Lumen News – September 26, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 26-28 – JH Soccer Tournament in Palmer
  • September 28 – HS Soccer @ CIA, 2pm
  • September 30th – Bus Service Begins – See details below
  • September 30th – Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse
  • Oct 1st – National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 6pm

Principal’s Update:

I often say that even though we are a small school, we have so many wonderful and awesome things going on.  Our high schoolers spent a great two days in prayer, reflection, Adoration, Mass, and fun activities last week at St. Therese’s Camp.  There was laughter, joy, happiness, as well as a few tears. A special thanks to Mrs. Loeffler, our Campus Minister, for coordinating this annual and special event.  If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to talk with your son or daughter about their experience. At the same time, our junior high students spent some time in community and fellowship as well, going bowling, eating pizza, feeding the hungry by making PB&J sandwiches for Brother Francis Shelter, and honoring the dead by cleaning up gravesites at the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery.  What a blessing it is to have these extracurricular opportunities to grow in faith, family, and excellence.

I want to thank all the parents who attended our Principal-Parent Forum earlier in the week.  This event continues to grow in attendance, and with the wine and appetizer social beforehand, we were able to spend some time growing in family and community as well.  I realize that I might have monopolized a good portion of the evening, so if you were not able to address an issue, or you just weren’t able to attend but had a question or comment, please feel free to contact me at any time at or 907-273-1503.  I look forward to hearing from you!  Thank you again!

Virtue of the Week:

This week’s Sportsleader Virtue of the week is COMPASSION – The strength to be aware of the needs of others and the desire to help them.

Campus Ministry:

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

  • It was a joy to engage with our students and share Faith and community on retreat last week! Please ask your children to share their experiences with you!

  • Very special thanks to Mrs. Danielle Rybicki and Ms. Julie Irving who stepped in at the last minute to provide our meals for the High School retreat. They saved the day!

  • Our choir is growing, and we still have room for more! All musicians and students who love to sing are welcome!  Very special thanks to Karin Helgesen who leads with her guitar and to Anthony Rybicki who will be playing keyboard beginning next week. Students, please see Mrs. Loeffler in her Library office if you would like to join. Another great way to earn your service hours.

  • Welcome Divine Felise to our altar server team!

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

  • 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:

  • First responders to the fires

  • Victims of violent crimes

  • Our national and world leaders

  • For the sick and infirmed

  • Peace

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.

Archangel Sports Update #Lumenproud:

The Junior High team had an amazing game last Thursday, crushing Anchor Lutheran 10-1. Over the weekend there were a mixture of highs and lows both teams lost to Su-Valley and while our Jr. High lost to Holy Rosary Academy on Monday at 4p,, the HS team ended up in a tie against their HS team at 6p. .

The Junior High season ends this weekend with a tournament starting today in Palmer. Check here for final scores and standings next week.

Our High Schoolers have one final away game on Saturday at 2p against Cook Inlet Academy and their season will conclude October 2-5 at the Region II State Tournament.

Thanks again to parents who drive to away games and juggle busy after school practices in support of our teams. You’re a big part of our athletic program success!

School Announcements:

Amazon Smiles

Shopping through vs. is an easy way to donate to the school at no cost to you as a shopper.  And now there’s a “smile” app for Android with the iPhone app coming soon. To sign up and support Lumen, visit, select our school as the recipient, and shop away.

Archangel Attic Thrift Store Special Events

  • The Attic has started a daily half-priced sale on selected departments, a calendar outlining sales is up on the display case, in the Attic.

  • There will be a PFD half price sale of the entire store Thursday, October 3rd – Wednesday, October 9th.

  • The annual “Christmas in October” sale will be Friday, October 4th – Sunday October 6th in the Parish Hall (Sunday sales are only after the masses, not all day long.) Help is needed from approximately 11a – 4:30p October 3rd to set up and again on Sunday the 6th from 12:30p – 3:30p.  Please consider volunteering to help or shopping at the Attic. There are ALWAYS great finds to be had and every single dollar raised goes to reduce tuition for our families.

4 Days from Now! Boys Basketball Fundraiser

Coupons will be coming home with your student on Monday, Sept 30 which can be used at Texas Roadhouse that afternoon/evening in between 4pm-8pm. You don’t get a discount on your meal, but use the coupon or or mention it to your server that you’re there in support of our school and 10% of your food purchase will come back to support our High School Boys Basketball team. Help out if you can! (And order extra rolls…they’re the best in town…soft, delicious and best smeared with tons of butter.)


Hopefully by now you’ve all received a Save-the-Date postcard for our February 8th Gala.  This event, with its’ sit-down dinner, dessert auction, 250+ item silent auction and live auction is our primary school fundraiser and social night of the season.  In addition to earning close to $100,000 for the school each year, the Gala is a fun evening and a chance to showcase our school and school students to the nearly 300 guests in attendance. Revenue earned supports our operating budget and funds our scholarship account in addition to special projects like the Smart Boards in each classroom. It takes all of us coming together to make this event successful and there are many opportunities to help – before, during and after. If you’re planning on attending, think about any guests you could invite that would be interested in learning about and supporting our school. The SignUp to volunteer is online – and we are always available to help find the perfect job for you!

If you have questions, contact Danielle or Julie in the Gala Office- 273-1530 or email:

Photos * Pictures * Photos * Pictures:

Senior Portraits:   Guess what?  Mrs. Spillers reports she’s received a whopping TWO Senior Portraits! Git’er done! (

St. Benedicts & Other Community Events

TONIGHT! ‘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.

Glory Bound Winter Retreat

Termination dust has arrived – it’s time to start planning for your student’s winter retreat at St. Therese’s Camp!  Check out the St. T website at:

St. Benedict’s Youth Nights

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

*Junior High Youth Night:  Next Thursday, 10/3 from 6-8p in the Upper Room: St. Therese of Lisieux

*High School Youth Night: Next Wednesday, 10/2  from 7-9p in the Upper Room:Testimony & Pizza night with Fr. Arthur Roraff.


How about that termination dust?! Enjoy today’s sun and have a great weekend!