St Mary of the Valley

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

November 2011

Blessing Advent Wreath, Nick & Milo serving, November 27

Sharon & Sr. Barbara receiving missals

Armando & Margarita

In spite of some limitations, the old missal served us well for over four decades. At the end of Mass, I entrusted those missals to our sacristans: Sr. Barbara Geib, Sharon Roloff and Armando & Margarita Meza. They will safeguard these missals, which are saturated with our prayers and sacrifices. When they die, their loved ones will place the missals in their coffins as they symbolically take our offerings before the Lord.

Wedding of Jason & Feliciti, November 26

with parents & grandparents

Maņanitas in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, November 22 (Feast of St. Cecilia - Patroness of Musicians)

Fix-It Day, clean-up of parking lot, November 19

Pedro & Omar

XV of Sara Isabel, presentation of flowers, with dad, Hector

Monica (madrina), Maria (mom), Fr. B, Sara, Hector, Rafael (dad)

with chambelanes (chamberlains)

Baptims of Melanik, Parents: Jamie & Flora, Padrinos: Epifanio & Juana, Servers: Hannah & Mitch

Cena Show, Monroe High School

Baptism of Linnea Josephine (November 20)

Parents: Jason & Erin, w/ Sr. B & Fr B

With Godparents: Erik, Lindsey, Megan

Grandparents: Dale & Mary, Great Grandmother Josephine

(pictures courtesy of Erik Solberg)

Blessing of New Missals

Samuel w/ parents: Raul & Maria de los Angeles; Godparents: Rafael & Emerita

Angeles, Raul, Emerita w/ Samuel, Rafael


Juan Pablo, Mariana, Juan, Gemma, Benjamin, Laura, Irene & Santiago

Rafael, Emerita, Fr. B w/ Samuel, Angeles, Raul

Irene, Santiago (Padrinos), Alondra, Santiago & Irene

Gemma, Mariana, Fr B w/ Jacob, Juan Pablo, Juan

Police & Fire Appreciation Luncheon, November 18

Sgt Ryan Irving & Cheif Tim Quezner

Mayor Robert Zimmerman

Parish bell stolen

police investigation, November 3, 7 a.m.

pictures of bell from parish landscaping project

"in honor of St. Anthony, voice crying in the desert"

Nick Martinoli preparing for his Eagle Scout project

Remants of Bell at Woodinville scrap metal recycling yard, November 15

(pictures courtesy of Julie Martinoli)

Tracks of vehicle used to steal the bell

Remnants of bell at Woodinville scrap metal recycling yard, November 15

Detective Spencer Robinson, Joan, Fr. B

Spencer examining evidence


Sr. Barbara taking picture of remnants


with Michael & Marianne, after 9 a.m. Mass, November 4

Chalice from Michael's ordination in 1965, was stolen some thirty years ago. About a month ago, Fr. Armando Perez told Michael that someone had placed a box on the rectory steps. When he opened it, he found the chalice with a note expressing sorrow for robbery and other offenses. Since the note contained delicate information, Fr. Armando destroyed it and said a prayer for the man. Michael had the chalice regilded at a cost of $1,270. In 1965 the chalice cost $420. I said the blessing prayer and used the chalice for the morning Mass on November 4, Feast of St. Charles Borromeo.

Michael taking a break from some volunteer work on parish security system - Samwise happy to see him.

Harold Walters pouring gravel for sidewalk, November 3

SMV Youth Night, November 2

Tyler, Hannah, Marni, De'Ozhane, Mary Elizabeth, Royce, Victoria, Shanden, Marianne, Christian, Fr. B, Abby, Arielle, Alan, Brian, Tony, Gaby E, Norberto, Gaby V, Miano

Mark at RCIA class




Pictures from Previous Months:

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