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HE MISSION OF

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As the official newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese

of Austin, the C

ATHOLIC

S

PIRIT

is dedicated to providing infor-

mation, education and formation for the Catholic community

of Central Texas. This mission calls for the newspaper:

• to provide readers with an understanding of our

Catholic faith and traditions;

• to be a primary source of information on Catholic issues

relevant to the community;

• to be a unifying element for faith communities, both

rural and urban, throughout Central Texas;

• to show respect for and appreciation of all cultural

groups and traditions;

• to emphasize topics affirming the Catholic community

and life, while acknowledging the humanity of the community

and examining, with courage, topics that challenge and

encourage growth in the faith;

• to carry a commitment to social justice that will support

the renewal of the church in Central Texas.

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is the 10th of the month for publication in the

following month’s edition.

Deadline for the October issue is Sept. 10.

You can submit material in any of the following ways:

• E-mail to

catholic-spirit@austindiocese.org

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, 6225 Hwy. 290 E., Austin, TX 78723.

For additional information, call (512) 949-2443 or e-mail

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The views expressed in the letters do not necessarily repre-

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Publisher:

Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin

Editor:

Shelley Metcalf; (512) 949-2400,

shelley-metcalf@austindiocese.org

Assistant Editor:

Christian R. González; (512) 949-2400,

christian-gonzalez@austindiocese.org

Advertising:

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Spanish translation:

Gina Dominguez

Columnists:

Marian J. Barber, DeKarlos Blackmon,

Father Melvin Dornak, Mary Lou Gibson, Joe Gieselman,

Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda and Kathryn Whitaker

Correspondents:

Ricardo Gandara, Enedelia J. Obregón,

Carla L. Smith, Kanobia Russell-Blackmon and Mary P.

Walker

Catholic Spirit subscribes to Catholic News Service

(CNS) and is a member of the Catholic Press Association.

Copyright 2017 by the Austin Diocese. All rights re-

served. Reproduction of any editorial content, photograph,

art or design is prohibited without written permission of the

publisher C

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(ISSN 0896-2715) is published 11

times annually (monthly except one issue in July/August)

by the Austin Diocese. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, publisher,

6225 Hwy. 290 E., Austin, TX 78723. Periodicals Postage

Paid at Austin, Texas.

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Catholic

Spirit, 6225 Hwy. 290 E., Austin, Texas 78723.

Official appointments

• Holy Cross Father Dennis Strach II has been appointed administrator of St. Ignatius Martyr Par-

ish in Austin, effective Aug. 1.

• Holy Cross Father Thomas J. Jones has been appointed associate pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr

Parish in Austin, effective Aug. 15.

• Very Rev. Basil Aguzie, MSP, has been appointed Dean of the Austin Central Deanery, effec-

tive Aug. 7.

• Very Rev. Edward Karasek has been appointed Dean of the Bastrop/Lockhart Deanery, effec-

tive Sept. 1.

• Very Rev. Albert Laforet Jr. has been appointed Dean of the Bryan/College Station Deanery,

effective Aug. 1.

• Very Rev. Will Straten has been appointed Dean of the Georgetown/Round Rock Deanery, ef-

fective Sept. 1.

• Very Rev. David Leibham, pastor of Santa Cruz Parish in Buda, has been appointed to a three-

year term as associate member of the diocesan Vocation Team, effective Aug. 1.

• Deacon Eugene Wohlfarth has been assigned to St. Theresa Parish in Austin, effective Aug. 4.

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K

ATHRYN

W

HITAKER

C

OLUMNIST

Gone are the days at the pool, mornings

filled with singing Vacation Bible School songs

and evenings eating ice cream and chilling with

neighbors.

Summer is over and no one is sadder about

that than me. It’s like a vacation from my real

life. It’s time to buckle down, though. School

is in full swing and my planner tells me I’ve got

lots of places to be.

It’s so easy to get lost in the never-ending

to-do lists I make for myself. Please tell me I’m

not alone? As our children are learning new

mathematic equations, diving into literature and

testing the limits of the periodic table, it’s time

for us to go back to school, too.

God and the Internet are calling and it’s

time to dive in with both feet. I believe we can

raise kids who manage their online presence

when parents learn and walk the path with

them. So, for us parents, it’s time to turn on

our monitors, pull out our earbuds, charge our

phones and get down to the business of learn-

ing social media. Every family’s approach looks

a little different, reminding us the “right way”

looks different to all of us.

As the mom of six, teen to toddler, and an

active user of social media, I believe we owe

it to our kids to learn more, guide more, pray

more and evangelize more, for the sake of their

souls. We can’t simply shut down the Internet

from our homes, stick our heads in the sand

and declare, “Not our kids.” Social media is

here to stay; let’s learn, guide, pray and evange-

lize, shall we?

Learn.

What is a SnapChat streak? How

about an Instagram DM? Are the Calculator

and Whisper apps on our high-alert radar? We

need to Google these things and learn as much

as we can because our kids are using them. As

parents, we worry when our kids don’t hit de-

velopmental milestones, like reading, talking or

walking. We spend countless hours poring over

our kids’ course schedules and making sure

they’re taking the just-right classes for college

admission. How serious are we about research-

ing the Internet, social media and how it affects

our children? I’d say, not enough.

Guide.

My mom has always said, “Ski with

people better than you, it’s how you grow.”

That advice rings true for guiding our children

to learning the ins and outs of social media.

Finding moms who are just a few years ahead

of me in the motherhood game has allowed me

to make fewer mistakes with my own children.

We’re teaching our children how to write safe

profiles, what to do when something morally

questionable pops up in their feed and how

to identify and address cyberbullying. That

approach has also allowed me to form a tribe

of moms who I can turn to when I don’t have

the answer. It’s likely one of them has been

through it and can provide faith-filled counsel.

Pray.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Pio of

Pietralcina and St. Gianna Molla are recent

examples of the importance of a robust prayer

life. A praying parent is a powerful one. I have

no false expectations. Every day I fail my kids

in some way. I’m human and imperfect. But,

God? He fills in the cracks. I pray each morn-

ing he gives me the wisdom to navigate the

hardest parts of parenthood with grace and for

a heart filled with forgiveness where I’m lack-

ing. Most importantly, I ask him to open my

kids’ hearts to his will.

Evangelize.

Some of my most powerful

and life-changing friendships were discovered

via social media. I connected with these women

because of a shared love of our Catholic faith

and I am better for it. They have encour-

aged me to share my faith, boldly and without

abandon. I praise God for their entrance in

my life for they span the world — Australia to

England — and the U.S. — Virginia to Califor-

nia. Our lives intersected because we desired to

connect, and God saw fit to use social media to

do it. Fear not parents, the opportunity for our

children to reach, and be reached, by those who

are authentically Catholic is possible.

As we surf these new parenting waters, we

are not alone. For those who need a buddy, I’m

one social media click away.

Here are some helpful resources for social

media that we have used in our home: “Integ-

rity Restored” podcast by Matt Fradd, “Do

Something Beautiful” podcast by Leah Dar-

row and Covenant Eyes software for computer

safety.

K

ATHRYN

W

HITAKER

is the

mother of six, and shares life

as it happens on her blog at

www.TeamWhitaker.org.

She

can be found on Instagram,

Twi t t er and Pi n t eres t a t

@kwhitaker96 and on Facebook

as TeamWhitaker. She and her husband, Scott,

are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in

Austin.

Helping our kids navigate social media