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Update for March 2023
In January of 2023 I visited the Mary Bloom Center, conducting a Vacation Bible School followed by a retreat for Mary Bloom children and their parents. Below is a picture taken after the retreat Mass.
Update for April 2022
As we celebrate the Pascal Mystery (Jesus’ death and resurrection) I am grateful for your prayers and support. If you wish to make a donation at this time, please click on the donation button above.
Fr. Phil Bloom
Checking temperatures as children arrive
Our hard working cooks preparing meal for tutoring program. We will have a kitchen surprise in coming months.
Vincentian Daughters of Charity support work of Mary Bloom Center. Sor Aydee brings vestments and supplies for Mass
Major Robert D Lindenau Tutoring Program during the pandemic
Dr. Hugo Rivera with his wife and assistant, Leticia. Patient is Veronica, one of our tutors
Alicia Ticona with her son, Alejandro
Children celebrate my 50th ordination anniversary with farewell to Kate Badley and me
July 2020 Update
The coronavirus has struck Peru a terrible blow. The country is just beginning to emerge from a severe lock-down. At the Mary Bloom Center we are delivering food and other supplies to the families we serve. (See the article and pictures below). This past week we distributed school supplies to small groups of the students in our tutoring program:
Veronica receiving school supplies
Students showing school supplies
Aquilina (Director of Major Robert Lindenau Tutoring Progam), Osbt. Luz Marron (Director of Mary Bloom Center), Yaneth and Luz Marina Poma (volunteers)
Children with sign thanking "Padre Felipe" - ultimately the gratitude goes to generous donors to Mary Bloom Center
The Mary Bloom Center children pray for donors - Mass celebrated by Fr. Apdemio for 26th anniversary of the Foundation Mary Bloom, July 11, 2020
Luz bringing medicine and other supplies to Margarita who is suffering from cancer. Her son, German, is a long time participant in the Bob Lindenau Tutoring Program
Dear Friend of Mary Bloom
Easter greetings! Three weeks ago (March 27) I sent you an email (see below) thanking you and asking your help for our children in Peru. The coronavirus pandemic has affected them since many of their families make a living as street vendors and other occupations shut down by this crisis. Moreover, we have not been able to conduct the Bob Lindenau Program which, in addition to tutoring, provides a warm meal to our children. Thanks to your support we were able to deliver food packages to their homes. The attached pictures tell the story:
Some kind donors informed that in my previous email the donation link did not work. To make a donation pleae click on the “Donate to Mary Bloom Center” button (above). If you have any difficulty, please let me know.
With gratitude for your prayerful solidarity during this time.
Fr. Phil Bloom
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March 27, 2020
Dear Friend of Mary Bloom
I have wanted to communicate with you during this time of crisis:
First, that you are in my prayers - for those staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus and for those in essential jobs taking care of the rest of us.
Second, to thank you for your support for Mary Bloom, especially those who use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). This steady support enables the Mary Bloom Center to continue operations in a difficult time.
Third, if you are able, consider an additional gift. This world-wide crisis has impacted the most vulnerable. At the Mary Bloom Center we serve families and children who are already on the margins. You can send a check to Mary Bloom Center c/o St. Mary of the Valley Parish, Box 279, Monroe, WA 98272 or make an electronic donation using the button below
Fourth, this crisis makes planning difficult - for example, whether we can have a Mary Bloom Center Dinner on May 16. When times are better I do want to gather friends of Mary Bloom and give you are heart-felt hug.
Fr. Phil Bloom
P.S. Many of you know I fractured my leg on January 18 as I was returning from Peru. It was a mixed blessing as it restricted me to rectory, office and church as coronavirus spread in Snohomish County. I have an appointment with my doctor - by phone - on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to taking walks again.
Serving the Least of These
The Mary Bloom Center is a medical and educational center in Puno, Peru. It provides direct material aid in the form of medicine, food, clothes and educational scholarships as well as strengthening families by a tutoring program for children and by educating health professionals and young married couples in fertility appreciation.
Named for Fr. Phil Bloom's mom the Center promotes the values most important to her: faith, family and children.
Click on button above to make a one-time or ongoing donation to the Mary Bloom Custodial Fund.
27 de marzo de 2020
Querido amigo de Mary Bloom
He deseado comunicarme contigo durante este tiempo de crisis:
Primero, que tu estás en mis oraciones, para aquellos que se quedan en casa para evitar la propagación del coronavirus y para aquellos en trabajos esenciales que cuidan del resto de nosotros.
En segundo lugar, agradecerle su apoyo a Mary Bloom, especialmente a aquellos que usan Transferencia Electrónica de Fondos (EFT). Este apoyo constante le permite al Centro Mary Bloom continuar sus operaciones en un momento difícil.
Tercero, si puedes, considera un regalo adicional. Esta crisis mundial ha impactado a los más vulnerables. En el Centro Mary Bloom, servimos a familias y niños que ya están al margen. Puede enviar un cheque a Mary Bloom Center c / o St. Mary of the Valley Parish, Box 279, Monroe, WA 98272 o hacer una donación electrónica usando el boton arriba.
En cuarto lugar, esta crisis dificulta la planificación, por ejemplo, si podemos celebrar una Cena en el Centro Mary Bloom el 16 de mayo. Cuando los tiempos sean mejores, quiero reunir a amigos de Mary Bloom y darle un gran abrazo.
Padre Felipe Bloom
PD Muchos de ustedes saben que me fracturé la pierna el 18 de enero cuando regresaba de Perú. Fue una bendición mixta ya que me restringió a la rectoría, la oficina y la iglesia cuando el coronavirus se propagó en el condado de Snohomish. Tengo una cita con mi médico, por teléfono, el miércoles. Tengo muchas ganas de volver a caminar.