January 2017 Newsletter
Happy New Year to all our clients, donors, and friends! We hope that 2017 is off to a good start. Following the holy season of Advent, the Liturgical Calendar reminds us that we are now in Ordinary Time. As "ordinary" as that may sound, there is never a dull moment for us here at the Xavier Society for the Blind. From in-house client visits, to day trips to other Non-Profit organizations for the blind and visually impaired, we are continually looking for ways to spread word of our mission.
Message From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As we're already well into January, I'd like to wish all of our clients and supporters a belated Happy New Year! Your financial and moral support sustains us in our mission throughout the year. While we remain a relatively small organization, we are intent on making a big impact. I am reminded often that we are one of the few organization (if not the only) providing materials of a religious, spiritual, and inspirational nature to those with vision loss, free of charge. In 2016 we added over 200 new titles to our robust existing catalogue! Of this total, 120 titles were in braille and 83 were offered digitally. These new titles are in addition to our traditional offerings of The Mass Propers, Xavier Review, The Catholic Review, annual Pocket Calendar, annual Calendar of Saints and Feast Days, and textbooks and work books for children and young adults participating in religious education programs. I'd love to hear from you in the New Year and get your thoughts on how we can make an even bigger impact in the future.
 
Most gratefully yours,
 

Malachy Fallon

In the News

Caption: Catholic New York's year-end Editorial on Our St. Lucy Mass

Last month's Mass in honor of St. Lucy in the Lady Chapel of St.  Patrick's Cathedral was not only a great success, b u t generated buzz from news publications both at home in New York and across the country. John Woods, editor of  Catholic New York , the largest Catholic newspaper in the United States, wrote in the year end's edition that "the  Mass was perhaps the  best example of the mission  of the Xavier Society for the  Blind in Manhattan." To read the  full  editorial, please 

Caption: January Edition of The Western Kentucky Catholic featuring December's St. Lucy Mass

In addition, the January edition  of  The Western Kentucky Catholic covered the St. Lucy Mass with a front page article on our Mass and our mission. Thank you to both publications for their wonderful articles and for highlighting the work our organization.

Board Member Profile: Adrian Kerrigan

Caption: Mr. Adrian Kerrigan
Starting this month, we will be giving some background information  on a selected Board Member  detailing what drew him or her to get on board with Xavier Society for the Blind, and how being a part of our organization has impacted his or her life. This month we profiled Mr. Adrian Kerrigan, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors:

Adrian joined the XSB Board in June of 2013 and was elected Chairman in September of 2015. With over 32 years as a nonprofit management professional, Adrian brings a wealth of expertise in all facets of institutional and non-profit development to the XSB Board. As Senior Vice President for Partnerships at the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), he established the Advancement Division, which comprises fundraising and communications functions.

He also serves as senior member on the organization's Executive Team, which is charged with the overall management of CMMB. He has traveled to promote and assess CMMB's work around the world, including visits to Haiti, Kenya, Zambia and Rome. Adrian also worked for 25 years in Jesuit Higher Education after graduating from Boston College and Saint Peter's University. He started his Jesuit education at Saint Ignatius Day Nursery School! 

A native of New York City, Adrian now resides in Oyster Bay, NY with his wife, Sandie who is a nurse and they have three sons, Jake, Nicholas and Liam. Nicholas and Liam are students of Saint Joseph's University, while Jake is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's. They are active members in St. Dominic's Parish and have served as catechists, lectors and Eucharistic ministers. Adrian is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Oyster Bay. He also serves as President of the Florence Park Civic Association.

Appreciative of the mission and vision of XSB, Adrian is energized by its deep rooted commitment to its Catholic and Jesuit charism of care and concern for those most in need and especially for the blind or visually impaired. With his long professional commitment to Catholic non-profits, Adrian is determined to see XSB develop new resources and continue to provide opportunities - free of charge - for those who wish to develop and practice their faith in innovative and essential ways. He believes that new technologies should complement tried and true methods and practices.

Adrian is especially grateful to the loyal and generous donors to XSB who make this important mission possible. As Chairman of the Board, he is committed to effective stewardship, efficiency in resource mobilization and delivery, and innovation in providing effective services to our blind and visually impaired beneficiaries and clients. He, along with his fellow Board members will conduct a deep mission driven strategic planning initiative to assure that XSB is properly positioned for the near and longer term.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
Malachy Makes the Rounds

Just before Christmas, our Executive Director Malachy Fallon along with our Client Services Coordinator Christine Moore visited our friends at RENEW International. Xavier Society for the Blind recently brailled some of RENEW's materials to make them accessible for our clients Bob and Sharlene Kraft. Based in Plainfield, New Jersey, RENEW's mission is to foster "spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action." Malachy and Christine toured their facility guided by their Director of Development Sister Honora Nolty. Malachy and Christine also met with Deacon Charles Paolino who told them about his friend Ed Lucas, the author of  Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story which was recently published and will soon be available in audio here at our library. Blind since his youth, Mr. Lucas is a longtime sports reporter, and despite his disability he continues to commentate on baseball games, amazing the fans, players, and fellow reporters alike. RENEW's mission and outreach has many similarities to our mission and we look forward to a continued partnership with this world-wide organization.
 
In mid-January, Malachy was accompanied by our Operations Manager Margaret O'Brien on visit to Visions. A nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency located in New York City, Visions has a celebrated history with over 90 years of service. Visions' mission is to "develop and implement programs to: assist people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities, and educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life." Malachy and Margaret met with the staff of Visions, who were more than happy to show them around the offices and discuss our common values and history. In addition, Visions is associated with Selis Manor where many of our clients live. Like RENEW, we look forward to a shared future with Visions in which we continue to provide the blind and visually impaired communities the specific resources they require.

Caption: Executive Director Malachy Fallon (far left) and Operations Manager Margaret O'Brien (far right) pictured with CEO of Visions Nancy Miller (center, standing) and the dedicated staff of Visions


New Additions

Our audio and transcription departments have been hard at work to introduce new titles to our clients. The entire listing will be made available in the upcoming Xavier Review. In the meantime, here are some of our new additions to our library in the last month:
 
Braille:
Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving by Paula Huston
My Saint Pio Prayer Book by Padre Pio Foundation of America
Advent with the Saints by Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary by Macrina Wiederkehr
Prayers of Saint Francis of Assisi by Online Sources
Articles on Mary 2000-2011 by Catholic Review
 
Audio:
Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God edited by Scott Hahn
Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena by St. Catherine of Siena (Catalina Benincasa)
The Life of Mary: As Seen by Mystics by Raphael Brown
Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots by Scott Hahn
Why Do Catholics Genuflect? by Al Kresta
Welcoming Jesus: Advent Reflections by Pope Francis and Henri J.M. Nouwen
The World's First Love: Mary the Mother of God by Fulton Sheen
Winter Appeal

Our Winter Appeal has been mailed detailing the importance of our Braille Mass Propers. The Mass Propers are produced monthly in a weekly format, provided at no cost to our clients in all 50 states and 24 countries. The St. Lucy Mass highlighted the importance of these materials, as without them our clients would not be able to lector or even follow along with the weekly Readings, Responsorial Psalm, and Gospel. If you would like to receive our appeals highlighting the important work we do, please feel free to contact us at (212) 473-7800 or ( 800) 637-9193. You can also contribute to our mission securely online by visiting our website. All the important work we do is made possible due to your generosity.
 
Special Note

Board Member Rick Kenney has advised that there is a special program for the blind and visually impaired hosted by the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan. This may be of interest to any clients who enjoy boating or want to learn more about the mechanics of life on the high seas. For more information please contact the South Street Seaport Museum at ( 212)748-8600 or info@seany.org.
Good Luck Father John

We would like to wish our former Executive Director the very best of luck as he departs for Amman, Jordan in the coming weeks. Your Farewell Concert was a great success, and made for a very memorable evening. Thank you for your years of service to Xavier Society for the Blind, and for continuing to spread word of our mission.
Assorted Items 

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 the 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.
 
To make a secure donation through our website, please click here, or you can always call our office and donate over the phone at (212) 473-7800 or (800) 637-9193.
 
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Calendar of Upcoming Events


January 23, 2017 -  Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

January 31, 2017  - Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest

February 2, 2017 -  Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 6, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions , Martyrs

February 10, 2017 -  Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin

February 14, 2017 -  Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop::::Valentine's Day

February 20, 2017 -  President's Day: XSB Offices closed

February 22, 2017 -  Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

February 23, 2017 -  Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

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