Xavier Society for the Blind January 2018 Newsletter
January 2018 Newsletter
We hope you all had a great start to the new year and are keeping warm if you are in the Northern Hemisphere (we envy all of you south of the equator during these long winter months)! The bomb cyclone that struck the northeast coast of the United States at the start of the month tried to delay our move, but we made it here in one piece - with St. Lucy in tow! We are settling in to our new home and look forward to what the future in store at our new location. Thanks for all the prayers and well-wishes! Please note our new address:

Xavier Society for the Blind
248 West 35th Street, Suite 1502
New York, NY 10001
Message from our Executive Director
As we look forward to 2018, I am happy to report that we ended 2017 on a high note as our patrons and supporters filled The Lady Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for our St. Lucy Mass on December 13. We were delighted to have our clients participate in the Mass, led by Father Jamie Dennis. A braille reader and a client since 2008, Father Jamie was ordained in 2016. He continues to receive our Monthly Sunday Mass Propers in braille which he uses to celebrate Mass at his parish in Owensboro, Kentucky. In addition, we were very fortunate to have several of our patrons lead the readings, Responsorial Psalm, and Prayers of the Faithful, all using our Mass Propers in braille. Providing the Mass Propers in braille, which include each Sunday’s Mass readings, prayers, and responses, is at the heart of our mission, assisting so many of our patrons to actively practice their faith. Each and every month we send the Mass Propers to over 800 patrons. Annually this amounts to nearly 10,000 volumes and over 750,000 pages of braille! All of this important work can be sustained only because of the generosity and prayers of our many benefactors. If you haven’t given before, or if you haven’t given in a while, I hope you will consider making a donation. This will support our production of The Sunday Mass Propers in braille and all of our work which impacts so many of our patrons personally each and every day.

I thank you and I wish you all the best in the New Year.

Most gratefully,
Malachy Fallon
Executive Director
A Home of Our Own
A new year has brought with it a new home for Xavier Society for the Blind. At the start of January we packed up our offices and made the long journey north to our new home - an arduous three blocks! Although we are relatively in the same neighborhood as we were, we will miss all of the friends we made over the last four years or so.
Thank you to everyone at American Foundation for the Blind who helped us over the years and made our transition so smooth, especially Kelly Bleach and Cynthia Simmons.

For those of you who missed our post on our Facebook page and Twitter feed, St. Lucy is enjoying the view from her home on the 15th floor. She gets a bird's eye view of Madison Square Garden and the Farley Post Office where everyday we ship out lots of braille and audio materials to our patrons across the globe!
Caption: St. Lucy enjoying the new digs!
Faith at Their Fingertips
In case you missed it, here is the great piece that aired on NET-TV a little while back. Reporter Katie Engesser from De Sales Media stopped by to check out our offices and learn more about our organization and our mission to provide the Word of God to the blind and visually impaired community of Faithful. Thanks so much to Katie and the  Currents crew for helping us sustain that mission!
Lectures from Fordham University
We would like to remind our patrons that in conjunction with Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, our audiobook library has various contemporary lectures for our patrons in our circulating library and on our website to download. Many thanks to Fordham University's Center for Religion and Culture (C.R.C.) for its cooperation! To stream these lectures with video please follow this link. If you would like to request any of these, please get in contact with us!

- And Justice For All? The Promise of Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic World(D1170)

- Catholic Teenagers: Faith At Risk? Do New Findings Reveal a Time of Renewal--Or a Massive Generational Failure? (D1190)

- Becoming Latino: The Transformation of U.S. Catholicism (D1191)

- What Rules America: Money, Morals or Myth? (D1192)

- Call and Response: How American Catholic Sisters Shaped the Church Since Vatican II (D1193)
Large Print Materials
We would like to remind our readers that we still provide the monthly Propers of the Sunday Mass in large print, available to download from  our website . It is very easy to download and if you need your log in information to access these files, and many other downloadable materials, we would be more than happy to assist you. Also, we do have copies of the New American Bible in large print (22 font, sans-serif) available so if you'd like one please get in touch! As always, all of our reading materials are provided at no cost to our patrons. Call us at (800) 637-9193 or (212) 473-7800 or e-mail us at  clientservices@xaviersocietyfortheblind.org
Father Hank's Homilies
Father Hank Hilton serves on Xavier Society for the Blind's Board of Directors and, as his title suggests, he is also a priest at St. Joseph's Church in Hillsborough, NJ. Each week his homilies are recorded and uploaded to the parish website. Please  click this link to listen to his words of wisdom! In case you missed our profile on Father Hank that originally appeared in our May newsletter, please click here to check it out.
Congratulations!
A ll of us at Xavier Society for the Blind would like to extend our congratulations to the American Printing House for the Blind on its 160th anniversary. Based in Louisville, KY, A.P.H. mission is to promote the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. Check out their website by clicking here .

Also, we'd like to send our best wishes and congratulations to our fellow New Yorkers, Helen Keller Services for the Blind on their milestone 125th anniversary. Based in Brooklyn, H.K.S.B. enables individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or have combined hearing and vision loss to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice. Learn more about this organization by clicking here.

Thank you to both A.P.H. and H.K.S.B. for their outstanding services and the support they have provided to blind and visually impaired people for well over a century. At 118 years old, Xavier Society for the Blind is not far behind you! Keep up the great work.
Patron Profile: Kathie
Katherine Schneider, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her ninth Seeing Eye dog. She’s been a Xavier Society patron for over thirty years. Kathie joined the Catholic Church in 1986, partly because of Xavier Society for the Blind. Kathie receives the Propers of the Sunday Mass in braille which she uses to lector, and other spiritual readings so she can grow in her Faith. Currently she is serving on her parish council and has had the joy of being a confirmation sponsor.
Caption: Our patron Kathie with her guide dog
Katherine has published a memoir To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities, a children’s book Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold and a book for seniors, half of whom will develop disabilities, Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life. All are available from the National Library Service and from Bookshare.

She originated the Schneider Family Book Awards for children’s books with disability content through the American Library Association and an award for superior journalism about disability issues through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

Locally, she started the Access Eau Claire fund through the Eau Claire Community Foundation to help non-profit organizations work toward full inclusion of people with disabilities. She says XSB is one of her favorite charities and she has gotten her parish to contribute as well. She’s a passionate advocate for access for all to the good things of life. In addition to her advocacy work, she is part of five book clubs and enjoys playing bridge. For more information about our inspirational patron, check out Kathie's blog http://kathiecomments.wordpress.com
Caption: Our volunteer Bill
Volunteer Profile: Bill Rooney
This month we'd like to profile our volunteer Bill Rooney. Like our volunteers Bill Hoste and Don Sheetz, Bill lends his voice to our audio materials. At 86 years young, Bill resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Dorothy. Here is a little more about Bill in his own words:
I am 86 years old and in April I will be married to my bride, Dorothy 65 years. We have 9 children, 20 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. We are both Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, have served on Pastoral Council and in 2015 were in the first group of people inducted into St. Catherine of Siena’s parish Hall of Fame.

I worked at the R & D Laboratories of Atlantic Refining Company for 10 years and GE Aerospace Labs for 30 years.  As you probably can tell, I just can’t stick to anything too long.

In 1979, I stopped smoking and found I had time on my hands. As a result, I began to look for volunteer activities. Dorothy and I were in a fabric store and heard a PSI for Volunteer Services for the Blind. VSB became Associated Services for the Blind (VSB) several years later. I had often been told that I had a nice voice, so I volunteered to be a narrator for the blind. I have read many books, AA help books and Evidence of Coverage books for Health Organizations. I was a regular on their Radio station RICB for several years until they closed it. Since then I have been recording a once a week “Business News’ program which appears on ASB’s web site.

In August 2012, my nephew's mother-in-law, Mrs. Eileen Fanning Aukward, died. She had 2 sons who were blind and she asked for donations to Xavier Society for the Blind. I contributed and shortly received some literature which described your services. I called Fr. John Sheehan and he signed me up to be a narrator. Donald Salvato has put me to work on several projects. Among them were: 33 Days to Morning Glory, The Light is on for You and Our Sunday Visitor.  I have been the voice of Our Sunday Visitor for several years and hope to continue for another 14 years.

Thank you to Bill for his years of extraordinary service, and to all of our volunteers who help further our mission!
Top 10 Titles in January
Braille:
1.     Choosing Faith Over Fear  (B0914, 1 volume) by The Christophers
2.     Elizabeth Seton: An American Woman  (B1255, 2 volumes) by Leonard Feeney
3.     Saint John Bosco and the Children's Saint, Dominic Savio  (B1331, 2 volumes) by Catherine Beebe
4.     Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints  (B1332, 2 volumes) by Thomas Craughwell
5.     The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica  (B1556, 3 volumes) by Raymond Arroyo
6.     Around the Table:   Retelling the Story of the Eucharist through the Eyes of Jesus' First Followers   (B1566, 2 volumes) by Scott Hurd
7.     St. Joseph's Catholic Manual  (B1588, 3 volumes) by Rev. Thomas J. Donaghy
8.     Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust  (B1596, 2 volumes) by Ann Chiappetta
9.     Saint Rose of Lima: Short Biographies Novenas, Chaplet and Prayers   (B1598, 1 volume) by Online Sources
10.  Manual of Prayers and Devotions : XSB Centennial Edition   (B6013, 1 volume) by Xavier Society for the Blind
 
Audio:
1.     At the End of the Santa Fe Trail  (D0027) by Sister M. Blandina
2.     Don Camillo Meets the Flower Children  (D0108) by Giovanni Guareschi
3.     Reflections on Growing Old  (D0367) by Rev. John LaFarge, S.J.
4.     Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life   (D0588) by Henri Nouwen
5.     Edith Stein: A Biography (D0609) by Waltraud Herbstrith, O.C.D.
6.     Slave from Haiti: A Saint for New York?   The Life of Pierre Toussaint (D0727) by M.N.L. Couve de Murville
7.     Clare of Assisi: Her Life And Theology  (D0954) by Sister Joan Mueller
8.     The Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi  (D1165) by Brother William Short, O.F.M.
9.     The Crusades  (D1180) by Professor Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D.
10.   A Popular History of the Catholic Church  (D7201) by Phillip Hughes
Hot Off the Shelves
For patrons interested in some of our most recent titles, we have braille and audio materials to meet your every need! Don't forget to check out our  Facebook page and  Twitter feed for all our newest additions and daily suggested reading!
 
BRAILLE - Please let us know if you would like any of these braille titles in B.R.F., as we can make them available to download from the website as requested! It saves on the cost of braille paper and is not as labor intensive. Thank you in advance!
 
My Little Book of Prayers by Brown Watson Publishers (B1600, 1 volume): Traditional prayers suitable for children.
 
Sidewalks, Sacristies, and Sinners: Stories of Living Faith (B1601, 1 volume): Gospel like stories and parables.
 
The Iguana Tree by Michael Stone (B1602, 3 volumes, fiction): Set amid the perils of illegal border crossings, The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia and Héctor, who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas and a home for their infant daughter.

Border Child: A Novel by Michael Stone (B1603, 3 volumes, fiction): Young lovers Héctor and Lilia dreamed of a brighter future for their family in the United States. Héctor left Mexico first, to secure work and housing, but when Lilia, desperate to be with Héctor, impetuously crossed the border with their infant daughter, Alejandra, mother and child were separated. Alejandra disappeared. Now, four years later, the family has a chance to reunite, but the trauma of the past may well be permanent.
 
AUDIO
The Catholic Church: A Short History by Hans Kung (D1204): Kung chronicles the Roman Catholic Church's role as a world power throughout history. Along the way, he examines the great schisms between East and West, and Catholic and Protestant as well as the evolving role of the papacy, the stories of the great reforming popes, and the expansion of a global church infrastructure.
 
Angels of God, Our Guardians Dear: Today's Catholics Rediscover Angels by Mary Drhaos (D1205): Captivating stories of angels at work in the lives of the saints. Inspiring accounts of angels intervening in the lives of people today.
 
Champions of the Rosary by Donald Calloway (D1206): The author deftly negotiates the complexities of the story of the rosary, weaving the historical, theological, and devotional strands into a veritable masterpiece of scholarship and piety.

Why the Rosary, Why Now? by Gretchen Crowe (D1207): The author makes a compelling case for why praying the Rosary is more critical in today's 21st-century world than ever before.
 
Books for Every Season
 
Next month heralds the Memorials of Saint Agatha, Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, and the beginning of the Lenten season. Here are some books for these and other special occasions!
 
BRAILLE
Daily Gospel Meditations for Lent: The Christian Dilemma by Father Isaias Powers, C.P. (B1171, 1 volume): Useful guide on how to implement the words of the Gospels into daily Lenten meditations.
 
Christian Prayer: Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent (B6004, 2 volumes): Liturgy of the hours for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent.

- A Woman Clothed With the Sun by John J. Delaney (B1189, 3 volumes): Considers the eight most significant apparitions of Our Lady in the past two centuries: that of the Miraculous Medal at Paris, those at La Salette, Lourdes, Knock, Fatima, Beauraing, Banneux--and also the sixteenth-century appearance of Mary at Guadalupe with its profound message for Americans.
 
AUDIO
Super Saints You Should Know by Bob and Penny Lord (D1089): Great saints that you probably have never heard of, but you should know. Includes St. Agatha of Catania, St. Mary Magdalena de Pazzi, B. Brother Andre, and many others.
 
St. Peter: The Frail and Solid Rock by Archbishop Fulton Sheen (D1087): Humanly speaking, Saint Peter was the furthest thing from a rock; he was weak and vacillating. Yet Our Lord established him as the foundation of His Holy Church.
 
Finding Jesus: Living through Lent with John's Gospel by Gerald O'Collins, S.J. (D0153; also available for download): Meditations from the Gospel of John for the Lenten Season.
 
Lent with the Saints: Daily Reflections by Greg Firedman, O.F.M. (D0925): Daily Lenten reflections connected with the story of various saints.
 
Lent, Holy Week, and Easter by Fr. John F. Baldovin (D0981): Father Baldovin explains the liturgical seasons and their vital importance to Catholics.

Bernadette and the Lady by Bertha Pauli (D0039): Story of our Lady's appearances to a young girl at Lourdes
Ways You Can Help
Since 1900 we have been providing religious and spiritual materials to blind and visually impaired people in their required formats in order for them to be able to learn about, understand, and practice their Faith. Some of our braille books in particular can often cost upwards of $500, taking up to 6 months to produce. Yet on a weekly basis, Xavier Society for the Blind ships reading materials to people all over the United States and throughout the world. Please help us continue this important ministry by sending your gift today. 

Donate securely on our website by  clicking here. If you wish to donate, but prefer to do it over the phone you can always call our office at (212) 473-7800 or (800) 637-9193.

Masses may be said at your request not only when someone dies but also to celebrate a special event. And the stipend for the Mass card helps support the work of Xavier Society for the Blind. If you are a client or would like to send one to someone who reads braille, we can also do a braille overlay on the Mass card. Call us at (212) 473-7800 or email us at  info@xaviersocietyfortheblind.org for more information.

If you use Amazon.com for any of your purchases, help out Xavier Society for the Blind at the same time. Go to  www.smile.amazon.com and sign up. Or use the direct link   http://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-5563026

There is no charge to you, and when they ask you what charity you wish to support, type in Xavier Society for the Blind. Any time after that, if you go to Amazon through the smile entry, a percentage of whatever you spend comes to us.
Upcoming Calendar
February 2, 2018   – Presentation of the Lord / Groundhog Day
 
February 3, 2018  St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (blessing of throats)
 
February 5, 2018  Memorial of Saint Agatha
 
February 6, 2018  Memorial of St. Paul Miki and companions, Martyrs
 
February 10, 2018  Memorial of St. Scholastica
 
February 11, 2018  Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
 
February 14, 2018 – Ash Wednesday / St. Valentine's Day
 
February 19, 2018 – Presidents' Day (XSB Offices closed)
 
February 22, 2018 – Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

If you missed any of our previous newsletters which feature patron stories, Board Member profiles, and other news, here are some links to keep you up to date:






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