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Page 12. April 25, 1998 Band Continued from page 2 Parents attending practices from Janu- ary to the present can see marked progress. 'Tot you to come so far in so short a time is quite a miracle," Deaver told the band at a recent practice. The young musicians have pro- gressed from playing whole and quar- ter notes and pieces, such as 'q'winkle, Twinkle Little Star" to more advanced selections like "Carnival of Venice," "Ode to Joy," "Finlandia," and "Scarborough Fair." The junior high hand fight song is "On W'tsconsin." "Land of 1,000 Dances," a popular pep tune the UCA and Uni- versity of Arkansas bands play during sports events, also gets junior high band listeners' adrenalin moving. Before the summer starts, Deaver plans to teach the band to play selec- tions from the "1812 Overture," "America the Beautiful," and "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." Deaver has recruited two assistants, Linda Johnston, 24, of Conway, a UCA graduate student in instrumental music, and Nick Reeves, 19, of Bryant, who majors in music education at UCA. The band leaders often face a diffi- cult task during after-school practices attended by teen-agers and near teens resdess after a full day of academic classes. "You've got to, got to, got to watch," Dearer exhorted band members during a practice. "You don't have anything else to do. You don't have time to talk. Just listen." Encouraging them to work as a team, he said, "You're part of the band. You're not an island. We're all part of one con- tinent.:' Deaver will graduate from UCA in December, and he is hoping that he will find enough interest to keep him em- ployed as leader of the Catholic Junior High Band. Several schools, including out-of-state districts, have contacted him about positions. He said if principals are interested, he would broaden his music activities to teaching band on a rotating basis during regular periods at Greater Little Rock Catholic schools. The author's son plays saxophone in the Catholic Junior High Band. Continued from page I each year. In 1997 more than 11,000 people participated and more than 2,500 Masses were celebrated on campus. Catholic education programs for cat- echists, parish administrators and theol- ogy students are held regularly at the renovated Fitzgerald Hall. Heird said leadership in raising money for CASA was demonstrated by many small parishes. "You don't have to be a mega parish to make a difference," he said. "that at- titude was demonstrated in all parts of the state." ARKANSAS r. CATHOLg Of the top 10 parishes exceedingTdr I CASA target amount, nine had fewer | than 675 parishioners. The parishes ceeded their goal by 44 percent to 165 |- 7 percent. They are St. Cecilia, NewI g-:[ - Holy Child, Dumas; St. Mary, McC p ; | St. Andrew, Marianna; St. Justin, Star | " Mother of God, Harrison; St. Peter, ] Wynne; St. Jude, Clinton; St. peter,} i Mountain Home; and St. Albert, Heber [ j Springs. [ 41 Heird said the diocese is trying tO reach out to the Hispanic populati0. with material in Spanish. Twenty-st parishes will give their Spanish-speak ing parishioners a packet that In" cludes the bishop's letter and pledge card. J Postcards Continued from page I there are also members who, when they see a campaign like this, are pro- voked to look at the facts. And when you look at the facts of partial-birth abortion, you simply cannot condone the procedure." Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., said the postcard campaign "has not gone un- noticed" in the Senate. 'q'he number of postcards that have flooded the Sen- ate has demonstrated the overwhelm- ing public sentiment that this horrible procedure must be banned once and for all." Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said his of- fice has been "overwhelmed with post- cards, faxes and calls against this ter- rible procedure." "I am encouraged to see that our national support is growing," Coats added. 'We are close, but not quite there. More postcards, more calls, and more personal meetings with my con- gressional colleagues is the way to get this peacefully settled." Michael Taylor, executive director of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, estimated that more than three-quarters of the 181 Latin- rite Catholic dioceses in the United States participated in the postcard cam- paign, with other dioceses supporting the cause in different ways. Taylor said his organization "still continues to fill postcard orders and will do so until the votes occur or our stock is depleted." Override votes have not been sched- uled in either house of Congress, but are expected before the end of 1998. The legislation vetoed by Clinton would have banned a procedure used in late-term abortions in which the unborn child is partially delivered, feet first, before surgical scissors are stabbe0 into the base of the infant's head. The child's brain is then removed by sue tion, allowing for easier delivery of the collapsed head. In its report, the National Corn tee for a Human Life Amendment couraged Catholics who had sent post" cards to follow them up with a letter, fax or e-mail to their representatives Congress. 'lust sending a short ha d." written note has a strong impact," said. The organization also is offering for sale a 12-minute video called, ''You Stop Partial-Birth Abortion Availai in English or Spanish, it presents basic information about the debate over the procedure and provides pointers oa how to write an effective letter to Gore gress. Each of us has been blessed by God in so many ways. Through CASA, you can be the human touch of God's blessing.Your generous gift allows the work of the Catholic in Arkansas to continue and grow in important areas... Adoptions 4b Help for the Poor and Needy Missions Religious Education Youth and Campus Ministry Priests' Retirement @ Family life @ and many more Your generosity makes possible diocesan-wide efforts that touch every parish in Arkansas. CatholicAdcansas Sharing Appeal