President's Update
Dear Families,

I recently read a quote by Saint John Henry Newman that I thought was worth sharing:

Catholic education “is to reunite things which were in the beginning joined together by God and have been put asunder by man.”
The quote reminded me that education is a matter of faith. Parents and educators alike provide instruction, guidance, and encouragement. Our expectation is that the things we share and role model will take hold, and the student will take steps in the right direction. Wisdom, like a seed, is planted inside the mind of a teenager, and we, by faith, expectantly wait to see what will take root and how it will grow. 

There once was a tightrope walker who amazed crowds by balancing on a wire above Niagara Falls, crossing back and forth. He then included a wheelbarrow filled with rocks and repeated the feat. He asked the crowd how many believed he could repeat the crossing with a person in the wheelbarrow instead of the rocks. Everyone raised their hand. He then asked for volunteers. No one was willing to get in the wheelbarrow. Although everyone believed with their head, no one believed with their heart. No one had authentic faith.

Faith is a decision based upon an object, or a belief causing us to act in a certain way. We are all in the “wheelbarrow” at Malden Catholic. Each of us has made a decision to make the “crossing” of high school with our students here. Faith-based high school education is a high calling and not for the weak of heart. We are partnering with God in our efforts of developing students to become people of character.

At our recent Open House, I shared with prospective families that Malden Catholic is a one-of-a-kind school. We are a Xaverian school embracing a Codivisional model to transform students’ lives. Thank you for your faith in us to deliver the best Catholic education in the area.

John Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, October 24
Day B
Grade 9 Girls Retreat - 8 AM

Tuesday, October 25
Day A
Grade 9 Boys Retreat - 8 AM

Wednesday, October 26
Day H
Praying of the Rosary - 7:25 AM

Thursday, October 27
Day G
College Financial Aid/FAFSA Review - 6:30 PM

Friday, October 28
Day F
First Quarter Ends
Weekly Mass - 7:20 AM
Pep Rally - 1:30 PM (Black Out Day)
School and College Counseling
College Visits
College representatives have been 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 24
Rochester Institute of Technology
Trinity College Dublin
Tuesday, October 25
University of Louisville
University of Rhode Island
Wednesday, October 26
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
Springfield College
Thursday, October 27
George Washington University
Lesley University

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?
Grade 9 Student Retreat - 10.24 and 10.25 at 8 AM
Next week, all Freshmen at Malden Catholic will be experiencing a Retreat Day. What is a Retreat Day? A break from regular classes to come together as a group in order to pray, reflect, play some games, and have some community with one another. It is an integral part of the Malden Catholic spiritual experience.

The Girls Division will participate in the retreat on Monday, October 24, and the Boys Division will experience the retreat on Tuesday, October 25. The Retreats will be held at Malden Catholic; however, students will not attend classes these days, and pizza will be provided for lunch (students may bring a lunch if they have specific dietary restrictions). Students may dress down for the Retreat Day according to Dress Down Day protocol listed in the MC 2022 - 2023 Parent Student Handbook.
MC Parent Book Club - 10.27 at 6:30 PM
The MC Parent Book Club Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, at 6:30 PM at MC in the Campus Ministry Center. The October MC Book Club will be discussing Still Life by Louise Penny, a mystery about the killing of a well-loved artist Jane Neal in the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force.

Please contact Vange Egizi at: [email protected] or Brother Puccio [email protected] if you are interested in attending.
College Financial Aid/FAFSA Review - 10.27 at 6:30 PM
The College Financial Aid/FAFSA Review will 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.
Pep Rally/Blackout Football Game - 10.28
MC will be hosting a pep rally and Blackout football game on Friday, October 28, at 6 PM at Malden Catholic in support of Project Blackout. Project Blackout is a student centered nonprofit group dedicated to raising awareness for pediatric cancer in New England communities.

Blackout Cancer T-Shirts
The Blackout Cancer t-shirt sale is an integral part of Project Blackout’s annual push to unite communities and raise awareness of pediatric cancer. Be sure to purchase a t-shirt in MC's Athletics office during the school day for $15/shirt by cash or check made payable to Malden Catholic. Students and faculty/staff are asked to wear their Blackout t-shirt to school and to the Blackout football game.

Halloween Movie Showing
Student Council will be hosting a Halloween movie showing in the cafeteria before the football game for anyone who would like to attend. The movie showing will begin at 4 PM on Friday, October 28, and the movie will be "Halloweentown."
MC Parent Club Meeting - 11.2 at 6 PM
The next Malden Catholic Parent Club Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 6 PM in the cafeteria.

Official Parent Facebook Group
Be sure to join the official Parent Council Facebook Group for updated news and information. Click here to join the group or go to:
President's Holiday - 11.28
During Mr. Joe O'Donnell's '62 visit, President Thornburg granted a surprise schoolwide President's Holiday for Monday, November 28. This will provide an extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There will be no school for students, faculty or staff on that Monday.
What's Happening Around MC?
Catholic Schools Foundation Visit
Running Safety Discussion with Malden Police
99 News
SFX Society Reception
Summer Internship Awards
Congratulations to all students who successfully completed the 2022 MC Summer Internship Program! A small awards ceremony was held last week to recognize students who participated in professional business positions during the summer.
MC Freshman Robotics Team Demonstration Video
Check out the video on the MC Robotics Team YouTube channel of Freshman Robotics demonstrating their process for building their first two robots. Great job!
Harvard Club of Boston Book Award Breakfast
Last week, Nicole Uribe Lopez '23 and Aiden Balandan '23 accompanied by Br. Puccio, attended the 28th Annual Prize Book Award Breakfast sponsored by the Harvard Club of Boston. Nicole and Aiden were the recipients of the Harvard Book Prize last year as top-ranking students in their Junior class.
Massachusetts Junior Academy of Science
After coming in first place at the 2022 Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair, Chengxiang (Eric) Lou '23 was invited to compete in the Massachusetts Junior Academy of Science at MIT on October 22. Congratulations, Eric!
Lynch Foundation Family Survey – State of the Schools 
As part of The Lynch Foundation's “State of the Schools” report, families in the Greater Boston area are invited to respond to regional anonymous survey regarding the reasons families select Catholic schools for their children. The survey also inquires about current parent satisfaction and likelihood to stay enrolled. If you are interested, please take a moment and complete the attached survey.
The Malden Catholic Fund
The Malden Catholic Fund benefits every student and makes it possible to continually enhance academic innovation, arts and athletic programming, faculty excellence, tuition assistance and scholarships at our school. Our goal is to raise $1.2M for the Malden Catholic Fund, with our current families contributing $100,000 of this amount.

This year, Sallyann (Dimeco) Fama GC '56 and Dr. Eugene Fama '56, the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Economics Sciences, have offered to match the first $100,000 of parent gifts. Like you, Sallyann and Dr. Fama, who is often called "the father of modern finance," believe in Malden Catholic and know that a gift/investment today will enhance your Lancer’s future.

Fall Sports
The Malden Catholic Varsity Letterman Jacket Store is now open until October 28. The Holloway Navy Varsity Letterman Jacket may be purchased through Brine Sports and will have an anticipated delivery date of sometime in December. Jackets are customizable with the number and choice of sport.
Registration for Malden Catholic winter sports is now open. All parents/guardians must register students through Family ID at by November 21.
Monday, October 24
3:30 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey St. Mary's Home
4:30 PM Girls JV Volleyball @ Mount Alvernia HS
5:00 PM Girls JV Field Hockey St. Mary's Home
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Mount Alvernia HS
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer Bishop Fenwick HS Senior Night

Tuesday, October 25
3:00 PM Boys Varsity Cross Country Catholic Conference Cross Country Championships
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Swimming Notre Dame Academy--Hingham
5:00 PM Girls JV Soccer Cancelled - Carver HS Home
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Soccer Carver HS
Senior Night

Wednesday, October 26
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Cross Country Girls Catholic Conference Championships
3:30 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball Medford HS Home
4:00 PM Girls JV Field Hockey Ursuline Academy Home
4:30 PM Girls JV Volleyball Medford HS Home
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball Medford HS
Senior Night
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Ursuline Academy Senior Night

Thursday, October 27
4:00 PM Boys JV Soccer Greater Lawrence Tech HS Home
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball Boston Latin School MS/HS
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Marblehead HS
4:00 PM Girls JV Field Hockey @ Marblehead HS
4:00 PM Boys Freshman Football Boston College High School
5:30 PM Girls JV Volleyball Boston Latin School MS/HS Away
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer Greater Lawrence Tech HS Home

Friday, October 28
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Football Boston College HS (Blackout Football Game)
Senior Night

Saturday, October 29
10:00 AM Boys JV Football @ Boston College HS
12:00 PM Girls Varsity Soccer @ Woburn HS
MSTCA Bob Glennon Twilight Race 2022