanzone '26 – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
  • Sara Leonard '26 – Magna Cum Laude

Latin 2

  • Lisbeth Monteagudo '25 – Gold Summa Cum Laude
  • Tuan Bui '25 – Gold Summa Cum Laude
  • Amanda Cooper '25 – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
  • Quinn Olbrot '25 – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
  • Leyna Nguyen '25 – Magna Cum Laude
  • Sabrina Fallon '25 – Cum Laude
  • Oisin Casey '25 – Cum Laude

Latin 3

  • Therese Sanzone '24 - Gold Summa Cum Laude
  • Anne Harrington '24 - Silver Maxima Cum Laude
  • Grace Gunning '24 – Magna Cum Laude
  • Dia Bachawati '24 – Cum Laude
  • Jordyn Meehan '24 – Cum Laude

Plus Ultra Awards

The Plus Ultra Awards program is MC's monthly initiative to recognize students and faculty members who have gone Plus Ultra, "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!

Matthew Gaffney '25 - Humility

According to Malden Catholic Administration, "During Matt's time at MC, he has gained recognition for his achievements both on the court and in the classroom. He leads by example, showing his hard work and dedication rather than boasting about his achievements. Matt's actions are a true display of humility."

Cassandra Capone '26 - Simplicity

Malden Catholic Administration stated, "Cassie is always one of the most generous students in any school drive, whether for toys, coats, food, or anything else. She embodies simplicity by giving so much of herself to support groups and causes in need."

Kobe Saperstein '26 - Compassion

According to Malden Catholic Administration, "Kobe

embodies the quality of compassion by his welcoming presence. He greeted a new student by addressing him by name and walking up to him with a warm smile. Kobe made the new student feel at ease on his first day at MC. Due to his quiet, respectful, and compassionate demeanor, students look up to Kobe and respect him as a classmate."

Mrs. Mea Mustone P'24, '26 - Trust

Malden Catholic Administration said, "Mrs. Mustone is a shining example of someone who embodies the values and spirit of the Malden Catholic community. She tirelessly reaches out to prospective families, actively participates in Habitat for Humanity builds and ski trips, and is always ready to lend a hand with whatever needs to be done – whether it's driving a van, picking up food, or setting tables. Her unwavering commitment to getting things done with a warm and welcoming smile is truly admirable. Moreover, her genuine kindness and empathy towards others are what make her so beloved by everyone who knows her."

Kaelen Beardsley '25 - Zeal

Malden Catholic Administration stated, "Kaelen's fall soccer season was cut short by a tough injury, which has forced her to watch from the sidelines as her teammates finished the soccer season, played through the hockey season and playoffs, and now begin the spring sports season. Despite facing adversity, Kaelen has remained a constant source of enthusiasm and support for her teammates. Her unwavering commitment and energy to Malden Catholic athletics perfectly exemplify the value of zeal. Even on the toughest days, Kaelen's positive attitude and unwavering dedication to her team serve as an inspiration to everyone around her."


National Girls and Women in Sports Day

MC's Athletic Trainer, Mrs. Gusciora attended the Massachusetts celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day in Boston along with Clodagh Duffy '24 and Kaelen Beardsley '25.

NLI Signing

Congratulations to Andrew Maher '23 who signed a National Letter of Intent to participate on the wrestling team at Plymouth University. Way to go, Andrew!

Senior Banners

Senior Banners may be purchased from Dracut Threads though this link. Banners will require a two-week turnaround. The banners will be hung for the spring season and then hung outside with the senior banners from all the seasons. Seniors will 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].

Fall Sports Registration is Now Open!

Registration for Malden Catholic fall sports is now open. All parents/guardians must register students through Family ID at https://hello.familyid.com/ prior to tryouts.

Monday, May 15

3:00 PM Girls Varsity Golf @ Ursuline Academy

3:30 PM Girls JV Softball @ Saugus High School

3:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball @ Saugus HS

4:00 PM Boys Freshman Baseball Home vs Xaverian Brothers High School

4:00 PM Boys JV Baseball @ Xaverian Brothers HS

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Tennis Home vs Xaverian Brothers High School

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball @ Xaverian Brothers High School

Tuesday, May 16

3:45 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Fontbonne Academy

3:00 PM Girls JV vs Varsity Golf Intrasquad

Wednesday, May 17

1:00 PM Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ Catholic Conference Championships

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Tennis @ Notre Dame Academy--Hingham

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball @ St. John's Prep School

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse Home vs St. John's Prep School

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Tennis Home vs St. John's Prep School (Senior Night)

4:00 PM Boys Freshman Baseball Home vs St. John's Prep School

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball Home vs Notre Dame Academy—Hingham

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Outdoor Track @ Girls Catholic Outdoor Track & Field at NDA

5:30 PM Boys JV Lacrosse Home vs St. John's Prep School

7:00 PM Boys Varsity Rugby Home vs Blue Hills Regional Tech School (Senior Night)

Thursday, May 18

3:00 PM Girls Varsity Golf Home vs Saugus HS

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse Home vs Shawsheen Valley Tech (Senior Night)

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Tennis @ Ursuline Academy

5:30 PM Boys JV Lacrosse Home vs Shawsheen Valley Tech

Friday, May 19

3:30 PM Girls JV Softball @ Lynnfield High School

4:00 PM Girls JV Golf Intersquad Practice Match Home