St Mary of the Valley

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

October 2012

Baptism of Anthony, October 28, 9:30 am Mass (Anointing with Sacred Chrism)

Parents: Ryan Connell & Victoria

Blessing of Holy Water

Godparents: Edgard & Dawn Mendoza

With grandmother Judy & brother Jeret

Ryan's family - grandparents, cousins, etc.

Juan Gonzalez - Certificate from Monroe Police Citizens Academy

Baptism of Miguel & Diego, October 27, 5 pm

Miguel with parents, grandparents, siblings

Parents Cesar & Erica Valle

Diego with parents Polo & Arcely Valle, grandmother & siblings

Wedding of Jesus & Martha, October 20

Blessing of rings, arras, lazo, etc.

Martha with son and grandson!

Retiro de Servidores, Servants Retreat, Oct 20-21

Deacon Abel Magana


Blessing of Bibles, First Graders

(October 18)

Second Grade

Third Grade


Middle School

Bible Study Children


Rito de Iniciacion Cristiana para Adultos

Monroe Police Officers LaDonna & Eloisa, October 14

Presentation on Automobile Safety & Use of Children's Car Seats

Theft of Surveillance Cameras

On Monday morning, October 15 (about 3 am) we were attacked by vandalism and robbery. Thieves robbed three of our outdoor security cameras. In addition vandals cut a hole in the northwest corner of our fence. We have notified the police who are investigating these crimes. We entrusted to the Monroe Police the recordings made by our surveillance cameras, which captured images of the crime in progress. Join me in praying that our police will apprehend the thieves.
The Building Committee is working to strengthen the security of our parish. If you have suggestions, questions or concerns, please talk with Steve Schilling or any member of the Building Committee. For the security of our parish and our neighborhoods, Dwight Bickler is organizing a Block Watch meeting for November 7. And, of course, we will be discussing security concerns at our Parish Council meeting this Thursday (Oct 25) at 7 pm.

The video recordings show jackets, pants and shoes. Like me, Sister Barbara thought the shoes belong to a girl. Below are some stills from the videos for your appraisal.

XV of Hilda, October 6

with parents & padrinos

with chambelanes

XV of Litzhaya, October 6

parents & godparents


Presentation of Natali

with her brother

Altar Server Training, Oct 4

Nate, Thomas, Hannah, Fr. B, Emmanuel, Jose, Milo, Rachel, Jesus, Pablo, Alex A, Alex E., Gerardo, Tony


Pictures from Previous Months:

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