Parish Staff Directory
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Fr. Dave Ghiorso
Fr. Samuel Musiimenta
Parish Life Coordinator
I was ordained a deacon in 2006. My first ministry was at the St. Vincent de Paul Wellness Center in the Mission District. I served a Director of Deacon Formation from 2010-2015. I was assigned to St. Matthias Parish in 2011. Beginning this year, I have assumed the role of Parish Life Coordinator.
I am blessed to serve as a deacon here at St. Matthias. I love learning. I also love being a new grandfather. I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my grandson. My life has been and continues to be a life of service to others—family, friends, parishioners and those in need.
I came to St. Matthias in early 1991. Shortly after that I got into spiritual direction with a Jesuit priest in Los Altos. He later urged me to look into becoming a Deacon. I was also active with a group on men who meet every Wednesday morning near St. Bart’s. The pastor there also was urging me to become a Deacon. My wife, Yvonne was not sure about it, but finally relented. I went through the four-year program and was ordained on June 16th, 1999. I am truly humbled to be a Deacon and as many of you know was involved for many years as the Assistant Chaplain at St. Quentin. Today, I do some ministry at the County Jail.
When I first joined St. Matthias, I started meeting people at the door to the parking lot. As I became familiar with our parishioners, I began looking for new faces. As a result, I was able to introduce newcomers to the parish and many have stayed. In addition, I also set up for Mass, am available to parishioners who have private issues they wish to speak about and am grateful for the privilege of preaching once a month.
Children/Youth Faith Formation Coordinator
I have been a member of St. Matthias’ staff since 1999 and have held many different positions serving the parish community. Currently, I am the Pastoral Associate. My ministry includes faith formation for children kindergarten through high school and their parents, Confirmation and First Communion preparation, and office administration.
Personally, I was born and raised in Redwood City, in fact, so was my mother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel school, Notre Dame High School in Belmont, then Sequoia High.
I love learning and relish any opportunity I have to continue my education. I have been a college student since 2001, first at Canada College in Redwood City, now at California State University, East Bay where I am a graduate student working on a Masters Degree in US History.
When St. Matthias was in its infancy we moved to Emerald Lake. On Friday nights, from our cottage on high, we were entertained by the joyful music and laughter emanating from the church hall, where teens representing multiple parishes gathered for dancing. We were seduced by the enthusiasm of this young parish, and, perhaps, any presidential aspirations were met when John was elected president of the first Pastoral Council.
My business experience includes bookkeeping at Fireside Thrift, Redwood Medical Clinic, and Sequoia Medical Associates. I have enjoyed the camaraderie in the office at St. Matthias for the last 6 years – a very nice place to be, indeed!
In August, 2015 I joined the St. Matthias Staff as Receptionist. You can find me in the Rectory four days a week, handling Mass requests, logging your donations, managing supplies for the Church and Hall, and generally helping Sabrina, Rich, and our priests in whatever way I can. I am also part of the Family Support Group.
On the personal side, I have lived here in Redwood City with my husband, Jon, and three children for 25 years. My previous career was as a Marriage and Family Therapist; and prior to that I was in corporate Organizational Development. Happily, for ten years I was home with my children full-time.
I am enjoying getting to know our parishioners! Please call or come by the Rectory if there is anything I can help you with.
Two years ago with luck, he had the opportunity to rejoin his musical and dramatic roots in California teaching music, drama, and performing to sixth, seventh, and eighth grades for Mercy High School’s summer program Tools for School. Later, He was hired and currently works full-time as the Resource Center Coordinator for the school and teaches Drama 1 and 2. In this position, he is in charge of scheduling the testing for girls with accommodations, runs the lunch study program, and tutors students falling behind in subjects; a position that he loves and feels privileged to have a this blessed opportunity to make such a difference in the life of someone in need. Randall has been music director the St. Matthias for two years this October and has always felt welcomed. He feels so blessed to be playing and singing with such wonderful people.