Lumen News – November 1, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov 5th:  All School Rosary, 2 pm
  • Nov 5th: Archangel basketball at Birchwood Christian School, girls @ 3:45 and boys @ 4:45
  • Nov 5th:  National Honor Society Induction, 6pm
  • November 6 Basketball vs Faith – boys at 4:30 pm
  • Nov 8th:  All School Mass, 9am
  • Nov 8th: Fall Open House, 6-8 pm
  • Nov 9th: In-Service Day (No School)
  • Nov 9th:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gala
  • November 13 Volleyball vs WLCS @ 7 pm (Senior Night)
  • Nov 14-17:  Girls Volleyball in Cordova
  • Nov. 18: Parent Discussion Group, 4-5:30 pm
  • Nov 15th:  St. Elizabeth 6th Grader Move Up Day
  • Nov 15th:  All School Mass, 9am
  • Nov 16th:  10th Grade Retreat (details below)

Principal’s Update:

One of the important changes we made this year is expecting our students to “dress up” for our weekly school Mass.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1324) informs us that “the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.”  Because of the extraordinary Eucharistic Celebration which takes place at Mass, we want our students to realize that this day is distinctly and wonderfully different from other school days.   Watch Pope Francis describe the Eucharistic Celebration here:   Our Parent/Student Handbook states: “Students will “dress up” on Mass days and for special events. This means they put extra care, concern, and attention into their attire.  In addition to the regular student attire, students will wear brown, black, or navy blue, closed toe dress shoes on Mass days and special events i.e. Catholic Schools Week Mass, Community Mass, Gala, etc.”  Parents, please ensure our students are fulfilling our school Mass day expectations on Thursdays, unless otherwise announced. Thank you.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Chili for Charity fundraiser on Wed! Together, we raised $505 for Catholic Charities to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Michael.  Way to go, Archangels!

Speaking of (fun)draisers, did you know that for the past two years Lumen Christi has participated in the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell 5K Run?  Our first year we had about 16 team members and raised around $750. Last year, we had 25 team members and raised just over $1200! This year our goal is to have 30 team members (students, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of Lumen) on Team Lumen Christi Archangels and raise $2500 to support the Foundation’s mission of helping over 50 million Americans, young and old, who are afflicted by this painful condition.   You can sign up through this link: So far, we have 9 team members and have raised $345!

Please consider joining us for this fun and festive event.  The race starts at the UAA Student Union around 11am on Saturday, Dec 8th.  You do not have to run 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). You can walk. You can stroll.  You can even sign up to “Jingle in your Jammies,” by being a member of our team but hanging out at home instead!  Dress up in your favorite holiday costume–reindeer, Santa Claus, etc.–or just tie some jingle bells onto your running or walking shoes and join us in the festivities.  We hope you will join our team.

Campus Ministry:

  • The Thanksgiving Project — on November 19th from 2-8 pm, The Food Bank of Alaska and St. Patrick’s Parish will be providing food for 1400 families in need. You can help in several ways

    • Donate canned goods (vegetables and cranberry sauce). You can drop off at St. Patrick’s Parish on Muldoon Rd., or contact Dave Patterson at 230-9188

    • Volunteer your time

    • Offer financial support by check, cash or online

      • Go to

      • After “type of donation” check for Thanksgiving Blessing

      • Fill in St. Patrick’s in the box

Thank you in advance!

  • Please join our team and take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics! Our jump time is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15. To register go to…and sign up under the team Families of the Nights

  • Please join us this Sunday, November 18th for our 1st Parent Discussion Group hosted by Bob McMorrow and Liz Loeffler.  We will meet at 4:00 p.m. at Lumen Christi (room number to be announced)

  • Volunteers needed to drive for the 10th Grade will be on retreat Friday, November 16. We will spend the morning in reflection and prayer here at Lumen and the afternoon will be in service to the community off campus. We will depart Lumen Christi at 12:15 and return at 2:30 p.m. Please note this is later than the regular Friday dismissal time.  PLease contact Mrs. Loeffler at if you can transport students.Thank you in advance!

  • Calling all students to join our team for the November 30th Dodgeball tournament.  It will be held at Lumen Christi and teams from parishes all over the Archdiocese will be competing. See Mrs. Loeffler for more info.

  • January 18th we will be having an evening of prayer and fellowship, and food for teens and parents!  Please mark your calendars. Further information to come.Volunteers are needed for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gala on Nov 9.   Let Mrs. Gore at the Front Desk if your student(s) can help.

  • We have Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15am in our Archangel Chapel, and each Thursday at 9am at St. Benedict Church. Please join us!

Upcoming Events:

Youth Night is held at St. Benedict Church each Wednesday – all high school Lumen students are welcome! Several Theology teachers offer extra credit for Faith events attended outside of school hours. Students can check with teachers.

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

      • All first responders.

      • Those affected by Hurricane Michael and other natural disasters in the world.

  • 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:

The Archangels Girls Middle School Basketball played against St. Johns from Birchwood on Tuesday afternoon and showed good chemistry in winning the game with contributions from all the players.

The next Archangel MS Basketball games will be on Monday, November 5th at 3:45 and 4:45 in Birchwood.  Make the drive to 22208 North Birchwood Loop Road in Chugiak and cheer the Archangels on!

Volleyball is on the road next week at Su-Valley and Birchwood.

School Announcements:

Spirit Week!

TOMORROW! Friday 11/2 wraps up our fall Spirit Week. In honor of All Saints Day, students can come dressed as their favorite Saint.

Dia De Los Muertes

TOMORROW! Our students were selected to have their Day of the Dead Altar showcased at the Sol De Medianoche’s Dia De Los Muertes event on Friday, November 2nd at Out North Theater.  Please stop by this free event inbetween 5p & 8p to honor Anchorage’s cultural diversity and our Lumen student’s work! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Class of 2019 Senior Memory Pages

Now that your Senior Portraits have been submitted, it’s time to get working on your Senior Memory Page. Please adhere to the following due dates:

  • If you and your family opted to create your own Senior Memory Page, it is due Tuesday January 22nd. This must be a digital file that is submitted to Mrs. Spillers. Price is $100.00. If you have yet to pay, please do so at the front office.

  • If you have chosen to have the Yearbook Staff create your Senior Memory Page, photos for your page are due Monday December 17th. These photos must be in digital format and submitted to Mrs. Spillers. Price is $150.00. If you have yet to pay, please do so at the front office.

Winter Wonderland Gala

PVO will be hosting the first Gala meeting of the year on Tuesday, November 6th @ 7pm in the library.  We are looking forward to brainstorming and hearing your ideas on how to make this most successful event ever!  Hope to see you there!


Our next order deadline is Sunday, November 4th.  This week Scrip is offering a rebate of 12.75{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe} (usually only 8{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe}) on Barnes & Noble gift cards. Place your order online at – 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!


Don’t forget on-going tutoring (in any subject) is available Mondays after school in the Library from 2:30-4:00, in the library. There is no charge for this service.

Uniforms/Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is now available in town! You can order directly online through Alaska Serigraphics at

Ongoing School Needs & Share Hour Opportunities:

Archangel Attic

As you know, 100{87587bff62748d853b25c5c00e545c389c2cc3e9e64848ccec5036484113dbfe} of Archangel Attic sales go directly towards reducing tuition for Lumen students. You can support the Attic’s efforts by volunteering your time and treasure! Sign up to volunteer here:

Concession Stand

Volleyball and Junior High basketball seasons are kicking off which means we’ll need plenty of support at the concession stand. This is a fun way to earn share hours and is always a win-win because concession sales financially support the school. Sign up to support any of our sports events, here!