St Mary of the Valley

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

December 2014

2015 Peru Mission Trip

(December 28, 2014 - January 26, 2015)

Baptism of Joshephine Regine

L-R: Kevin & Jennifer Brismeur (parents), Keegan and Jackie (representing Judy)

Anointing with Sacred Chrism

Blessing of dad (Kevin)

Grandparents - JoAnn & Doug Hoff

Great Grandmother, Florence w/ Grandma JoAnn & Jenny

Baptisms, Dec 27 (11 am)

L-R: Edgar & Rosenda Mendez (padrinos), Felix & Inez Mendez, Karel Monserrat (w/ Fr B)

L-R: Santos & Coral Mata (padrinos); Ruben w/ Fr B, Ruben & Lucero Cayetano (padrents)

L-R: Norma & Isidro Cerna (parents), Javier Cerna (godfather), Jacob w Fr B, Rebeca (godmother)

L-R: Jose Manuel & Maria Isabel Castellon (godparents); Emanuel w/ Fr. B. Raul & Maria Ramirez (papas)

L-R: Jose Luiz & Liliana Martinez (padrinos), Yesenia (mom), Lizbeth Ofelia w/ Fr B, Oscar Martinez (dad)

XV of Evelyn Gutierrez, Dec 27

in background, Antonio & Leti (padrinos), Evelyn's classmates

After prayer of offering with chambelan, Jake

Parents - Jaime & Juana

Christmas Eve: Pieter & Julia with Child Jesus

Venerating Child

Andrew in foreground

Placing Child in Manger

Madison on left

Blessing Memorial Plaque, Noon Mass

Juan serving

Placing Plaque next to Memorial Tiles, Dec 26

with Steve who designed plaque

Detail of names

Patrons for Centennial

Christmas morning, opening Samwise's Presents

Ready for Peru with chullo

Knights putting up Christmas tree and decorations, Dec 21 (before Seahawks game)

L-R:Joe, Bill, John, Austin

Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement after 9:30 am Mass, Dec 21

(They were making a weekend retreat in Gold Bar - I went there for Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday)

TNNT T-Shirt

Back of T-Shirt

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec 12, 5 am

Maņanitas by M. Voces de Mexico

Ubaldo & daughter, Cassandra (Ubaldo is "padrino" of band for SMV maņanitas)
6:45 pm, parish hall, preparing for procession

Children ready for dramatization of appearances of Our Lady to Juan Diego


Juan Diego helping his tio Bernardino

veneration of tilma

de colores

World Youth Day Bake Sale

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Ordination: Fr. Narciso Valencia

Invitation to Mass & Celebration on December 20

Baptism of Ciel Louise & Lilja Marie, Dec 7

Sean & Clairessa Walker with Ciel

Lilja with parents Feliciti & Jason Milne (M.J. in background)

L-R: Sean, Clairessa, Jason, M.J., Alexander Fredisti, Feliciti, Lauren Milne (servers Mia & Cristal in foreground)

holding Ciel & Lilja

Jason & Feliciti are Ciel's godpaents

Lauren with goddaughter Lilja, Feliciti with son Jason Aric

Blessing of dads Sean & Jason

about Advent Baptisms

Generations of Faith, Dec 3

Chef Patrick Albin with wife Linette

Christian, Hannah & Miano - testimonies on World Youth Day

Pieter & Julia present gifts


Julia giving gift to Sr. Barbara

Skykomish River, December 3

Nov 28 vs. Dec 3:

Lewis Street Bridge

Trees east of bridge with measures (water level - 8 foot drop?)

Felipe's New Home

Blessing the New Home of Felipe & Maria

with gratitude to Mary Bloom Center donors


Pictures from Previous Months:

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

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