St Mary of the Valley

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

September 2013

Generations of Faith, September 25

Wedding of Alex & Zaira, Sept 28

L-R: Zaira, Juan Valencia (her dad), Isidro & Cristabel Vega (Witnesses, Padrinos de Velacion)

L-R: Maria (bride's mom), Zaira, Fr B, Dennys Alejandro (Alex) Vasquez, Juan Valencia

Alex signing marriage certificate

Views of Renovated Kitchen

Baptism of Giselle held by padrino, Oscar Partida, Sept 21

Blessing of Ruben Partida (holding son, Damian)

Blessing of padrinos: Flavio & Fabiola Magallon (with godson, Damian); Oscar & Isabel Partida (with goddaughter, Giselle); in background Eric & Ariana Partida (Giselle's parents)

with Damian & Giselle

L-R: Stephanie & Ruben Partida; Fabiola & Flavio Magallon; Fr. B with cousins, Ariana & Eric Partida; Isabel & Oscar Partida

Yolanda with parents Yolanda & Florencio Chavez, Sept 21 wedding

Florencio with granddaughter, Yolanda, Fr B, Rey Javier Hernandez, Yolanda Chavez

Rey Javier's parents: Gabriel & Reynalda Hernandez

Padrinos: Leon & Florinda Mendez

Memorial Wall

Installation of protective glass, Dwight, John & helpers

Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Sept 15

Mike & Austin seeing up chairs

Grand Knight Joe Ascherl, John, & Ralph preparing pancakes, eggs and sausages

Baptisms, Sept 14, Jose Luis, Gloria del Carmen & Brianna

Nashla Romano (madrina of Briana), Gladiola Rodriguez (madrina of Gloria del Carmen), Griselda Paz (madrina of Jose Luis), Claudia and Jose Luis Mendez (parents)


Leticia & Carlos Espinoza (padrinos); Eduardo & Maria Uribe (parents)

Angel Daniel

Humberto & Patricia Bobadilla (padrinos); Maria & Hector Montalvan (parents)

Edgar Said

Oscar & Brenda Mojarro (parents), Maria Navarro Montalvan (madrina)


Veronica & Valente Garcia (padrinos); Florentina (and Justino) Mendez

with her sisters, Tatiana & Marisol


Julio & Katherine Tavera (padrinos); Yesenia (Tavera) & Eliserio Hernandez (parents)

Daniel & Alondra

Bernardina & Daniel Ramirez (parents); Pablo & Ines Alonso (godparents), with Alexis (older brother)

Baptism of Brenda, September 12

Sponsor Leo Moore

Receive the Light of Christ

Baptism of Abran, Sept 11

with madrina, Marta (Abran has operation at Children's on Sept 18 - prayers appreciated)

Blessing of dad, Jesus Retana

Godparents, Efrain & Delfina Guillen

family members of Efrain

L-R: Delfina, Efrain, Marta (mom), Felix & Alonso (brothers), abuelitos (grandparents), Jesus & daughter, Victoria

St Mary Daycare & Preschool

Hannah and Tricia with children (Sept 5)

Preparing Reception for Maggie Beatte's Funeral

L-R: Kay, Jan, Georgene, Pat, Mary, Virginia

Renovated hall with tables set for reception

Setting up serving tables

Renovated Kitchen with new appliances

Hall with new audio-visual system

Slide presentation (Maggie & Gordon)

with Fr. Nick Wichert at Good Leaders, Good Shepherds

Sept 3-6, The Archbishop Brunett Retreat & Faith Formation Center at the Palisades (Fr W is wearing T-Shirt given by Brazilian family who hosted us and two young people during World Youth Days)

Marcus Daly of Marian Caskets with the casket he made for me. I was honored that it was used for Maggie Beatte's funeral (September 5). To see funeral pictures click on photo


Pictures from Previous Months:

August 2013

Photos of Centennial Celebration

July 2013

World Youth Day 2013

(about 40 pictures in a slide show)

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