St Mary of the Valley

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

June 2015

My dog, Samwise, died this morning (June 25). About a month ago Sam's hind quarters began to give out. My brother, Louis, has been caring for him the past couple of weeks. Here is a picture from Louie:

Sam on blanket given by Sr. Barbara, June 8

(this was my last day with Sam...)

Blessing of Dads, June 20, 5 pm

9:30 am

11:15 am

Wedding, June 20

XV June 20

XV of Flor, June 13

Wedding of Matthew William Fisher & Gloria Angelica Flores, June 13

Baptisms & First Communion w/ Fr. Narciso Valencia, June 13

Shrine of Our Lady, June 8

Corpus Christi Procession, June 7

Family Retreat, June 6-7

Wedding of Fernando Saldaņa & Leticia Pacheco, June 6

(exchange of arras - coins)

Parents: Eulogio & Maria Pachecho

Padrinos: Margarito & Domitila Montiel with children

with Yamile

Baptism of Rosalina Faith, June 6

anointing with oil of catechumens

Parents: Angel Marie & Luis Alberto Medina, Padrinos: Olga & Miguel Corona

Samwise, June 3

Sad news about Samwise. A few weeks ago his hindquarters began to give out. He has a difficult time standing and walking. I asked my brother Louie to take care of him in the coming weeks. Camano Island is his favorite place and Louie is his favorite person (next to Sister Barbara).

A prayer would be appreciated. Sam has been a wonderful gift from God for me and many other people. He was especially good with children, both at Holy Family and here at St. Mary of the Valley.

Sam losing appetite

Even meat & cheese sandwich, tamale and milk do not entice him

Monroe Pastors Wednesday Morning Prayer (June 3)

L-R: Pastor Rob Jansons (New Hope Fellowship), Pastor Robin Dugall (Peace Lutheran), Fr. Phillip Bloom (St. Mary of the Valley), Sr. Barbara Geib, S.N.D. (St. Mary of Valley), Pastor Michael Hanford (Christ Church Monroe), Fr. Narciso Valencia (St. Mary of the Valley), Pastor David Brakke (The Church at Maltby & Monroe), Pastor Stephan Whalen (New Horizon), Pastor Ron Simmons (The Church at Maltby & Monroe - retired), Pastor Jim Tracy (Associate Pastor - New Horizon) , Pastor Mac Taylor (Monroe Covenant Church - Take the Next Step), Pastor Michael McClure (Monroe Community Chapel) - Photo by Pastor Eric Swenson (Christ Church Monroe)

Rose bush (June 2)

Rose bush after Fr. Narciso Valencia tied


Pictures from Previous Months:

May 2015

Mary Bloom Center Auction

(May 9, 2015)

April 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