St Mary of the Valley

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

August 2013

Photos of Centennial Celebration

Organizing renovated kitchen: Pat, Mary, Georgene

XV of Dalia, August 31, with Centennial Statue of Our Lady of the Valley

L-R: Rafael & Leticia Valencia, Fr. B, Dahlia, Rafael (her brother) & Carmen (her sister)

Padrinos Aureliano & Francisca


with Carmen (future quinceanera)

Mariachia with Ariana Lizeth & her mom, Delfina Galvan

Baptism of Ariana, Aug 31

L-R: Jose Francisco Carrillo & Maria Baylon (padrinos), David Galvan (dad with baptismal candle)

Wedding of Mario & Estrella Guadalupe Pacheco, August 24

Presentation of their daughter, Jade Marhia

Baptism of Bryan & Eduardo (Aug 24): Blessing of godparents: Arasele & Daniel Guzman; Arturo & Nancy Vigil

L-R: Eduardo w/ Fr. B; Erika & Gabriel Vigil; Nancy & Arturo Virgil

L-R: Daniel & Arasele Ochoa; Leonel & Rosa Ventura, Bryan

XV of Daisy with parents Genoveva & Martin Gonzalez (Aug 24)

& Stephanie with parents Jose & Paulina Herrera

With padrinos, Gilberto & Neri Herrera

Deisy - padrinos Otilia & Leonardo Barajas

Daniel & John working on main door to hall

Old doors and frame removed

New frame

Job almost complete, August 21

Preparing area for Memorial Wall (Sister B giving instructions to John)

Spreading adhesive plaster

Setting individual tiles in place

Linette helping organize new kitchen

Work Table, Griddle and Range in place

New doors and serving window

Cathy, Steve & John working on renovated hall, August 20

DVD projector & screen

Frames & lights ready to new ceiling

Cathy Ortiz showing Centennial Program to Sr. B, August 22

Steve with "T.V." & sons: Roman and Artem

August 16, 10 am, laying down new hall floor

7 pm, floor almost completed

New stoves ready to be installed in kitchen

Steve measuring new freezer

Bill unpacking new refrigerator

Grill with hood

Audio Visual Projector (area for screen)

John & Bill installing cabinets in kitchen

Jamison & John completing electrical system

Cathy telling Jay when to unload beauty bark

Doug Sackman with backhoe

Bill King

Kevin Monroe


Nick, Jorge, Tom





Workers after spreading beauty bark on islands

Workers in church

Luis Miguel, Abby & daughters

Miguel, Leo, Josimar

John, Tom & Sister B in hall

Jessica & Laura

Margarita & Maria

Work crew including Michael Bizak, Marni, Jim McDaniel and Jesus.

Spreading beauty bark spread in bell tower area

final cleaning of bark pieces

supervising: Jorge, Alex & Miguel

XV of Cinthia with parents, Petra & Pablo, August 17

Mayra reading Scripture lesson

Cynthia's Sisters: Mayra, Isabel, Anita & Brieanna

with chambelanes (escorts)

Baptisms, August 17 (Emma & mom, Ana Luisa)

Lighting baptismal candle

L-R: Yantetsi & Lizmar with padrinos, Valentin & Joanna Flores, parents Vicente & Denisse Gaspar; Aeva with parents Jesus & Jocelyne Silva, padrinos Jesus & Alba Cordoba; Emma with parents Rosalio & Ana Luisa Gonzales, padrinos Rodolfo & Nora Gonzalez

New Doors for Hall

Fr. Frank Shuster, August 16, Noon Mass, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Woodinville

Concluding Mass for joint Vacation Bible Camp with SMV & BTC

Wedding of Fernando & Indira Quintero, August 10

Baptism of Dominic

L-R: Roberto Reyes (padrino), Indira, Viridiana (madrina)

with father and sister (Viridiana) of Indira

Witnesses: Jose Flores & Adriana

Wedding of Isidro & Norma (2 pm, Aug 10)

Exhange of Arras (coins)


(Leticia & Rigoberto - padrinos)

Ma. Guadalupe & Tomas Hernandez signing wedding certificate

L-R: Rigoberto, Norma, Fr B, Isidro, Leticia

Youth Leaders Retreat, August 10

L-R: Uriel, Sergio, Padre Mario, Erika, Veronica, Alex, David, Jorge

Fatima, P. Mario, Sergio, P. Felipe, Erika, Alex, Jorge, Veronica, David

Framework for lower ceiling

New cabinets for kitchen

Sister handing wall tile to John

Kitchen wall tiles for heat transfer and fire prevention


Installation of tiles complete

Cathy taking 1/4 inch off tiles

Pan de Vida Ministry Class

Margarita, Maria, Selmia, Leonor, P. Felipe, Petra, Leticia, Eulogio, Uriel, Tomas (Photo by Armando)

Baptism of Guadalupe & Daniela, August 3

L-R: Emmanuel & Maria Ramirez (padrinos of Guadalupe), Maria & Juan Sanchez (parents), Juan & Josefina Villagomez (padrinos of Daniela - child Fr. B is holding)

Baptism of Venis Yael & Tomas Edward

L-R: Enrique Segueda, & Maria (padrinos of Venis); Dawn, Fr. B w/ Venis, Tomas, Brigette (madrina of Tomas); Edgar & Dawn Mendoza (parents)

Anointing of Venis

Tomas after baptism

World Youth Day 2013

(about 40 pictures in a slide show)

Marcus Daly of Marian Caskets with the casket he made for me. I was honored that it was used for Maggie Beatte's funeral. To see funeral pictures click on photo


Pictures from Previous Months:

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013
(includes Men's Conference pictures)

February 2013

January 2013 (includes Fr. Thomas Nathe in Peru)

December 2012 (with pictures of Youth Delegation to Peru)

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