St Mary of the Valley

(Monroe, WA, Fr Phil Bloom, Pastor since July 2009)

December 2011

40th Anniversary Celebration

L-R: Deacon Gene Vanderzanden, Fr. William Treacy, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Frs. Bloom & Valencia
(click on picture for more photos of the Anniversary Mass and reception)

Generations of Faith, December 28 (Mark Shea was guest speaker)

Presentation of three-year-old

with Pastor Michael Hanford, December 21

Lunch with Bishop Eusebio Elizondo & Fr. David Mulholland, Dec 21 (Vito's)

Bishop Elizondo & Fr. Valencia

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
(December 11-12)

Maņanitas - Dance in honor of Blessed Virgin Mary

with Jacob & Fr. Narciso

Re-enactment of Apparition

First Reconciliation, Dec. 13

L-R: Autumn, Alexis, Antoine, Henry, Conner & Emily; Fr. Bloom, Catechist Jan Gill & Fr. Valencia

at Holy Family School, December 12

XV of Jackeline, Parents: Jose & Alma, Dec. 3

Padrinos: Isidro & Sarai

with chambelanes

2nd Annual Crafts Fair, December 3-4, Tricia, Christian, Royce, Robin

Rami - handmade olive wood cribs, crucifixes, statues, etc. from Bethlehem

Orion - beaded headbands, etc.

Marni - handmade rosaries

Stephanie - speciality albums

Carol - unique scented "candles"

Jan & Mattie - Quilt Raffle

Marni, Robin, Rose - Mary Kay products

Diana & Crystal - specialty purses, etc.

Rami with customers

Robin & Kelsey


Closing of entrance on west fence (after Dec. 6 Neighborhood Security Meeting)

north fence entrance


Pictures from Previous Months:

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011 (before & after World Youth Day)

August 2011: World Youth Day

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

In a meeting with Archbishop Sartain, he greeted me as his "twin" and told me that people have confused us. One guy said to him, "Good to see you, Father." Archbishop Sartain said he didn't think too much about it because people sometimes call him, "Father." Later the guy came back, all apologies, saying, "I am sorry, Archbishop, I thought you were Father Bloom!" A person in Renton made the same mistake. Other people (perhaps with better eyesight) have said I look like I could be his uncle or older brother...
picture by Linda Mizokawa

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

Pictures from Peru
(October 2010)

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

Spring Clean-Up, 20 March 2010, Limpieza de Primavera

February 2010

January 2010

Landscaping Needs at St. Mary's

December 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe & Pastorela

Generations of Faith
(Religious Education Program)

November 2009

Pictures from Peru
(October 2009)

September 2009

August 2009

July 2009



Pictures from Visit to Peru (2008)

Visit to Monroe's Reptile Zoo