St. Matthew's Pastoral Council serves as a consultative and advisory group to the pastor. The purpose of the Pastoral Council is foster full participation of the entire parish community in the life and mission of the Church. Members of the Pastoral Council help further the mission of the Church, they assist in the work of the Parish, are representatives of all parishioners, serve as liaisons with ministry leaders, support ongoing Faith formation and advise the pastor. Our council is made up of 9 members at large that serve a maximum of two 3 year terms, and up to 3 youth representatives that serve one year terms, and the Pastor and Parochial Vicar.
Members are chosen through an application and discernment process. The council generally meets on the second Thursday of the month. The minutes of these meetings are published upon approval of the members. Questions or concerns contact Leanne Perez [email protected] or (951) 454-4891.
Current St. Matthew Pastoral Council
Fr. Hieu Nguyen, S.V.D. - Pastor
Fr. Hieu was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the United States as a teenager. He attended seminary in Illinois and is a member of the Divine Word Missionary SVD priests. There are about 6000 Divine Word priests and brothers serving in 80 countries around the world.
Fr. Vinny Trinh, S.V.D.
Fr. Vinh was born in Vietnam and joined the Society of the Divine Word becoming a priest. He joined the St. Matthew's Parish family in 2019. Fr. Vinny emigrated to California in 1991 when he was 17 years old. He was ordained as a priest four years ago.
Silvia Amaro - Second Term 2021 - 2023
Silvia and her husband, Danny, are both retired and enjoy spending time with their children and twelve grandchildren. Silvia is a retired pediatric RN and is glad to be able to dedicate her time and talents to St. Matthew Church Ministries. Besides serving on the Pastoral Council, she is our Altar Server Coordinator and a member of the SOS, WINGS and Social Concerns Ministries. Silvia also enjoys gardening, reading and watching the grandchildren participate in sports.
Malou Fajardo - First Term 2021 - 2023
Maria Luisa (Malou) Fajardo was a biology and science teacher in high school and college before becoming a registered nurse or RN. She has been retired for almost 5 years and has lived in Corona with her husband, Tanny, for twenty years. She has 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Malou is a member of the Executive Committee of St. Matthew’s Filipino Ministry and a member of the Social Concerns Committee.
Marti Fox - First Term 2021 - 2023
Dick Haley - First Term 2019 - 2022
Dick Haley and his wife Chris have raised five children in Corona. They are founding members of St. Matthew Church. Dick is an outgoing guy who enjoys helping out at St. Matthew's. He is a retired small business owner and the former Mayor of Corona.
Alexius Emejom - First Term 2021 - 2023
Alexius Emejom, and his wife, Laura, are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Chidera. They became parishioners of St. Mathew Catholic Church when they moved to Corona in September of 2019. Alexius is an adjunct faculty at University of the People, and a Regional Technical sales manager for a Centrifuge Manufacturing company. Besides serving on the pastoral council, he also volunteers as a member of the music ministry singing with the 9:30 a.m. parish choir. Alexius enjoys reading, travelling with family and swimming with his daughter.
John Farr - Second Term 2021 - 2023
John and his wife Jane have three children and four grandchildren. They have been members of St. Matthew's since 1989. John is a retired school administrator and history teacher. At St. Matthew's, he is involved as a Reader, Usher, Pastoral Council member and helps with the parish website. John likes to travel, swim, read and work on family history. John is a Cubs and Packers fan. His favorite food are donuts and Italian food (not together though).
Pam Fischer - Second Term 2019 - 2022
Pam Fischer and her husband Ken have been members of the parish since 1986. With their children now grown and married, they are enjoying retirement together. Pam looks forward to every moment she can spend with her two grandsons and feels blessed to be able to pass along her faith and legacy to them. She enjoys dark chocolate and good red wine, (especially in combination together). She thanks God for the community of St. Matthew Church, which has provided support and encouragement during the tough times that life can bring and fun and laughter the rest of the time.
Joe Samano - First Term 2019 - 2022
Leanne Perez, Second Term 2018-2021
Joseph Sayegh - Second Term 2021 - 2022
Joe Sayegh is a youth member of the Pastoral Council. He is part of the Youth Ministry Team, and helps with retreats at St. Matthew's. He is a college student studying engineering.
Thomas Blake, Second Term 2021 - 2022
Thomas Blake is a youth member of the Pastoral Council. He is part of the Youth Ministry Team, directs the annual Passion Play and helps with retreats at St. Matthew's. He is a college student.