Lumen News – 02/02/2018

Posted on Feb 3, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Feb 3rd:  Archdiocesan Parish Basketball Night, 3-6pm
  • Feb 4th:  Lumen Christi/St. Benedict’s Community Mass, 10:30am
  • Feb 5th:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Feb 10th:  Lumen Christi’s Mardi Gras Gala, 5:30pm
  • Feb 13th:  Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner, 6-8pm
  • Feb 14th:  Ash Wednesday Mass, 9am
  • Feb 15-16th:  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Feb 19th:  Presidents Day Holiday  (No School)
  • Feb 28th-Mar 3rd:  Regions Basketball @ Lumen
  • Mar 5th:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Mar 7th:  Open House, 6-8pm
  • Mar 9th:  In-Service Day (No School)
  • Mar 9-18:  Spring Break
  • Apr 5th:  Open House, 6-8pm

From the Principal:

As we finish up Catholic School Week (CSW), thanks to all who attended the State of the School address on Monday evening.  Based on the survey feedback, everyone found it informative, fun, and interesting and I look forward to keeping this annual tradition alive next year!  Looking into the weekend, a gentle reminder of two final CSW events:  the Archdiocesan Parish Basketball Night on Saturday, Feb 3rd from 3-6pm and our Community Mass at Saint Benedict’s on February 4th at 10:30am.  We hope you can join us in embracing our Catholic social teaching call to community, family, and participation.  As Romans 12:4-8 tells us:  “For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.”  More information on these community events is below.

Our high school basketball teams have been leading the way recently in sports competitions.  Our girls basketball team went undefeated to win the Birchwood Invitational a week ago, which was the first tournament won by a Lumen girls basketball team since 2007!  Both the boys and girls teams went on to take second place in a recent tournament last weekend in Nikolaevsk.  A special shout out to Class of 2018 senior Maeve Bakic and Class of 2019 junior Nyadeng Puoy who received all tournament girls team honors, while Class of 2021 freshman Lam Puoy was recognized for all tournament boys team honors.  Nyadeng also was named tournament MVP for girls.  Way to go Archangels!!!

Finally, I would like to recognize our four inductees into our new National Honor Society chapter:  Class of 2019 juniors Megan Flaherty and Jaime Martin and Class of 2020 sophomores Jeannie McConnell and Sophia Dupras.  In a moving ceremony surrounded by friends and family, Megan, Jaime, Jeannie, and Sophia were recognized and celebrated for their scholarship, service, leadership, and character.  Each of them has made a significant impact on others and visibly lived out Lumen’s Core Values of Faith, Family, and Excellence.  Well done and congratulations to our new NHS members!


Mark Your Calendars! Spring Open Houses:  Please spread the word and invite families you know entering grades 7-12 to come to one of Lumen Christi’s Spring Open Houses.

  • March 7th from 6-8pm

  • April 5th form 6-8pm

Mark Your Calendars!  Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner:  On Tuesday, February 13th Lumen’s Campus Ministry and St. Benedict’s Youth Group will host their 2nd annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner!!

Catholic Schools Week:

  • Parish Basketball Night (Saturday, Feb 3rd, from 3-6pm):  All Archdiocesan parish families are offered free admission to our basketball games against Wainwright and will receive a ticket for one free popcorn or candy.  Fun halftime activities and free giveaways!  Our girls game will begin at 3pm, boys at 4:30pm.  Come cheer on Lumen!!!  Go Archangels!!

  • Lumen Christi Community Mass at St. Benedict Parish (Sunday, February 4th at 10:30am):  As Catholic Schools Week comes to a close, what a better way to celebrate our school than with the parishioners of St. Benedict’s.  Our students and staff will participate in the liturgy as altar servers, lectors, extraordinary ministers, gift bearers, and hospitality.  This is not a mandatory event, but I am requesting parents and students to attend whether you are Catholic or not.  As a ministry of St. Benedict, our school benefits greatly from the generosity, support, and hospitality of the parish.  This is our way of showing our deepest appreciation by celebrating the Mass with them.

St. Benedict’s Father Daughter Dance:  All are invited to St. Benedict’s Father Daughter Dance on February 3, 2018 from 6:30pm -8:30pm at Lumen Christi gym upper room.  Tickets are available at the door for $5.

African Dinner and Slide Show:  All are invited to an African dinner and slide show at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 10980 Hillside Drive, on February 13, from 6:00 to 7:30.

Here is the ad in the Anchorage Daily News Community Calendar:!/details/A-Musical-Journey-through-East-Africa/4453608/2018-02-13T18

Knights of Columbus-Bison Hunt:  The 2018 Kodiak Bison Hunt Raffle is underway.  Purchase a raffle ticket from Knights of Columbus at your Parish for your chance to win a guided hunt on “Kodiak Game Ranch” OR $3500 CASH.

  • Tickets are $20 each-Tickets are transferable-Need not be present to win

  • One drawing for each 1300 tickets sold!

  • Proceeds benefit Knight of Columbus charitable works in Alaska

  • Drawing to be held at Alaska State Convention in Juneau, Alaska on April 28, 2018

Bell Schedule Adjustment:  Due to Ash Wednesday, the school will attend Mass on Wednesday, February 14th instead of Thursday, February 15th.  Please note the bell schedule changes:

  • On Wednesday the 14th, we will follow a “Thursday” schedule.

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

  • On Thursday, February 15th, we will follow a Friday A schedule with school dismissal at 12:20pm.  Parent teacher conferences will be from 3-7pm

  • On Friday, February 16th, we will follow a Friday B schedule with school dismissal at 12:20pm.  Parent teacher conferences will be from 1-4pm

Click. Pick. Give:  When you choose Pick.Click.Give to benefit Lumen Christi High School, your money supports the education programs that have prepared our students for college and life. Your generous donation ensures that our students continue to be equipped with academic excellence and faith.  Thank you for prayerfully considering Lumen Christi on the list of your Pick.Click.Give. donations.  Your link to Pick.Click.Give.

Calling All Photographers!: Do you have any great pictures of your students playing sports or participating in extra-curricular activities? Although our Yearbook team tries to be at as many events as possible, we can’t be everywhere. Please send any pictures you have to Mrs. Spillers, so that we can try to include them in the yearbook. E-mail:

PVO News:

The GALA is almost a week a away!  Please consider how you can help!

We appreciate that several families have signed up to help with the Gala next week.  We have reached out to every family that has not signed up and still need help in some key areas.  At this point we are looking for ANY and ALL HELP.  Please consider if there is something else you may be able to help with.  Key areas that need help:

Night of Gala:

  • Someone to purchase and coordinate Volunteer Food for Saturday 2/10 Dinner

  • Someone to oversee the students at Coat Check on Saturday 2/10 5-11pm

  • Someone to Run the Slide Show during the Live Auction 2/10 7-10 pm

  • Several (4) Silent Auction Monitors the Night of the Gala- 2/10 5-11pm


  • Thursday 2/8 10am to 1pm or 1-3 pm

  • Friday 2/9 12:30 to 5 pm

  • Saturday 2/10 10 am to 2 pm

  • AIR MILES-  We are in need of air miles to pair with a couple of destinations in our live auction this year. If you or someone you know has air miles you would like to donate to the gala please contact us soon as possible 273-1530.

  • Please bring in any WINE donations you have signed up for as soon as possible-  Up to 2 share hours for this. See the sign up if you still want to donate.

  • Online sign up

  • Purchase tickets now by calling or stopping by the office!


  • We will be taking a two week break during the gala and have spots available starting Friday, February 16th.


  • Help is needed in the concession stand this FRIDAY for Junior High Volleyball Rally and SATURDAY for several High School Basketball games-

Please consider taking a leadership role in one of the following roles-

  • Gala Co-Chair for 2018-2019:  With the O’Connell family moving later this year we will need help in the year to come. Learning this year is a great way to start!

  • Fur Rondy Float Lead:  We are looking for someone to help get the Lumen Christi float ready for the parade on February 24th!

If you have any questions or can help with any of these roles please contact Danielle- or 227-7080.

Campus Ministry:

All are invited to join us for Mass at 7:15 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in our  School Chapel!

  • Our senior class has put together almost 200 Blessing Bags for homeless. These bags consist of hand warmers, trail mix, water, and various other items that can bring nutrition and comfort to those in our community who do not have a warm place to lay their heads at night.  If your family would like to take some of these bags to carry with you for when you meet someone in need please come to room 120.  We ask that you not send your students to get these, as opposed to an adult, so we can ensure that students are not putting themselves at risk by distributing these alone.

  • Please sign up for service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.  Each Friday 4 students are needed to help in classrooms from 12:30-2:30.  Students please sign up in the main hallway.

  • Campus Ministry and St. Benedict Youth Group will be holding our second annual Fat Tuesday pancake dinner on Tuesday, February 13.  Proceeds will go to a local charity, the St. Benedict Youth Group and the Lumen Christi Campus Ministry Program. We will appreciate help or donations for the evening.  And of course, please come enjoy a pancake dinner and support our cause! Details to follow.

  • Calling all musicians!!!  We are looking for a piano player to play for our school Masses!  You may choose the hymns with which you are most comfortable. Please see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • Sign up sheets for Friday service hours at The Archangel Attic can be found on the bulletin board across from the school office. Students please sign up!!

  • All eligible students are invited to be trained as altar servers for our school Masses. Interested students please see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • If you know of a worthy cause in need of volunteers let us know so we can get the word out!

Prayer Corner:

(prayer requests can be sent to Liz Loeffler –

Pray for

  • Our local, state, national, world, and Church leaders

  • Women who are facing unplanned or difficulty pregnancies that they will be given support and choose life for their children

  • Repose of the souls of Fr. Steven Moore and M.J. Marteeny, and comfort to their family and friends

  • Those who are lacking adequate food and shelter, especially during this winter season

  • Respect for all life