The family home is to be a safe haven. But the inappropriate use of technology in the home deprives it of this role and is the greatest threat to the sanctity of marriages and families today. Pornography and other online threats are often one click away, and parents can feel overwhelmed with not knowing how to best protect their children in our fast-paced digital world.

The weekend of February 13-14, 2021, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is taking another bold step to help families by celebrating our third, diocesan-wide Safe Haven Sunday. This awareness day will provide access to practical resources that any caring adult can use to protect themselves and our young people from online risks.

Please join us with your presence and prayers as we prepare for this unique event. Below you will find background information and a few resources. As the date for Safe Haven Sunday approaches, we will add many more resources, including step-by-step instructions for parish implementation, plus educational and promotional materials to share with your community.

Resources

Safe Haven Sunday Implementation Fact Sheet and Guide

Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography (USCCB 2015): English | Spanish

Letter from Bishop Parkes Announcing 2021 Safe Haven Sunday

Connected: How Strong Family Relationships Lead to Internet-Safe Kids PDF | One Page Summary

Prayer Card – English | Spanish | Prayer Card Order Form (Submission Deadline is February 1, 2021)

Bulletin Blurbs – English | Spanish

Bulletin Insert – English | Spanish

Bulletin Ad (3.6×7 inches)  – English JPG | PNG and Spanish JPG | PNG

Article – English | Spanish

Safe Haven Sunday Video

Letter from Pastor (for February 7, 2021) – English | Spanish

Letter from Bishop (for February 14, 2021)

General Intercessions – English | Spanish

Homily Helps

Sample Homily

Bishop’s Thank You Letter (for February 18, 2021)


2020 Parish Resources

2019 Parish Resources