Lumen News – March 28, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • March 5-April 15: “40 Cans for Lent” Canned Food Drive
  • March 21-April 5: Used Shoe Drive
  • March 28: Catholics United for the Faith guest speaker (details below)
  • Mar 29th:  Stations of the Cross, 9am
  • Mar 29th: Soup Lunch, 11am
  • March 30th:  St. Benedict’s Italian Dinner and Auction (details below)
  • Now-April 12th: 12:35pm Friday Dismissal Time (Lent Schedule)
  • April 4th:  Spring Open House and Pizza Dinner, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • April 9th:  Principal-Parent Forum, 6:30pm (Library)
  • April 18: Lumen students present Passion Dramatic Reading at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 9am
  • April 30th:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Science Day
  • May 6:  Baccalaureate Mass, 7pm
  • May 9:  Class of 2019 Graduation, 7pm

Principal’s Update:

We are at the halfway point of our Lenten journey and less than two months to go in the school year!  The snow is melting, the daylight is staying with us longer, and spring is emerging more and more each day.  I don’t have to tell you that this is also a busy time in our school.

Our students have been challenged to participate in the Knights of Columbus’ “40 Cans for Lent” food drive by bringing in as many cans of food as they are able.  I know that the 7th grade class is competing with the 9th grade class for Moose’s Tooth pizza and root beer! I have challenged all our classes as well, with the grade level winner of the challenge receiving an entire week of casual day/dress down after Easter!

Our students are also encouraged to save their spare change for their Catholic Relief Services’ “Rice Bowl.”  The world-wide charitable program has been around since I was in grade school, and a great way for our students to give alms during Lent.  I also know many students have been bringing in old shoes for the “Kicks for Kids” used shoe drive that a couple of our Lumen students are spearheading for their Confirmation class.

I also want to remind everyone that we have at least two academic tutoring opportunities each week here at Lumen, if your son or daughter needs additional assistance.  Mrs. Lauren Rannals, Lumen Class of 2011, provides tutoring every Monday after school. In addition, several members of our National Honor Society chapter have volunteered their time to tutor other students every Wednesday after school.  As projects become due, assignments are given, and final exams loom on horizon, I hope you will take advantage of these two FREE opportunities for additional help.

Finally, a reminder that we have our final Open House on Thursday, April 4th, so please invite and attend prospective families and get a $25 per family discount on your tuition.  And if you are available on April 9th, I’ll be hosting a Principal-Parent Forum for any interested parents to come and discuss or ask anything related to our great school. Have a great weekend!

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s Sportsleader Virtue is BOLD – The strength to inspire others to do what is good by living a life of virtue with conviction and confidence.  Here is a great example of people living a BOLD life:

Campus Ministry:

  • Tonight “Unplanned” begins showing at the Regal 16 (Tikahtnu) and Century 16 (36th Ave) Theaters. This is the story of Abby Johnson, former Clinic Director for Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood’s 2008 “Employee of the Year.” ”Unplanned” tells her journey to enlightenment and conversion. This would be a great movie to see with your teens during Lent.

  • Catholics United for the Faith is hosting speaker Glen Beigel in the upper banquet hall at Gallo’s Mexican Restaurant at 8615 Old Seward HWY tonight at 7p.m. Glen will be exploring strategies for raising our kids to be faithful Catholic Adults. The evening will include a 45-minute talk, followed by a question and answer session until 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Catholics United for the Faith (Anchorage) Facebook page.

  • St. Benedict Parish is hosting an Italian dinner night and auction at 6pm on Saturday, March 30th, in the Parish Hall to raise money for World Youth Day Portugal 2022.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

  • How is Lenten Promise holding up?

    • Consider attending Stations of the Cross with your family each Friday at your Parish.


  • Join us at the school for Stations of the Cross each Friday beginning tomorrow, March 22nd, at 9 a.m. Students will transform each classroom into an interactive prayer station as they lead us through the last steps of Christ.

  • The Campus Ministry Bulletin board outside room 120 has information for Lenten events at our Anchorage Catholic Parishes. If you have any events you would like posted please email Mrs. Loeffler or send flyers in with your students.

  • A group of our students will be leading a Holy Thursday Spiritual Drama at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School on Holy Thursday, April 18th. Details on time will be posted. Please come join us and St. Elizabeth students for a prayerful morning.

  • The Faith Walk is coming up on Good Friday, April 19th. Please plan to join us here at Lumen or your home parish. Details to come!

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week.

  • Victims of flooding

  • Victims of violence

  • 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.

LUMEN-ary Drive Update:

Thank you to the 27 families who have supported the LUMEN-ary Annual Fund Drive!  If you have not already done so, please support this critical drive in a way that represents a sacrifice for you. School families have contributed a total of $18,490 toward a budgeted need of $40,000.  Thank you to families whose children have written to relatives and friends asking for their help in promoting and sustaining Catholic education. As a reminder, please remember that the tuition you pay only covers 40-percent of the actual cost of educating your child. Every dollar we fail to raise must be borne by parishioners of Saint Benedict Parish.  Thank you! — Fr. Tom


Archangel Sports Update:⚽

Track continues with practice from 3:30 – 5:00p, M-Th. Spring has sprung (the earliest in 30 years, says the weatherman) – it’s a perfect time to be running outside in sun!

Jr. High Soccer has games tomorrow at 4:00 and 6:00p, here at Lumen. Come cheer our Archangels on – concessions available (except for hotdogs ~ it’s Lent!)

School Announcements:

**Baccalaureate Mass**

Baccalaureate Mass for graduating seniors has been moved from Wednesday, May 8th to Monday, May 6th, at 7pm at St. Benedict’s. Please note this important date change! Graduation date remains the same – Thursday, May 9th.

Upcoming Testing

Eleventh graders will be taking the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Test on Tuesday, April 2nd and 7th & 8th graders will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, April 3rd. Please make sure your students are well rested for these important test days.


This year’s “A night in Hollywood” Prom is set for Saturday April 27th from 8pm to 11p. If you’re interested in helping out with set up and take down please email Mr. Palumbo at or Anne Gore at Prom is open to students grades 9-12 and we could use as many hands as possible to make this a special night of lasting memories for our students (plus it’s a great way to receive Share Hours, for those parents who still need them!) Set up is from 10a – 1p and clean up is from 11p – 1a at Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood Street.

Shoe Drive

The “Kicks for Kids” used shoe drive continues, please send in any outgrown/no longer worn shoes in decent condition to support this Confirmation project. It’s a great way to spring clean your closets!

Texas Roadhouse

Mark your calendars and head to Texas Roadhouse for dinner on Tuesday, April 30th. 10{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe} of all proceeds will be donated back to Lumen! Stay tuned for further details.


Our next order deadline is Thursday, April 4.  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 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 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!

National Honor Society Tutoring

The National Honor Society will be offering 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.