St Mary of the Valley

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

July 2012

60th Anniversary of Sr. Barbara Geib, July 29, 2012

L-R: Sister Julie Codd, C.S.J.P., Sr. Mary Ellen Howard, S.N.D., Sr. Liz Tiernan, S.N.D., Sister Rose Marie Dillman, S.P., Sr. Helen Brenden, S.P., De'Ozhane, Fr. B, Sr. B, Patrick Sherrard, Sr. Margaret Lederer, S.N.D., Sr. Natalia Carrasco S.N.D., Sr. Maureen Hilliard, S.N.D.

Papal Blessing

(July 25, 1952, Feast of St. James the Apostle, was date of Sr. B's vows; she took the religious name Sister James)

w/ Gerald Geib (Sr. B's brother)

Monroe Police Deputy Chief Ken Ginnard & Chief Tim Quenzer (escorts of Sr. Barbara)

Sgt. Brian Johnston, Monroe Police Department

Rebecca & Family

Serving table for buffet: Tom, Mary, Austin

Outdoor table: Linette, Patrick, John, Cathy, Bill, Kathy

Ryan, Anita, Doug

Mason, Marni

Rosary made by Monroe Police Officer Reed Jones; in background: Christie Dunn, Sr. Rose Marie Dillman, Michael OBrien

Sgt. Rick Dunn & wife, Christie, presenting rosary

Jane, Jack & Daphne

Mary, Clayton, Ranelle

Sister Pauline Risse, O.S.F.

Hokulani, Brian, Luciana, Sheila

Shanden, Marcus, Miguel

Elena & friend

with children after noon Mass




XV Mass of Monica, July 28

Parents Luis & Carolina Chavez + siblings

Godparents: Leonardo & Silvia Perez

Girls in Court


Parish Camping Trip, Lake Easton State Park, July 20-22

Nick Martinoli & Thomas F. Servers

L-R: Erin, Sr. B, Meaghan, Ryan, Nick, Ralph, Fr. B,Diana, Michael, Joe, Teresa, Thomas, Hannah

XV Mass of Quinceanera Stephanie, July 21

Luciano "Chano" Rueda, Gina King from "Make-A-Wish"

Stephanie with parents Miguel Martinez & Eloisa

Padrinos Leonel & Yolanda

Chabelanes (Chamberlains - Escorts)

XV Mass of Quinceanera Alondra

Prayer of Offering to God through Intercession of Mary

with sister, Samantha, mom Marta & dad Bonifacio Lezama

with padrinos


Baptism, 9:30 am Mass, July 22, Patrick, De'Ozhane, Jenny holding Hope Schuyler, Brian Roman, Sara & Vanessa

Baptism of Hope Schuyler

Joseph Michael also baptized at 9:30 am Mass: Parents Brian & Jenny

Mary (godmother), Thomas Schoenfelder (dad), Douglas Sparacio (godfather), Victoria (mom)

Joseph Michael with Uncle & Aunt: Douglas Sparacio & Spouse

Baptism of Dairene , noon Mass

Blessings of Dads: Sandro Hernandez, Uriel Favela, Rigoberto Espinoza

Naomi, with parents Leticia & Rigoberto


godparents Tomas & Maria Hernandez

Sandro Hernandez, Norberto Escalante, Mane H & Gaby E

Leonardo, with dad Uriel Favela, godfather Joel Favela, mom Virginia, godmother Angelica

Presentation of Greidys, Parents: Jose Escalante & Genoveva; godparents: Maria Elena & Israel Alcaraz

Vacation Bible School: July 9-13

back row: Marnie, Amy, Claudia, Tracy, Marki, Patti, Hannah, Georgene, Jan

Seminarian Patrick Sherrard giving presentation to children


Amy with children


Desi's crew pouring cement for sidewalk, July 9

Sidewalk from rectory to parish office - completed!

Beauty bark for area around bell tower: Matt & Jose, July 7

Cathy spreading bark, David Larsen from Verdin Bell Company in tower

Armando, Tomas & Samwise

Matt returning for bark, Cathy & David in background

with David programming bell

Steve, Rick & David installing electrical connection for bell

Steve & Rick: panels removed to access crawl space

pipe for electrical conduits to bell & surveillance camera for tower

bell in tower

original inscription on bell: cast in St. Louis, 1890 by H. Stuckstede

view of bell tower and Japanese Maple dedicated to Fr. Jon Frankovic

July 19, 2012, will be 20th anniversary of Fr. Frankovic's death

Thomas Freeland pressing button for funeral toll, July 11, Funeral of Arnold Baggenstos

XV Mass Quincea´┐Żera Patricia, during noon Mass, July 8

Prayer of Offering, Oracion de Ofrecimiento

Flowers for the Blessed Virgin Mary, accompanied by parents and godparents

with parents: Juan Carlos & Elizabeth

with godparents

with chambelanes (chamberlains)


Pictures from Previous Months:

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