St Mary of the Valley

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

December 2012

Leaving Peru, December 30

L-R: Norberto, Gaby, Abby, Melani, Carmen, Brieanna, Tyler

Leaving Padre

Lima Airport, picture by Melani

December 29, Tyler with flattened water bottle after arriving at sea level from 12,500 feet above sea level (Puno)

Vacation Bible School for Bob Lindenau Tutoring Program: Dec. 26-28

(Gaby with her children)

Abby & Carmen



Prizes for knowing answer to five questions

Carmen reviewing answers with children

Question 1: What does Abraham's name mean?

Question 2: Who was Abraham's wife?

3: Why could they not have children?

4: What is name of their miraculous son?

5: What did he carry on his back up Mount Moriah?

(Jesus is World Youth Day candidate)

Abby's group presenting "Padre Abraham Tuvo Muchos Hijos" (Father Abraham Had Many Sons)




Gaby & Tyler



overview of classroom at Mary Bloom Center


nutritional meal is always part of tutoring session

Bob Lindenau children & Youth Delegation, December 28

Paola performing native dance

Nelver conducting "Bob Lindenau Coral"

departing hugs and gifts (head gear)

Youth delegation with Dr. Ana

Dr. Ana with donated supplies

Dr. Ana performing exam

meeting with couple after exam

Baptism at orphanage, December 28

L-R: Rosalia, Sonia, Evelyn, Roxana & Soledad

Baptism of Soledad


Sisters at orphange: Sor Estela, Sor Maritza, Sor Liz and Sor Flora, Dec 21

(with gifts of trail mix bars and

Luz with her brother, Maximo

Melani with her uncle, Maximo

Luz, Lenin, Reyna, Maximo, Fr. B & Oscar (Maximo, Oscar and Lenin are Luz' brothers)

with Lucero & Osman (Maximo and Reyna's daughter and son)

Floating Islands, December 22

native woman demonstration cure for headache, Norberto, Graciela, Tyler

Certificates for successfully compleating Billing Method course, Dec 23




Cheese Sanwiches, December 24

Mother of World Youth Day Delegate, Jesus, with gift from Christian Carbajal

Christmas Eve, after 9 pm Mass

Ilave, Christmas Day, Parish Library Study Hall supported by St. John Parish, Seattle

L-R: Fr. Edgar, Hernan, Sister Maria Alexandra, Carmen, Brieanna, Norberto, Gaby, Abby, Tyler

Fr. Edgar with Duque

with Fr. Edgar before Christmas Day Mass

Painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Frs. Faustino Pari & Miguel Maquera

with youth choir after 11 am Mass

Cuzco School painting of Visit of the Magi, with Inca King (note headdress with feathers)

Restauration of High Altar ("retablo")

Presentation by Youth Groups from San Miguel, Ilave

with gifts from San Miguel parish

with Sisters and children

some of the children were at classes earlier in day when we had the Mass

Quinceanera Melani, December 19

with gift from madrina Anca

with brother, Luis Felipe & sister, Janine

Tyler showing his "cuy chactado" (deep fried guinea pig)

Yanahuara square, December 20, before XV Mass

L-R: Norberto, Gaby, Abby, Carmen, Brieanna and Tyler

after XV Mass at San Juan Bautista Church

L-R: Fabian with mom, Karen, Victor, Marcelina, Luis Felipe, Luz, Janine, Fr B, Janine, Melani, Tyler, Oscar, Norberto, Gaby, Carmen, Brieanna, Angie, Abby

with Fr. Ivan (pastor of San Juan Bautista)

at church entrance

with Fabian & Karen

Hogar La Aurora orphanage - Lurin, near Lima, December 18

touring chicken house with laying hens

after Mass

with Sisters Rosemary, Rosario, Nely and orphan children

singing final song

Tyler & Norberto shooting hoops with soccer ball

playing soccer with children

playing teeter totter

2012 Financial Report for Mel Bloom Fund

Our Lady of Guadalue 2012

Calendar - San Miguel, Ilave - brought by Fr. Narciso Valencia

Send-Off of Peru Delegates organized by Justin Milne & Aaron Howard - after prayer in chapel

L-R: Justin, Tyler, Aaron, Norberto, Fr B, Gaby, Brieanna, Abby, Carmen, Sam


(ravioli & sauce - by Justin)

Practice for new altar servers: Jessica, Giselle, Juan Manuel, David & Diana, Dec. 8

(Jose Perez - instructor)

Advent Faire, Dec 2, Rose


Kay, Dawn, Ari (Edgar)


(pictures by Meri Price)

Wedding of Jose Luis Luna & Mayra Guadalupe; parents Pablo & Petra Angel, December 1 at noon

Exchange of Arras (coins)

with sisters: Cynthia, Anita, Isabel, Brieanna - and brothers of Jose Luis

godparents of Mayra

w/ grandmother Leonor

Wedding of Jennifer & Alberto Rojas Melchor, 10 am

with padrinos Rafael & Margarita Jimenez

with children, Jose Alberto & April - and grandmother

XV of Maribel, 2 pm

mom: Soledad

roses in December

Delegation for Peru Mission Trip (December 16-30)

L-R: Norberto, Brieanna, Gaby, Fr. B, Abby, Carmen, Tyler

Marcelina, Melani, Luis Felipe, Janine, Luz

special lunch by Marcelina


Pictures from Previous Months:

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012 (has pictures from Monroe Parade)

July 2012

Bell Tower Dedication

(July 15, 2012)

June 2012

May 2012

Mary Bloom Center Dinner & Silent Auction (May 12, 2012, Maltby Community Center)

April 2012

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