St Mary of the Valley

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

May 2013

First Communions, May 26, Noon Mass

Primeras Comuniones

Baptisms, 9:30 am

Rite of Reception

in side chapel, after 9:30 Mass





Fatima Jennifer


Adal Filie

Blessing of Moms

Blessing of Dads

Banner for Centennial Project

Bill Marinoli handing tool to Matt, May 22

(for grid work on suspended ceiling for hall entry)

Matt beginning measurements at hall entrance

hanging gridwork

cutting brace

securing connections

surveying progress of gridwork

First Communions, May 19

Tanya, Mrs. Jan Gill, Izaak, Victor, Marya, Victor, Fr. Bloom, Megan, Cameron James ("C.J."), Kai, Erik, Roisin

Eulogio Trimming Shrubs, 7 am, May 18

Pouring Concrete for Emergency Door Walkway, May 18

Tricia (Supervisor of St. Mary Daycare & Preschool), Harry, Bill, John

Bill, Harry, John, Juan

John doing finishing work; Harry pointing out area

XV - Blessing Samantha & Diana, May 18

Diana with parents Marco & Maricela Granados

Padrinos Jesse & Claudia Barajas

with chambelanes & damitas; brothers - Mark & Jesse

Samantha with parents Martin & Marta Pedroza

Godparents Juan Manuel Cruz & Teresa Pedroza

with chambelanes; brothers - Adrian & Flavio

Roses at Shrine of Our Lady, May 17

Retreat at Westminister Abbey, Mission B.C., May 13-17

L-R: Mathieu, Paul, Tomas, Brother Joseph, Fr B

Mathieu, Paul, Tomas, Brother Joseph Bruneau

May Crowning of Mary, May 12

Prayer at Our Lady's Garden

Crowning of Mary

Markie & Amy

Crowning Our Lady of the Valley

Michael & Milo serving

Blessing of Moms

Tricia, Cathy, Jan, Renate, Anna



Michael, Milo, Jeanette, Betty, Rosaleen

Ruby, Moira, Anita, Dawn

Conchita, Teresa, Katarzyna, Patty, Susan, Bogda

Georgene, Susan, Bogda

Blessing at Noon Mass


Monica, Trini, Selmia, Arcelia


Mary Bloom Center Auction

(scenes from May 11 Dinner/Auction)

Mary Bloom Center Auction

(picture gallery of guests)

XV of Leslie, May 11

Ludwing & Anlly

with dad Juan Villanueva

Padrinos Erika & Fidel Garnica


Last Use of Old Kitchen
(for funeral reception of Dolly Davis May 3, 2013)

L-R: Virginia, Mary S, Mary N, Georgene, Kay & Pat

From kitchen looking out to hall

Ultimo Uso de la Cocina
(final use of old kitchen making tamales to enable youth to attend Archdiocesan retreat at Camp Hamilton)

L-R: Adrian, Maria, Veronica, Silvina, Juli, Francisco, Cristobal, Iris, Jonatan, Jorge, Fatima; front: Erika, Samatha & Evelia

Renovation work begins, May 6

Kitchen appliances removed

Storage room

Old cabinets & plates

Former refrigerator & freezer units

Old sink & stove

John removing old cabinets

Sister Barbara helping

even Samwise gets into the act

Storage container for appliances, tables, chairs, etc. during renovation

Kitchen before removal of appliances & cabinets

old refrigerator & electric range

Grill & oven

Sink & dishwasher

Cabinet & serving counter

Burial of Dolly Davis, Monroe Cemetery, May 3

Cal with daughter, Annetta, Steve Groger in background

Presenting baptismal certificate to Cal

He is oldest St. Mary of the Valley parishioner who was baptized in parish

Baptismal record of Cal

Baptized April 29, 1928. Also gives names of parents and godparents, priest who did baptism and notation on Cal's confirmation (April 16, 1939 at St. Mary's Church, Monroe)

Second place goes to Virginia Salvadalena Dickmeyer

First page of baptismal register

(first baptism was May 4, 1913)

Rosary and flower offering to our Virgin Mary from the Hispanic Religious Education Program - May 2

St. Mary Pre-School and Day Care on playground, May 2

Hayden, Tricia Potteiger (Program Supervisor), Kendra, Rigo, Lisa Shultz (Program Director), Teo, Mason, Avery and Bowen.

John & Bill installing emergency door for pre-school

refinishing, making minor repairs and painting classroom doors

Sacred Heart Shrine, May 2

Our Lady of Guadalupe with first spring rose, May 4


Pictures from Previous Months:

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