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President's Update

Dear Families,

A small parade of students is marching by my 2nd-floor office right now. They’re lugging boxes from the Campus Ministry Center, laden with food, taking them down to the front lobby, where they’ll be delivered to the Peabody charity, "Gina's Giving Back." Zeal is one of the Xaverian spiritual values that we articulate in our MC Mission Statement. It doesn’t end there, though, as just a word in print. We celebrate it quite regularly in action! We routinely see zeal in our daily Malden Catholic activities, both in academics and in extracurriculars. After 38 years at MC, I’m ever-amazed at the expressions of zeal one can encounter in the sweep of just a single week. Let me recount, with thanks, a few I’ve noticed recently.  

We can start with the Make-A-Wish ceremony last week, where our MC Club made an $11,373 donation from last year’s fundraising and announced for the 5th consecutive year the granting of a Wish to a child seriously ill. The Club was at it again this past Tuesday afternoon, hosting a Volleyball Tournament that engaged 72 students on 12 teams in several rounds of furious play! Our Varsity Volleyball coaches Bailey and Johanna generously volunteered 2 ½ hours in the Gym to officiate 9 matches, where eager players left no call uncontested! The tourney and accompanying bake sale, thanks to zealous student-and-parent bakers – and voracious, kind eaters! -- garnered close to $1000.   

There’s got to be something heroic about parents who slog through a busy day at work and then make it to School in the afternoon or evening. Many did that just last week for our Parent-Teacher sessions. The same can be said, of course, for teachers who managed smiles right through 7:30pm!  Our many Honor Roll recipients give testimony to the zeal with which students attacked their 1st Quarter challenges.  Parents were back again this past Wednesday night to applaud the 500 student athletes completing a spirited fall season. It certainly takes dedication and zeal for students to start an athletic season in the heat of August and take it through the chills of November. Taking a ride out to Gardner last weekend, I saw just that as Varsity Cross-Country Boys and Girls competed zealously in MIAA Tournament competition, offering gritty 5K performances in the cold autumn breezes.  The next day, two of our Girl Swimmers brought home medals and a Championship title, and Varsity Cheer moved on to the next round of their competition. 

Elsewhere, just three days ago, Mrs. Mary-Anne DiMarco and a team of zealous faculty-and-staff volunteers continued her longstanding labor of love, hosting a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings for all of our international students and other guests. As you can see just from these few examples from a single week, the thread of zeal is well-woven in our Malden Catholic fabric. For the many things for which we may be thankful at our approaching Thanksgiving, may we thank God for blessing our School community with the richness of zeal!  Happy Thanksgiving! 


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

At a Glance

Monday, November 20

Day G

Tuesday, November 21

Day F

Thanksgiving Prayer Service

Pep Rally

Powder Puff Game - 3 PM

Wednesday, November 22 - Monday, November 27

No Classes/Offices Closed - Thanksgiving Break

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

Congratulations to Rachael Burke '24 who received her first college acceptance during last week's visit from Curry College!

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].

2023 AP School Honor Roll

Malden Catholic has been named a Silver member on the 2023 AP School Honor Roll. The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs deliver results for students while broadening access. Schools earn this recognition based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing a college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.

What's New?

Lancer Santa Toy Drive - 11.28 to 12.14

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities north of Boston to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. MC has been supporting DCF for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing this holiday tradition. The 2023 Lancer Santa Toy Drive will run from Tuesday, November 28 to Thursday, December 14.

Please drop off new, unwrapped toys in the MC sleigh in the main lobby. The toys will be picked up by DCF following the Christmas Prayer Service in December. All donations will be given to DCF Metro North in Wakefield.

Giving Tuesday - 11.28 

Giving Tuesday is celebrated this year on Tuesday, November 28. Please consider giving generously to the Malden Catholic Fund on 11.28 through this link.

Tuition alone does not cover the cost of a Malden Catholic education. Like all independent schools, Malden Catholic relies upon the generosity of our alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends to help close the gap between operating income and expenses. Support the Malden Catholic Fund this Giving Tuesday and provide MC with these essential unrestricted funds.

Delayed Start of School - 11.30 at 9 AM 

Please note that there will be a delayed opening for a Faculty/Staff Meeting on Thursday, November 30. School will begin at 9 AM, and LBK transportation will run on its normal schedule. 

Pizza & Prayer - 11.30 at 5 PM

Campus Ministry will be hosting the next Pizza and Prayer on Thursday, November 30 at 5 PM in the cafeteria. During Pizza and Prayer, 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 if you would like to attend. All are welcome!

MC Parent Club: Wreath Decorating and Bow Making Get-Together - 12.5 at 6 PM 

Come join the Christmas festivities on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 PM for a fun Wreath Decorating and Bow Making Get-Together hosted by Nurse Paquette. The group will decorate live evergreen wreaths and learn how to make spectacular bows. Please bring a potluck appetizer. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Nurse Paquette P'02, '07 at [email protected].

MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party - 12.6 at 6:30 PM

The MC Parent Book Club Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 PM at MC in the Campus Ministry Center. The December MC Book Club will be discussing The Twelve Topsy Turvy Very Messy Days of Christmas by James Patterson, an easy-to-read delightful Christmas story.

Book Swap

Please bring a wrapped book for the Christmas Book Swap.

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

Christmas Concert - 12.13 at 6 PM 

On December 13 at 6 PM, the Malden Catholic Performing Arts Department invites you to attend the annual MC Christmas Concert which will be heldin the Thomas ’66 and Olivia McDonough Performing Arts Center.

You won't want to miss this exciting performance from the Malden Catholic Drama Club, Malden Catholic Choir and the Malden Catholic Dance Company! Seats are limited, so please reserve your spot through this link.

MC Travel Club Tour of Italy Parent Meeting - 12.14 at 6 PM

The MC Travel Club will be taking a trip to Tuscany and Rome, Italy, during April Vacation, from March 12 - March 20, 2024, and all students, parents, alumni, and faculty/staff are invited to join!

The 9-day, 7-night tour will visit Montecatini, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, and Rome. The cost for the trip is $4,799 per person if paid by cash/check or $4,899 if paid by credit card. A deposit of $699 is due on January 3.

There will be an information meeting for parents on December 14 at 6 PM in the MC cafeteria. More information can be found on the MC website through this link.

Please contact Mr. Caristinos at [email protected] or Mr. O'Connor at [email protected] with any questions.

Lancers in College Day - 1.4 at 3 PM 

The second annual Lancers in College Day for the MC Classes of 2020 - 2023 will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2024, from 1:30 PM - 4 PM in the cafeteria. We will distribute the 2023 yearbooks and alumni can catch up with former classmates, teachers and administrators. Please register by January 4 through this link. 

Semi-Formal, Junior Prom & Senior Prom - 3.2, 3.22 and 5.11

The dates for the Semi-Formal, Junior Prom and Senior Prom have been added to the MC calendar.

  • Grade 9 & Grade 10 Semi-Formal Dance - Saturday, March 2 at 7 PM at MC
  • Junior Prom - Friday, March 22 at 6:30 PM at Spinelli's in Lynnfield
  • Senior Prom - Saturday, May 11 at 6 PM at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown

For more information, please visit the Student Essentials page or the Senior Events & News page on the Malden Catholic website.

MC’s 18th Annual Gala Celebration Tickets on Sale

Tickets for Malden Catholic's 18th annual Gala celebration are now available through this link. 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!

The event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Encore Boston Harbor and includes dinner, the Plus Ultra Award presentation and dancing!

We are delighted to honor Dan Passacantilli '90 as our esteemed Plus Ultra Honoree. Inspired by his unique experiences at MC, Dan personifies the Xaverian Brothers' pillars and remains dedicated to the Malden Catholic mission of cultivating the next generation of leaders. Dan is a devoted benefactor of Malden Catholic and is a loyal member of the Saint Francis Xavier Society and a contributor to the Essential Malden Catholic campaign. Dan also passionately supports the Brother Kevin Program, ensuring additional academic resources reach students with diverse learning styles. Catholic. Please read more about Dan's background on the MC website through this link.

Please visit our Gala website for more information about our Gala and/or Sponsorship opportunities. 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?

St. Andrew's Dinner

October Math Team Competition Winners - Erik Utter '24 and Xinyang Xie '26

Thanksgiving Food Drive

International Students Thanksgiving

This week, we hosted our annual International Student Thanksgiving. The event provided an opportunity for students from other countries to experience a true American holiday and to see how friends and families gather to give thanks for the blessings in their lives.

Thank you to Mrs. Mary-Anne Di Marco P'88, '91, GP '21, '23, '25, '27 for organizing such a lovely event and the faculty and staff for serving such a delicious meal for all!

Make-A-Wish Club Volleyball Tournament

We are happy to announce that MC’s Make-A-Wish Club raised over $800 in donations from last week's bake sale and volleyball tournament! We would like to thank everyone for participating in this fun event.

Congratulations to the winning team, “Beef Stew,” and to the team with the best uniforms, “Aces.” Way to go, MC!

Christian Service Opportunities

Malden Catholic students are required to perform an increasing amount of Christian Service hours each year. Throughout the year, students are asked to record their hours on the Mobile Serve app. The list of potential organizations for students to contact to volunteer for service opportunities can be found through this link on the MC website. 

Upcoming Service Events 

  • Students can earn two service hours for bagging and moving toys from the Lancer Santa Toy Drive on December 15.
  • Students can earn up to 10 service hours for volunteering to shovel snow for the Elderly and Disabled at the Joseph T. Cefalo Memorial Complex in Melrose this winter.

Please contact Mrs. Connolly with any questions at [email protected].


Alumni Fun Run - 11.25 at 11 AM

The 37th annual Alumni Fun Run will take place on the Brother Myles Track on Saturday, November 25 at 11 AM. All alumni, family and friends are invited to participate for this 2-mile race and/or to come cheer on the runners! Please register through this link.

Fall Sports

2023 Fall MSAA Cheerleading State Championship

The MC Cheer Team will be competing in the State Championship on Sunday, November 19 at 3:15 PM at Worcester State University. To purchase tickets, visit this link.

MIAA Thanksgiving Eve Football Game

The Varsity Football Team will be playing on Wednesday, November 22 at 6 PM @ St. John's Shrewsbury. Tickets will be available at the gate for $5 per person. You can view the live stream of the game through this link.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports Registration - 11.21

Registration for Malden Catholic winter sports is now open. All parents/guardians must register students through Arbiter Sports using this link. The deadline to register is November 21 at 12 PM, and tryouts start on November 27.

Winter Sports Tryouts


  • 11.27 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM
  • 11.29 - 12.1 from 4:30 PM - 6 PM

Girls Basketball

  • 11.27 - 11.29 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM (JV and Freshman)
  • 4:15 - 5:45 PM (Returning Varsity, Juniors, and invited Underclassmen)

Boys Basketball

  • 11.27 at 5:45 PM (JV and Freshman)
  • 7 PM (Varsity)

Girls Indoor Track

  • 11.27 from 2:45 PM - 4 PM at Brother Gilbert Stadium

Boys Indoor Track

  • 11.27 from 2:30 PM - 4 PM at Brother Gilbert Stadium

Girls Ice Hockey

  • 11.27 at 5 PM at Malden Valley Forum Rink
  • 11.28 at 6 AM at Malden Valley Forum Rink
  • 11.29 at 6 PM at Malden Valley Forum Rink

Boys Ice Hockey

  • 11.27 - 11.29 at 2:40 PM at Malden Valley Forum Rink

Boys Swimming

  • 11.27 from 3 PM - 4:10 PM at Mystic Valley Pool

Winter Cheer

  • 11.29 from 6 PM - 8 PM in the MC cafeteria
  • 11.30 & 12.1 from 2:45 PM - 4:45 in the Doherty Gymnasium

Winter Senior Athlete Photos

Senior Athlete photos will be taken afterschool on Monday, December 4 at 2:30 PM in the Athletics hallway. Seniors must be in their home uniforms.

Senior Banners may be purchased from Dracut Threads through this link. Banners will require a two-week turnaround. The banners will be hung for the fall 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]