Lumen News – January 9, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • January 26th – February 1st: Catholic Schools Week
  • January 27th: 6th Grade St. Elizabeth Ann Seton “Move Up Day”
  • January 27th: All Catholic Schools Mass, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 10am
  • January 28th:  4th Annual State of the School, 6:30pm
  • Feb 1-2:  Community Masses at St. Benedict Parish
  • Feb 8:  25th Anniversary Gala
  • Feb 13-14:  Parent Teacher Conferences (see schedule below)
  • Feb 13:  Principal-Parent Forum, 7pm
  • Feb 14-16:  St. Benedict High School Winter Retreat
  • Feb 25:  Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner and Open House
  • Feb 26:  Ash Wednesday (All School Mass at 9am)
  • Feb 29:  Fur Rendezvous Parade, 10:30am

Principal’s Update:

I hope everyone enjoyed a restful and spiritual Christmas break!  The start of the second semester brought smiling faces and cold spaces–brrrrrr!  We are so happy to welcome the Tiernan family to our school this semester. Leyla joined our 9th grade Class of 2023, while Matthew joined our 8th grade Class of 2024.  We also want to welcome back Kelsey Fanning and her family. Kelsey joined the other members of our Class of 2024.

January means the continuation of our boys and girls basketball season.  While our teams are away in Bethel for a VFW Tournament, we hope you will come out and support the teams at our home games coming up this month!  January also means celebrating Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week at the end of the month. More to follow on the activities of this week, but some highlights includes an all-Catholic School Mass on January 27th, our 4th Annual State of the School on January 28th, and Community Masses at St. Benedict Parish on February 1st and 2nd.  We hope you will be able to join us for all or some of these celebrations!

LUMENary Drive Update:

The holidays brought in more LUMENary donations and we continue to be so thankful to all who have given. We’re at close to 80% of our $50,000 goal with just over 60% of total Lumen Family participation! Way to go, dedicated Lumen families! Remember that while we challenge every family to give (or raise) $500, any amount is welcome and we’d love to be able to brag that we have 100% family participation. You can give easily via check, cash or credit card in the Front Office, or on line through our website at  Select “click here” in the LUMENary Drive information; enter an amount, then click on “Continue” under “New Giver” (or sign in if you have an established on-line giving account.) It’s that easy!

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is AWARENESS: The strength to perceive and notice the circumstances that surround you. The opposite of awareness is: UNAWARENESS: The weakness to overlook, disregard or daily to notice important details and circumstances.

Campus Ministry:

The Campus Ministry Office is located in the school library, students and parents are always welcome to stop by!

  • We will hold our Mardi Gras pancake Dinner from 5:30p.m. to -8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25.  The proceeds are divided between our Campus Ministry program and a local charity to be chosen by students. We are asking for donations of Krusteaz pancake mix, syrup, toppings, sausage, coffee creamer and Tang. We also welcome monetary donations to purchase the items above! Both middle and high school students, as well as families, are invited to volunteer at this event which will coincide with our Winter Open House.

  • We begin Stations of the Cross Friday, February 28th. Please join us for this interactive prayer designed and presented by our students  each Friday of Lent.

  • We will be performing the 2nd annual Passion Encounter for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton students this year.  We are now signing up volunteers.

  • Sign up sheets for all these events will be posted next week on the Campus Ministry bulletin board.

  • Please send Mrs. Loeffler news and activities happening in your parishes!

  • Many graces to you all this week!

Prayer Spot

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • For those peace among all nations and peoples

  • For our basketball teams in their travels and games this week and weekend

  • Those without adequate food, shelter and clothing throughout the winter

  • All those who are living with a mental health condition

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

All are invited to join us for Mass at 7:15 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays,

Wednesdays Fridays in our School Chapel.

Pray for Peace. Act in Peace.

Archangel Sports Update #Lumenproud:

Co-Ed Junior High Volleyball starts this MONDAY, January 10th. Because of competing demands on Lumen gym space, Jr. High Volleyball practices will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 – 7:45p in the gym at our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (2901 Huffman Avenue.) Games will be on Fridays, always in the Lumen gym. If your student wants to play, please let Coach Warren know @ A full practice schedule will be handed out at the first practice on Monday evening the 10th, at SEAS. All players and abilities welcome!

Our High School Basketball teams are currently in Bethel competing in the VFW Tournament. Our Lady Archangels had their first game today at 12p and were unfortunately bested by Akiak 37-31 – GREAT effort Ladies! Their next game is tomorrow at 9a against Toksook Bay.

Our Boys also took on Akiak at 1:30p and were successful with a resounding final score of 77-34. Their next game will be tomorrow at 4:30p. All games are being live streamed on the Bethel Regional High School’s Facebook Page at

There will be home games for both High School teams next week on Monday and Wednesday against Wainright (Monday) and Cook Inlet Academy (Wednesday.) The Lady Archangels will tip off at 5:30p both days and Boys at 7p. Concessions will be available, come out and cheer our teams on!

School Announcements:

Spring Intensive:

TOMORROW – FRIDAY, Jan 7; last day to sign up for the following intensive:

*First Aid/Safety/CPR Intensive with a certified trainer from Frontier Safety & Supply. Upon completion of this 2 week/4 class intensive, students will hold an American Safety Health Institute Certificate for CPR/AED & First Aid valid for 2 years. Classes are held on January 21/22 and January 28/29. Classes are for high school students only, there is a fee that can be added to your SmartTuition account to cover this training. The fee will depend on number of students enrolled.

Note that there’s still room in the Cooking Intensive which begins on February 4th. Please let Ms. Gore in the Front Office know ASAP if your student wishes to sign up for either class.

25th Anniversary Gala, February 8th, 2020:

Our GALA is 4 WEEKS from this Saturday!!  NOW is the time to:

Free After School Tutoring:

National Honor Society students will continue to provide free after school tutoring this semester in any subject on Thursdays, from 2:30-3:30 in Mrs. Craig’s room. If your student needs a little extra help, or just focused quiet time to tackle homework, please have them stay and take advantage of this time.

School Crest Contest:

Before Christmas, Mr. Ross issued a challenge to all students to design a school crest. The contest ends on Friday, January 24th. The winning submission will be forwarded to a professional designer for final production and the student who submitted the design will win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!  Encourage your student to get creative and help craft a crest that supports our school identity.

Class of 2020 Senior Memory Pages:

TICK TOCK SENIORS – Time’s almost up!  Digital files for your Memory Page must be submitted to Mrs. Spillers at by Tuesday, January 21st. Price is $100.00, please pay at the Front Office if you haven’t done so yet.


Time to file for your PFD! Remember when you’re doing so that you can select Lumen as a recipient of a portion (or ALL?!) of your 2021 PFD. Click here to file online:

Headbands for Sale:

The Lumen headband supply (which supports the Girls Volleyball team) has been replenished and are for sale again in the Front Office for $15 each. New this round – PINK ones! As a reminder, the grey headbands can be worn to school on non-Mass days (M, T, W, F); the pink ones however are reserved for spirit days and casual/dress down days. We’d also request a $1 donation for breast cancer awareness each time the pink ones are worn. Donations are accepted in the Front Office – every little bit helps towards screening, diagnosis, and finding a cure!

St. Benedicts & Other Community Events:

St. Benedict’s Youth Group: 

All Lumen students are welcome, regardless of parish affiliation or faith background.

High School Youth Night: Wednesday, January 15th: Call to Evangelize & Cone Ball. 7-9p in the Upper Room.

High School Lock in:  Friday, January 17th, 7p – Saturday January 18th, 8a. Upper Room.

Junior High Youth Night:  Thursday, January 16th, 6-8p in the Upper Room.

All ages: Family Night Ice-Skating @ Cuddy Park, Friday January 17th


Have a great weekend. Stay Warm!