St Mary of the Valley

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

March 2013

Easter Vigil, March 30, Blessing the New Fire

Georgene, Cathy, Sharon, Jennifer, Milo, Marki, Theresa

Candidates for Easter Sacraments

Sophira, Raven, Rocio, Matt, Jorge, Holly, Mari, Sergio, Diego

Blessing Water of Baptismal Fount

Baptism of Sophira Catherine

Rite of Confirmation

Sergio, Raul, Sergio, Daniel, Mari Brenda, Selene, Catherine, Holly, Mark, Jorge, Ken, Matt, Rocio, Raven, Sophira, Milo, Jennifer

Newly Initiated with Candles (godparents in parentheses): Diego Antonio (Daniel), Mari Brenda (Selene), Sergio Antonio (Raul & Olivia),Jorge (Mark), Matt (Ken), Holly (Catherine), Rocio (Evelynne), Sophira (Daniel), Raven (Erin), plus children: Amy, Heidi, Azul, Geovanni, Elizabeth, Cristian and Reynaldo (godparents: Domingo, Jose, Elena, Pablo and Libia)

March 22 snow fall

Bell Tower & Walnut tree

"Upon this Rock"

Our Lady's Garden


Gabriel Project Sign

Samwise in front lawn

Sam's Patio

Surveillance Camera view of the Bell Tower

10 am: clearing up

Chrism Mass, March 21: Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens and Sacred Chrism

Archbishop Sartain and Sister Barbara

Paintings for World Youth Day fund raising (by Hannah & Marni)

Retreat with Fr Jaime Alberto Perez, March 16-17

Youth playing volley ball

Children in bouncy house

waiting their turn

Emergency lights coming on during March 16 blackout

Jorge David (wife Rebecca) winner of crucifix and Bible, March 17

Winner of Laptop: Chela

Habemus Papam: March 13

Eagle Scout Court of Honor, March 12

L-R: Scotty Cragerud with parents Philip & Celine; Daniel Schilling with parents Steve & Deana; Nick Martinoli with parents Bill & Julie; Scott

Sam's 11th Birthday, March 11

Wedding of Fernando & Adelisa, March 10 in chapel

with children Brandon, Lisette & Henry

signing documents

(first ones with "Party A" and "Party B" instead of Bride and Groom) :(

Men's Conference Volunteers

(click on picture for slide show of Volunteers and Particants)

Seattle Men's Conference: Archbishop Sartain

(click on picture for slide show of Eucharistic Adoration led by Archbishop Sartain)

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

(slide show of Deacon Harold's presentations at Men's Conference & preaching at 5 pm Mass)

Deacon Abel - Presentation on Sacrament of Reconciliation

(primera presentacion de tres por el diacono Abel Magaņa en la Conferencia de Hombres)

March 1 - getting parish ready for Men's Conference

Georgene and Pat planting primroses

Gilberto & crew setting up tent

Cathy, John & Daniel cleaning upper windows

Happy couple

Bill & Doug

Georgene & Pat cleaning outer windows

Tent assembled

church, bell tower & tent

St. Mary of the Valley Day Care & Preschool children names

L-R: Tricia holding Hannah & Hayden, Bowen, Kendra, Tyler, Avery, Mason

(March 1)


Pictures from Previous Months:

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