The Diocese of Wichita is a Safe Haven Diocese
Announcement

Safe Haven Sunday was observed on February 20-21, 2021

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Dear brothers and sisters,

As a consequence of COVID, we have seen massive spikes in porn use, kids are online more now than ever, and parents have not taken the precautionary steps to protect them from explicit sites, images, and videos. COVID has not only brought the world a contagious and debilitating virus; it has also brought isolation and loneliness for families worldwide. With this loneliness, despair, and anxiety, pornography use is on the rise. Therefore, even though it’s difficult to reach families due to shutdowns and closings, we must nevertheless make an effort. 

Many of you already know of the Safe Haven Sunday initiative from the last two years which has allowed us to pass on to the faithful information that can be used to protect their homes and tips to have key conversations with young children. This third year of implementation for Safe Haven Sunday, we will once again observe it during the first Sunday of Lent, weekend Masses on Feb 20-21. This year we want to focus on the 7-day Safe Digital Challenge by TEXTING "SECURE" TO 66866 which will immediately help everyone, particularly parents learn how to set up tools like Google Safe Search, YouTube Safety mode, iOS restrictions, etc.

Finally, if you’d like to order booklets, the Office of Marriage and Family Life has copies of Safe Haven Sunday booklets in English and Spanish. Contact Jake Samour at (316) 685-5240 and he will be glad to assist you.

It is my hope that the resources provided to you on Safe Haven Sunday will both encourage and teach all individuals and families dealing with the effects of pornography that loving support is available. It’s worth battling pornography for wholeness and purity for your home and the future of everyone in our diocese.

Faithfully in Christ,

Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme
Bishop of Wichita, Kansas

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Parents


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Faith-Based Email Challenges And Internet Safety Videos 

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Ministry Leaders


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Ministry Tools To Help All Move Beyond Pornography

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Men


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Healing from Addiction, Brain Science, And Accountability

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Women


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Healing from Personal and Spousal Addiction, Brain Science, And Accountability

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Educators


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Digital Citizenship Lessons Based On Sacred Scripture 

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Clinical Therapists


Do you know of someone who is struggling with an addiction?

Catholic Therapist Group

Address

250 N Rock
Wichita, KS 67206
United States

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Cana Counseling

Address

437 N Topeka
Wichita, KS 67202
United States

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CatholicTherapists.com

Address

PO Box 1276
Huntington, NY 11743
United States

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Peter Kleponis

Address

101 West Elm Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
United States

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Jason Scheck, LSCSW, LCAC, CSAT

Address

The Therapy Center
6606 W Central
Wichita, KS 67212
United States

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Mark D. Glover, DMin, LCMFT, LCAC, CSAT, CPTT

Address

4290 N Monroe
Hutchinson, KS 67502
United States

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Your Diocesan Contacts


Jake Samour

Title
Director, Marriage and Family Life

Becky Knapp

Title
Program Coordinator, Natural Family Planning
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Sharon Witzell

Title
Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Ministries
Email address

Additional Links


Fight the New Drug
https://fightthenewdrug.org/
Internet Protection and Resources for Adults
https://www.lincolndiocese.org/internet-protection-pornography/home
Entertainment guide for safe viewing, gaming, and reading choices
https://www.pluggedin.com/
The Porn Effect
https://theporneffect.com/
Sexaholics Anonymous of Wichita, KS
http://www.sawichita.org/
RECLAiM God's Plan for Sexual Health
https://reclaimsexualhealth.com/
Integrity Restored
http://integrityrestored.com
The My House Initiative
https://www.archkck.org/myhouse
Center for Healing - My House Initiative
https://centerforhealingkc.com/myhouse/my-house-initiative
Dirty Girl Ministries - Support for Women
https://dgmcommunity.com/
Pure Freedom Ministries - For Women
https://dannahgresh.com/
Don't Fight It Alone
https://www.dontfightitalone.com/
Diocese of Lincoln - Freedom from Pornography & Internet Protection
https://www.lincolndiocese.org/internet-protection-pornography
National Center on Sexual Exploitation
https://endsexualexploitation.org/
Sexual Addiction Screening Test
https://www.recoveryzone.com/
Internet Accountability and Filtering
https://purehope.net/
Enough Is Enough: Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families
https://enough.org/
For those struggling with sexual and relational problems
https://desertstream.org/
For men and women who experience same-sex attraction
https://couragerc.org/
12 Steps & the Beatitudes with Fr. Sean Kilcawley
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtH79kJz4tVBsbtN2T5n1vA3s_Qh4ZMJ3