Mission Statement: The Pastoral Council of St. Cecilia Church is an elected and appointed representational body of the Church Community, who meet regularly with the Pastor to discuss openly the Christian life and community activity of the parish to ensure all voices of the parish are heard and considered.
By-laws, please click here.
Meeting Minutes: please click on the months – April 2018
Council Members: please read the followings.
My family started attending St Cecilia, in 1989. Three of my four children attended St Cecilia School and had a wonderful experience that prepared them for Catholic high school and college. Currently, I am involved at St Cecilia in the “That Man Is You” program and as a Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan. My wife and I also lead the Marriage in the Lord program, preparing engaged couples for marriage in the Catholic Church. I am looking forward to serving on the Pastoral Council and interacting with other council members developing the strategic direction for St Cecilia.
Roxanna Payton – Vice President
I am a native Californian and grew up in Orange County. I am a member of the new Hispanic group at St. Cecilia’s – Jovenes Para Cristo / Young Adults for Christ, and forms part of the group’s directive board as the treasurer. I am also part of the Finance Ministry for the Interdiocesan (national) board of Jovenes Para Cristo / Young Adults for Christ. For more than 13 years, I have worked, in various positions, at the Diocese of Orange. I am an instructor for the Institute for Pastoral Ministry in the Diocese of Orange and serves on the 2015 Diaconate Class Formation Board. My background includes project management, and training. I am inspired by working with parish and community leadership and believes collaboration is key in forming a welcoming and warm parish. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and earned my B.A. in American Literature and Public Affairs from the University of California, LA.
I have been a parishioner of St. Cecilia Church for about 18 years and have truly enjoyed this wonderful parish community!
My immediate family consists of my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. I recently retired from working at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a nurse case manager.
I have taught catechism for many years; first at St. Nicholas, then at St. Cecilia and at St. Timothy. I am honored to be a third order Norbertine. I have traveled to Ghana, at the invitation of Father Richard Affrim, to introduce and lead the Jeff Cavin 8 week “A quick Journey through the Bible” study. The Ghanaian people loved it and many seeds were planted. God willing, I will continue to share my charism of missionary work and evangelization. Father Richard has told me that the students continue to meet weekly to study the bible.
I have co-lead this same study at St. Cecilia in English and in Spanish and look forward to lead different bible studies in the future.
My name is Timothy McCarry and my wife and I have been a member of St. Cecilia Parish since we moved to Tustin 19 years ago. All four of my children have been baptized here and we’ve had three First Holy Communions as well as my eldest having received her Confirmation at St. Cecilia. My children continue to grow through St. Cecilia’s Faith Formation program. In my years as an active Parish member I have tried to contribute to the Church both financially and through volunteering. As a member of the Pastoral Council I would like to continue my service to the Parish by providing guidance and support in our strategic decisions.
My name is Esther Mays. My daughter and I have been registered parishioners of St. Cecilia’s for the past five years. I am very active in the parish, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, an active member in the Women’s Ministry, and assisting with the St. Joseph’s Table Ministry. Outside of St. Cecilia Parish, I serve as President of the Instrumental Music Guild at Foothill High School. My work experience as well as my involvement in the various ministries at St. Cecilia Parish allows me to serve as an active member on the Pastoral Council, of which I am honored to be a member.
I am a cradle Catholic with 5 children 13 grandchildren. I have been with St Cecilia parish since 2002. My wife Rebecca is a convert; she started the RCIA program in 2005 and completed her Sacraments in 2007. I have been in the restaurant Industry all my life. My Grandparents owned and operated a family business throughout my childhood in Redlands, CA. I was an Executive Chef for 26 years before getting a promotion to a Food Service Director which I was in this Position 6 Years. My works with the Parish include Head of the Usher Ministry, RCIA Catechist, Christian Service, St Cecilia Parish Knights of Columbus Council 5385 as well as the 4th Degree Assembly Christ Cathedral 3479.
Peter Ruiz, Born in El Paso, Texas I come from a family of four, two brothers and one sister. I went to Catholic grade school and high school in Texas. I got married to Josie in Texas and moved to California in 1960. I also went to college in Los Angeles we have five children and sixteen grandchildren. I work for Thrifty Drugstores for 35 years as an inventory control. I got laid off and went to work for Tustin High School. I have been a member of St. Cecilia Church since 1976. I been with Christian Service since 1996 and teach CCD classes, and Bible Class. At present I am a Chaplain at Western Medical Center. I am proud to be Catholic and a member of St. Cecilia Church.
I have been a member of St. Cecilia Parish since 1968. My five children graduated from our school (1976-1984). I was a kitchen chairman from Bingo during the 80’s every Friday Night. I was Soup Supper chairman from 2007 to 2013. I have served on the Parish Council with three different Pastors over the years. I have been a Eucharistic Minister for many years. I am very supportive of Catholic school education.
Maricela Jaimes – Head of all Hispanic ministries
I have been a Parishioner of this church and a resident of Tustin since 1983, and member of the Filipino Board for 10 years mostly involved in fundraising. I joined the FCSC choir about 10 years ago, too. I have 3 part time jobs, Real Estate Agent and Accountant/Tax Accountant. I was raised Catholic and proud of it. Both parents are dead and I have 7 siblings. We have strong family relationship, love my family. I was married for 20 years, no children and my husband passed away in 2004. I like helping people, love travelling and working in my yard. I like and enjoy what I do for my church and proud of it. My goal is to help get more people from my community and get more involved in fundraising to reach the building fund campaign’s goal of our church.
Hung Tran has been a devoted parishioner of St. Cecilia for 17 years. He also has over 30 years of experience in wireless telecommunications. He is compassionate, dedicated, analytic and organized. He enjoys family, community volunteering activities, golf and racquetball. He currently resides in Tustin Ranch with his wife Lien and two daughters Linda and Michelle.