St Mary of the Valley

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

May 2011

First Communions 2011: 9:30 a.m. Mass

First Communions 2011: Noon Mass

Pictures by Theresa Moran:

Father Gallagher with quinceanera and dieciochoanera

May 28 baptisms: Winston and Zoe




Noon Mass - May 29

First Communions: May 29

First Communion, May 22

From Seattle Times: "Youngsters line up for their First Communion at Santa Maria del Valle Catholic Church in Monroe, Wash"

Bingo, May 20

May Crowning of Mary

Mia, Markie, Yolanda in Grotto of Our Lady

Mother's Day Blessing of Moms

Mother's Day Breakfast
(Knights of Columbus, May 8)

Cristine, Nick, Andrew, Julie, Marianne, Bill

Shanden, Tyler, Noah, Mike, Jack, Josie, Jane, Mimi, Joe

Anton, Monique, Teresa

Joy, Jeff & children

Leonard, Steve, Nan

Blessing of Couples with Anniversaries in May, noon Mass

Blessing of Moms

Mariana & Jacob

w/ Jacob

Ezra Jair

Chalices donated by Deacon Jack Warfield; flanked by Knights of Columbus Chalices for Fr. Jon Frankovic and Alexander Bielaga Bloom

Fix-It Day, May 14, deteriorated ties removed

prayer board for First Communion group

Couples Retreat, May 14-15

retreat leaders David & Seņora (from Salt Lake City)

Lake Tye Children's Fishing Day, May 1, Susan face painting (World Youth Day fund raiser)

Sr. Barbara

Juan & Erika



Abby & Erika

Baptism of Ander Alfredo


Renovation of Restrooms
(April - May 2011)

Men's Bathroom, Baņo de Varones

extensive corrosion

(Women's Bathroom also has corrosion and deterioration)

demolision work begins, April 2011

Chas & Steve, April 29

Adrian Mendez (parishioner volunteering talent to paint ceilings)

newly painted ceiling

volunteers Adrian, Nick & Bill working on restroom renovation

John installing mirror

Blessing of restrooms May 8

Melanie w/ Mother's Day flowers

Melanie w/ new puppy

Samwise & Chi-Cha

Chi-Cha chasing Sam

Chi-Cha and Melanie

Chi-Cha chasing Sam (May 23, Camano)


Pictures from Previous Months:

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