St Mary of the Valley

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

November 2014

Wedding of Mario Antonio & Perla Nayeli Garcia, November 29

Lazo - Padrinos Antonia & Geronima Garcia

Mario's Parents: Atanacio & Maria Garcia

Bride's mom: Victoria Pacheco with grandchildren

their children: Wendy, Robert Antonio & Mario (in my arm)

XV of Bianca Lizeth Gonzalez, Nov 29

Prayer of offering to God (accompanied by chambelan, Fernando)

Blessing of symbols

future quinceanera

grandad, Maria Carmen (mom), Hilda (sister) and Jean Carlo (little brother in my arm)

future quinceaneras!


first snowfall of season, Nov 29, about 8 am

watching the water rise, Nov 28, about 3:30 pm

Lewis Street Bridge over Skykomish River

logs carried downstream

with Samwise at boat launch

Men's Retreat, Nov 21-23, organized by Fr. Ed White of St. Stephen the Martyr

L-R: Ralph Chestine, Christopher Plass, Frank DeGroot, Allan Murray, Greg Murray. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers in front. The 6th man from St. Mary of the Valley was Tom Morgan
"The men's retreat at camp Don Bosco was a success we had 6 men from St Mary's attend. Deacon Burke is a very dynamic speaker and Father Ed White was great and had 9 hours of confession."

Baptism of Ariana Maria, November 23

L-R: Hector & Nereyda Ramirez (padrinos), Conchita & Jason Croy w/ abuelita Luci, Leslie (cousin), Jason (brother)

Baptism of Arturo Damian, Nov 22

Osiris, mom, Azucena & Rodolfo Zavala

Blessing of dad, Arturo Sandoval

Blessing of padrinos, Rodolfo & Azucena Zavala

l-R: Arturo, Osiris, Azucena, Rodolfo

Abuelitos Felipe & Maria Perez

Cena Show, Nov 22, at Monroe High School

"you shoulda put a ring on it"

XV of Karla Berenice Rosado, November 15

offering of flowers and prayer before Our Lady of the Valley

Blessing of Karla at end of Mass

with parents, Ricardo & Hilaria Rosado, sisters Lindsay (10-yrs-old) & Juliana (5)

Funeral of Sylvia Axtman, Nov 12

Photo courtesy of Meri Price

with family at Monroe Cemetery

Roses for Mary, Nov 11

(before the freeze)

Baptisms, November 8, Questions for Parents & Godparents

Carlos Flores & Dora (padrinos); Mirna & Luis Adrian Limon with Alondra Joselyn

Reception with Sign of Cross

Ana Graciela & Travis William Walker (parents) with Emily Ardel; Francisca Lopez Villagomez (madrina)

Enrique Villagomez with Godchild, Emily

Carlos Fores (padrino of Alondra) receiving lighted baptismal candle

Blessing of Dads: Luis Adrian Limon & Travis William Walker

L-R: Enrique & Francisca Villagomez (padrinos); Ana & Travis Walker (0arents)

with Alondra

L-R: Carlos & Dora; Mirna & Luis

with grandmoms, Maria & Maria de Jesus

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), Nov 5

Back row: Ronnie, Lonnie, Drake, Austin, Frank, Allen, Michael, Fr. B; Front: Meri, Anne, Evelyn, Sandra, Sr. B, Sigi, Christina


Pictures from Previous Months:

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