St Mary of the Valley

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

November 2012

Baptism of Milagros, November 25

L-R: Omar Acero & Rosa (padrinos), Erik & Heriberto Molina (parents)

anointing with sacred chrism

lighted candle (Alex - server)

Blessing of father, Heriberto

Baptism of Shirley, November 24

L-R: German (padrino), Hannah (server), Elizabeth (madrina)

Lighting baptismal candles from Pascal Candle

Thomas (server holding book), Hannah, Maria Isabel (madrina), Sandra (mother) w/ Itzel

baptismal candles on altar

L-R: Maria, Sandra, Fr B w/ Itzel, Felix Mata (father), Fredy (padrino), Dereck Santiago (below)

L-R: brother, German Mendez (padrino), Lourdes w/ Isamar, Fr B w/ Shirley, Elizabeth (madrina)

Merrill Gardens, Monroe, Feast of St. Clement of Rome, November 23

L-R: Tom, Theresa, Dean, Norma, Pat, Bob, Sheila, Balzer, Anneke, Rose, Elizabeth, Mildred; standing: Leo, Fr B., Nicole, De'Ozhane, Sharon

Tom, Theresa, Leo, Fr. B, Nicole, De'Ozhane, Sharon, Bob, Sheila, Balzer, Anneke, Rose, Elizabeth, Mildred (Photos by Matthew Waddell)

Peru Mission Trip Delegation, Nov 19

(after purchasing airline tickets and making plans for "vacation Bible school") L-R: Norberto, Brieanna, Gaby, Fr B, Abby, Carmen & Tyler

Breakfast Burritos to raise funds for Peru Mission Trip

Tyler with uncle, Scott and mom, Stanlynne - November 18

Cena Show - Nov 17, Monroe High School

Parish Fix-It

November 17

Bill, John and Steve disassembling storage unit in rectory patio

moving the roof

temporary storage

Oscar & Matthew, installing "white noise" unit for confessional privacy

Tatiana, Yocelyn, Florentina, Lucia & Marisol cleaning church windows

Jim: removing leaves

Police & Fire Appreciation Luncheon

November 16

lunch provided by Ixtapa Restaurant

Eloisa, Monica & Police Dept friends

Food Servers: Pat, Kay & Georgene

Pat, Mayor Robert Zimmerman, Pat L

John Mannix, Assistant Superintendent, Monroe School District

Patsy Cudaback, Monroe YMCA

Pastor Rob Jansen, New Hope Fellowship

(Pastor Steve Whalen of New Horizon was Master of Ceremonies)

Markie, Mia, M.J.

my bodyguard

(Police Chief Tim Quenzer)

Senior Prom

Nov 16

Michael giving instruction: Todd, Joe, Larry, Allan, Dom ("Tex")

Cheryl & Larry

Susan & Todd

Anne & Allan, Alicia & Dom, Teresa & Joe

Sr. Barbara & Yolanda

Hannah & Tyler

Senior Prom was fund raiser for Peru Mission Trip & World Youth Day


(future World Youth Day delegate)

Mass for Benjamin Hills & Major Robert Lindenau, November 11, 9:30 am

L-R: Julien Gregory, Sara, Esther, Julius, Rachael, Aurora, Danny, Jim, Melanie, Salwa, Jasper Theodore, Gabe, Hannah, Uncle Fr. Phil, Sarah, Leon, Corey, Gisele-Marie, Stephanie, Greg, Marianne, Sophia, Julia, Holly, Crissy, Lorene (not shown: Tonya)

Roses at Our Lady Shrine, November 15

earlier in November

November 15 - parking lot & south side of church

Michael & Bill installing new surveillance cameras

theft & vandal resistance camera

Sweet Sixteen Mass of Mary Hlavaka, Nov. 10

parents - Steve & Elizabeth; brother - Joshua

Baptism of Declan, Nov 10, 11 am


Allyssa Marie

Blessing of Moms: Selmia, Sile & Michelle

Dads: Jose de Jesus Llamas, Eric Wilson, Kory Knudson


L-R: Gavin (brother), Michelle, Kory, Jennifer & Allan Eberts (godparents)

L-R: Sile, her mother, Eric, Sabra Zacaharias & Christopher Pizzi(godparents)

Allyssa Marie

the Bloom charm does not always work

Allyssa w/ parents & sisters

L-R: Oscar Rodriquez (padrino), Jose de Jesus, Selmia, Maria (godmother)

Candidate for Peru Mission Trip delegation - Brieanna




with Sister Barbara & Atalia (daughter of Anita & Juan Carlos Maceda) after noon Mass, November 11

Garage Sale for Parish Youth: November 3, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

toaster, expresso maker, in background: clothes

bags and baby shoes

bowls and other housewares

frames and serving plates

decorative nick-naks

children's clothes, cuddly toy dogs, toy race car

Bible and other books

fudge, coffee thermoses; rosaries

books and boards

Coffin made by Marian Caskets

Uriel, Marcus Daly (owner of Marian Caskets), Martin, Jose de Jesus, Jorge - hidden

trying it out

quite comfortable, but I do not plan on using soon

Skykomish River, beginning of November

Lewis Street Bridge


Pictures from Previous Months:

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