Safe Haven Sunday

October 3, 2021

Contact

Sr. John Mary Sullivan, FSE
sjmsullivan@rcav.org
604-683-0281 ext. 50221

Safe Haven Sunday Resources

Safe Haven Sunday is a weekend set aside by the Archdiocese of Vancouver and parishes to directly address the harms of sexualized content and pornography in an appropriate way. Within the context of the Mass, parishes are able to provide teaching and resources that will support and protect individuals, marriages and families in making all homes a safe haven. 

It is inspired by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ formal statement Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography, where they explain, “The use of pornography by anyone in the home deprives the home of its role as a safe haven and has a negative effect throughout a family’s life and across generations.”

Equipping the Family – Safeguarding Children

Safe Haven Sunday is celebrating its first year of raising awareness throughout the Archdiocese of Vancouver regarding the negative impact of pornography on individuals, marriages, families and society.

What is Safe Haven Sunday?

An introduction by Covenant Eyes

Safe Haven Sunday Prayer

Loving Father, thank you for the gift of marriage and family life.

We entrust to you our home and ask you to make it a safe haven for all who live and enter these walls. May our home truly be a holy place for both young and old to be formed in the truth regarding life love, sex, and marriage. May each of our members be protected from and guided in seeking to avoid pornography, while embracing the freedom and purity of life in Christ.

We ask you to send forth your Spirit to heal, bless, renew, and consecrate this home of ours as a safe haven with your son Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, today, tomorrow, and always.

We ask this through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Saints Joachim and Ann, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Amen.

Kids today are growing up with technology.

The internet brings many opportunities for education, entertainment, and communication. But there are also many dangers online – dangers children need to be prepared to handle.

The booklet distributed on Safe Have Sunday: Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture uses the image of the home to guide parents in how to teach their children to say no to pornography while at the same time forming them with a broader understanding of:

  • Their God-given identity,
  • The importance of sexual integrity
  • How to understand sexual shame
  • How to engage media with discernment

This booklet makes it possible to have engaged, healthy and informed conversations about online threats.

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Archbishop's Letter on Safe Haven Sunday

The icon depicting Saints Joachim and Anne (Parents of Mary, the Mother of God) embracing inside the Holy House was written by iconographer Reverend Father Thomas J. Loya, Tabor Life Institute. Printed with Permission.

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Parish & School Resources

Resource

Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting 
in a Sexualized Culture

Correction Notice: The “Join by Text” code that is on cover of the Equipped booklet does not work within Canada. Parents can still sign up for the 7 day e-mail challenge by clicking the button below.

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