South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 11, Ed. 1 Friday, March 14, 1986 Page: 3 of 16
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March 14, 1986
Tim Baley—a gift from God in a special package
By Rachelle Parry Ramon
STC assistant editor
Rosemary and Gerald Baley had
prayed so hard that God would bless
them with a child. When they found our
Rosemary was pregnant, they waited ii
anxious anticipation for their son to be
born—when their joy would be com-
But their son, Tim, experienced a dif-
ficult forceps delivery and the left side of
his brain was damaged He was left with
cerebral palsy and mild retarda-
tion—devastating news for any couple
about their only child.
“Here he was, the answer to our
prayers, but he was defective,”
Rosemary recalled during an interview
for The Washington Times.
“God had given him to us, and we
knew we had to see what we could do.”
At first Rosemary and Gerald
despaired because Tim was destructive
and hyperactive. Finally, when Tim was
13 and they were living in Colorado,
they put him in a Denver institution for
It was there that Tim, his parents and
those that worked with him discovered
one of the many gifts God had given
him. He had found a piano and ten-
tatively began picking out tunes with
An employee of the institution helped
him learn how to use all of his fingers,
some of which remain weak from his
cerebral palsy. Tim had a unique gift to
play the piano by ear, so his parents
brought him home within three months.
What has resulted is the sharing of a
beautiful gift by a 34-year-old man on
behalf of other handicapped people.
For about six years Tim and his
parents have been touring the United
States, with concert performances in
Canada and Europe, helping people
believe that every person, handicapped
or not, has something to offer. The key
is to learn how to release their potential
Tim Baley's Corpus Christi performance, Climb Every Mountain should
prove to be inspiring as people appreciate his musical gifts.
Tim will be sharing his inspired,
energetic renditions of songs during a
special concert Friday, March 21, at 8
p.m. at Del Mar Auditorium in Corpus
Tim Baley’s concert, to
benefit the V.I.P. Center of
Corpus Christi, will be held
Friday, March 21, at 8
p.m. at Del Mar
Auditorium. Red Camp is
the honorary chairman.
The concert is sponsored by the Cor-
pus Christi Citizens for the Retarded
Inc. Tickets are $5 each and proceeds
will go toward helping the local
organization buy land on which to build
a special building complex for local
mentally retarded people.
Tickets may be purchased at
Victoria’s Jewels, 4938 S. Staples; Art-
craft Printing, 1520 S. Staples; and
Melhart Music, 4142 S. Staples.
The Baleys’ trip to Corpus Christi
will be rather a coming home for them,
as it is here that Tim’s talents were real-
Red Camp, retired jazz pianist, had
heard about Tim and offered to teach
him. The Baleys traveled from their
home in El Paso to Corpus Christi (750
miles one way) once every three or four
months for several days of sessions,
which were recorded by Gerald Baley
for practice at home.
Tim’s father, a retired minister in the
Christian Church, has done graduate
work in music and taught Tim, who is
dyslexic, to read and write by a phonetic
method, which he applies to learning
It was Red Camp who taught Tim to
improvise and embellish the songs he
learned, helping him develop the uni-
que, jaunty style with which he per-
Camp is the honorary chairman of
Tim’s concert Friday night, a tribute to
the man who helped bring it about.
Tim’s performance and musical
abilities serve as a sign that mentally
retarded and handicapped people have
much to offer, even if they learn in
Henrietta Newbury, volunteer chair-
man of the C.C. Citizens for the
Retarded Inc., said many people
mistake mental retardation for mental il-
“Retardation is completely
different,” she explained recently.
“Because a mentally retarded person is
slow doesn’t mean he or she is necessari-
ly ill or incapable of learning.”
Tim Baley’s performance will benefit
the V.I.P. Center of Corpus Christi, to
be located in the Six Points area, cen-
trally located by public transportation.
The V.I.P. Center will include a
restaurant to allow for training oppor-
tunities for the retarded, as well as a
place to eat and have meetings; a resale
shop to teach merchandising; and an
apartment complex geared to the needs
of retarded people, with safety and in-
dependence in mind, said Mrs.
Membership in the organization,
which has an all-volunteer board of
directors, is $5 a year. Donations may
be sent to P.O. Box 6625, Corpus
- From page 1
Sister Netek noted that students who
attend St. Joseph’s for three years and
© HAS TU
Official newspaper of the Diocese of Corpus Chris
Published weekly Sept 1-June 1 except for the Fridi
■weekly June 1 Sept i
Bishop Thomas J. Drury
Bishop Rene H. Gracida
Don Miehls, Ph.D.
Executive Editor and General Manager
Rachelle Parry Ramon
Rebecca Cavazos Sepulveda
Staff Writer ■ Laredo
Office Address 1200 Lantana St. Corj
then go on to non-Catholic area high
schools are very appreciative of the
moral values and discipline that were in-
stilled in them by the junior high’s stafT.
“The students have a lot of caring
and respect for each other and the
staff,” she commented.
The students also have a dress code,
including not allowing jeans to be worn.
“I tell the kids, ‘This is your job and
what you wear should reflect that.’ The
same principle applies to absences and
Sister Netek, who has been principal
there for nine years, is one of 11
teachers, all with bachelor’s or master’s
Like all Catholic schools in the Cor-
pus Christi diocese, St. Joseph’s is fully
accredited. Its curriculum includes
religion, English, Spanish, literature,
science, history, math, reading, physical
education, geography, computer
literacy and electives such as music,
band, drama and guitar.
SECRETARIAT OF STATE
Dear Bishop Gracida,
The Holy Father has received from the Apos-
tolic Nunciature the sum of $28,439.89 offered
by yourself and your people as the Peter's Pence
His Holiness wishes me to thank you for
this contribution to his apostolic ministry.
He Is grateful for the financial support and
for the sentiments which motivated It. He knows
that the collection involved effort and that
your people acted out of faith and love.
As he .expresses his appreciation, the Holy
Father gives you the assurance of his prayers
for the whole Diocese of Corpus Christi. With
his prayerful wish of grace and peace he Imparts
to all the faithful his Apostolic Blessing.
Be assured of my good wishes and
esteem In the Lord.
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