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 John Farr [email protected] or 951-741-2028.
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. Vinnie 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. Vinnie emigrated to California in 1991 when he was 17 years old. He was ordained as a priest three years ago.
Silvia Amaro - First Term 2018 - 2020
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.
Erika Brambila - 2nd Term 2019 - 2021
Erika and her husband, Ricardo, are blessed with two children Issabela 8 and Ricky 6. They became parishioners in 2015 when they moved to Corona, and have been active in the parish since, volunteering in different parish activities. Erika works for the Corona-Norco School District as an Adult Education teacher and also volunteers at St. Edward School. She enjoys home renovation shows and football, but mostly spending time with her family!
Carlos de la Riva - 2nd Term 2018 - 2020
Dick Haley - 1st 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.
John Farr - First Term 2018 - 2020
John and his wife Jane have three children and three 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 - 2nd 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.
Catherine Heaston - First Term 2018- 2020
Catherine and her husband, Dave, have 2 kids, Emily and Drew. They have been members of St. Matthew's since 1993 but her grandfather helped build the original church so she has been familiar with St. Matthew's her whole life. Catherine currently works as a customer service representative in the world of corporate insurance. At St. Matthew's, she is involved as a Commentator, Pastoral Council member and can be seen volunteering at various church activities. Catherine likes outdoor activities, reading and the beach but takes the most joy in being a mom to two active teens!
Joe Samano - 1st Term 2019 - 2022
Leanne Perez, 2nd Term 2018-2021
Hello, my name is Leanne Perez and I have been a member of St. Matthew's since the beginning when I was in the 4th grade. I have a daughter, Ashley, who is currently 23 years. I currently work for an Insurance Broker for over 31 years and enjoy helping people in general. Our parish is a deep passion of mine, I worked in the church office as a receptionist in my late teens and early 20's and am currently involved in multiple ministries at St. Matthew's (Pastoral Council, Youth Ministry, Social Concerns, Eucharistic Minister, Commentator Coordinator, Assistant Altar Server Coordinator). I also enjoy Angels baseball.
Adrian Valdivia - 1st Term 2018 - 2020
Adrian Valdivia is a youth member of the Pastoral Council. He is involved with the Relay for Life Team as its captain. Adrian is part of the Youth Ministry Team, a Catechist in training and helps with retreats at St. Matthew's. Adrian considers St. Matthew's to be a second home and likes to involve youth in church activities.
Thomas Blake, 1st Term 2019 - 2021