Lumen News – January 28, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Jan 31-Feb 6:  Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
  • Feb 2:  5th Annual State of the School, 7pm (virtual)
  • Feb 6:  Mardi Gras Gala
  • Feb 10-11:  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Feb 17:  Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
  • Mar 5-14:  Spring Break

26th Annual Mardi Gras Gala & Auction Fundraiser

                    Online Auction & “Live” Virtual Event – Saturday, February 6th


Gala events begin next week!!

  • Get your last minute DONATIONS in by TOMORROW!

  • NEW RAFFLE added – Buy a ticket to win $250 Credit for any Gala Purchase!

  • PLEASE CONSIDER reaching out to family and friends to participate in our Gala/Auction Fundraiser.  If you have purchased a table in the past, consider inviting your previous guests.  A PERSONAL INVITATION goes a long way!  Our success depends on having bidders attend our “Live” Virtual Event on February 6th @ 7pm.

  • Continue to SHARE our FACEBOOK POSTS!

  • REGISTER for AUCTION BIDDING- it’s easy as a New Orlean’s Pecan Pie! Just click here:

  • A few VOLUNTEER SPOTS have been added to SignUp – just click here: and get some of those Share Hours taken care of before the end of the year! There are a few spots for High School students to sign up and help, have them check in with Ms. Gore in the Front Office.

  • See below for a SCHEDULE of EVENTS

  • THANK YOU!!   The Gala Team- /273-1530

Principal’s Update:

Four words–CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!  Next week, our school will celebrate Catholic education with 6,000 other Catholic schools around the nation.  We have a host of activities and events planned, from celebrating our Students on Monday, our Community on Tuesday, our Nation on Wednesday, our Vocations on Thursday, our Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers on Friday, and finally our Parish on Saturday, Feb 6th.  We have a lot going on, so here is the rundown of important events:

  • Monday, Feb 1:  Start of Catholic Schools Week Spirit Week.  See schedule below in “Front Office News.”

  • Monday, Feb 1:  Kickoff of “Five Letters for Five Days” Letter Writing Campaign.  See details below in “LUMENary Drive.”

  • Tuesday, Feb 2nd:  5th Annual “State of the School” address at 7pm.  Email invite will be sent out on Monday, Feb 1st.

  • Wednesday, Feb 3rd:  Online bidding starts for our Mardi Gras Gala.

  • Friday, Feb 5th:  All School Mass at 8am.

  • Saturday, Feb 6th:  “Live” Virtual Auction for our Mardi Gras Gala starts at 7pm.

  • Saturday/Sunday, Feb 6th-7th:  Community Masses at St. Benedict’s.  Students can sign up with their Advisor classes to attend a Mass at St. Benedict’s to celebrate our host parish, say thank you to the parishioners, (and earn a Faith in Action Hour).  Masses are Saturday 5pm, Sunday at 8am, 10:30am, and 12:15pm.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information and be sure to SHARE our posts with your friends and family!  Have a wonderful and restful weekend!

Campus Ministry:

Virtue of the Week: Courtesy

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. Titus 3:2

Happy and blessed birthdays this weekend to Dominic Alfano and Joseph Moriarty!

  • St. Benedict Parish Winter Retreat for High School students is Friday, February 12 – Monday, February 14. Information can be found on the School Information Board across from the main office. This is a wonderful retreat each year!

  • Link for Novena for This website also gives wonderful ideas for prayer and service within your families..

  • Ash Wednesday is February 17 – only 3 week away!  We will be praying the Stations of the Cross each week here at school throughout the season.

Prayer Spot

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • President Biden and Vice President Harris that God will bestow on them wisdom, grace, and courage

  • For those experiencing crisis pregnancies

  • For those experiencing homelessness and poverty this winter

  • For all medical workers and first responders

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.

LUMENary Drive Update:

We’re holding steady at $56k+ (nice job folks!) and are moving into the next phase of the drive.  Letters to alumni are being mailed tomorrow, and during Catholic Schools week which starts on Monday, we’re asking students to do one of two things:

  1. Write a letter to a family member or friend telling them their favorite things about Lumen and asking if they might consider supporting the school; or

  2. Writing a thank you letter to a donor who has already contributed to the LUMENary Drive.

Students who successfully finish this task and write five (mailable!) letters will earn five dress down days. As a reminder – dress down days mean no uniform, not even Lumen spirit wear! Jeans, joggers, leggings, it’s all a go on a dress down day.

(Note: Thank you letters are an important part of the campaign, but securing contributions is still important too! Think about your Christmas card list, family friends, someone who you know would appreciate hearing from your student and supporting the school.  Send those addresses to school with your student and we’ll get them going in the right direction.)  As always, thank you for your support and sacrifice and encouraging your students to help!

Archangel Sports:

Our High School Basketball teams have their first games down in Soldotna against Cook Inlet Academy this Saturday. CIA has traditionally been a strong competitor for our Archangels, but we know our teams have what it takes.  Stay tuned here for game updates next Thursday.

The Junior High teams have had their first full week of practice and it’s great to see both the boys and girls coming together learning new plays and developing skills.

The rifle team made it through their safety instruction day last Thursday and started shooting Tuesday of this week.  They have their first on-line match against a team hosted by the American Legion Post #290 in Stafford Virginia on Thursday, Feb 4th, so watch here for competition updates!


Front Office News: 


Monday starts our Catholic Schools Week Spirit Week – remind your kids they can ‘dress down-dress up according to the following themes!

  • Monday, Feb 1:  Our Students (Lumen Spirit Wear)
  • Tues, Feb 2:  Our Community (Multicultural Day–wear clothing showing your cultural heritage)
  • Wed, Feb 3:  Our Nation (Red, White, and Blue)
  • Thurs, Feb 4:  Our Vocations (Casual or Classy–wear your comfy jeans or fancy duds)
  • Fri, Feb 5:  Our Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers  (MASS attire! Ladies & Gentleman – you know that means your shirts & ties.)

2020-21 Alaska World Affairs Council’s World Quest

Calling all high school students!  The Alaska World Affairs Council is holding a virtual addition of their Academic WorldQuest Student Competition! This is a free event which tests students’ knowledge of current events, international relations, world history and global cultures.  First prize is $400, 2nd prize is $100.  Have your student talk to their Advisor if they’re interested in getting a Lumen team together.  The event is Wednesday, February 3rd from 5-6:30p.  Click here for more info:

St. Elizabeth’s Community Dinner

Like everything else, the in-person Community Dinner at our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has been put on hold this year because of Covid.  That said, SEAS is partnering with two long time community partners, Tastee-Freeze and Bradley House in an event that’s almost as good! See info below for more details. A portion of all proceeds goes directly back to SEAS.

 Thanks everyone for another great week, our students are AWESOME!!

image (7).png