Lumen News – September 19, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 21st – Soccer Games vs. Su Valley (1pm HS, 3pm JH)
  • September 23rd – Soccer Games vs. Holy Rosary Academy (4pm JH, 6pm HS)
  • September 24th – Instructional Mass for High School Students (3rd period)
  • September 24th – Principal/Parent Forum, 6:30p (social), 7pm (forum begins)
  • September 25th – Pizza Lunch Fundraiser -See below for details
  • September 26-28 – JH Soccer Tournament in Palmer
  • September 26th – New Bus Unveiling, 2:30pm
  • September 27 – HS Soccer @ Su-Valley, 2pm
  • September 28 – HS Soccer @ CIA, 2pm
  • September 30th – Bus Service Begins – Watch for Details Next Week!
  • September 30th – Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse – See below for details

Principal’s Update:   

Our school gym in now closed as the folks from Alaska Industries begin to tear out the old floor and remediate any damage underneath.  As mentioned last week, we expect this project to take over a month, so we appreciate your patience, and your prayers, as we replace our gym floor.

Please pray for all our students, staff, and chaperones as we spend Thursday and Friday on high school retreat at St. Therese’s Camp or doing junior high activities here in the school and around town.  While we are taking time out of the academic classroom these days, we have found that holding these retreats early in the school year help build community and camaraderie among our students that pays dividends for the rest of the year.

Thanks to everyone who was able to help for high school homecoming and/or bring your junior high students to movie night last week. Both events were well attended and it seems like the kids all had a great time.

Finally, I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible for our first Principal-Parent Forum of the school year next Tuesday, September 24th.  Social hour (wine and snacks) starts at 6:30pm in the Student Room, with the official meeting beginning at 7pm in the library. I’ll be sending out a more detailed proposed agenda on Monday, but I see us discussing uniform vendors, the future of the Parent Volunteer Organization, Gala support, gym and bus updates, cell phone policy, recruitment and retention efforts, social/family opportunities, and more.  I hope to see you here!

Campus Ministry:

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

  • We welcome Miss Ginny Dauses from Annapolis Maryland for our High School Retreat.

  • Join us for 7:15 Mass in our school Chapel each morning!

  •  Please consider sending your high student to the Glory Bound Winter Retreat – see the flyer below.

  • Calling all musicians and students who love to sing!!!  Come join our School choir! Please see Mrs. Loeffler in her Library office.

  • All eligible students are invited to be trained as altar servers for our school Masses. Interested students please see Mrs. Loeffler.

  • We invite all confirmed Catholic students to serve as Extraordinary Ministers. See Mrs. Loeffler for more information.

  • If you know of a worthy cause in need of volunteers let us know so we can get the word out!

Prayer Spot:

Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

  • For our students on retreat this Thursday and Friday

  • Thanksgiving for our rain to sate wildfires

  • First responders to the fires

  • Victims of violent crimes

  • Our national and world leaders

  • For the sick and infirmed

  • Peace

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.

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.

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s Sportsleader Virtue of the week is FOCUS – The strength to have a concentrated awareness and effort.

Archangel Sports Update #Lumenproud

Over the past week we’ve seen a mix of wins and losses, but our Archangels are awesome and persevere no matter what! Wins include the Jr. High against Anchor Lutheran and High School against Birchwood. Losses include Jr. High against Birchwood & Wasilla Lakes and High School against Tri-Valley & Wasilla Lakes. Keep up your fighting spirit Archangels!

Junior High has a game today at Dela Vega Field today at 4, then games continue this weekend with both Junior High and High School taking on Su-Valley at Kincaid on Saturday 9/21.  JH game kicks off at 12p and High School at 1p.

Monday, 9/23 both the JH and HS teams will take on Holy Rosary Academy at Kincaid,  JH at 4p and HS at 6p. The HS game also marks *Senior Night*…. the last time our Seniors will play on home turf.  Please come out to cheer them on – bring your friends and family and let’s make it a loud crowd!

Our JH Archangels will end their season next weekend 9/26-28 at a tournament in Palmer.  They’ll kick off at the Palmer Ice Arena against Su-Valley on Thursday at 10:30a and go after Holy Rosary on Friday at 12:30p. The remainder of their tournament games will depend on the outcomes of these first two.

Our HS Archangels will be after their HS Su-Valley counterparts on Friday 9/27 at 2p and CIA on Saturday at 2p. Drivers are needed for these games so please let Coach know if you can help. The HS Season will conclude October 2-5 at the Region II State Tournament.

It’s been a busy season and we couldn’t be more proud of our student athletes for their hard work and dedication to the sport. Additional shout out to the parents and drivers who make our away games possible!

School Announcements:

Pizza Lunch to Support Hurricane Clean Up and Recovery Efforts

The Student Leadership Board (SLB) will be selling soda and pizza slices next Wednesday, September 25th at lunchtime.  Soda is $1, pizza slices are $2 each. Students are asked to pre-order through their SLB class representative by Monday, September 23rd so that we know how much pizza to order, though it is possible to purchase the day of as well.

All proceeds will be sent to “Student to Student” – the Catholic School response program of the National Catholic Education Association.  We were recognized for our efforts the last time we pledged to help!  We got all the credit, but we combined efforts with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School to raise the $900!

“Dream, Girl”

ALL of our Archangel girls and young women have been invited to attend a free event at Bear’s Tooth on Friday, October 18th from 1p-3p.  Hosted by Alaska Permanent Capital Management, “Dream, Girl” is an event designed to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders in Alaska. “Dream, Girl” the documentary will be shown (watch the trailer here ) and afterwards attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and speak with some of the most powerful and successful female leaders in our state. Free Bear’s Tooth pizza will be provided.

Boys Basketball Fundraiser

Show your #Lumenpride and support the Boys Basketball Team by dining out Texas Roadhouse on Monday, September 30th from 4p-8p. Coupons are available in the office, just present it (or mention to your server) that you’re there to support LCHS and 10% of your total food purchase will come back to the team!  All funds raised will go towards new travel gear for the team and to help with the cost of traveling to Skagway, Bethel and Soldotna.

Photos * Pictures * Photos * Pictures 

School Pictures: Was your student absent on school picture day? Please contact Fitzgerald Photography at 907-726-1562 or to schedule a make-up photo. If your student had their picture taken and you forgot to order photos or would like to order additional items, go to:, and select Lumen Christi, the passcode to access photos is lc19.

Senior Portraits:   Guess what?  Mrs. Spillers reports she’s still only received ONE Senior Portrait! Don’t procrastinate – get those pictures in to ( ASAP!


Our 25th Anniversary Gala will be on February 8th, 2020.Sign up for your favorite job today!

  • Volunteer sign up –

  • You can also sign up to bring a bottle of wine which both helps the Gala AND counts towards your Share Hours! See the Volunteer Sign Up for more details!

  • Class Project Parent(s) for 8th & 11th Grades- Help your student’s class with their class project to be auctioned off at the gala. 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.

Questions? Contact us in the Gala Office: 273-1530 or email


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St. Benedicts & Other Community Events:

Southern State of Mind

Please join the St. Benedict’s Knights of Columbus Council #12296 for a Southern Smorgasbord on Saturday, September 21st after the 5p mass. Skip kitchen work that night and enjoy some down home cooking, courtesy of the Knights. There is no charge but cash donations are welcome!

St. Benedict’s Youth Nights

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

Junior High Youth Night:  *TONIGHT!* 9/19. Join the St. Ben’s youth group for a bonfire from 6-8p.

High School Youth Night: Next Wednesday, 9/25 from 7-9p in the Upper Room: St. Vincent DePaul & the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Community Service Opportunities

Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help set up for their 20th annual Teddy Bear Tea. Two shifts of volunteers are needed on October 6th to help set up at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. Morning Shift is 7 a.m. – 11 a.m and afternoon shift 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contact Anna Woods at 907-345-7010 for more information or to sign up.

‘Thinking Through the Ethics of the Transgender Question’

The Anchorage chapter of Catholics United for the Faith invites the public to a special presentation with renowned bioethicist, Father Tad Pacholczyk.  With his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University, Father Pacholczyk, Director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, will offer a dynamic presentation titled, “Thinking Through the Ethics of the Transgender Question.”  The Sept. 26th presentation will take place in the upper room/banquet hall at Gallo’s Mexican Restaurant near Dimond & Old Seward (8615 Old Seward Hwy.). The talk begins at 7p with doors opening at 6:30p for those who wish to order food and drinks. The evening will include a 45-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session until 8:30p. For more information, visit the Catholics United for the Faith (Anchorage) Facebook page.

Have a great Friday and weekend!