St Mary of the Valley

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

April 2012

Scout troop constructing bell tower, April 28, 2012

Top: Tony, Nick, Scott, Derek; Below: Bill, Liam, Aaron, Sean, David, Uday (Senior Patrol Leader) - picture by Matt Galdo

Fix-It Day, April 21, area for bell tower, 7:30 am

Doug removing small trees, Cathy in background

Doug, Scott, Bill

Nick & Dan

Scouts Dylan, Steve, Miano

Nick overseeing site for his Eagle Scout project

Bill, Steve, Scott, Nick measuring distance from church


Xavier and granddad Steve

Materials being brought in for tower foundation

Scouts & Dads: Bill, Steve, Scott, Nick, Elliot, Uday, Dylan, Steve Jr

Ready for review by city

Desi & crew pouring concrete for tower foundation, April 24

Baptism of Weston, anointing with Oil of Catechumens, April 28

Jason & Jennifer (parents), Christina (godmother)

Emilio w/ parents, Efrain & Yadira

Godparents: Jaime & Alicia

Victoria w/ brothers & parents - Jesus & Martha

Confirmation Candidates Retreat (April 21, parish hall)

Parents and Godparents in Eucharist Adoration

Divine Mercy Sunday, 3 pm, Praying Chaplet

40 Days for Life Victory Celebration: Coordinator Schola

husband Brad

Brenda, Erica, Abby, Patty

Uriel, Oscar, Alex, Lalo


Imelda, Maria, Julie, Tomas, Jeremias, Rosario

w/ Vanh

Yolanda & Schola

Diana & Mike


Evergreen Cemetery, preparing burial site of Darlene Bloom, April 13

Grave of Senator Henry M. Jackson

"If we really believe in the cause of freedom, let us practice it and protect it - for humanity's future depends on it."


Some prizes for Mary Bloom Center Dinner Auction, May 12, Malby Community Club

Basket from Pet Pro of Monroe

Mariner Hardball signed by Franklin Gutierrez

Five Gift Cards from Hill Street Cleaners ($25 each)

Dinner with priest and nun: don't worry - nun will do most of the cooking :)

Doing arduous research at Italianissimo Restaurant - they will cater the May 12 auction dinner

Pollo Dorato alla Toscana, one of main courses at May 12 dinner

Here is the menu for the the May 12 Dinner at Maltby Community Club:

    Pollo Dorato Alla Toscana with vegetables
    Lasagna (hand-made by Italianissimo Restaurant)
    Italianissimo's Signature Salad
    Bread Basket
    Complementary glass of wine

Aquí es la lista para la Cena:

    Pollo Dorado A la Toscana
    Lasaña (hecha a mano por Italianissimo)
    Ensalada Italianissima
    Canasta de Pan
    Vaso de Vino 

Rigatoni with tomato and sausage sauce

Pork meatball appetizers

Scampi sauted with garlic and butter

Some of silent auction prizes: Jump Start for car battery, fireworks

Windows 7 Professional, retail $299, donated by Matt Clement

Dinner w/ Sr. B. & Fr. for July 31, SMV Rectory

Painting by Seattle artist, Daniel Parfait

Croc Titanium Hair Curler, donated by Nadia Gutierrez (owner of Nadia's Beauty Parlor)

Peruvian Chess Set (handmade), Donated by John Good

Pavers at YMCA

Easter Vigil: Blessing New Fire, Tomas, Sharon, Hannah & DeOzhane

Baptism of Alana

Newly Baptized & Confirmed

Alexis, Alana Teresa, Mark Francis, Dawn, Wayne John, Ellen, Erin, Raven, Edgar, Daniel

Jeremias - also baptized at Easter Vigil, parents - Oscar & Maria, Godparents - Marta & Tomas

Luciana - baptized on Easter morning: Lisa, Rigo, Sheila, Fr. B w/ Luciana, Brian, Rick


Holy Saturday, April 7

Condolences to the Virgin Mary

Condolencias a la Virgen Maria

Holy Thursday: Young men in confirmation class representing Apostles

Sacred Oils: Oil of Sick, Oil of Catechumens and Sacred Chrism - Alana, Mark & Wayne

Palm Sunday, April 1 (new red vestments)


Pictures from Previous Months:

March 2012

January & February 2012 (Visit of Fr. Narciso Valencia)

Pictures from Peru (January - February 2012)

Major Robert D. Lindenau Tutoring Program

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)

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