St Mary of the Valley

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

January 2013

Farewell Reception for Fr. Narciso Valencia, January 27

Harriet, Yesica, Fr. Valencia, Mattie

Stanlynne, Tyler, Cathy, Fr. V, Olga

Marnie, Mason, Michael

After noon Mass

Florencio, Yolanda, Ana

Tomas, Maria, Oscar, Jason

Farewell by Hispanic Leaders Group (Grupo de Lideres Hispanos)

Baptism of Athalia Zarahi, parents: Juan Carlos & Anita, padrinos: Jose Luis, Mayra; sister - Amayah, brother - Ezra, Leonor, Neri, January 26

w/ Athalia at reception

Baptism of Alexis, January 26

L-R: Josh, Keegan, Dominga & Gumercindo (padrinos), Natalia & Valentin Gijon (parents), Fr. Valencia in background

First Reconciliation, January 24

January 23

Erik, Victor, Izaac, Megan, Cameron James ("C.J."), Tanya, Mayra, Roisin, Kai, Victor

with catechist Jan & Fr B


March for Life, January 22, w/ Fr. Thomas Nathe and Fr. Narciso Valencia

Archbishop Sartain

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo leading final prayer

Wedding of Brayan & Stephanie, January 19

Baptisms, Jan 12

50th Wedding Anniversary

Nativity Set

XV Quinceanera Mass

Ascherl Baptism, December 22, Fr. Steve Rowan

(pictures by Sr. Barbara)

Peru Mission Trip

with Fr. Thomas Nathe, Pastor of Queen of Angels, Port Angeles, WA, arrived January 7

Mass at Chapel of Birthplace of St. Rose of Lima

Courtyard of the Monasterio of Santo Domingo (St. Dominic)

Chapel of Infirmary where St. Martin de Porres cared for the sick and is today buried

Tomb of St. Rose of Lima

(only woman buried in the Dominican Monastery)

with friend in front of Presidential Palace

(home of President Ollanta Humala)

Chapel of Archbishopric of Lima

(home of Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani)

high altar of Lima Cathedral

choir stalls for recitation of Divine Office

arrival in Puno, Jan 9, girls orphanage

with children of Major Robert D Lindenau Tutoring Program

"summer school" during month of January, photo by Obst. Luz Marron, director of Mary Bloom Center

Obst. Luz Marron giving instruction on Billings Method

Fr Thomas Nathe hanging clothes at Maryknoll House

Going to retreat at Chucuito, January 11

Children at retreat singing opening song

Graciela working with group of children

Group of youth at retreat

Fr. Thomas leading children in prayer

blessing children

returning to chapel

Dr. Ana preparing presentation improving relationship with God and with family

youth (same themes)


Obst. Luz

Liliana & Jesus

Youth - Jorge

children - Pablo

Bryan, Guido, Elvis, Luis Felipe

Returning to Puno

Baptism of Elena, January 12

Mazo Cruz, January 14

with Fr. Edgar after Mass at Mazo Cruz church

with Mayor, Ismael

Santa Rosa de Juli church

digging out stuck car

Farewell Dance by Bob Lindenau children, January 15, Mary Bloom Center

Farewell Mass with orphan girls, January 16


Pictures from Previous Months:

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