Lumen News – May 1, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 4th – Principal Parent Forum, 7pm (Google Meet email invitation)
  • Vehicle Parade for our Class of 2020 grads, 6pm (initial details below, more details to follow)
  • Wednesday, May 6th – Baccalaureate Mass, 7p – See below
  • Thursday, May 7th – Graduation and Commencement for the Class of 2020 – See below

Principal’s Update:

Greetings Lumen Families!  What a week this has been!  As our students continue in their distance learning, we took time on Wednesday and Thursday nights to hold individual 30-minute graduation processions for our Class of 2020 seniors.  Our seniors were able to walk across the stage, receive their diplomas, switch their tassel, and throw their cap in the air, all the while surrounded by no more than 13 of their families and closest friends (due to state mandate on gatherings).  All of these processionals were recorded by Laura and Clay Butcher and will be compiled into a video to be shown via our school Facebook page on Thursday, May 7th at 7pm.  While our seniors walked across the stage, they will not officially graduate until next week, so we hope you will tune in next Thursday to watch the great video presentation and official graduation of our mighty Class of 2020.

Because we needed to pre-record our graduation processions, I had to move the Principal Parent Forum to Monday, May 4 at 7pm.  You can join the Google Meet either by video or phone using the connection information below:

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/zyt-graw-zvn

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 601-803-2371‬

PIN: ‪775 504 421#‬

For the rest of Commencement Week next week, we are working to organize a vehicle parade on Tuesday, May 5th starting at 6pm from our school parking lot.  We are still working out the details, but our tentative plan is to collectively meet at the school, and caravan along a route which will pass by the homes of our seniors.  We don’t plan to stop, but will pass by honking and waving to show our support for our graduating class.  More details to follow via email correspondence by Monday, but please save the date and time.

On Wednesday, May 6th, at 7pm, Father Tom will celebrate a Baccalaureate Mass in honor of the seniors from Lumen Christi as well as the seniors from St. Benedict’s Parish.  This Mass will be livestreamed on the Lumen and St. Benedict’s Facebook pages.  We hope you will join us online for this special and memorable celebration.

On behalf of the entire school staff, we hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend!  Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Campus Ministry:

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, stay connected through Christ.

Many prayers for our senior class this final week of school! May God grant them wisdom and knowledge as they take their final exams, fortitude to carry them through the unique challenges of being graduated remotely, understanding and counsel that they will walk alongside those who are in need, and piety and fear of the Lord to keep them close to God as they go out into the world!

You are all invited to our virtual school Masses everyThursday at 9. Jon via Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/stbenedictsak/

Prayer Spot

Please pray for

  • Students, teachers and families who are working from home

  • Medical professionals and first responders

  • Those most vulnerable to illness

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

School Announcements:

Next Week’s Schedule

Next week, Friday, May 8th will be a Friday “B” schedule.

Summer Tutoring

Mrs. Gore has contact information for a West High graduate currently in his 3rd year at Yale who is offering tutoring over the summer via Zoom. He can tutor in the following subjects: Essay writing and argumentation; Critical thinking and logic; SAT prep strategies; College application advising; Elementary/Middle School Math and Science (some High School, depending on the subject); Elementary/Middle/High School reading and literature. Contact Mrs. Gore at lchs@lumenchristiak.com or text her cell at 907.227.9584 for more info.

St. Benedict’s & Other Community Events:

St. Benedict’s Youth Group

The St. Ben’s Youth Group got some good news this week in that they’re going to be allowed to meet (with social distancing requirements in place) for rosary walks, hikes or anything outdoors as long as it is not more than 20 people and we are still 6ft apart. This opens up many doors such as Youth Nights in person outside and more! Contact Elise Martinez at emartinez@stbenedictsak.com for more info and to join in on the fun.

Remember that all Lumen students regardless of Parish affiliation are welcome to join the St. B’s Youth Group.

Can you help? 

There are many needs in our community, here are a few ways to lend a helping hand if you can:

Catholic Social Services: Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services

  • RAIS is in need of raised garden beds. RAIS had planned to hold a class with clients and build them together, but due to COVID we are not holding in person classes. If you are interested in building a raised bed, please contact Keenan at kplate@cssalaska.org and he can help with sizing and instructions.

  • RAIS is in need of one sewing machine. If you have a sewing machine to donate, please contact Keenan at kplate@cssalaska.org

Catholic Social Services: Homeless Family Services

HFS is in need of items for their Permanent Housing Boxes (all items must be new and unused, please label items HFS):

  • Towels

  • Toilet paper

  • Paper towels

  • Soap and shampoo

  • Tooth brush/toothpaste

  • Household items: plates, cups, bowls, silverware, pots and pans

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Pillows, sheets, blankets

To keep staff safe while dropping donations:

  • Donations are accepted from 9:00a – 4:00p on Fridays

  • Donors can leave donations in the shopping carts at the 20th Ave. side of the Catholic Social Services building (3710 E. 20th Avenue).

  • If you would like a receipt, you can email Molly Cornish at mcornish@cssalaska.org and we can scan and/or mail one to you.

Have a great weekend!