President's Update
Dear Families,

My wife and I raised six children on a teacher’s salary, stretching every dollar. Our youngest son, David, asked to attend summer camp one summer. Most camps were well beyond our budget, but I was able to find one which was affordable. I realized why it was reasonable the day I dropped him off for a week - it was a “no frills” camp - cabins without air conditioning, a pond instead of a lake, and a large shed for the gathering/game room. I worried all week if he would be enjoying himself.

The week ended, and I returned to pick him up. When I arrived, my first glimpse of David was him racing around with his new friends with a large smile on his face. He eventually noticed that I was there and quickly came over and told me the week had been a great experience. The camp staff was amazing! They had spent time developing relationships, encouraging the kids and having a lot of fun with the campers. The relationships transformed the camp into something frills never could: a place where you felt loved and belonged.

The longest-running study on happiness began in 1938 through the Harvard Study of Adult Development. When the study began, 724 young men (women were not in the original study because the college was all-male at the time) were asked about their mental and emotional health every two years. The young men were chosen from a wide range of backgrounds, from Boston’s poorest neighborhoods to Harvard undergraduates (President John F. Kennedy was even part of this group).

The study reported that the quality of our relationships substantially influences happiness more than social class, IQ or health status. It revealed that relationships keep us “happy” (satisfied, joyful) more than money or fame. Strong, healthy relationships delay mental and physical decline and protect us from being overcome by life’s challenges. And, as I found out, relationships can even make a low-budget summer camp and into something miraculous. 

Maybe this is why our Lord Jesus Christ prioritized relationships in His ministry. He developed close relationships with his disciples and encouraged them to love one another. The Apostle Paul stated, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,” reflecting the importance of our relationship with Christ. We have been designed to feel fulfilled through relationships with each other and with God. 

Both Malden Catholic and the researchers at Harvard agree that relationships are the foundation of the abundant life Christ promises. Malden Catholic strives to create an atmosphere where relationships grow and thrive. Our Xaverian charism, at its core, is relational. In this spirit, we form enduring personal relationships that transcend our everyday experiences into something life-changing. This is what sets our school community apart from others.

Thank you for your support,

John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, October 3
Day F

Tuesday, October 4
Day E

Wednesday, October 5
Day D
Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM
MC Parent Club Meeting - 6 PM

Thursday, October 6
Day C

Friday, October 7
No Classes - Faculty/Staff Retreat

Please Note:
Monday, October 10
No Classes - Indigenous People's Day
School and College Counseling
College Visits
College representatives will begin visiting MC on assigned days beginning at 2:25 PM and will continue to visit until early December. We encourage all Grade 11 and Grade 12 students to sign up to meet the representatives in advance in Naviance or with their school counselor.

Monday, October 3
Emmanuel College - Room 130
University of Vermont - Room 129

Tuesday, October 4
University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth - Room 130
St. John’s University – New York - Room 129

Wednesday, October 5
American University - Room 130
Marist College - Room 129

Thursday, October 6
Eckerd College - Room 129
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Room 130

College Financial Aid/FAFSA Review - Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 PM
The College Financial Aid/FAFSA Review which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 5 has been rescheduled and will now be held on Thursday, October 27 in the MC cafeteria.

Amy Piantedosi, Director of Student Financial Counseling at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the College Financial Aid Process and FAFSA Review at MC on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. The presentation will include an overview of the college financial aid process, FAFSA examination, and a question and answer session.

Financial Aid Webinar
MEFA, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, will be hosting live Financial Aid 101 webinars on a weekly basis from September 28 through early December this year. Webinars will occur during both daytime and evening hours, featuring subject matter experts from MEFA. Families can view webinar dates and times and register on

Transcript Release Forms
Seniors can access Transcript Release Forms on the MC website through this link.
What's New?
Student Dismissal
Please note that students who need to be dismissed during the school day should come to school with a note outlining the time and reason for the dismissal. This note must be signed by a parent/guardian. Students who are driving themselves should come to the office and sign out prior to leaving school. For students whose parents are driving them, the parent/guardian must come into the school and sign out the student. Students who feel ill during the day, should report to the Nurse’s office for assistance. If necessary, a school nurse will then contact a parent/guardian for dismissal.
Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser - 10.3 to 10.10
Ocober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of this worthy cause, Lancers United is hosting a breast cancer awareness goodie bag fundraiser from October 3 - October 10.

Show your support in the fight against Breast Cancer by purchasing a goodie bag for $1 during lunch periods. All proceeds go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Baby Clothing Drive - 10.3 to 10.21
Campus Ministry will begin collecting new, unused baby clothes for infants under 18 months up to children of age five on Monday, October 3. The clothing items received will be donated to Housing Families Inc. in Malden. Packages of diapers are also welcome! All donations can be made in either the donation bin in the main lobby or in the Campus Ministry Center.
MC Parent Club Meeting - 10.5 at 6 PM
The Malden Catholic Parent Club Kick-Off Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 5 at 6 PM in the cafeteria. Principal Smith will discuss the beginning of the school year, upcoming events and potential community building opportunities.
Student ID Photo Retake Day - 10.6
Students in Grades 9 – 12 who did not take a photo for their Student ID cards or individuals who would like to retake their photos can do so on Thursday, October 6 during study hall or free period.
PSAT for Grades 9, 10 & 11 - 10.12 at 8 AM
As part of our comprehensive school and college counseling program, Malden Catholic provides students with the opportunity to take the PSAT, also known as the Practice or Preliminary SAT. All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students are required to take the PSAT at MC on October 12. Parents do not need to sign up their student for the tests. Students will be dismissed from the exam between 12 and 12:30 PM.

The PSAT covers two sections: Evidenced- Based Reading and Writing (sometimes referred to as the "Verbal" section) and Mathematics. Counselors will then use the scores to help students understand their current college preparedness including areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.

Grade 12 will use October 12 as a College Visit Day and will not report to school.
What's Happening Around MC?
Homecoming Week Dress Down Days
Chemistry Lab
Parent Book Club
Volleyball Game
Shadow Day
Thomas '66 and Olivia McDonough Performing Arts Center Dedication
We are tremendously grateful to the McDonough family for their generous gift of the Thomas '66 and Olivia McDonough Performing Arts Center. In honor of this new space, the MC Choir, Dance Company and members of the cast of "Godspell" performed for over 150 guests during the weekend dedication.
Catholic Schools Foundation and Monument Group Event
MC Seniors Aileen Ortiz '22, Tim Lepore '22, Sarah Duffaut '22, and Laura Daltoe '22 attended a Catholic Schools Foundation and the Monument Group of Boston networking, dinner and presentation event at the Berkeley Winter Garden. Students learned about the basics of private equity investing and had the opportunity to meet professionals in the investing industry.
Malden Catholic's Era of Good Feelings in the "Boston Pilot"
Check out the article in the "Boston Pilot." of Malden Catholic's success and "era of good feelings" written by Brother Puccio, C.F.X., Ed.D., H'18.
99 News
The Broadcasting Club is one of the newest clubs at Malden Catholic. This active club is now hosting a semi-monthly program entitled "99 News" that will capture the exciting activities in and around Malden Catholic. The 2-minute news program will be shared in homerooms every other Friday on the club's YouTube channel.
Christian Service Volunteer Opportunities
New Campus Ministry Center
Students have enjoyed gathering in MC's new Campus Ministry Center during free periods to work on assignments and catch up with friends.

Campus Ministry 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
Bread of Life Walk to support the Malden and Everett food pantries on Saturday, October 1. The 3.5 mile race starts at 12 PM at Pine Banks. Please sign up by emailing [email protected].
Alumni Soccer Game
MC alumni returned to Brother Gilbert Stadium for the 4th annual alumni soccer game. Thanks to Coach Elias for organizing the event and to Mark Donnelly for the photos! Check out the rest of the photos on MC's SmugMug (password: maldencatholic99).
Fall Sports
Monday, October 3
3:30 PM Boys JV Golf Home vs Xaverian Brothers HS
3:30 PM Boys Varsity Golf Home vs Catholic Memorial School
4:00 PM Boys JV and Varsity Soccer @ St. John's Prep School
4/5:00 PM Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball @ St Mary’s Jr/Sr High School-Lynn
4/5:30 PM Girls Varsity and JV Field Hockey Home vs Marblehead High School

Tuesday, October 4
3:00 PM Boys Varsity Golf Home vs St. John's High School
4:30 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Gloucester HS
4:00 PM Boys Freshman Soccer Home vs St. John's Prep School
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Cross Country Home vs St. John's High School
6:00 PM Girls JV Field Hockey Gloucester HS

Wednesday, October 5
3:45/5:15 PM Girls JV/Varsity Soccer @ Ursuline Academy
3:30 PM Boys Varsity Golf @ Wakefield Memorial High School
4/5:15 PM Girls JV and Varsity Home vs Volleyball Boston Latin School MS/HS
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Cross Country Home vs Fontbonne Academy

Thursday, October 6
3:30 PM Boys Varsity Golf @ St. John's High School
3:30 PM Boys JV Golf Home vs St. John's Prep School
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Swimming @ Boston Latin School MS/HS
4/5:30 PM Girls JV/Varsity Field Hockey @ Notre Dame Academy
4/5:30 PM Girls JV and Varsity Soccer Home vs Notre Dame Academy--Hingham
4/6:15 PM Boys JV/Varsity Soccer @ Catholic Memorial School
7:00 PM Boys Freshman Football Home vs St. John's Prep School

Friday, October 7
4:00 PM Boys JV and Varsity Soccer @ Waltham HS
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Football @ St. John's Prep School

Saturday, October 8
10:00 AM Boys JV Football Home vs St. John's Prep School