Lumen News – October 31, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • November 1st:  All School Mass, 9am (All Saints Day, Holy Day of Obligation)
  • November 1st:  Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Community Event, 8-10pm (see attached flyer)
  • Nov 3rd:  Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back)
  • Nov 4th:  Saints Dress Up Day (Dress up as your favorite saint)
  • Nov 4th:  All School Rosary, 2pm
  • Nov 7th:  All School Mass, 9am
  • Nov 8th:  Veterans Dress Up Day (wear red, white and blue or show your pride in a military branch)
  • Nov 11th:  Veterans Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • Nov 12th:  Girls VB vs Su Valley @ O’Malley Sports Center, 6pm (SENIOR NIGHT)
  • November 15th:  9th Grade Retreat

Principal’s Update:

A special shout out and congratulations to members of our Lumen Christi Debate Team, who participated in a recent competition at South High School.  Class of 2022 sophomores Vaeda Michaelson and Jack Murkowski won 2nd place team award in the Public Forum portion of the meet, and Jack earned 2nd place individual award in Public Forum.  An honorable mention goes out to Class of 2023 freshman Emily Ross who held her own in a series of Lincoln-Douglas debates against some tough, experienced competitors.  Thanks to Mrs. Kelli Reed, our Debate Coach, for working with our team members each week during elective periods!

We hope that you will join us tomorrow night for our first annual Dia de los Muertos community event from 8-10pm.  Gracias to Mrs. April Alvarez, Mrs. Josefina Ortega, and Mrs. Celina Vargas for organizing and preparing decorations and food for the evening!

Due to delays in our new gym floor installation, we had to move the Dodgeball Tournament scheduled for Nov 15th to Friday, December 13th!  We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope that you will save the new date on your calendar.

By now, we hope you have received a copy of the 2018-2019 Annual Report highlighting all the accomplishments, blessings, and recognitions of our last school year.  Please share your copy with friends and other family members to showcase the multitude of good news in our school.

Next week, we are officially starting our LUMEN-ary Drive campaign, our most important annual fundraiser, second only to the Gala-Auction!  A successful LUMEN-ary drive is critical to our financial stability.  Thank you to our School Board, faculty, and many of our school families who have already enthusiastically supported this appeal with thousands of dollars.   Please be on the lookout soon for a letter from me, Father Tom, and our School Board Chair, Mr. Greg Gallagher, requesting your assistance and sacrifice in helping us achieve our goal of raising $50,000.

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s SportsLeader Virtue is ADVENTURE: The strength to undertake new and daring enterprises.  The opposite of Adventure is APATHY: The weakness of having a lack of enthusiasm, training and relationship skills.

Campus Ministry:

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

  • Looking for a fun way to support Alaskans in need?  Lumen Christi will be participating in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Proceeds go to the Anchorage food Bank. Register yourself, or your entire family at We hope for a great Lumen Christi turnout!

  • We are now forming our Team for the Polar Plunge!  The proceeds go to support Special Olympics in Anchorage. The last 3 years we had great student participation. Parents welcome too! Register at

  • We are in need of a volunteer(s) to organize lunch for the 9th grade retreat on November 15. Please contact Mrs. Loeffler:

  • Please join our basketball teams for 7:15 a.m. Mass on Friday, December 6th in the Archangel Chapel inside the school.

  • Permission forms for the 9th grade retreat on Friday, November 15 were sent home with students Monday. The retreat will be held at the Holy Spirit Center.

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • Our veterans

  • First responders

  • Our national and world leaders

  • For the sick and infirmed

  • Our students and families

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.

School Announcements:

Northern Lights Coupon Books

The High School Boys Basketball Team will be selling Northern Lights Coupon Books and you can pre-order your copy by calling the Front Office.  Books will be $55 but provide over $21,000 in savings in fine & casual dining; hotels & lodging; recreation, auto, health & other amazing services.  To see the full list of participating vendors, go to:

The Basketball Team is hoping to travel to several different tournaments this season but needs successful fundraisers to help make that happen! Every book purchased results in a portion coming back to the team. Thanks in advance for your support of their efforts.

Drama Meeting 2nd Semester

There will be a parent/student meeting for any high school students interested in our 2nd Semester Drama elective on Friday, November 22nd at 12:20p. Mrs. Robertson (with featured guest, baby Elliot) will be coming back to once again coach our budding actors and actresses to theater greatness!  Please let Mrs. Gore know if your student plans to participate and if you’ll be at the meeting – Mrs. Robertson will be providing lunch and needs a head count for food.

All Saints Day

Reminder that tomorrow, November 1st is All Saints Day & students will attend mass, so please make sure students are in uniform. Monday is “come dressed as your favorite saint” in honor of tomorrow – students can wear either their uniform or get creative!

Free Afterschool Tutoring

The National Honor Society is now offering free after school tutoring on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 pm in the Library. Any student, any subject, stop by for help!

Volleyball Fundraiser- Lumen Christi Headbands $15 each

Taking pre-orders at the Front Desk. Just call or stop in to reserve yours today…The first batch of headbands will be here soon!

*RESCHEDULED* Dodgeball, Open House, Chocolate Challenge!

TWO years in a row – Dodgeball rescheduled! Last year was because of the earthquake and this year because of gym issues related to the earthquake!  The Dodgeball Tournament & Chocolate Challenge have officially been rescheduled for Friday, December 13th. More news on that to follow, but you can still register your teams at:

The Open House has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 20th from 6-8p. Details to follow on this as well, but please think about your friends & neighbors with Lumen aged students. They may have heard about us in the news and now would be a perfect time for them to meet our students, teachers and take a tour!


25thAnniversary Gala February 8th, 2020

Class Project Parent(s) for 8th & 11th Grades- These projects will need to get started soon and we are still looking for help with a few classes.  Work with the students to come up with a project and oversee the execution of the project getting made. The auction co-chairs can help with ideas if needed. Class projects should be started by Thanksgiving, and should be completed and turned in to be on display by February 1.

Class Project Parent(s) for grades 7, 9, & 10 let the Gala Co-Chairs know what your planning on for this year!  Thank you!!

If you have questions, contact us in the Gala Office- 273-1530/

Archangel Sports Update #Lumenproud:

Last weekend the High School Girls Volleyball Team and the Junior High Boys & Girls Basketball Teams were up against teams from across our region in tournament play.

Outcomes varied but the Junior High Girls placed highest in 3rd place, and we had 4 students make All Tournament Teams: Sophia Dupras (12th Grade/Volleyball); Luka Hart & Kallen Cain (8th Grade/Boys Basketball) and Amara Warren (7th Grade/Girls Basketball).  We’re proud of ALL our players but shout out to those four for earning the recognition of region wide coaches!

Following is a list of all remaining games:

High School Girls Volleyball –

  • November 4 game vs Birchwood Christian, 5pm @ O’Malley Sports Center
  • November 8 game vs Cook Inlet Academy, 4pm @ O’Malley Sports Center
  • November 12 game vs Su-Valley, 6pm @ O’Malley Sports Center (SENIOR NIGHT)
  • November 15 game vs Birchwood Christian, 6pm @ Birchwood
  • November 21-23 Tournament at Cook Inlet Academy (Soldotna)

Junior High Basketball –

  • November 4 game vs Holy Rosary, 5pm (boys only) @ O’Malley Sports Center
  • November 5 game vs Faith Lutheran, 5pm (girls only) @ O’Malley Sports Center
  • November 13 games vs Anchor Lutheran, 5pm (girls) and 6:15pm (boys) @ TBD
  • November 18 games vs Birchwood, 4pm (girls) and 5pm (boys) @ Birchwood
  • November 19 games vs Birchwood, 5pm (girls) and 6pm (boys)  @ TBD
  • November 22 game vs Holy Rosary, 6pm (boys only) @ TBD
  • November 26 games vs Anchor Lutheran, 6pm (girls) and 7:15pm (boys) @ TBD
  • December 3 game vs Faith Lutheran, 5pm (boys only) @ TBD
  • December 6-7 Tournament @ Lumen Christi

St. Benedicts & Other Community Events:

St. Benedict’s Parish Mission

Fr. Tom Sullivan, Father of Mercy, will be leading St. Benedicts’s fall mission. Sharing the Mercy of God, Fr. Tom will reflect on the Divine Mercy, St. Padre Pio, and St. Mother Teresa as he encourages and challenges all attendees to make stronger, deeper commitments to Christ, His Church and the Sacraments, and offers practical wisdom for growth in the spiritual life. The Mission schedule is as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 6PM Adoration and confession in the church; 7PM Mission talk; 8PM German food.

Morning sessions Monday through Thursday: 9AM Mass followed by Saint movie with Fr. Tom. All are welcome.

St. Benedict’s Youth Group 

Junior High Youth Night:  TONIGHT! October 31st, Trick or Treating, meet at the school at 6p.

Junior High & High School Youth Night: Next week – both groups will be on Mission.