Pastoral Council

 St. Matthew's Pastoral Council

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. Joseph Sebastian, S.V.D. - Pastor


Fr. Joseph 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. Jose Goopio, S.V.D.

Fr Jose Goopio

Fr. Jose is a member of the Divine Word Missionary SVD priests.  He is currently serving the parish of St. Matthew's.

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

Marti and her husband, Dave, moved to Corona 52 years ago from Billings, Montana. They had a son and have a daughter, two grandchildren and a great granddaughter. Marti has been a member of St Matthew’s since 1974 and was in the choir for 25 years. She enjoys knitting, gardening and reading.

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.


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

Joe Samano has been married to his wife, Aurelia Samano for 30 years and has three beautiful daughters.  Joe and his family moved to Corona five years ago and have been members of the St. Matthew's family ever since.  He is also a member of the Hispanic Council and the Maintenance Ministry and currently serves on the Pastoral Council representing the Hispanic Community of St. Matthew's.

Leanne Perez, Second Term 2018-2021

Leanne Perez has been a member of St. Matthew's since the beginning when she was in the 4th grade.  She has a daughter, Ashley who is currently 25.  Leanne has worked for an Insurance Broker for over 33 years and enjoys helping people in general.  She grew up in Corona and worked in the Church Office as a receptionist in her late teens and early 20's and is currently involved in multiple ministries at St. Matthew's (Pastoral Council, Youth Ministry, Social Concerns Co-Chair, Eucharistic Minister, Commentator Coordinator and Assistant Altar Server Coordinator).  She also represents St. Matthew's as a member of  the Corona-Norco Interfaith Association.  Leanne also enjoys staying in touch with family and friends as well as Angels Baseball.
Irene "Charlie" LaChance, First Term 2021-2023
Charlie LaChance is a retired human rights/worker's rights organizer and is looking forward to using her skills and compassion with church ministries.  Charlie is currently a member of the Social Concerns Ministry and takes Communion to the home bound of our parish.  She enjoys her twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.  She feels blessed to be able to help out at St. Matthew's and work with it's members.

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.