Faith Life at Lumen Christi
“Let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty and the inspiration for its students.”
This greeting welcomes all who enter our school, including those from all walks of life and from all faith backgrounds. We are called and inspired by Christ himself to educate morally, mentally, and physically—body, mind, and spirit. We strive to fulfill our mission each day, “to provide a rigorous Catholic education in a Christ-like environment.”
Lumen Christi High School’s campus ministry program is to enable students to integrate their faith with their daily living. It is the special responsibility of the Campus Minister to find ways and means to meet the spiritual needs of the students. He/she has the main responsibility for planning school liturgies and for preparing celebrations of the seasons of Advent and Lent. The Campus Minister is a special resource person for Faith in Action hours and service projects. He/she works closely with the administration, faculty, and especially the theology department in order to provide for the presence of a Christian atmosphere and value-system in the school. Additional responsibilities of the campus minister include (but are not limited to) providing for prayer groups, prayer services, and one-on-one counseling.
The celebration of the Holy Mass is central to the Catholic faith. Optional Mass is celebrated every day, except on those days with all-school Mass, at 7:15am in the Chapel of the Archangels in the school building for anyone wishing to attend. School Masses are celebrated weekly, typically on Thursdays at 9am at St. Benedict’s Parish. Respectful and attentive participation is mandatory for all faculty and students. We emphasize student participation in all areas of the liturgy. The student choir sings at all liturgies and students serve as lectors, altar servers, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. We hope that our liturgies will inspire students to become actively involved at their parishes, and we strongly encourage students to become leaders of their parishes’ youth organizations.
Communal and private prayer is essential in forming an intimate relationship with Christ and thereby being transformed by His loving presence. Therefore, great emphasis is placed on prayer throughout the entire school day. Every school day begins with a student leading prayer over the intercom, in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance and morning announcements. Academic classes regularly begin in prayer, led either by teachers or students. Conferences, meetings, sports competitions, and even athletic practices should include time for prayer. We often come together as a school faith community to pray novenas as well. Our school day ends in prayer, reciting the St. Michael the Archangel prayer in the closing minutes of the day.
Twice a year, during Advent and Lent, the Campus Minister organizes reconciliation services for all students. Numerous priests minister the Sacrament of Reconciliation to students in a moving ceremony at St. Benedict’s Parish. We hope that the powerful experience of God’s forgiveness through the sacrament in a school setting will inspire students to celebrate the sacrament regularly in their parishes.
Retreats are scheduled for students each year. In August, seniors participate in a two-day, one night “Servant Leadership” retreat in order to set the expectations as school leaders during their final year at Lumen. In September, all high school students go on a two-day retreat to St. Therese’s Camp in Wasilla to form together as a faith community and share in spiritual activities. The Campus Minister will also organize half-day grade appropriate retreats for junior high and high school students and for sports teams.
School and Classwide Charity Drives
Often, our school organizations, like Student Government, Big A/little a, and National Honor Society promote charity drives throughout the school year. The purpose of these drives is not only to raise money for important charities, but also to help students form solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering throughout the world and provide options for the poor and vulnerable. School and class wide charity drives include Operation Rice Bowl, “Stuffing Drive,” the Senior Class Penny Drive, and many others. All students are expected to actively participate in these charity drives.
Faith in Action Program
The Faith in Action Program at Lumen Christi facilitates student learning and development through meaningful service experiences, while allowing the school to positively impact our community. The Faith in Action Program seeks to enable our students to provide needed assistance to the school, to the church/parish, the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Anchorage community agencies, and to the people served by the Archdiocese and those community agencies.
Faith in Action Service Requirements are:
7thand 8thgrades 10 hours per semester/20 hours per school year
9thand 10thgrades 15 hours per semester/30 hours per school year
11thand 12thgrades 20 hours per semester/40 hours per school year
Faith In Action Expectations Include:
- ⅓ of a student’s hours should be School hours. This is your way to support your school. These activities can include volunteering to give tours during Open Houses, selling concessions, helping at sporting events, working at the Gala, campus ministry activities, etc.
- ⅓ of a student’s hours should be Church/Parish hours.This is your way to support our faith community. These activities can include being a lector, extraordinary minister, altar server, singing in the choir, helping out at a parish clean up, volunteering at the Archangel Attic, participating in a parish service project, etc. Students who are not a member of a parish or congregation are still required to complete their semester and annual requirements.
- ⅓ of a student’s hours should be community based, primarily with non-profit organizations.This is your way to support our Archdiocese and community agencies. These activities can include supporting Clare House, Bean’s Cafe, Hickel House, American Red Cross, Arthritis Foundation, Special Olympics, etc.