St Mary of the Valley

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

July 2011

Sending of World Youth Delegates by parishioners, July 31

World Youth Delegates

Future Delegates with moms: Leticia, Maria, Sheila & Lisa

Zane, Claudia, Rosa, Juan Manuel w/ William, July 31 Baptism

Blessing of Holy Water


Baptism, July 30: Ismael, Maria, Yara, Hector, Jose Antonio, Luciana, Veronica, Jose Luis (holding Atziri)


Arcelia, Fr. B with Yuridia, Nereo, Cecelia, Juan Pablo

Balbina, Pablo, Fr B w/ Lizette, Gloria, Samuel

Ismael, Maria, Hector, Yara

Youth Empowerment Morning
(July 23)

Peter Faulds explaining painting of Cosmic Christ, also De'Ozhane, Moises

part of group after Mass

Roberta, Martha, Brieanna, Christian, Mary Ann, Leonor, Rolly, Luke, Ryan, Emy, Mayra, Sandy, Miano, Luke, Eloisa, Moy, Hannah, Cris, Peter, Fr. B, Erika, Adam, Patty, Catherine, Tony, Chris, Norberto, Michael, Gaby E, Marni, Bill, Alane, Renard, Raquel, Arielle, Gaby V, Martha

Efrain, Miano, Anthony, Renard, Bill, Aaron

Arielle, Alane, Hannah, Adam, De'Ozhane

Vernon, Fr. B., Luke, Jessica, Sean, Mary Ann

Patty, Monica, Abby, Cris

Chris, Tony, Gaby, Eloisa, Norberto

Catherine, Marni, Michael, Ginnie, Raquel, Angela, Elise

Roberta, Sandy, Emy, Rolly

Knights preparing breakfast



Vacation Bible School
(Escuelita Biblica - Sesion en Ingles, July 18-22)

L-R (noses): Joshua, De'Ozhane, Evelyne, M.J., Juan Emmanuel, Victoria, Karla, Hannah, Blair, Laura, Autumn, Mia (w/ goggles), Morgan, Joey, Melissa, Olivia, Kailyn, Amy (w/ spinning wheel), Fr. B, Samwise, Isabel, Madison, Megan, Conner, Meri, Miriam, Noel, Markie, Ari, Thomas

De'Ozhane piloting "airplane" to Holy Land

Ryan & Colin

Ryan (attentive student - Noel)

Amy showing sheep: ram, ewe and lamb (receiving affection)

Sam allowing children to pet sheep

plane arriving

Amy (Hebrew woman)

Traci - explaing about day in Jerusalem

Karla explaining Holy Land food

Patti & Sharon

Elizabeth assisted by Theresa & Marni


Josh (future governor)

children getting to know goat

Colin the goatherd

Shepherdess Meri


dyes for wool from sheep

Victoria explaing about dyes


Evelyne showing how to knit wool

ram, lamb & ewe

Harry, Patti, Kathy, Karla

Kathy with sheepfold


Harry awaiting resurrection


Kailyn, Melissa, ?

Lazarus (aka Sr. B)




(VBS pictures courtesy of Sister Barbara)

Gabriel Project Sign, Donna, July 23

Wedding of Matthew & Nicole, July 16

rehearsal dinner at Sockeye's


bridesmaids, bride, ring bearer (Jack) & flower girls (Elaine & Mia)

Fr. B, Nicole, Matthew, Pastor Sam Strohm

Baptism of Elizabeth, July 16

XV of , July 16

Parish Camp-Out, Bayview State Park - July 9-11 (after Mass)

Conner, Ryan, Hannah, Nate, Cody, Clayton, Miguel, Markie, Aaron, Mia, Fr B, Dennis, Megan, M.J., Mitchell, Eryn, Arielle, Kelsey, Alane, Debra, Michael, Thomas, Diana, Ralph, Sr B, Meri, Teresa & Joe (Picture by Amy Chestine)

World Youth Day Garage Sale (July 8-9)

Mary Gail, Julie, Matthew, Abby, Chris

plus Christian

Rose, Martha, Maria, Maggie, Marni


While I was at the Monroe prison on evening of June 28, Samwise engaged in some anti-social activity. Below are pictures of the rectory back door that Sam tore through. He was waiting for me inside the rectory when I got back about 9. To Sam's credit he did not destroy anything inside the rectory. And amazingly he did not start eating from his dog food bag. I surmise that was because fire crackers had traumatized him. He was trembling and breathing hard when I came in.

New door installed by John Lenac

deteriorated church restrooms - schedule for repair in week of July 25

John Lenac at work

newly installed fixtures

Chapel Crucifix (newly cleaned)

Queen of Angels, Port Angeles, July 9

Deacon Peter Flatley

reverencing altar, blinding congregation

Faith In Action Team (F.I.A.T.) potluck

Anointing of Janet

bicycle for WYD raffle (July 31)

quilt for WYD raffe, Abby

Burglary of Mary Bloom Center (June 29)

with Stephanie and Mason


Pictures from Previous Months:

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