St Mary of the Valley

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

August 2014

Blessing of Family Room, Aug 31

Blessing of child in Family Room

Milo with holy water, congregation through windows

Marriage (Convalidation) of Reymundo Pacheco Mendez & Aracely Rodriquez, August 30

L-R: Raymundo Rodriquez (Aracely's dad), Renato Calletano (padrino), Aracely, Reymundo, Flora Mendez (madrina), Gregoria Rodriguez (mom of bride)

with children: Dulce Maria, Daniel & Emanuel

Primos (cousins)

Wedding of Ernestino Leyva & Aminelia Aguilar

with padrinos

Blessing of Marriage: Anthony Mix & Rosita Hernandez

L-R: Rosa Elba Hernandez (mom of bride), Keely Mix (groom's mom), Rosita, Anthony, Jeff Mix (dad of groom); Mario Hernandez (bride's dad), Rosita's sister below

Moms placing lazo (double rosary representing yoke of Christ) on Anthony & Rosita's shoulders

Funeral of Sheila Ascherl, August 29

Coffin by Marian Caskets

John placing blinds in family room (quiet room)

Diaper changing table for room off family room

Blessing of marriage of Allan & Pam Snook, August 26

Parish Picnic, August 24

Knights Steve & Austin preparing burgers

Doug, Austin, Steve

Larry, Grand Knight Joe Ascherl, Doug, John

Kitchen crew: Rosie, Georgene, Doug, Pat

Georgene, Pat

Meri, Cheryl, Elizabeth

Rose, Markie serving

Past Grand Knight Tom Radford

Martha, Maria, Gerardo & families

Gerardo & Erlinda

Aloha, Rosa, Harriet, Mattie

Gerardo & family

Jesus, Evelia, Uriel, Virginia & children

Gary & Brenda Koontz


Sr B

Lonnie & family

Melanie, Mike, Elizabeth

Chris, Ana, Tom


Diana & Hannah

Matt, Brendy & sons

Michael, Maria & family; Alex, Luci & children

Dean & Traci

Playground (new chips for play area)

Virginia & Alexa Guadalupe

Baptisms, August 23, Emilio

Jocelyn Nayeli

Gregory Rodolfo

Joshua Alejandro

Joseph Ezequiel




Marcus Manuel

XV of Leslie, Kaina & Kimberly, Aug 23

Kaina, parents & Chambelanes

Kimberly, parents, chambelanes & future quinceañeras


Baptism of Daniella (Leslie's sister)

XV of Cynthia Gutierrez, with mom Lorena, chambelanes, sister and friend, August 16

XV of Alejandra with parents Marcos & Leticia Espinoza

future quinceañeras

wedding of Ricardo Sanchez & Delmia Silva, August 16

with parents, uncles, aunts, padrinos, etc.

with children, Andres & Leilani, flower girls

constructing quiet room for parents with small children (week of Aug 11-15)

reconfiguration of seating in main body of church

Baptism of Osvaldo, August 10

L-R: Philip Venegas (dad), Ismael & Maria Sanchez (padrinos), Lizbeth (mom)

L-R: Lizbeth, Phillip, Maria, Ismael, Osvaldo below (in white), his cousins in red shirts

Presentation of Jorge Santiago

L-R: Abraham (padrino), Jorge (dad), Jessica (mom)

25th Anniversary Mass, Luciano & Maria Avila, August 9

3-yr-old Blessing of Violeta

L-R: Ana & Miguel Camilo (padrinos); Maria & Nazario Aparicio (parents)

las mariachis

Baptisms, August 9, Violeta

Gonzalo & Maria Estrada (parents); Salvador & Rosario Avalos (padrinos)


L-R: Maricela & Juan Carlos Guzman (parents); Gavino & Leticia Guzman (padrinos);

Jeffrey Juan

L-R: Wilver & Maria Leyva (padrinos); Narcedalia & Antonio Juan Gomez


L-R: Gilbaldo & Audelia Calderon (parents); Elsa & Huan Ruiz (padrinos)

Marriage (Convalidation) of Pedro Pablo Alonso Jimenez & Inez Pacheco-Ortiz, August 9

Brian (son), Ines, Axel (in my arms), Alex with dad Pedro Pablo, Brandon (son)

Boat trip in San Juan's (Mary Bloom Auction Prize donated by Joe & Teresa Ascherl)

L-R: Joe, Patti, Sister Barbara, Georgene, Harry, Pat

Looking across to Lummi Island & Mount Baker

L-R: Joe, Teresa, Pat, Georgene, Patti, Harry

XV of Jesus Esmeralda, August 2

Parents - Antonio & Rocio Carrasco


Fernando & Adelisa (padrinos)

Future Quinceaneras


brothers Brayan & Kevin on right & left

Baptism of Gilmer Akim, August 2

L-R: Adan Pelayo (padrino), Juana (abuelita), Yanet & Abel Pelayo (parents)

not shown - Amir (brother)

XV of Samantha, Aug 2, Blessing of Symbols

Marta & Bonifacio Lezama (parents)

L-R: Alondra (sister), Marta, Samantha, Bonifacio

Ulda & Benito Lezama (padrinos)


Future Quinceanera: Mia (cousin)

Roses for Our Lady, Aug 2

Stanwood High School Class of '64 Reunion, August 1

Front row, kneeling, L to R: Gary Hodges, John Jonson, Norm Lang, Eddie Strand, Hank Wade,
Seated L to R: Diane Warsinski White, Vicki Lund Anderson, Bev Eidsness Martinka, Nancy Larson Liles, Joyce Larsen Linn, Janice Lee Wegman, Susan Brekhus Kimmons, Ann Dodgson Dorsey, Sandy Casteel Benson, Susan Parker Brandt, Janet Eaton Sicklesteel,
Back row L to R: Merle Ash, Marilyn Sollid Hooper, Mike Hereford, Dorothea Albert, June Sande Hammer, Judy Broz Roed, Penny Duane Josephson, Susan Hoines Wykoff, Jennie Rasmussen Kelly, Andrena Bast Caldwell, Rebecca Anderson Coufal, Kathy Kracke Harmon, Vicki Moa Potts, Judy Grissom Scheuffele, Lonnie Anderson, Vee Ann Zelmer Yates, Phillip Saltsman, Evelyn Tiffany Williams, Don Heitmann, Bonnie Gottwald Stene, John Elford, Jerry Heichel, John Magill, Father Phillip Bloom, Mike Stromberg, Richard Bahl, Gary Jones




Daughters of Felipe & Maria (Luz Marina, Yanet and Fernanda) celebrating the land where their family will build their new home. I hope to celebrate with them when I go with the New Year’s 2015 Delegation.


Pictures from Previous Months:

July 2014

June 2014

Pictures from Visit to Peru (May 26 - June 10)

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

Piligrimage to Peru 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

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