幹事會 Council
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Helen Ma

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Helen生長在一個天主教家庭,在香港九龍的聖德肋撒堂參加主日學、領洗及初領聖體。十歲時移民到美國俄亥俄州的辛辛那提市,一年後隨父母移居到加州的阿拉美達市。Helen的母親很幸運的輾轉地找到了屋崙聖良堂的廣東話彌撒,帶同Helen及Helen的妹妹參加。一個多月後,加入了歌詠團。從小學習鋼琴的Helen對音樂非常鍾愛,一直在歌詠團唱歌至進入大學。2002年左右Helen向吳天福神父學習指揮,並擔起歌詠團指揮的責任。2004年因司琴短缺,Helen便由指揮轉職至司琴,並服務聖良堂至今。在過去的十年Helen亦一直擔任聖良堂歌詠團圑長的工作。

除了服務聖詠團外,Helen亦致力於青少年的活動及培育。2003年為灣區天主教華人青年生活營 (BACCLC) 籌劃音樂、2006年擔任生活營統籌,及於2008年協助將BACCLC推出灣區成為加州天主教華人青年生活營 (CACCLC),並擔任生活營顧問至2010年。這些服務的經驗不單讓Helen認識了志同道合的朋友,更讓Helen進而了解自己、了解天主對她的恩寵、確認了她對天主的信仰。

Helen對各種各類的音樂喜愛實在難以細數,亦非常喜愛與藝術有關的事物。她最喜歡是畫家是梵高。她熱愛大自然的景色 (冰川、山脈、海洋)、宇宙中自然的現象 (流星雨、北極光),並相信從中都能看到天主創造萬物的美好。


Helen was born in a Catholic family, attended Sunday school, baptized and received her first communion in the St. Theresa’s Church in Kowloon, Hong Kong.  She moved to Cincinnati, OH when she was 10 years old and then later moved to Alameda, CA.  Information was not easy to find at that time, but God has His plan.  Through various ways and being fortunate enough, Helen’s mother found that St. Leo has Cantonese mass, and brought Helen with her sister to attend.   A month later, they joined the St. Leo choir.  Helen loves music very much and studied piano since she was little, remained as a choir member until she entered college.  In 2002 Helen took a few quick conducting lessons from Fr. Thomas Ng, and became the choir conductor at St. Leo.  In 2004 due to a shortage of pianist volunteers, Helen switched from a conductor to a pianist at mass, and served St. Leo as a pianist since then.  In the past decade Helen also was in the position of Choir Director.

Other than servicing the Choir, Helen was highly involved in young adult formation and development.  She held various positions in BACCLC (Bay Area Chinese Catholic Living Camp) including Music Coordinator in 2003, Overall Coordinator in 2006, and assisted BACCLC’s transition to a state-wide living camp, CACCLC (California  Chinese Catholic Living Camp).  She also was an advisor from 2008 through 2010.  These experiences not only let Helen met lifelong friends, but also allow self-exploration, exploring her gift from God and strengthened her faith in God.

Helen’s love in music is hard to define, since she loves almost everything.  She loves art and her favorite artist is Vincent Van Gough.  She also loves natural sceneries (glaciers, mountains, ocean) and natural phenomena (meteor shower, aurora borealis), as she believes that we can always see God’s wonderful work through His creations.

 

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