History of St. Matthew

St. Matthew Parish, Corona, was founded on September 1, 1973, to ease the growing pains of St. Edward Parish. Sacred Heart Fr. Stephen Wiese from Wisconsin was the first pastor. Under the second pastor, Fr. Howard Melzer, SCJ, plans were made for construction of a church on a six-acre site. The church was dedicated on May 6, 1979. A new Parish Center was completed seven years later.

With the broadening of staff and lay ministry, the Sacred Heart Fathers withdrew. Fr. John Wagner expanded the parish music ministry while planning the addition of parish meeting rooms and an administrative office building, which were completed in 1992.

July 1999 saw 18 -year Pastoral Staff member Sandra K. Boyd designated Pastoral Coordinator when a new model of parish leadership was introduced. During this time, St. Matthew completed a renovation and expansion to accommodate its growing parish family. In July,2008, Fr. Neil Fuller, S.V.D. was appointed pastor. St. Matthew has flourished and grown to a current enrollment of 3400 families.

The hallmarks of St. Matthew Church from the day it was founded as a post-Vatican II parish have been the hospitality and warm welcoming of its faith community. Members have always been encouraged to share their gifts for ministry and a strong catechetical and youth ministry program has provided formation for this ministry expansion. One of the parish-unifying highlights of the year is the celebration of the Summer Fest in which all parish organization are involved.

St. Matthew is a vibrant community with a rich diversity of members who together look forward to a future full of hope as they grow in proclaiming God's presence in our midst.