St Mary of the Valley

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

April 2015

Baptism of Jayden Michael, April 25

Men's Conference - Archbishop Sartain

Shrine of Our Lady, April 25

Parish Meeting, April 22, Ralph & Amy

Pat, Sandy, Kathy, Cathy, Lonnie, Jim (clowning), Cathy, Anita

Josie, Evelyne, Veronica, Kay, Kathleen

Lonnie, John, Dwight, Cathy, Anita

Ana, Bill, David, Jorge, Uriel, Leticia, Oscar

Eulogio, Manuel, Renae, Armando

Leticia, Margarita, Leonor

Lighting diagram in background

Bill & David

Marriage of Abel & Carmen, April 18

Carmen with mom (Maria)

Abel Balzamo

Signing documents

Witnesses: Kaewet & Lesly Nelson

Presentation of Roslie (daughter of Pedro & Nubia Cano)


L-R: Lesly, Carmen, Fr B, Alexia (daughter of Abel & Carmen - First Communion), Abel, Kaewet

Padrinos & Prima of Alexia

With mom & extended family

Our Lady Shrine, April 18

Arrival of new tables, April 16

Marriage of Antonio & Luisa Graciela Martinez, April 14

Witnesses: Michael Moore & Irene Gaspar

Exchange of Rings

7:45 am Mass, April 12

Knight of Columbus Breakfast after 7:45 Mass

Uriel, Enrique, Fr Valencia, Jose, Juan, Epifania, martha

Miguel, Ofelia

Jonathan, Samantha, Evelia, Jesus

Karime, Ana, Priscilla, Juan, Miguel

Shrine of Our Lady, April 11

Baptisms, April 11

Rite of Reception

Baptism of Mario

Anointing with Chrism - Robert

Blessing of Parents & Godparents

Blessing of Dads

Padrinos (Godparents)

L-R: Mario & Perla Garcia, Fr B w/ Mario, Robert, Pedro & Adrina Ramirez (padrinos of Mario)

Mario Pachecho & Estrella Mendez (padrinos)

L-R: Midio & Alfonso Martinez (parents), Fr B w/ Briyanett, Juan Antonio & Karina Granados (padrinos)

L-R: Mariana Medina (madrina), Gema Medina (mom), Fr B w/ Emma Juliett, Eric Jaramillo (dad), Brian Jaramillo (padrino)

XV of Adriana Pelayo, April 11

Parents: Gerardo & Blanca Diaz

Padrinos Juan & Mireya Martinez

Chambellanes, Friends & Siblings

Gullisa Tamayo

Rosalba Perales

Paulina, Rosalba, Gullisa

Gulissa, mom, sisters & cousin, padrinos

Paulina w/ parents & padrinos

Rosalba, parents & padrinos

Easter Vigil (April 4)

Waiting for New Fire

Blessing of New Fire & Pascal Candle

Light of Christ

Service of Light (Kyleigh, Candice, Emma & Joey)

Blessing water in Baptism Pool

Baptism of Candice (with assistance of Allen)

Baptism of Austin

Baptism of Lonnie

Confirmation - Laying on of Hands (Joey)

Anointing with Sacred Chrism (Teresa)

Communion Candles (Austin, Drake, Lonnie & Rodrigo)

L-R: Teresa, Austin, Michael, Drake, Lonnie, Shari, Kari, Fr. B, Ronnie, Fr. N, Joey, Allen, Rodrigo, Candice

Easter, 7:45 am Mass (view from north entrance)

View from south entrance

Fr Narciso Valencia preaching

11:15 am Mass

Elevation of Precious Bloom

Children with Samwise (Children's Liturgy of Word during 11:15 Mass)

Holding prizes from Easter Egg Hunt

Holy Saturday - removing covering of statues

Our Lady of Guadalupe window in Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Altar readied for wedding & convalidations

Michael (groom) and Glenn (best man)

Sandra (Michael's bride)

Joey reading Genesis 2 - the institution of marriage by God

Fr Narciso Valencia reading Gospel ("in the beginning God made them male and female")

Wedding vows with binding of hands by marriage ribbon

Exchange of rings and Nuptial Blessing

Moment of joy

Convalidation of marriage of Joey & Candice

Michael signing wedding certificate


Wedding cake & toast

Profession of Faith - Elizabeth

Generations of Faith, April 1

Diana, Drake, Austin & Renae explaining chrism and other symbols

Jan & Hannah explaining baptism

Michael as M.C.

Shrine & Rose Bush, April 5


Pictures from Previous Months:

Mary Bloom Center Auction
(May 9, 2015)

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

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

Blessing the New Home of Felipe & Maria

with gratitude to Mary Bloom Center donors

2015 Peru Mission Trip

Felipe's New Home

Blessing the New Home of Felipe & Maria

with gratitude to Mary Bloom Center donors