Lumen News – September 27, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 27-29: HS Soccer Conference Tournament
  • October 1st:  All-School Rosary, 2pm
  • October 4-6: MS Soccer Conference Tournament
  • October 9th: PVO Meeting
  • October 10th: PSAT testing (9th, 10th, 11th Grades Only)
  • October 16th:  School Board Meeting, 6pm
  • October 17th:  University of Portland visit, 1:15pm
  • October 18-20:  Girls Volleyball Tournament
  • October 19th: In-Service Day, No School
  • October 25th & 26th: ½ Day for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 8th: Fall Open House

Principal’s Update:

This weekend, on Saturday, Sept 29th, the Church will celebrate the Feast Day of the Archangels (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael).  This is a special day because our patron saint is St. Michael the Archangel. We will recognize the Feast Day on Friday during our reopening of the school library at 7:45am tomorrow morning.  We hope you will join us to see the amazing transformation of new furniture, new bookcases, new computers, and a new office space for our Campus Minister, Mrs. Loeffler.

Did you know that our Lumen Christi students pray the “Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel” every day at the end of the school day?  You can find this prayer in our Parent/Student Handbook. This beautiful prayer, first written by Pope Leo XIII in 1884, used to be recited at the end of every Mass.  Although this tradition stopped in 1970, the prayer has become more popular in recent years. Our recitation of the prayer as a school

community each day invokes the protection of St. Michael in our daily battle against the Devil and evil spirits.  It is very moving to see all our students stop cleaning our classrooms and hallways at 2:29pm and join together in prayer to our patron saint before the final bell.

As you know, our students spent several days last week on retreat.  Our junior high students spent two days in various faith in action activities including making sandwiches for adults at the Anchorage Rescue Mission and birthday bags for homeless youth at Clare House and Covenant House.  They also picked up trash along Jewel Lake Road, cleaned up portions of the Anchorage Cemetery, went to Mass and Reconciliation, and toured the Anchorage Museum.

At the same time, our high school students traveled out to St. Therese’s Camp for an overnight retreat facilitated by Mike Sylvester and Claire Long from 5thousand (  Since our school theme this year is Respect and Serve Others, our students reflected on what it means to respect ourselves and others as well as what it means to be called to serve others.  Thanks to Father Tom and Father Whitney, we also had a beautiful Mass and Adoration and an opportunity for Reconciliation. We were even blessed by gorgeous fall weather!

Our senior class of 2019 closed out the retreat by showcasing their “I Promise” posters.  These posters were developed during their August retreat on “Servant Leadership” and reflect each senior’s promise to live out and example on a daily basis our three Core Values and six Attributes of a Lumen Graduate.  You should begin to see these posters being displayed around our school next week. Great job leading the way, Class of 2019!

If you have time, come out to cheer on our high school soccer team as we compete in the conference championships at Kincaid and Begich Middle School.  Next week, our junior high team will compete as well.

Have a safe and blessed weekend!

Campus Ministry:

  • We are currently forming our Lumen Christi team for the Jingle Bell Run. The run takes place on Dec. 8, 2018 and benefits The Arthritis Foundation. Students, teachers and families had a great time last year. You can sign up through this link:

  • We will soon be forming our Lumen Christi team for the 2018 Polar Plunge. It takes place at Goose lake on Saturday, December 15 and benefits the Special Olympics. Last year Lumen Christi raised over $3,000 and had a ball doing it!  Please consider this challenge. Details for joining the team to come.

  • 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!

  • Lumen Christi is forming a dodgeball 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.

  • There are still spots for Friday service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. This is another great way for students to earn Share Hours.

  • Volunteers are needed for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gala on Nov 9.

Upcoming Events:

  • Youth Night is held at St. Benedict Church each Wednesday – all high school Lumen students are welcome!

Students earn extra credit for Theology class when they attend after hours Faith events!!

Prayer Spot:

       Please remember the following in your prayers this week:

      • All first responders

      • Peace 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:

Lumen Christi is hosting and playing in the Conference/State Championship Soccer Tournament, starting today, with games through Sunday the 29th. Games will be played at Kincaid Park and Begich Middle School, come out and cheer our Archangels on!

Archangel Cross Country runner Sophia Dupras is competing at the State Cross Country Meet at Bartlett High on Saturday at noon. Go Sophia!

School Announcements:

Halloween Carnival

Our sister school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is having their annual Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. and would love to have Lumen help in running the games. Please let Mrs. Gore at our Front Desk know ASAP if your student(s) can help. This is a great way to earn share hours and support our sister school.


Join the Knights of Columbus for an Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, October 29th after 5p mass in the Parrish Hall. Brats, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, German Chocolate Cake, Beer! Admission by donation ~ dust off your lederhosen, we’ll see you there!

Online Courses

If your child is taking an online course that they hope to get credit for, it is important to make sure that the “Online Request Form” has been filled out and turned in to the Front Office.  These forms were available at registration and are now available in the Office. Not all courses or vendors are accepted for credit at Lumen. Additional information is available in our Student/Parent Handbook on page 19.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Mrs. Brewer (

PVO (Parent Volunteer Organization)

PVO will host its first meeting of the year and it’s everything you ever wanted to know about getting your Parent Share Hours completed easily, painlessly, and nearly in one fell swoop. Mark your calendars and join Gerianne Thorsness on Tuesday, October 9th from 6:30-7:30p in the Library. Snacks will be provided.

Senior Pictures

Mrs. Spillers is still waiting for senior pictures. Submit your digital files to as soon as you have them. They are due by October 31st.


Don’t forget on-going tutoring (in any subject) is available Mondays after school from 2:30-4:00, in the library.


Spirit Wear will soon be available locally at Alaska Serigraphics, located on Abbott Road. By October 1st we hope to share a “Lumen” link allowing you to online order sweatshirts & pants, fleece jackets, letter jackets, letter sweaters and more. Many thanks to Gerianne Thorsness, dedicated Lumen parent volunteer who coordinated this effort for us. Show off your school spirit with new gear!