Lumen News – April 15, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Apr 30:  Last School Mass with Class of 2021/Light of Christ Transfer, 8am
  • May 1: Prom (11th and 12th grade only), 8-10pm
  • May 5: Baccalaureate Mass
  • May 6: Graduation
  • May 18-20: Finals
  • May 20: Last Day of School

Principal’s Update:

This has been our first full 5 day school week in awhile, after taking off Good Friday and Easter Monday.  As I greet our students each morning for temperature checks, I can tell spring fever is in the air even though the persistent snow just won’t melt away fast enough!  Even though they are focused on their school work, I know our students are looking forward to finishing off the last few weeks of the school year and beginning their summer break.

In the days and weeks ahead, we have much going on in our small school.  On April 30th, we will celebrate the last school Mass that we will be blessed by the presence of our Class of 2021 graduates.  During this Mass, we will physically transfer the Paschal Candle between members of the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022, signifying the passing of the spiritual leadership of our school from outgoing graduates to rising Seniors.  I hope you will consider attending this 8am Mass and special occasion.

The following day, on May 1st, our 11th and 12th graders will hold a Senior Prom in our school gym from 8-10pm.  Due to COVID gathering limitations, we are unable to open this event up to any other classes.  However, we know our Seniors and Juniors and their guests will have a great evening dancing (socially distanced and masked, of course!) the night away in some semblance of normalcy that we simply were not able to do this same time last spring.  If restrictions loosen, I have every intention of allowing 10th graders to attend Prom–unfortunately, we simply are not able to do it at this point.

 On May 5 and May 6, we will hold our Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony, respectively, for the Class of 2021.  Thanks to loosening of restrictions on graduation ceremonies, these events will be open to our graduates, their immediate and extended families, and faculty and staff.  Both events will be live streamed on our Facebook page for all other attendees.  I hope you will join us in recognizing the accomplishments of the seven members of our proud Class of 2021!

I hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Campus Ministry:

This week we look at the virtue of TENACITY – The strength to grip on to a goal and refuse to give up. TENACITY is an awesome strength to have on a team, group and within a family.

It’s a joy to be around TENACIOUS leaders.

“Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • Next Friday’s Mass, April 23rd, our Spanish II students will proclaim the readings in Spanish.

  • April 30th will be our Senior Class’s last school Mass. We will be transferring the Light of Christ from our seniors to our juniors at the Mass.  We hope you can join us via Facebook for this beautiful Lumen Christi Tradition!

  • May 7 we will have the May Crowning and procession to Mary’s grotto. Please send in flowers to put beside the grotto on Friday, May 7.

  • Don’t forget

    • Mass is offered in the Archangel chapel at 7:15 Monday and Wednesday mornings

    • Confession is offered in the Archangel chapel at 7:15 Tuesday and Thursday mornings

Prayer Spot

  • For full recovery for Carol Northcut, grandmother of Isabella Surles

  • For students receiving their First Communion at St. Benedict and all parishes.

  • For Peace

  • For special intentions requested

If you would like special intentions listed in Lumen News and Prayer Book of Intentions you can send them directly to Mrs. Loeffler or to the Front Office.

Please remember the following in your birthday prayers this week:

Luka, Sarn, and Porter!

Archangel Sports:

Despite the Junior High ‘season’ consisting of only 1 practice game and 1 real live bona fide game, (grrrrrr…..COVID), the players were able to end on a high note, just like the High School season did! Two events, two wins with some budding skills on full display. Way to go to our newest Archangels! You’ll be up with the big dogs soon, bringing home those Regional & State Championship titles!

Our Lumen Sharpshooters finished their virtual match spring season with a 1-4 record.  However, last week, six members of the team competed in a national monthly “postal” match against three other rifle clubs from Virginia and we won!  On an even greater note, our very own Class of 2022 Junior (and Team Captain) Frankie Locke finished 4th out of 16 shooters!  Way to go, Frankie!  Mr. Ross looks forward to continuing the program this fall and we hope that other sharpshooters will join us!

High school and middle school soccer will begin next week.  We will be playing Futsal (indoor soccer) this season as there are weather and field issues for outdoors and there are a very limited number of teams that can participate in an outdoor season.

*High school players will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 – 2:30 pm.

*Middle school will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 – 2:30 pm.

We will have games set up for Fridays later in the season.  We may adjust practice times after next week but information to follow if there is a change.

In order to protect the gym floor from damage, players must wear court shoes with non marking soles. These should NOT be the same shoes your student wears throughout the day. age.  Players should also wear shin guards and bring a water bottle for practice.

Please let Coach Warren know if you are planning on playing – email him at

Track & Field – Watch here for news, next week.

Front Office News:

Parent Satisfaction Survey

Following is the link to our spring survey.  We would appreciate you taking the time to complete it – your feedback helps us improve and directly benefits all students. We understand that it has been a very different “Covid” year, so feel free to add comments based on your past years (if any) as well as this year.  Thanks for taking the time to help make this survey successful.

National Honor Society Food Drive

National Honor Society is sponsoring a food drive in support of the Food Bank of Alaska. We are asking for donations of canned/boxed food from Monday April 19-Friday April 30. Students will receive a dress down day for bringing in 10 items to their advisory. The advisory bringing in the most food items per student will receive a week of dress down!

Please find the list of priority items:

Please help us support the Food Bank with your donations, which can be dropped off in Advisory classrooms.

National Honor Society Thursday Lunches 

NHS will be offering lunch for purchase every Thursday after school in the concession stand area. Pizza for $2 a slice along with other packaged items will be for sale. Lunch will begin next Thursday April 22nd and will continue until May 13th. Proceeds from lunches go to support birthday bags for Clare House, a homeless shelter for women and children.

Junior High & High School Career Expo

Hosted by Junior Achievement, all middle and high school students are invited to participate in JA’s upcoming “Inspire Career Expo” virtual event. This Expo will allow students to explore careers, develop hiring skills and apply for jobs and internships statewide.

There are two different programs available:

  1. Career Exploration is for students who have not yet chosen an education or career path.

  2. Prepare to Be Hired is for students who are preparing for part-time or full-time, seasonal or permanent employment.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain vision and purpose for their education and career.

Click here for more information and to register:

Trivia Night

Feeling clever?! Consider putting a team (adults only) together to compete in a Trivia Night supporting the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Youth Group. All proceeds from the night will go to support travel as the group heads off to a Steubenville Youth Conference for Catholic high schoolers. Please see the flyer below, or click here to purchase tickets.

Position Available

Our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has an upcoming staff vacancy and is looking for the perfect person to fill it!  If you’re interested in a Business Manager/Accountant position – keep reading!

***The Business Manager/Accountant full-time position is responsible for accounts receivable/payable, payroll and HR matters, donation postings, budgeting, financial reports, annual tax and archdiocesan filings, gaming compliance, and other reports/duties as needed under the direction of Pastor.  Qualification requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent post-secondary education; three to five years full-charge accounting experience through financial statement report.  Non-profit/fund accounting experience a plus.  Salary DOE.  Background check required.  Please send a resume to or call 907-644-9720 to discuss.  Deadline April 23, 2021 or until filled.

Thanks everyone – have a great Friday and happy weekend!