Name of Church St. Mary of the Valley (Santa Maria del Valle)
Address 601 W. Columbia Street, Monroe, WA 98272
Phone number (360) 794-8945
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays, 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. (Spanish). Monday, Liturgy of the Word and Communion. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.
Confessions First Fridays, 7 p.m. Saturday, 4:15 p.m. Sunday, 8:45 a.m. Also by appointment.
Names of priests Fr. Phillip Bloom, pastor. Fr. Bloom is an older priest, ordained in 1971, who spent seven years as a missionary in Peru. He still travels to Peru annually to work with the poor; he established the Mary Bloom Center towards that end (http://www.marybloomcenter.org/). He is a good homilist, faithful to the teaching of the Church. Listen to him preach on the parish YouTube channel and here: http://www.simplecatholicism.com/.
Special parish groups & activities Parish rosary, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament First Fridays 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. the following morning. Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Friday morning Bible study, parish gift shop.
Music Cantors and musicians.
Fellow parishioners English speaking and Hispanic communities.
Parking Ample parking in the lot by the church
Additional observations St. Mary of the Valley is a small parish in the Archdiocese of Seattle. It is located in a beautiful northeast suburb of the city.
Just because a priest is faithful to Church teaching does not make it all good! One look at the church and there you have it: big screen tv, felt banners, dinner table in the middle, Spanish Mass but no Latin Mass, devoid of high altar, communion rails, statues, confessionals, in other words full blown man-made Novus Ordo building without the True Mass of All Times.
RA, it is comments like yours that drive people from the RC to the Evangelicals or nowhere. Catholics are down to 20% of the US population and Protestants are down to 43%. All Christian churches are losing members to the nones. You insult the Church when you refer to the Altar as a dinner table. That is what an altar is, a table. You degrade efforts to make the church more relevant when you complain about a big screen that projects hymns and the Priest so that people can see better from the back. You devalue the people who go to Mass because there isn’t a high altar. When was that ever a requirement? Nov of the things you want or that you complain about have anything to do with the faith. They are simply accouterments. Jesus sat at a dining table for the last supper.
Bob One I want you to defend all the changes the Church has made and then look at the results… there is a connection.
bohemond, there haven’t been any major changes for the last 60 years; the occasional bow here and kneel there, but nothing significant, so nothing to defend. Please know that you are likely concerned only about the changes in the Latin Rite of the RCC that were made after VII. There are lots of other Rites that don’t use Latin, aren’t of the same traditions as the Latin Rite, and are attuned to different cultures. If you like the TLM, you should attend as often as possible, but don’t badmouth those who attend the newer Rite and try to make them out as lesser Catholics than you are. There are two major Latin Rites, both are equal.
Bob one,,, uh I almost don’t know how to respond to that statement. So the complete gutting of parishes, the ripping out of high altars, the white washing over of frescos to be replaced by felt banners, the removal of communion rails, communion in the hand, altar girls, the use of lay “eucharist ministers”, the disposing of Gregorian chant replaced with hippie music, guitar masses and on and on but according to you no changes… please defend all these actual changes and tell me with a straight face the Church is better off.
RA, the Extraordinary Form/Traditional Latin Mass is not “the True Mass of All Times.” It is beautiful and is the historical Mass since the Council of Trent with only a few modifications. Yet, you seem to imply that other forms of the Mass are somehow not “true.” The Mass was in Greek until Pope Damasus changed it in the fourth century. And, there are many Eastern rite Masses as well as even a few other rites of the Mass in the West; which, by the way, are beautiful and reverent. What you claim simply is not true.
And, might I suggest that you will be more likely to attract others to the beauty of the TLM if you present its beauty without the derogatory comments about Masses that you don’t prefer?
If you tell a priest that the altar in the church where he serves is a “dinner table,” I don’t think he’ll become more of a TLM promoter.
We really are all in this together. With heresy, if not apostasy, widespread in the Church, even among priests and bishops, we should focus on matters more central to the hierarchy of truths.
May God bless this priest and parish.
Uh non Anon Clergy we are not all in this together and never have been… we are in a functioning schism that has been going on for very long time. Liberal Catholics can have gay marriage to match their gay clergy, abortion, contraception and all the other sins they are dying to make into sacraments. The remaining faithful will go underground as the institutional Church crumbles into dust.
Clever! Yet, all orthodox Catholics who accept the teachings of Christ and His Church are “in this together,” whether they attend the TLM, the NO, the Mass of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter or an Eastern Catholic Mass. That said, you’re right about “liberal,” I’d say dissenting, “Catholics” and the crumbling of Church institutions. That said, be of good cheer, our Lord promised that the gates of hell will not prevail over the Church (even if we suffer and are smaller until His return).
Cheerfully awaiting the day of Christ’s wrath….
“All the other sins they are dying to make into sacraments.” What a great imagination you have!
If I am wrong point out the error,, everyone knows liberal Catholics are dying to sanctify their sins in order to appease their guilty consciences
Ha…all times…the first Masses were in Aramaic, Greek, Syriac and others…And it was by Magisterial direction that the Latin was used, which faithful Catholics followed. Just like *faithful* Catholics now submit to Magisterial direction when they celebrate Mass in the vernacular as well as Latin.
Little Richard, the novelties that liberals love to incorporate lead to a devastated vineyard.
Since God is omnipitent, I am sure God understands all languages.
As to the Church interior, I for one like it. Simple, straightforward, No frills.
Bless Fr. Bloom for his time in Peru, and annual visits. When he passes, will the Abp have a qualified replacement?
Indeed so after 50 years of the New Springtime of closed churches, seminaries, convents, schools, Mass attendance at 8% it was 75% in 1964 clown Masses, altar girls, Eucharistic ministers, lay lector’s, dancing girls, drums, guitars, Folk, Mariachi, Jazz Masses, felt banners, communion in the hand while standing, kiss if peace, hand holding and you think the Roman Catholic Church is fine and dandy??? You are living in La La land
I was worried about St. Christopher. i think I feel better.
maybe all the parishes worth driving to are on youtube now.