Lumen News – April 25, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • April 27th: Parish Clean Up Day (last chance to earn service hours) 9a – St. Benedicts
  • April 27th – PROM! “A Night in Hollywood”
  • April 30th:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Science Day
  • April 30th: Lumen Christi “Dine Out” at Texas Roadhouse, 5pm – 8 pm (details below)
  • May 2nd:  Last School Mass w/Class of 2019, 9am
  • May 3rd: 11th Grade Retreat 8a-12:25p & Service Project 5p- 8p, St. Benedicts
  • May 6:  Baccalaureate Mass, 7pm
  • May 9:  Class of 2019 Graduation, 7pm
  • May 20-22:  Final Exams
  • August 6th: Registration & Back to School Picnic, 2p-7p


Schedules got a little wonky for Saturday morning prom set up, but we’ve been given the all-clear to decorate Viking Hall early – as in TOMORROW (Friday) from 10a-2p. We know it’s not a convenient time for working families, but Mrs. Goodwin and Student Government representatives could use some help if you’re at all able. If you have questions or can help for even part of the time, please call Mrs. Goodwin at 317-0690.

We anticipate set up being completed on Friday, but if for any reason we need additional help, a “Remind” message will be sent out for help on Saturday morning. (Note that we could still use some clean up help on Saturday evening at 11p!) Viking Hall is located at 8141 Briarwood Street.

Principal’s Update:   

I write this update to you from the “Windy City” of Chicago, where Mrs. Loeffler and I are attending the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) annual conference.  Over 9,000 educators from Catholic schools around the world are here to learn and share best practices in Catholic education. We’ve participated in beautiful liturgies and attended informational workshops on campus ministry, marketing and enrollment, servant leadership, and academic instruction.  We will share what we’ve learned with our fellow faculty upon our return Friday.

Congratulations to Jack Schroder (9th grade) and Tate Hart (8th grade) who led efforts to collect 350 pairs of used shoes from the school, St. Benedicts and Holy Cross Parish as part of their Holy Cross Confirmation Service Project. “Kicks for Kids,” the charity recipient was thrilled with their efforts. Thanks to the many students who brought their shoes in for donation!

Finally, a well done to the dozen junior and senior high students who put on a dramatic and emotional Passion Play and Reflection for our school on April 15th and for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School students on April 18th.  We got so much positive feedback that we look forward to making this an annual tradition!

Have a great weekend!

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s Sportsleader Virtue is GENEROSITY – The strength to go beyond the call of duty. It is so much easier to just do the bare minimum, to do only what others ask me to do.

Campus Ministry:


  • Registration for ACYC (Alaska Catholic Youth Conference) 2019 is now open. ACYC is a gathering of Alaskan teens, young adults, parents, pastoral administrators, and parish staff members. It features both Alaskan and national Catholic musicians and speakers who will help teens live as missionary disciples in their communities, whether that be rural or urban. The week will include Eucharistic liturgies, reconciliation, workshops, a concert, and yes, fun! As Pope Francis tweets: “A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.” Teens who journey to ACYC will return radiating the joy of renewed faith and a strengthened desire to live as God’s disciples! For registration and more information, check out:

  • 11th Grade Retreat is next Friday, May 3 (on campus) and that evening they’ll complete a Service Project by assisting at the St. Benedict Parish Agape Dinner from 5 p.m.-8p.m.

  • Please join us for morning Mass in our school chapel Mon., Tues., Wed. and Friday at 7:15a.

  • All high school students are invited to St. Benedict Youth Group silent retreat May 10-12. Students return early for Mother’s Day.

  • All Middle School students are invited to St. Benedict Jr. High Night night Thursday 6 p.m.

  • All High School students are invited to St. Benedict Youth Group Wednesday’s at 7 p.m.

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week.

  • Our senior class as students prepare for finals and graduation

  • Teens who are struggling with faith

  • Return to a reverence for all life

  • Repose of the soul of All who have lost loved ones

  • All first responders

  • All families in crisis

Any prayer requests that families would like listed here in Lumen News and also in the Lumen Prayer Book of Intentions may be sent directly to Mrs. Loeffler.

Archangel Sports Update:⚽

Unfortunately, Mother Nature got in the way of our high school Track & Field athletes heading to Seward on Tuesday. That meet has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 4th in Kenai.

Middle school track stars will have 2 mini meets next Tuesday and Thursday, April 30th & May 2nd at Hanshew Middle School. Events start at 5p, come cheer our newest Archangels on!

School Announcements:

2019-20 Art Classes

Ms. Rachael Androski, our art teacher for next year was by to do a presentation for budding Archangel artists. Drawing on inspiration from Notre Dame Cathedral’s Rose Window (which was spared in the recent fire), Mrs. Androski had students complete their own unique panel which was then assembled on the window in the Front Office. Stop by to admire their amazing work, or check out our Facebook page where pictures have also been posted!


Our next order deadline is Thursday, May 2; this will be the last Scrip order of the school year. This is a great time to pick up gift cards for graduations and Mother’s Day! The Scrip program allows you to purchase gift cards at face value, which then results in an instant rebate that comes back to Lumen. Please consider buying gift cards from hundreds of popular retailers to use as gifts, or pay for your everyday purchases using gift cards instead of cash or credit cards. Place your order online at or fill out the attached order form and return it to the office. Rebates vary and are listed next to the name of each merchant. If you’re setting up an account on for the first time, Lumen’s enrollment code is: B968B67E44853. Questions on the Scrip program can be directed to Thank you for supporting Lumen Christi’s fundraising efforts by purchasing gift cards through Scrip!

Senior Parents

Parents of upcoming graduates – your SmartTuition account must be paid in full prior to graduation. Please check with our Business Manager Danna Hoellering at 273-1553 if you have any questions.

“Dine to Donate” at Texas Roadhouse

Please consider eating out this coming Tuesday, April 30th at the Texas Roadhouse, 9100 Old Seward Highway. 10% of all proceeds will be donated back to Lumen. Students will be coming home on Tuesday with vouchers to present to your server if you’re able to join us. The more, the merrier!

2019-20 Uniforms

Our vendors school uniforms will remain the same for next year – Lands End and Tommy Hilfiger. We know there were issues with Tommy this year but have been reassured that they are ordering 175% overfill for most requested items so there should be no back orders or delivery delays like there were this year. They also indicated that they’re doing a major overhaul of their website for an improved online shopping experience. If you have any concerns or feedback (general or specific), please send them to and I’ll make sure those are shared with them.  They’ll get a second shot at our business for 2019-20 but if difficulties persist, we’ll look for a second vendor for 2020-21.


Still have share hours to complete? Two good opportunities remain:

  1. Prom Set up & Clean up: Set up is 10a – 1p and clean up is from 11p – 1a at Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood Street. Let Ms. Gore know if you can help:

  2. St. Benedict’s Parish Clean Up: St. Ben’s supports our school in so many ways, help support their grounds clean up on Saturday April 27th at 9a.  In the event the work is rained out, a back up day is scheduled for May 18th, also at 9a. No need to sign up, just show up ready to work.

National Honor Society Tutoring

Don’t forget – the National Honor Society has free after school tutoring every Wednesday from 2:30-3:30p. NHS members encourage any students with homework questions or who need help with math or writing assignments to stop in for additional help. This tutoring is offered in addition to what is available on Mondays in the Library.