St Mary of the Valley

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

World Youth Day
(August 12-24, 2011)

August 12, 2:30 a.m., Shuttle to Airport, St. Mary of Valley Parking Lot: Kelsey, Robin, Arielle

Sea_Tac Airport, 5 a.m, praying rosary while waiting to check baggage

flight to Chicago (I wasn't the only one)

Mass at Chicago Airport, Fr. Miguel Angel Sanchez of El Paso concelebrating, Cliff serving

WYD group from El Paso in blue T-Shirts

Gaby E receiving Communion

Airport at Madrid (?)

Mass at chapel of Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, August 13: Miano, Renard & Cliff serving

Courtyard of St. Francis' Basilica: Jessica in Arcelia's wheel chair

Assisi, August 14: Adam, Cody, Tony, Moises

Rome, August 15: Leonor, Mayra Brieanna in front of Arch of Constantine


Marni on steps of St. Mary Major (before arrest)

August 15: Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, chapel of St. Benedict: Bill, Cliff & Cody serving Mass

August 16: Mass at Basilica of St. Mary Major: Chris, Efrain & Cliff serving

Madrid, August 18: Todd & Cris waiting outside Palacio de Deportes (Sports Stadium)

Kelsey, Arielle, Abby

Abby, Cris, Patty

Ryan & Arielle

Tony, Norberto, Miano, Ryan

Arielle & Kelsey

Miano & Arielle

Cris, Miano & Ryan on tree sculpture in front of Sports Stadium

Gaby & Gaby

Juan & Hugo

Gaby, Christian, Gaby

August 18 & 19: Welcome of Holy Father & Way of Cross

with Diana & Julissa (imitating Gandhi) also Christian, Ryan, Tony, Miano

Madrid: Atocha Train Station

Cris, Adam, Ryan, Josh, Clayton, Marni, Ralph, Diana, Efrain, Nigerian guide

Ralph & Ryan with Franciscans of the Renewal

Clayton, Ryan, Miano, Efrain with Sister for Life


Patty, Kelsey, Arielle, Abby

August 18: Mass at Church of Santisimo Sacramento, Madrid

August 19: Mass at Sports Stadium, after catechesis by Archbishop Dolan

Franciscans of Renewal praying Liturgy of Hours

Morning of August 21: Cuatro Vientos Field: Cody, Norberto, Angela, Monique, Leah, Elise, Miano, Clayton

Angela, Raquel, Elise, Leah, Monique

Toledo, August 22

Bridge of St. Martin

Ralph, Royce, Fr. B, Todd, Ryan, Peter, background: Cathedral, Alcazar, Tagus River (Rio Tajo)

Norberto, Gaby, Patty, Chris, Miano, Juan, Isabel, Josh, Ruby, Arielle

Marni, Royce, Norberto, Gaby, Gaby, Chris, Juan

After Mass at San Juan de los Reyes, site of Martyrs of Spain: Blessed Victor Chumillas & Companions

(pictures above courtesy of Kelsey)

World Youth Day Pilgrimage: Combined Delegation of Holy Family, Seattle and St. Mary of the Valley

L-R: Arcelia, Robin, Jessica, Abby, Tony, Eloisa, Royce, Ruby, Monique, Isabel, Roberta, Jose, Fr. B, Leah, Raquel, Miano, Efrain, Cris, Patty, Angela, Catherine, Gaye, Norberto, Nydia, Hannah, Angela E, Ralph, Adam Bill, Mary, Vernon, Cliff (w/ cassock), Ryan, Clayton, Renard, Sean, Juan, Aaron, Rachel, Jessica G, Chris, Josh, Ginnie, Elise, Cody, Francesca, Moises, Todd, Arielle, Cody, Christian, Hugo, Gaby E, Kelsey, Emily, Marni, Gaby V, Brieanna, Peter, Yurida, Mayra & Leonor (on the steps of Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome)

Mass at Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi, August 12: Miano, Renard & Cliff serving

Todd & daughter Arielle, Assisi, Aug 13

Lunch at Assisi: Arcelia, Jessica, Adam, Fr. B, Roberta

Bus from Assisi to Rome: Tony, Miano, Ryan, Chris, Clayton

Robin, Kelsey, Yuridia near Coliseum, Aug. 15

Mass in Toledo: Tomb of Martyrs of Spain (Blessed Victor Chumillas & Companions), August 22: Chris & Ryan serving

pictures courtesy of Arielle

Sending Mass with Archbishop Sartain, August 1

Christ the King Church with World Youth Day (Jornada Mundial de Jovenes) banners

Archbishop Sartain with delegates after Mass

pictures by Sister Barbara


Pictures from Previous Months:

August 2011 before & after 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